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Music
8:46 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Universal Music Releases Important Louis Armstrong Recording Session to Honor Satchmo SummerFest

This year's Satchmo SummerFest — New Orleans' annual celebration of the life, legacy and music of Louis Armstrong — was again the occasion, for the second year in a row, for an important release of Armstrong material from Universal Music's vast archive.

Interview
1:41 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mahler Symphony No. 5

John McCusker New Orleans Times-Picayune

Farrar Hudkins talks with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto about this week's LPO concerts.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Reggie Scanlan — Bass Lion

Reggie Scanlan
Fantail Media Flickr

There's a reason why lions prefer the company of other lions. Just ask Reggie Scanlan. As a bass player, Scanlan worked with James Booker and Professor Longhair before starting a 33-year run with the Radiators. He's now in a band of all-stars called the New Orleans Suspects.

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12:42 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Runners, brass bands to raise money for high schools; Tipitina’s concert will help renovate Fess’s home

Lead in text: 
A new 5k run replete with costumes and brass bands will raise money Saturday afternoon to support local high school music programs, and an array of legendary New Orleans musicians will participate in a benefit concert afterward to preserve the family home of Professor Longhair — all presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation.
A new 5k run replete with costumes and brass bands will raise money Saturday afternoon to support local high school music programs, and an array of legendary New Orleans musicians will participate in a benefit concert afterward to preserve the family home of Professor Longhair - all presented by the Tipitina's Foundation.
Music Reviews
11:59 am
Wed September 26, 2012

After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD.
Ken Weiss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:12 pm

Jazz multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, who died at 88 in December 2011, recorded with many trios in the 1970s. But his most celebrated trio was barely recorded at all. In 2007, it played a reunion concert — its first in 26 years.

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A Blog Supreme
4:39 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Review: 'Treme,' Ep. 22: 'Dem Songs Is Gonna Stand, Son'

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) plays in a tribute to tuba player Kerwin James.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:42 pm

If you've been watching the HBO series Treme with us, welcome back.

If you're new here, welcome in the first place. WBGO's Josh Jackson, a New Orleans native, and I have been watching the music-saturated program set in post-Katrina New Orleans for two years now. After every episode, we try to establish some context for the many musical references and live performances the show features.

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The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Who Killed Messy Mya? High-Profile New Orleans Murder Trial Halted

Messy Mya.
YouTube

New Orleans is known for being different. The trial of the man accused in the 2010 murder of "social-media celebrity Anthony Barre, better known as Messy Mya," is adding to the city's reputation.

As The Times-Picayune reports, the trial was halted Monday after the district attorney's office "got wind of a YouTube video of the 7th Ward slaying and dropped the murder charge against Jason Baptiste Hamilton in an attempt to track down the footage."

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Music
11:38 am
Mon September 24, 2012

McNeese faculty plans free recital

The McNeese State University performing arts department will present a free faculty recital on Oct. 4.

Featured will be bass-baritone Bret Smithey.

The program will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ralph Squires Recital Hall of the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

Performers also will include Lina Morita on piano, Libby Looney as choreographer, Brett Dering, visual art, Colleen Cannon Benoit, Samantha Courville, Emily Looney, Libby Richards, Katie Blum, Amy Sonnier and Camryn Miller, dancers from Lake Charles Dance Academy.

Arts & Culture
11:19 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Kermit Ruffins gets OK to reopen Ernie D-Doe lounge

Trumpet player Kermit Ruffins has been given the green light to reopen Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge.

The Times-Picayune reports that the City Council voted Thursday to allow Ruffins reopen the famous music venue. Council action was needed because the business was closed for more than six months in 2011.

Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson thanked Ruffins for "saving history."

Ruffins told the council he is "looking forward to having a grand time in there. I can't wait for all of you to come down and party with us."

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
8:20 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Meet James Boyd, the LPO's new Managing Director

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their 22nd season this Saturday night, September 22nd, with their Night of Nights concert with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and feature artist Joaquin Achúcarro on piano.

WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with James William Boyd, the LPO's new Interim Managing Director, about the upcoming season and how he became involved with the LPO.

Learn more about this performance and the entire LPO season at LPOmusic.org

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