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Tom McDermott, Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin (Arbors Records)

In the early 1970s, ragtime jazz was considered about as cool as Mantovani. Marvin Hamlisch, whose interpretation of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” reached number one on the Billboard charts, was […]

Fest Focus: Monk Boudreaux

Sunday April 28, Jazz & Heritage Stage, 3 p.m. Friday May 3, Acura Stage (Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars), 2:05 p.m. Sunday May 5, Cultural Exchange Pavilion (The Boudreaux Family […]

Fest Focus: Lulu and the Broadsides

Thursday, April 25, Lagniappe Stage, 3:05 p.m.   Lulu and the Broadsides is one of the best new bands you’ll hear at this year’s Jazz Fest. Lulu is the alter […]

Missing the Rolling Stones? Here’s Keith Richards to ease the pain

The Rolling Stones broke up in 1986 during the recording of the album Dirty Work following a well-publicized feud between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Jagger went on to release […]

Sympathy for Jazz Fest: Has the Fest lost the collective link to its identity?

The Rolling Stones have been a lightning rod for controversy throughout their career. During the 1960s the group’s management cultivated a dark image, the bad boy antithesis of the Beatles. […]

Mavis Staples talks back

There is no more fitting talent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jazz Fest than Mavis Staples, who at 80 years of age is celebrating a total career revitalization. Her […]

No Bucket, No Beer: Smithsonian Folkways releases Jazz Fest box set

One of the hottest items in the record stores at Jazz Fest this year will be the 5-CD set Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a compilation […]

Spencer Bohren, Makin’ It Home to You (Valve Records)

They call him the storyteller. Spencer Bohren has been plying his trade as a New Orleans–based singer-songwriter, guitarist and sometimes bandleader over the last 40 years. Somewhere during that run […]

Five Questions with Billy Iuso, who celebrates 1969 on his 50th birthday

Is this celebration concert at Tipitina’s something you’ve been planning a long time? I always try to book a gig on or near my birthday which is actually January 26th […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Walter “Wolfman” Washington

All but a few of the direct links to the days when New Orleans R&B ruled the world have passed, but Walter “Wolfman” Washington still provides a window into that […]