Author Archives: Rick Coleman

Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement in Music Award: Dave Bartholomew

Saturday, November 13, 2010 may have been the greatest night of Dave Bartholomew’s life. And that’s saying something. He has lived over 90 years ( records suggest that he may have, in fact, reached 91 on December 20), and he has played the grand musical spectrum of American popular music—from early jazz (which his father [...]

Shame, Shame, Shame

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Honoring J&M Studios

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Dave Bartholomew, New Orleans Big Beat (Landslide)

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Seven Decades of Fats Domino

What do you give The Fat Man who has everything? In celebration of his 70th birthday on February 28th, here are some simple tributes to remind everyone that Fats’ (who is still going strong) performances and his songs are forever young. HE CUTS THROUGH THE CRAP 70. He is one of the main reasons we [...]

The Fat Man Sings

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Obituary: Dr. Daddy-O

Grace Lichtenstein and Laura Dankner, Musical Gumbo: The Music of New Orleans (W.W. Norton & Co.)

There’s a lot of music in New Orleans. There are also many books on New Orleans music. Until now, no one has been able to survey all of New Orleans’ historic styles of music—jazz, R&B, etc. in one tome. Grace Lichtenstein and Laura Dankner, the authors of Musical Gumbo: The Music Of New Orleans (W.W. [...]

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Shad Weathersby’s Dreamworld

Dreamworld. A description of New Orleans. Shad Weathersby’s world on the album of the same name. A world of fantastic realities and everyday fantasies. Photos on his album reveal Weathersby’s personal dreamworld. Eerie photos of him in front of a Royal Street poster shop and walking the ancient bricks of Pirate’s Alley. A photo of [...]

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Jazz Fest Highlights; the Fat Man, Paul McCartney and Mr. Personality Get Back

The 1993 Jazz Fest may prove to be the best in years. Organizers have finally gotten wise to the weekend crush and have scheduled an unusual number of marquee names on the Thursday and Friday dates. A few picks… Friday, April 23. Although Bonnie Raitt gets a lot more publicity, for my money, Marcia Ball [...]