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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 […]

NewsBeat September 1989

In case you might not have noticed, South Louisiana music is becoming almost as popular as Cajun cuisine…at least in the world of advertising. In fact, just about any time […]

Egalitarian Gourmet, Part Two

Tourists come to the Big Easy to fill their ears with music but they get an extra bargain (lagniappe) just by walking through the French Quarter snapping pics of sights […]

Original Dixieland Jazz Band: Nick LaRocca’s Jazz Pioneers

Only four years before I learned to play the trumpet…the first great jazz orchestra was formed in New Orleans by a cornet player named Dominic James LaRocca. They called him […]

Piano Bar Profile: Miss Lily

When people think of Bourbon Street, images come to mind of a cacophonous carnival of sights and sounds, bright lights and loud music, a frenzied, often garish atmosphere. This boozy […]

Bryan Lee: Behind Those Shaded Eyes

Bryan gets up from the bar, after his thirty minute break, and walks the familiar walk. His path to the stage has been trodden a thousand times but the journey […]

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 […]

NewsBeat August 1989

The summer season, now steaming into oblivion, seems to be shaping up as a time of evolution and emergence for New Orleans music and musicians. Crescent City and Louisiana sounds […]

Egalitarian Gourmet, Part One

Eating in New Orleans is not something you do in order to be able to pursue other activities, but the reverse. Neither religion, sex, nor even politics can compete with […]

Obscure Wonders

Most visitors to New Orleans are quickly made aware of the standard sights and tourist fare. Beyond Bourbon Street there is the French Quarter, the Garden District, the streetcar, the […]