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Chris Harris: master NOLA documenter

It’s been long overdue but Chris now has representation with the top-notch A Gallery for Fine Photography. Not only has Chris had access to the “who’s who” of the NOLA arts scene (Clementine Hunter, Tennessee Williams, Walker Percy, Thelma Toole, Professor Longhair) but Chris has shown me images not in the gallery (James Booker, Gatemouth, Charles…

Thelma Toole interviewed by Tom Snyder

As a regular viewer of Tom Synder’s late night interview show ostensibly dealing with less fluffy primetime subject matter (e. g. Johnny Rotten, Lennon, Sterling Hayden, Manson), I recall seeing Thelma being interviewed: at the time it made little impression upon me. Since my interest in “Ken” Toole has been ignited I’ve failed to find a…

Tour of Pops’ House

This is my favourite stop whenever I’m in NYC (Corona) — the house and garden gives off a profoundly calming vibe (in person it is very intimate and not as large as one might presume). Here is master biographer, archivist and blogger Ricky Riccardi leading the tour and moreover explaining how he came to be the…

Jazz funeral

It was the Jazz funeral opening scene in Live and Let Die that so captivated me, a kid living a world away — the dirge, the sashay, the exuberance — a love affair that has never dimmed. Thus I’m very pleased to learn about this crowd-funded work-in-progress City of a Million Dreams (H/T OffBeat). I’d imagine…

Deltaphonic on tour

Deltaphonic are on an extended tour. To my mind, they are one of the best things to have come out of NOLA of late (and that’s high praise indeed). The songwriting is incredibly mature and authentic and the musicianship compelling articulates that vibe. Don’t take my word for it: Kevin Quinet has warm words for them…

Charles Neville

Reported by WWOZ. Just the other day music photographer Chris Harris and I corresponded about Charles’ stint in Angola. This loss will cast a long shadow over JazzFest. charles nevillefunkmusicneville brothersnew orleans