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Jazz Fest!

Here’s the latest info on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. There are quite a few changes at this year’s Fest. In addition to more stages this year, the […]

Spring Festivals: In-Fest-Ation

Ah, springtime in Louisiana! Every mother’s son and every son’s church puts on their own version of a fair or festival in April throughout Louisiana. Just so we can lead […]

Interview with Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville, born January 24, 1941, is “the” voice of New Orleans. In a city that has a long history of diverse song stylists—from the early originators such as Louis […]

Fear? Loathing? Mecca? Bourbon Street: A Survival Guide

“I had narrowly missed some guys at the end of the strip—and I was lucky enough to escape death.” —from “Hell on Wheels,” a religious pamphlet found in the gutter […]

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 […]