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Wynton Marsalis, Frank Stewart, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

Wynton Marsalis on Louis Armstrong, New Orleans, and America

When Louis Armstrong was only age 21 at the dawn of the Jazz Age, he left his hometown of New Orleans to seek his fortune. By 1928, he’d become the toast of the town in New York City after making a series of recordings that essentially defined jazz. A half century later, Wynton Marsalis, another [...]

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Shotgun Jazz Band, Marissa Altazan, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

The Shotgun Jazz Band Moves on Up

After three albums, myriad roster changes, and the steady transformation from a ragtag street band to dependable club and festival performers, the Shotgun Jazz Band has found its niche. Even better, the six-member traditional-jazz band has solidified its sound. If you’ve been within earshot of any of the band’s live performances, you know the heart [...]

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Satchmo Infographic, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

New Mosaic Records Box Set Redefines Louis Armstrong’s Legacy

  Forty-three years after his death, Louis Armstrong’s later career is undergoing a serious reevaluation. Historians are re-examining the critical consensus that Armstrong’s brilliance was confined to his early career. No one disputes that his early recordings, including the magnificent Hot Five and Hot Seven sides from 1925-28, set a standard for jazz performance that [...]

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Pete Fountain and Tim Laughlin, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

Tim Laughlin’s Open Letter to Pete Fountain

Dear Pete, when you announced your retirement a few months ago, the bitter-sweetness of such a difficult decision weighed on so many who know and love you. When I spoke to you that day I didn’t have the words, but now I do and I want to say thank you. We all have our favorite [...]

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Louis Ford, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

Louis Ford Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz

Louis Ford has spent his entire life around some of New Orleans’ finest musicians—first and foremost his father, the late, great clarinetist and saxophonist Clarence Ford. With the sounds of his forefathers’ music in his head and heart, Ford became dedicated to preserving traditional jazz as “it should be played” and as he heard it [...]

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Joe Lastie, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

Preservation Hall Drummer Joe Lastie Has Music in his Genes

It’s not a stretch to say that music—and especially drumming—is in Joe Lastie’s genes. As a child, he heard his maternal grandfather playing drums in church and his paternal grandfather, Frank Lastie, do the same. Other drummers in his family include greats such as his uncle Walter “Popee” Lastie and his cousin Herlin Riley. He [...]

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Lawrence Batiste, Jenny Salazar, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

Drummer Lawrence Batiste Recalls Growing up in Louis Armstrong’s Neighborhood

Not unlike many New Orleanians, 75-year-old drummer Lawrence Batiste had pre-birth experiences with the music of the Crescent City. Sitting in a coffee shop on Oak Street in the heat of this summer, he recalls, “There’s a story that my mom was carrying me before I was born. She liked second lines. She used to [...]

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Warren Battiste, Greg Rhoades, OffBeat Magazine, August 2014

“Quiet Storm” Warren Battiste has Inspired Generations

One of the most tasteful guitarists around is the remarkable Warren Battiste. Still swinging at the age of 88 (he’ll be 89 in November), Battiste is universally admired among local guitarists. As Steve Masakowski puts it, “The fact that he continues to have so much enthusiasm for music and playing the guitar truly inspires me.” [...]

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Bittermens, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

Bittermens Bitters Lives the Sweet Life in New Orleans

Avery and Janet Glasser just bought a new, shiny toy for their workshop in Harahan. It’s a custom-built bottling and labeling machine. Empty, blue bottles are loaded up (by Avery) on the left, then automatically filled with bitters from a tank, and next transported to a holding area. There, Avery places a dropper on top [...]

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Atelier Vie, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

New Orleans Distillery Atelier Vie Gains Recognition

For all of its cocktail history, history-making drinking and bartender-rock stars, New Orleans has been a bit out of the loop when it comes to the production of alcoholic beverages. Jedd Haas, founder of Atelier Vie, a micro-distillery located in the ArtEgg Studios on Broad Street, is changing that. Noting the success of Old New [...]

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