Rant ‘N’ Roll: Trombone Shorty Grows Up, Gives Back

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—The whole night rocked like a big wheel on a Georgia cotton field. “Honey, hush,” said one husband as The New Breed Brass Band kicked things into high gear from the jump. With three stages and eight bands setting off a frenzied spinning wheel of kaleidoscopic action, it …

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Halloweekend In New Orleans

There are tons of Halloween-related events here in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia area, but this year something possessed me into traveling with my crew south, to the Big Easy—to the capital of VooDoo in America—New Orleans, Louisiana. Staying at a hotel right on Canal Street provided easy …

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Jazz Fest 2013: Spirits Of The Delta

NOTE: Some names and identifying characteristics have been changed out of respect for the privacy of the individuals involved. All situations and quotes are faithfully recounted.

 

The New Orleans air was electric when I stepped off the train. The skyline glowed against the dark and brooding sky, distant heat …

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What It Do: What’s Really Good (In NOLA)

When I recently joined the teeming masses of music lovers descending on New Orleans for the 2013 Jazz And Heritage Festival, my ignorance of the city weighed more than my backpack. I had a (very) limited budget, no knowledge of how to get around, and zero insight into where to …

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Interview with Danny Nick from Suplecs: Bad Luck’s House Band Lives To Tell The Tale

In this age of corporatized disease-beating, it seems like such a cliché, but to call New Orleans trio Suplecs anything other than “survivors” feels like cheapening what they’ve been through over the course of their 15 years together. They survived the demise of their first label, Man’s Ruin Records, in …

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Kermit Ruffins: NOLA Jazz

Popular jazz musician Kermit Ruffins, along with Trombone Shorty, Dr. John and Irma Thomas, will be featured as part of the Red Hot + New Orleans, part of the Next Wave Festival. The festival is in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, and will benefit New Orleans’ …

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Interview with Trombone Shorty: Born In The Tradition

When Troy Andrews was four years old, he was onstage in his historic sixth ward New Orleans neighborhood now known as Treme. By five, he was jamming with Bo Diddley. By seven, he went around the world. It sure must have been a kick for the French Quarter denizens who …

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