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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Hitting The High Notes With Saxophonist Joshua Redman

Saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman grew up in Berkeley, California, a very high achiever academically who turned to music for fun.

“I loved music, and I loved listening to it and I loved playing it, but I wasn’t serious about it. Music was kind of an escape, it was kind of a relief for me from the more rigorous aspects, the more studious aspects, of academics,” Redman says. “That was kind of how I let myself go and have fun.”

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Orleans Group Marks National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Silence Is Violence Executive Director Tamara Jackson on National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Today marks the start of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. A New Orleans non-profit is taking part in the Justice Department project.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
5:36 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Pianist And Composer George Cables

Pianist and composer George Cables.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

George Cables is a superb pianist, an outstanding composer with a real gift for melody. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Queens. He started piano in grade school, and liked taking traditional lessons and studying classical music right away.

“I did like the piano. I had a crush on my piano teacher,” he said.

Cables studied classical piano at the Manhattan High School for the Performing Arts, and found a way to incorporate jazz into his afternoon commute home.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:54 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Meeting the Diverse Needs of Learners

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to education. Remember when former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum branded President Obama a snob for wanting everyone in America to go to college? Well, I constantly build schools in the air resembling ivy covered college campuses fashioned after antiquity’s trivium and quadrivium.

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Education
6:26 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Limited-English Students Lack Services At New Orleans Schools

In a report out today, New Orleans students from Vietnamese and Latino families say they are not getting the resources they need at school. The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) surveyed 100 students across six schools and collected stories from students and their families. It found a lack of services for Limited-English speakers.

Students describe being placed in English as a Second Language classes below their skill level. Juan Fortanel, 17, says his middle school ESL classes did not feel serious.

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Food
4:34 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Meals With A Mission At Nonprofit Cafés

Café Reconcile has recently finished a major overhaul of its cafe.
Courtesy of Café Reconcile

At a clutch of nonprofit restaurants, the notion of service extends far beyond waiting tables.

Meals With A Mission At Nonprofit Cafés

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:26 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Johnette Downing's Call To Perform

Singer-songwriter Johnette Downing.

Johnette Downing is an award-winning singer and songwriter of music for kids. A New Orleans native, and the daughter of musical parents, Downing felt the call to perform since she was in kindergarten.

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60-Second Weekend
2:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

60-Second Weekend

Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 second weekend.

It’s not jazzfest... yet. But there’s still plenty to do this weekend in New Orleans, even in The Fest’s (newly-paved) nearby Esplanade Ridge area.

So, whether you’re down on St Claude, from the Lower 9th, or attached to Mid-City, we've got your weekend:

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Big Chief Casby Prepares Mirthful Celebration on West Bank

The Mardi Gras Indians will celebrate one final Super Sunday at the Algiers West Fest on Sunday, April 21st in downtown Algiers.
Derek Bridges

Click to listen to this week's Notes From New Orleans.

For many members of our community, Carnival is not complete without a glimpse of at least one extraordinary, only-in-New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian. And even though there's been a couple of occasions for street sightings — like Mardi Gras Day, Uptown Super Sunday, and Downtown Super Sunday — those events are long past.

However, on this week's Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin tells us about one last chance to see the tribes en masse, and it's coming up soon.

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Music
1:03 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Artists, New Sound, Still Authentically Louisiana

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:22 am

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.


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