In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
During the first episode of HBO's Treme, members of the Rebirth Brass Band and the show's trombone-playing character Antoine Batiste end a jazz parade in front of a neighborhood bar owned by Batiste's ex-wife, LaDonna Batiste-Williams. The uncomfortable nature of their reunion is underscored ... More >>
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Friday, June 4
If this was a scene from Treme, it'd play as farce: real New Orleans dudes playing real New Orleans music... in a snazzy, opulent, achingly hip Brooklyn bowling alley. We'd be mocked as clueless, unappreciative cultural tourists who woul ... More >>
So David Simon's post-Katrina New Orleans drama Treme premiered last night on HBO -- our comprehensive, local's-eye-view feature is here -- and though it might not be perfect (agree with this, for starters), it must be said that this is a music lover's dream: Wendell "Bunk" Pierce playing trombone ... More >>
Thursday, June 11
It is 12:15 p.m., ominous and overcast, and the emcee is stalling by announcing that he's stalling, complaining about the Mets, complaining about his pants. New Orleans r&b legend Allen Toussaint will be out shortly. A crowd of quiet, seemingly d ... More >>