Fess Up: Professor Longhair

Still in NOLA here is a newly curated anthology of the life and works of Professor Longhair (this year marks the centenary of his birth), originally documented by the late Stevenson J. Palfi. That “Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together” is quite true, but we are lucky to have had the Fats-Ray-Jerry summit from thirty years ago. Well-worth checking out is Jon Cleary’s explication of New Orleans piano styles from the documentary Music in Exile. And if you can score a ticket for this gig, you’ll be in piano heaven (Joe Krown was Gatemouth’s pianist, Cleary is there as is Marcia Ball, the latter two featured in Music in Exile).

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