John Boutté is hard to intimidate. He may be the only guy who has ever told Stevie Wonder that his singing was flat. Boutté's observation, during a chance encounter with Wonder, changed his life for good. What's more, it made our lives better.
For more than 20 years, Boutté has built a career writing and performing his own songs, as well as re-interpreting the signature work of others. This week, Boutté tells Music Inside Out how he got so good at finding lyrics to suit his voice, his tenderness, his outrage and his legendary sass.
This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, we're featuring Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Mel Tormé, Art Pepper, John Scofield, Dr. Billy Taylor, McCoy Tyner — and an extended conversation with the Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" — Peter Martin...
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Without music, most movie would be downright drab. No one would be singing in the rain. The guys in "Chariots of Fire" would be running INEXPLICABLY IN SLOW MOTION. And in "Casablanca," Sam would have nothing to play... much less play again.
This week, we're talking about movie music with three great guests: NPR film critic Bob Mondello, jazz great Terence Blanchard, and director Benh Zeitlin, whose "Beasts of the Southern Wild" earned him awards the world over.
So, as they say, save us the aisle seat and we'll share our popcorn.
In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.
The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.
"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.