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Modern Jazz: Big Easy Beat

Although most people do not associate New Orleans with modern jazz, there is a modern jazz scene here. Thanks to the ascendency of Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and, to […]

Brass Band Jazz, Part Three

(The final of a three part series on Modern Brass Band music. Read parts one and two.) By the late 80s three distinct schools of modem brass band music had […]

Inside Zydeco, Part Two

On the dark, winding, old Breaux Bridge highway, a neon sign outside the former King Creole club flashes: “Saturday at 9 p.m. Fernest and the Thunders.” Inside it’s 9:30 p.m., […]

Gallery Scene: Magazine Street, Art on the Street of Dreams

At one time just about all the serious art galleries in New Orleans were in the French Quarter. Now, most of the art galleries in the French Quarter are not […]

Return of The Cold

“Book ’em Dano…er, Jimmy.” And he has, Jimmy Anselmo of Jimmy’s club on Willow Street, that is. He’s booked ’em again, this time as a holiday treat for those avid, […]

Toward the Essential New Orleans Collection

In a place where music means so much—and where so much of it has been recorded—what visitor or resident hasn’t entertained the idea of building an essential New Orleans record […]

Brass Band Jazz, Part Two: A Modern Tradition

(The second of a three part series on Modern Brass Band music. Read parts one and three.) Jazz historian and clarinetist Dr. Michael White is the author of “The New […]

Inside Zydeco, Part One

“Honey, in a bar on in a church, it doesn’t make no difference—it’s all the same.” Zydeco. More than just South Louisiana black man’s music, it’s his sustenance. Consumed like […]

Gallery Scene: The French Quarter

There is a mystique about the French Quarter. Traditionally, it is one of the few real bohemias in this generally utilitarian country. The Quarter has long been a favored haunt […]

Soundscape: The New Music Festival

Great music in New Orleans is never hard to find; from zydeco to Dixieland jazz, the choices are extensive and exciting. And in November, the list will expand to include […]