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The Winners at Best of the Beat

The 22nd annual Best of the Beat Music Awards and party were held on January 19 at Generations Hall. The house was packed with the nominees, not only hoping to […]

Thomas W. Jacobsen (1935-2017)

Thomas W. Jacobsen, OffBeat contributor and author, died at home in St. Louis of lung cancer on January 15. Jacobsen was devoted to jazz music since he was a teenager, […]

Obituary: Louis Jay Meyers

(1956–2016)   Louis Jay Meyers, one of the founders of Austin’s South by Southwest music conference and the New Orleans music conference LMNOP (Louisiana Music—New Orleans Pride) passed away last […]

Ken Colyer: A Passion for New Orleans Jazz Creates an Ongoing Legacy

British trumpeter Ken Colyer’s passion for New Orleans traditional jazz has created a unique and ongoing legacy. The Ken Colyer Trust was set up a year after his passing in […]

Obituary: Paul Prudhomme

(1940–2015) Chef Paul Prudhomme passed away on October 8, 2015 after a brief illness. He was 75. The Opelousas-born Prudhomme first gained local notoriety in 1975 as the chef at […]

Obituary: Phil Parnell

Pianist and songwriter Phil Parnell passed away September 2, 2015 after a battle with liver cancer. Phil began performing at an early age: A picture that hung in his parents’ […]

Don’t Be Afraid Of Culture

The arts express what we may not be able to communicate otherwise. They help us understand that one question may be answered truthfully in many different ways. New Orleans’ upcoming […]

Louisiana Muse

Musician and photographer Zack Smith, a recipient of a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Community grant, used it to assemble a portrait photography project he calls “My Louisiana Muse.” […]

Obituary: Lenny McDaniel

New Orleans-born singer-songwriter Lenny McDaniel passed away July 3 after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 65 years old. Like most teenagers during the ’60s, McDaniel started a […]

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night (Columbia)

Shadows in the Night is a collection of standards that were covered by Frank Sinatra. I’ve heard all these songs many times over the course of my lifetime, but I […]