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Widespread Panic

For those of us who couldn’t catch the band at Jazz Fest here they are streamed from a few weeks ago, sans Bayou Lena (start time @ 24:30). Here is a nice write-up of their Jazz Fest appearance. In other news, Tom Jones showed up unannounced at Chickie Wah Wah joining expat Jon Cleary. And Bonerama…

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…

The Fats Domino Story

As one might expect there will be a plethora of shallow obituaries and a flurry of mediocre books but the best sources and likely to remain so are Rick Coleman’s Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Joseph Lauro’s The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino and His Band (available on…

Albums of the year

If I were to choose an album of the year it would be Texas, Texas by Deltaphonic (my other recommendations below). Robert Fontenot as usual gets it (first quote) as does Kevin Quinet (second quote): [T]hese 11 tracks work just fine as road trip music for problem drinkers who like to think of themselves as one step ahead of…

NOLA @ Newport

NOLA is very well represented at this year’s event. This from the Providence Journal. Dr. John & The Lower 911 featuring ex-Brit Jon Cleary (there are a few of us who are besotted with NOLA), Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with special guests Catherine Russell and Jonathan Batiste. Catherine RussellDr. JohnJazzjon clearyJonathan BatistenewportNewport Jazz FestivalNOLApreservation hallPreservation Hall Jazz Band