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Treme’s Legacy (S4 E4)

Here’s a good question: If you died today what would you leave behind that you would be remembered for? That’s the question being asked in the penultimate episode of HBO’s […]

Americana Music and New Orleans

So fresh back from the Americana Music Festival in Nashville last week–which focused on New Orleans. Here are a few comments on the experience. This year, the Americana Music Association […]

Satchmo Summerfest: Much More Than I’ll Ever Know

I grew up believing that Louis Armstrong was born on the Fourth of July in the year 1900. I always thought it was appropriate for the great, American cultural hero […]

End of an Era: Reflections on the Passing of Uncle Lionel

Now that Uncle Lionel is in the ground I feel like I can finally talk about an issue that disturbed me greatly during the roughly two weeks of celebrations, some […]

Uncle Lionel Batiste: February 1, 1931 – July 8, 2012

Of all the colorful char-actors who’ve populated the streets of New Orleans over the years, Uncle Lionel Batiste takes the cake. Uncle Lionel patrolled the banquette along lower Decatur and […]

Open Letter to Jazz Journalists of New Orleans

Back in 1986 when my book The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide was released, music journalism was an entirely different phenomenon than it is today. Jazz critics had built a firewall […]

Drago’s Metairie Restaurant’s July 11 Proceeds to Benefit St. Bernard Project

Everyone in New Orleans knows how good Drago’s charbroiled oysters are. They remain one of my favorite treats in the city during my lunchtime excursions with friends. On July 11 […]

SXSW Day 4: A Little Space

Saturday’s SXSW brought back days of SXSW Past, appropriate on the festival/conference/spring break’s 25th anniversary. The Mojo Magazine Party at Mean Eyed Cat was sufficiently off the beaten path that […]

Those Warm and Fuzzy Feelings

I cannot believe the weather this week—in between Jazz Fest 2010 weekends. It has been so lovely—just more of those picture-perfect days in New Orleans. Am hoping and praying this […]