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Jazz Fest First-Timers Take Note

One of our readers, “Coach,” wrote us with his Jazz Fest guide for first-timers. Here it is. If you’ve got additions or other ideas that Coach may have missed, let […]

Trombone Shorty’s National Anthem

Yesterday, Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Avenue band members Tim McFatter and Dan Oestreicher performed the National Anthem for the Atlanta Falcons-New York Giants playoff game. Here’s the video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abToOZzaG1A[/youtube] […]

Hangout Day 3: Everybody Wants to See Paul Simon

It amazed me what a small space the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama was held in. The two main stages faced other across a stretch of beach that […]

Treme: The Ways Down

[Spoiler Alert] “On Your Way Down” was a fair title for this episode, but you sort of wish Alice Cooper was from New Orleans because “Welcome to My Nightmare” would […]

Jazz Fest Day 7: Gospel House and a Swarm of Bees

People had too much fun Saturday night or they had little excitement for Sunday’s lineup because the day’s crowd took it’s time appearing. To the day: – The Playing for […]

Jazz Fest Day 6: People Everywhere and Shaky Wardrobe Decisions

[UPDATED] I’ve wondered for much of this Jazz Fest if the crowds are simply smaller or if they’ve been evenly distributed around the stages. Yesterday, a ton of people were […]

Jazz Fest: Day 1 – Get Cosmic

A beautiful day, and the topic of conversation was what a beautiful day it was. Here are the notes: First great thing eaten: the fried crabcake – crusty outside, moist […]

SXSW Day 2: They Love Us, They Like Us

Thursday started at a party thrown by HBO’s Treme, and even without anyone from the production (the show’s still shooting) and really, music directly associated with the show – a […]

Love You Guys!

As most of you know, we just wrapped up our 2010 Best of the Beat Awards on Friday night. When the awards started, the one thing we really wanted to […]

An Endangered Species?

In the Comments on Zachary Young’s “The Noise Goes on Forever,” one reader writes: I think it is equally short-sighted to compare the jazz musicians of the 19th and early […]