Pianist Jonathan Batiste was born and raised in New Orleans as part of the Batiste jazz family dynasty there. He was playing with the family band by age 8. Eventually he took his talents to Julliard, and that's where he met the rest of Stay Human: Joe Saylor on the drums, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba and Eddie Barbash on alto sax.
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.
This week's Jazz New Orleans features Tom McDermott, Terence Blanchard, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Rene Marie, John McLaughlin, Karrin Allyson, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week", saxophonist and composer John Ellis.
This week Jazz New Orleans features Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Chick Corea, Tierney Sutton, Leroy Jones, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Donald Harrison — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week" — Randy Brecker.
At their best, pop songs conjure exactly what it’s like to be young. The stories are often simple. But they’re not so easy to write. Because the best pop songs take on the same themes as a great epic poem or a Wagnerian opera. Pop is about the loss of innocence.
Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:22 pm
As the pallbearers carried the casket through the streets of New Orleans, a brass band led the procession with the slow dirge "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." But this was no jazz funeral, this was a brass band blowout, and painted on the coffin were the names of competing bands: New Breed, New Generation and To Be Continued.
What do you get when you combine modern jazz, the music of Woody Guthrie, Delta blues, and Antonín Dvořák's "American" String Quartet?
You get Luke Winslow-King.
Born and raised in Michigan, a crime landed him in New Orleans. But, ever the optimist, Winslow-King decided to stay. And yet, the road has been more of a home in recent years. Winslow-King is spending the final months of 2013 on a European tour.
“I play for people who still feel like there is something positive and exciting left out in the world to experience.”