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Gospel! Religious Music in New Orleans

New Orleans has long been famous as a get-down music city of the first magnitude, but this party town is also prolifically endowed with a large number of churches as […]

Brass Band Jazz, Part One

(The first of a three-part series on Modern Brass Band music. Read parts two and three.) St. Clair Bourne, an African-American filmmaker with over 30 documentaries and features to his […]

Ellis Marsalis Interview

It’s easy to understand why Ellis Marsalis seems almost gratified by something his students almost take for granted. “Growing up in New Orleans, there was always some opposition, especially at […]

Cajun Capers: Lafayette’s Festivals Acadiens

Grab your dancing partner, pack up your dancing shoes and head over to Lafayette this month. Festivals Acadiens, the Cajun equivalent of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, takes […]

Save the Bones: A Conversation with Danny Barker

Danny Barker is a jazz legend. He has spent his life in the jazz hothouses of New Orleans and New York at times when these scenes were exploding in critical […]

Mondo Cool: Origin of the Species, Its Rise, Demise and Future

“As soon as a sentiment rises to the tonality of fire, as soon as it becomes exposed in its violence to the metaphysics of fire, one can be sure that […]

Decatur: The Street Where Dreams Meet

Decatur Street. For a New Orleanian of some vintage, the mere mention of the name conjures a variety of colorful associations, sensations of the sort ordinarily found only on foreign […]

Dr. John: New Orleans’ Favorite Physician

If you haven’t been able to locate the elusive “Dr. Feel Good,” look no further. When you hear the pounding, driving, thumping, gutsy sounds erupting from the keyboard with New […]

Charmaine Neville

“Wheee!” grinned a delighted new fan, marveling at the beautiful bundle of human sound and motion. “You make me tired just looking at you.” Charmaine Anita Neville is a multi-talented, […]

Mardi Gras Music

Mardi Gras, to say the least, presents a wild flood of sensory input. The varied sources of stimuli include garish floats, exotic and erotic costumes, over-indulgence of all sorts, rituals […]