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Playing Under the Radar

In September 2005, the New Orleans Jazz Vipers were one of the first jazz bands back on the streets of New Orleans. It was a month after the hurricane and […]

The Price of Parading

In early October, members of the Family Ties Social Aid and Pleasure Club strutted through downtown New Orleans in fresh new blue outfits. Under the day’s hot sun, sweat poured […]

They Got It Bad: Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians’ Village

Hot 8 Brass Band snare drummer Dinerral Shavers grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, a couple blocks from the levee. After Katrina, his mom’s house floated an entire block. […]

From the Philharmonic to the Funky Butt

The view from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. On why classical and jazz are friends here in town. And how orchestra musicians are able to lead a double life, playing classical […]