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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 25, 2019 04:37PM) (new)

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This thread is another choice for those New Orleans fans.

Jelly Roll Morton’s Band, The Red Hot Peppers in the 1920s (Stanford University Libraries)

message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Feb 21, 2012 07:05PM) (new)

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Professor Longhair:

Professor Longhair (nee Henry Roeland Byrd and aka Fess) (December 19, 1918 - January 30, 1980) was a legendary New Orleans blues musician. He was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was noted for his unique piano style, which he described as “a combination of rumba, mambo, and Calypso”, and his unusual, expressive voice, described once as “freak unique”. He was called the Bach of Rock and Roll.

Go to the Mardi Gras (Professor Longhair) - thanks to Bea

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Iko Iko (Dr. John)

Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John (also Dr. John Creaux), is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll.

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded over 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with the jaunty funk-flavored "Right Place Wrong Time", still perhaps his best-known song.

The winner of five Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend on Monday, March 14, 2011.

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Dr John- Iko Iko (thanks to Bea)

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Bea | 1830 comments The Neville Brothers, an American R&B and soul group, was formed in 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group notion started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art (born 1937), Charles (b. 1938), Aaron (b. 1941), and Cyril (b. 1948) got together to take part in the recording session of The Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by their uncle Big Chief Jolly.

All brothers except Charles, who lived in Massachusetts, had been living in New Orleans; but following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 Cyril and Aaron moved out of the city. They had not been performing in New Orleans since Katrina hit the city. However, they finally returned to perform there at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2008, at the closing spot which had been reserved for them for years.

Aaron Neville had a successful solo career as a soul singer. His most well known hit is "Tell It Like It Is" (1967).

The Neville Brothers - Big Chief

Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is

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Bea | 1830 comments The Meters The Meters are an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Meters performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977.

While The Meters rarely enjoyed significant mainstream success, they are considered, along with artists like James Brown, one of the progenitors of funk music and their work is highly influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and modern musicians working in the funk idiom.

The Meters' sound is defined by an earthy combination of tight melodic grooves and highly syncopated New Orleans "second-line" rhythms under highly charged guitar and keyboard riffing. Their songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics.

Art Neville, see above, was the group's front man.

Cissy Strut

Look-Ka Py Py

Hey Pocky A-Way

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Thank you Bea.

message 7: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Feb 22, 2012 06:33PM) (new)

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Here is their new ad - cute (New Orleans)

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Beau Soleil

I have been lucky enough to see this band several times and they are so terrific.

Founded in 1975, BeauSoleil (often billed as "BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet") released its first album in 1977 and became one of the most well-known bands performing traditional and original music rooted in the folk tunes of the Creole and Cajun people of Louisiana. BeauSoleil tours extensively in the U.S. and internationally. While its repertoire includes hundreds of traditional Cajun, Creole and zydeco songs, BeauSoleil has also pushed past constraints of purely traditional instrumentation, rhythm, and lyrics of Louisiana folk music, incorporating elements of rock and roll, jazz, blues, calypso, and other genres in original compositions and reworkings of traditional tunes. Lyrics on BeauSoleil recordings are sung in English or Cajun French (and sometimes both in one song).

According to the band's web site, BeauSoleil's musicians "take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe."

The band's name is a tribute to Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil, the leader of the Acadian resistance to British deportation efforts beginning in 1755. Broussard led the attack against Dartmouth Nova Scotia, in what would become known as the "Dartmouth Massacre". Beausoleil was eventually captured, but following his imprisonment managed to lead 193 exiles to Louisiana before he died in 1765.

BeauSoleil has appeared on soundtracks to films The Big Easy, Passion Fish and Belizaire the Cajun. The group plays at jazz and folk festivals and has appeared on numerous television shows, including CNN's Showbiz Today, Austin City Limits, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Emeril Live. BeauSoleil appears regularly on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion radio show. Keillor has hailed the group as the "best Cajun band in the world". BeauSoleil has also performed in concert with Mary Chapin Carpenter and opened for the Grateful Dead.

A great Cajun classic.......Kolinda

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Thank you or the add Jill

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the Preservation Hall. Here is the original Preservation Hall Jazz Band with an old standard.

St. James Infirmary

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Tipitina's

There are so many great bars in the Big Easy which feature the best of cajun/zydeco music but here is the one that everyone flocks to when in town.

Tipitina's is a music venue located at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Local music enthusiasts opened the venue on January 14, 1977. The name was inspired by a well-known song, "Tipitina", by Professor Longhair who also performed there until his death in 1980. Before adopting use of "Tipitina's" as its name, the facility was known as "The 501 Club," in reference to its street address (501 Napoleon Avenue). Tipitina's stands as one of the best-known clubs in New Orleans. The building itself was constructed in 1912, and prior to becoming Tipitina's, it served as a gambling house, gymnasium, and brothel.

In the early years, it had a juice bar and restaurant as well as a bar. The only remnant of the juice bar is the banana in Tipitina's logo. In the early 1980s, the studios of radio station WWOZ were located in one of the apartments upstairs from the club. During that time, occasionally, WWOZ would carry a Tipitina's show live by literally lowering a microphone into the club through a hole in the floor. Tipitina's closed for a time during the 1984 World's Fair, when much of the local music scene was drawn to venues in and around the Fair. The building was then remodeled to remove the upstairs apartments in favor of a higher ceiling in the downstairs music venue and reopened.

In 1998, Tipitinas opened a second location on North Peters Street in the French Quarter, which for a time was also a regular live music venue as well as open for private events and parties but is currently closed. Apart from running these venues, Tipitina's has established the Tipitina's Foundation, a non-profit organization to support local music and musicians. The main focus of the Tipitina's Foundation is to provide musical instruments and uniforms to New Orleans public high school Marching Bands. The Foundation has been especially active in supporting the musicians victimized by Hurricane Katrina.

During the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival period, Tipitina's hosts a concert series titled "Fess Jazztival", which is a play on "Jazz Festival" and Professor Longhair's nickname, "Fess".

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) New Orleans Jazz Funeral

The term "jazz funeral" was long in use by observers from elsewhere, but was generally disdained as inappropriate by most New Orleans musicians and practitioners of the tradition. The preferred description was "funeral with music"; while jazz was part of the music played, it was not the primary focus of the ceremony. This reluctance to use the term faded significantly in the final 15 years or so of the 20th century among the younger generation of New Orleans brass band musicians more familiar with the post-Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Soul Rebels Brass Band funk influenced style than the older traditional New Orleans jazz.

The tradition blends strong European and African cultural influences. Louisiana's colonial past gave it a tradition of military style brass bands which were called on for many occasions, including playing funeral processions. This was combined with African spiritual practices, specifically the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Jazz funerals are also heavily influenced by early twentieth century African American Protestant and Catholic churches, black brass bands, and the Haitian Voudoo's idea of celebrating after death in order to please the spirits who protect the dead. Another group that has had an impact on jazz funerals is the Mardi Gras Indians.

The tradition was widespread among New Orleanians across ethnic boundaries at the start of the 20th century. As the common brass band music became wilder in the years before World War I, some white New Orleanians considered the hot music disrespectful, and such musical funerals became rare among the city's white citizens. After the 1960s, it gradually started being practised across ethnic and religious boundaries. Most commonly such musical funerals are done for individuals who are musicians themselves, connected to the music industry, or members of various social aid and pleasure clubs or Carnival krewes who make a point of arranging for such funerals for members. Although the majority of jazz funerals are for African American musicians there has been a new trend in which jazz funerals are given to young people who have died.

The organizers of the funeral arrange for hiring the band as part of the services. When a respected fellow musician or prominent member of the community dies, some additional musicians may also play in the procession as a sign of their esteem for the deceased.

A typical jazz funeral begins with a march by the family, friends, and a brass band from the home, funeral home or church to the cemetery. Throughout the march, the band plays somber dirges and hymns. A change in the tenor of the ceremony takes place, after either the deceased is entombed, or the hearse leaves the procession and members of the procession say their final goodbye and they "cut the body loose". After this the music becomes more upbeat, often starting with a hymn or spiritual number played in a swinging fashion, then going into popular hot tunes. There is raucous music and cathartic dancing where onlookers join in to celebrate the life of the deceased. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the second line, and their style of dancing, in which they walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called second lining.

Some typical pieces often played at jazz funerals are the slow, and sober song "Nearer My God to Thee" and such spirituals as "Just a Closer Walk With Thee". The later more upbeat tunes frequently include "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Didn't He Ramble".

message 13: by Jill (last edited Dec 14, 2014 05:36PM) (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Speaking of funeral parades, this video of the parade for Doc Watson who played saxophone for the Olympia Brass Band shows the celebration of the man's life. Joy, not sorrow.

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) The life and foibles of the king of jazz in New Orleans. This is part of the "Roots of Modern American Music" series.

Jelly Roll Morton: Play on Jelly Roll, Play On

Jelly Roll Morton Play on Jelly Roll, Play on (The Music of New Orleans) by Stacy Brown by Stacy Brown (no photo)


Introducing the first volume in the highly anticipated "Roots of Modern American Music" series - an examination of the life and legacy of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton. As a foundational and long misunderstood figure in the history of the uniquely American art form now known as jazz, Jelly Roll Morton casts a long shadow. A prodigy at age 7 and an outcast by 14, Morton was considered a genius by all who knew him. But along with the brilliance, his fellow musicians and his public were forced to confront an ego and attendant eccentricities that were often mystifying and sometimes self-defeating. Jelly Roll Morton examines this man with an unflinching eye while considering both his gifts and his flaws."The Roots of Modern American Music" series aims to provide the reading public with informative, well-researched, and eminently readable volumes on major American cultural figures. The series as a whole will cover the depth and breadth of key personalities who have made our country a musical beacon to people across the globe.

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) New Orleans Street Musicians

You need to look at this list at the address below before you go to New Orleans the next time. The street musicians there are magical and this site will tell you where to find the best of the best.

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Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Speaking of street musicians, you never know that the once famous might now be street musicians in New Orleans. Although I can't swear to this, I believe I saw and listened to Phil Phillips whose one-hit wonder "Sea of Love" is a classic. Right age, same voice but I hesitated to ask I will always think that it indeed was him since he fell on hard times after his one hit.

Sea of Love by Phil Phillips

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Allen Toussaint

The Bright Mississippi (full album):

Allen Toussaint Documentary:

Interview, live from the North Sea Jazz Club Amsterdam:

Allen Toussaint's funeral procession:

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Very apt and timely. Thank you for the adds Andre.

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My pleasure!

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New Orleans Playlist:

Source: Youtube

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