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Independence Day

Independence Day, aka the “Fourth,” is hitting us on Saturday, concurrent, as usual, with the annual Essence Festival. Personally, I really like the Essence lineup this year, but if I […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Changing Face of Jazz Fest

Going to Jazz Fest this weekend? I am. I missed two of the three days last weekend, alas, because I worked on Friday, and Saturday there was a monsoon. I […]