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12:57 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Between The Stages: Music History Sites To Visit During French Quarter Fest

J&M Recording Studio, on the corner of Rampart and Dumaine Streets.
Credit Wally Gobetz / Flickr

The French Quarter is alive with music this weekend as the 30th annual French Quarter Festival kicks into high gear.

Music has been central to the identity of New Orleans from the earliest years of the city's founding, and a casual stroll through the streets of the French Quarter will bring you past centuries of tangible music history.

While you're down in the Quarter for the Festival, or any time at all, make sure you don't miss these landmarks.

J&M Recording Studio
840 North Rampart St. (corner of Dumaine)

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WRKF
9:04 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Interviews: LSU Greats Kevin Mawae & Michael Papajohn

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 11:00 am

A visit with former NFL great Kevin Mawae and actor Michael Papajohn; both former standouts at LSU, who'll be inducted into the university's Hall Of Distinction tonight. 

John Price, with Mayor Holden's office and Camille Manning Broome, with the Center for Planning Excellence, discuss the Better Block Baton Rouge Project and plans for Government Street, in the Mid-city area.

Local attorney Beau Jones, with Bike Baton Rouge, who advocates for initiatives like the Better Block BR Project, to make the city more bicycle friendly.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: The Legendary Del McCoury

Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play Saturday, Jazz Fest May 5.

Bluegrass Hall of Famer Del McCoury’s folks came from the mountains of western North Carolina, but he grew up on a farm in York County, Pennsylvania, less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore.

“My dad and my older brother listened to the Grand Ol’ Opry every Saturday night,” McCoury said. It was before television, in the middle- to late-1940s.

“At a young age I heard Earl Scruggs, and that’s what got me into music.”

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Music Reviews
12:33 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set

Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
Express Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:28 pm

By 1928, Earl Hines was jazz's most revolutionary pianist, for two good reasons. His right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves that could cut through a band. His left hand had a mind of its own. Hines could play fast stride and boogie bass patterns, but then his southpaw would go rogue — it'd seem to step out of the picture altogether, only to slide back just in time.

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French Quarter Festival
11:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Half-Million Expected To Flock To French Quarter Festival For 30th Anniversary

The French Quarter Festival in 2009.
Credit Mark Gstohl / Flickr

The Vieux Carré will become ground zero this week as the French Quarter Festival — the largest free music festival in the southeast — kicks off its 30th anniversary celebration with four days of music.

We sat down with Marci Schramm, the festival’s executive director, to learn more about what’s on tap for this year’s festivities.

Highlights from the interview:

On reaching the 30-year milestone:

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Words and Music with Donald Harrison, Jr.

Donald Harrison, Jr. — saxophonist and Mardi Gras Indian chief.

Saxophonist, composer and Mardi Gras Indian Chief Donald Harrison, Jr. started learning about Mardi Gras Indian culture firsthand and early.

“The first time I put on a suit was at two years old for the Creole Wild West," Harrison said. I was a little chief of the Creole Wild West. I had on a dark blue and white suit my father made for me. I remember them running and going fast up and down in feathers, flying and singing.”

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WRKF
11:33 am
Wed April 10, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Entergy's Morgan Stewart, Paige Gagliano

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:25 pm

Jim talks with Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon about property insurance concerns and insurance legislation before the 2013 State Legislature

Entergy's Morgan Stewart discusses effort to secure federal funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers help to the poor and elderly with their utility bills.

Local actress and performer Paige Gagliano, who's directing a production of "Les Miserables" at The Dunham School. 


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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: David Egan — 20 Years of Trouble

David Egan.

David Eagan is one of Louisiana's most recorded songwriters. A short list of artists covering his tunes includes Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and Johnny Adams.

Egan grew up in the music-rich environments of 1960s Shreveport.

"You had the whole chitlins-circuit thing," Egan said. "You had the Bossier Strip, which was, of course, somebody's going to write a great book about that someday; just a hotbed of neon and music and vice. All those clubs and everything. And you had the Louisiana Hayride."

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: C.J. Chenier Keeps It Red Hot

C.J. Chenier at the 2011 Rawa Blues Festival in Poland.
Credit Małgorzata Miłaszewska-Duda

C.J. Chenier is the son of Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier.

"I didn't know to what magnitude my dad's popularity was, but I knew he played music and because he played music I wanted to play music," Chenier said.

C.J. took a few piano lessons, messed around with guitar a little bit, and by the fourth grade was ready to try a horn.

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Out To Lunch
4:45 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Out to Lunch — Coffee and Ice Cream

Peter Ricchiuti, Adrian Simpson and Danielle Boyce Batten.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans coffee and New Orleans ice cream — they're not just for New Orleanians any more, and you can hear why on this episode of Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti.

Adrian Simpson from New Orleans Ice Cream and Danielle Boyce Batten from Cool Brew Coffee are making an allied assault on the nation.

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