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Thank You Harold Battiste

I met Harold Battiste, Jr. for the first time when he first moved back to New Orleans, around 1992. We were still in our offices in the Masonic Temple Building […]

Harold and Bunny

This week was one that threw me for a loop. When people you know well start passing away, or get really sick, you start thinking more about your own mortality. […]

Jazz Exhibit Coming, A Real Museum Next?

I’m hopeful again. The Louisiana State Museum (LSM) has 6000-square-foot exhibit planned focusing on New Orleans jazz that will be housed on the riverside second floor of the Old U.S. Mint. […]

Only in Louisiana

As a long-time advocate of legalized marijuana, I was glad to see that our backwards state was considering passing a very cautious bill towards the legalization of marijuana for medicinal […]

Jazz Memorabilia Exhibit in the Works

The Louisiana State Museum in the Old U.S. Mint at the foot of Esplanade Avenue has the most extensive collection of New Orleans jazz memorabilia in the city, and for years, […]

Shopping For Tradition

I spend a good part of the day today shopping. Yeah, shopping for tradition. I had promised Laurita “Queen Rita” Dollis, widow of Big Chief Bo Dollis, that OffBeat would […]

Summer Festivals in New Orleans

Spring festival season has ended… let the summer celebrations commence! In June alone, there are festivals almost every weekend: the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park on June 6-7, Festigals […]

Old News

In the past five years, the transition from print to digital has been accelerating. Old-school news magazines like Newsweek, and others, have given up the print ghost and have opted for […]

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is not about Mayfield

It’s been a little over a week since it was first brought to light that close to $900,000 was funneled to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and its project, the […]

Millage For Mayfield

You have to hand it to Irvin Mayfield: this talented musician knows how to raise money and how to influence the right people. Along with his lifelong friend, Ronald Markham, […]