Merry Christmas from Big Freedia, Albert Ayler, Michael Angelakos and My Spilt Milk!

“Let’s get everyone super-fucking-Christmas-y,” Chris Hardwick said to start in interview with Zoe Deschanel and M. Ward of She & Him on “The Nerdist” podcast. They talk some about Christmas and play music from their Christmas Party album, but I’m not sure their conversation about the difference between Portland and Los Angeles gets me in the mood.

Miss Sophie Lee's Path to Frenchmen Street

Miss Sophie Lee didn’t start off looking to be a jazz singer. She has been on a musical path all her life, playing piano and violin as a child, and she went to a performing arts school in her native Chicago when she was five. “Love of music happened very early,” Lee says. She started taking singing lessons when she was in junior high and went to college for classical piano performance. The classical music career she’d been aimed at since childhood didn’t happen, though.

Making Sense of the Museum

David Kunian is trying to find out what he’s got. Kunian is now the music curator for the Louisiana State Museum, and he’s rummaging through the back rooms of the Old U.S. Mint to try to get a handle on exactly what is in the museum’s archives. Some of it’s obvious. One row of shelves house kick drums, one with “Kid Ory and his Creole Dixieland Band” on the front.

Jazz Fest: Terence Blanchard's "Breathless" Started at Home

Today, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective play the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent at 5:50 p.m. at Jazz Fest. When the group's album, Breathless, came out almost a year ago, Blanchard and I talked about the album's roots in the moment, but also events that affected his family specifically. Here's an encore presentation of that story.

Voting is Open for our New Orleans Music Awards

[Updated] Early voting has started for March 5’s Louisiana Primary, and it is time to vote for the winners for The My Spilt Milk Awards, which take place Thursday, April 7 at The Howlin’ Wolf. The ballot below includes our nominees as well as space for you to write-in your choice if you think we missed somebody.

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