A Blog Supreme
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made

Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:41 pm

Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for everything. The city's arms are just that wide.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burden Of WWII Responsibilities Kept Secret For More Than 30 Years

A fully operational replica of the Colossus Mark 2 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Machines such as these were used to decode Germany messages in World War II.
Credit Ibonzer/CreativeCommons

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

Sixty eight years ago this week — May 8, 1945 to be exact — the Second World War ended in Europe with the signing of the official documents in Berlin. But, for one group of British military women, it would be more than 30 years before they were allowed to talk about their secret role in that devastating conflict.

Sharon Litwin had the chance to speak with one of them for this week's Notes from New Orleans; she filed this report from the back patio of a charming, soft-spoken resident of Covington, Louisiana.

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10:10 am
Wed May 8, 2013

A Look Ahead To The Future Of New Orleans With Gwen Thompkins And Trombone Shorty

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 2:38 pm



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.

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9:29 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Interviews: Former Congressman Charlie Melancon, Forum 35's Jacquie Stalls & Eric Dexter

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:44 pm

Jim talks with Jacquie Stalls and Eric Dexter, of Forum 35, who is hosting a panel discussion on same sex marriage (moderated by Jim) this Wednesday night.

Former U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon talks about what he's been doing since leaving Congress in 2010, and what's going on now in the nation's capital.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:20 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Singer-Songwriter Eric Lindell

Eric Lindell.

Singer-songwriter Eric Lindell’s music has a soulful quality that is redolent of New Orleans. But he grew up in Sonoma County, California.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:09 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Making Connections With Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton

Trumpeter, vocalist and keyboard player Nicholas Payton.
Credit nicholaspayton.com

Nicholas Payton is one brilliant musician. He plays just about everything on the bandstand very well. He’s best known for his trumpet work but is also a dynamic keyboard player, and even manages to play superbly on both at the same time.

In recent years Payton has added another tool to his kit: singing.

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Jazz Fest 2013
4:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Photos: A Jazz Fest Rain Dance

Allyce Andrew WWNO

A little rain couldn't keep tens of thousands of people from descending on the New Orleans Fair Grounds for the second weekend of Jazz Fest, 2013. We captured a slice of life at the Fest this past Thursday.

Jazz Fest 2013
1:35 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Photos: Jazz Fest Food

Crawfish Almondine. Perfect for when you're done with your set on stage.
Allyce Andrew WWNO

Music isn't the only thing that draws people to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival each year. The astounding variety of food all in one spot is one of the biggest pluses for locals and visitors alike.

Do you have your own Jazz Fest food favorite? Did we miss something important? Let us know in the comments below.

Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

What Would Your Map Of Jazz Fest Look Like?

Allyce Andrew WWNO

Helen Regis is a cultural anthropologist who has been studying the Jazz and Heritage Festival for 10 years. In some ways, she says, you can think of the Jazz Fest as a city.

“The people who build the festival every year — the construction crew, the electricians — feel like they’re building a city. They do. It’s this physical infrastructure. It has lights. It has plumbing. Sort of.” Regis says, in some ways, it’s kind of a fantasy city. "In some ways it looks like New Orleans, but it’s not."

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Jazz Fest 2013
12:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Keeping It Delicious With Jazz Fest Food Director Michelle Nugent

It wouldn't be a spring festival in New Orleans without crawfish!
Credit Allyce Andrew / WWNO

With nearly 70 food vendors and over 200 dishes, Jazz Fest isn’t simply a music destination, it’s a foodie paradise. But that makes vendor selection and organization an arduous task.

Fortunately, just the right woman is leading the process. Michelle Nugent has been the Jazz Fest Food Director since 1999 and has a culinary résumé befitting a world-class chef. She spent 17 years working with chef Susan Spicer, first as an apprentice, then as Bayona’s sous chef, and finally as the executive chef at Spice Inc.

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