Prince, Womack, and the Essence of Essence

[Updated] I was sad to learn that soul legend Bobby Womack passed away Friday. I interviewed him for almost an hour before he played Jazz Fest this year. That story is online here, and in it he denies that he was living with Alzheimer's Disease, and contended that a reporter who didn't get a joke started that rumor.

This Week's Soundtrack

1. "Daylight" - Bobby Womack

Jazz Fest Review: Sunday in Pictures

On Sunday, photographer Patrick Ainsworth shot the last day of Jazz Fest, and here are his highlights. For him, the set of the day came from Aaron Neville, who closed the Gospel Tent. He wrote:

He was crying or sweating a lot, but either way Aaron Neville's performance was incredibly powerful. It reminded me  of when I waylaid by Nina Simone while sitting in the grass at the Jazz Tent in the early '90s. I've never really been an Aaron Neville fan. Never got his singing. Now I get it, and he really is a musical giant.

Jazz Fest Preview: Bobby Womack Gets Nervous

Bobby Womack’s career had started by the time he was 10, and he has been in the public eye since the 1950s when Sam Cooke saw his family gospel group and suggested that they sing secular music. Cooke mentored Womack through his days in The Valentinos, and the group disbanded after Cooke was killed in 1964. Womack has worked as a solo artist since.

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