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"He went out the way he lived: embracing reality.”

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The semi-wintry temperatures must be taking effect because all I’ve been wanting to do lately is cocoon myself into a ball of blankets o

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A lot was good on Friday at Jazz Fest, but nothing was as mind-blowing as the

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Christmas music often comes with a strong undercurrent of nostalgia as the songs evoke times that seem simpler in retrospect.

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Wynton Marsalis’ appearance this on The Washington Post’s podcast “

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[Updated] Tuesday, Wynton Marsalis made news when he asserted that hip-hop is more harmful to African Americans than Co

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The NOJO 7 picked a good night for launch party.

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Trombone Shorty’s fest-closing set deserves to be the ritual that th

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Since Joe Dyson was a teenager at NOCCA, he has been one of The Drumme

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Friday at Jazz Fest was a lesson in context.

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Terrace Martin’s set felt like it was just getting started when he brought it to

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In his best days with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), Victor Atkins could

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Wednesday night’s highlights in New Orleans include guitarist

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In recent years, Jazz Fest at night has been a jam fest, and that’s certainly going on.

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Big Freedia received a rock star’s reception when she played Jazz Fes

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Saturday at Jazz Fest, Rod Stewart tags in for Aretha Franklin. I give St

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Some believe that starting a record label in 2018 is a

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When you Google “Mr. Hands,” the Wikipedia entry “Enumclaw horse sex case” is the first link, followed by the entry for Mr.

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Jazz, like light, changes every time you look at it.

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“How many of y’all drink 151?” asked Stephen “Thund

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“But recently I began to feel that maybe I wouldn’t be able to do what I want to do and need to do with American musicians, who are

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[Updated There are limits to what I expect from

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In an encore presentation, the Frenchmen Street singer reveals how opera indirectly pushed her toward jazz before she plays Jazz Fest today.

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What are the reasons to be excited by the lineup for the New Orleans Jazz an

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Funk/jazz/rock band Naughty Professor had a good 2016, and the band’s bas

When you think of a music festival in 2016, an abandoned post office doesn’t generally come to mind, so when I learned that Houston’s second annual

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“Let’s get everyone super-fucking-Christmas-y,” Chris Hardwick said to start in interview with Zoe Deschanel and M.

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The Faux/Real Festival grew out of New Orleans Fringe Festival, and it kicks off

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[Updated] At a time when Spotify, Tidal, Pandora and Apple Music are competing to see who can algorithmically individua

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David Kunian is trying to find out what he’s got.

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Trapper Keaper presents Will Thompson and Marcell

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The debate after the Grammys focused on Lady Gaga’s frenetic tribute to David Bowie, while singer

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[Updated] Early voting has started for March 5’s Louisiana Primary, and it is time to vote for the winners for

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The nominations for the Grammys were announced on Monday, and South Louisiana was ligh

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When describing Lake Street Dive to a friend, I compared them jokingly to

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This week's Freshly Spilt Milk features new music from Infuze, Sun Club, Rastronaut, Young Romance, and more.

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Today, French Quarter Festivals Inc. (FQFI) sent out a press release titled, "The 15th Anniversary S

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“I’ve been watching the news all morning, and I’m waiting for the word thug to come up and it hasn’t.”

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[Updated]  Rain battered the Fair Grounds for a second day, and a prolonged midday rain turned

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Even with the best-intentioned audiences, The Wee Trio changes its set to play fest

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[Updated] It's easy as music lovers to get lost in the romance of music and miss the financial realities of a life spent making mu

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In 2013, “Dolo Jazz Suite” events started showing up on Facebook.

[Updated] Red Baraat sometimes gets narrowly defined as making "world" or "ethn

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This year, the Panorama Jazz Band began recording and releasing a song online, free to t

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Musically, Irvin Mayfield often leaves no doubt of his talent, but

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Last night, a clearly rattled, distraught Facebook post (since taken down) announced the death of saxophone player Tim Green.

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Ellis Marsalis contributed a curious, needed moment in Wynton Marsalis' Sunday night show at the Saenger, according to guest reviewer Brian Boyles.

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It’s not clear that the world needed another female vocalist singing jazz standards, and it’s really unclear that New Orleans was underserved in th

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Thursday would have been the 100th birthday for jazz futurist Sun Ra had he lived that l

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When Jon Batiste appeared on Treme as a member of Delmond Lambreaux’s band, it was hard

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This year's Jazz Fest nightlife isn't as jam-heavy as previous years have been.

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During Jazz Fest 2013, Soulive played The Howlin' Wolf as part of the Royal

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HIP Fest was the brain child of New Orleans-based drummer Marcello Benetti. He felt that t

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[Updated] For New Orleans’ Robin Barnes, life has been exciting since th

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[Updated]  My relationship to Kermit Ruffins' music is co

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I don't get usually involved in genre-definition conversations, partly because when asked what they make, most musicians will say "music" instead o

Cover art for Jason Marsalis' "In a World of Mallets"

In 2010, Jason Marsalis kicked a jazz anthill when he half-jokingly riffed on video about "

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The Open Ears Series has presented weekly improvised music shows for fi

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"Ohhh, I hit a baby deer."

Cover art for Preservation Hall Jazz Band's "St. Peter and 57th"

Last year, Preservation Hall and the jazz band that bears its name celebrated 50 yea

Cover image of the New Orleans Helsinki Connection album Paradise on Earth

Jonathan Lethem goes Dick on The Talking Heads, The New Orleans Helsinki Connection needs some new records, and Graceland's still great even though Paul Simon doesn't get it.

Swedish adventurous jazz combo The Thing collaborated with Neneh Cherry, whose roots in the