Jazz Fest: The Who Show Fighting Spirit

[Updated]  Rain battered the Fair Grounds for a second day, and a prolonged midday rain turned much of the infield to mud. As if on schedule, the rain quit for good near the start of The Who on Jazz Fest’s Acura Stage, and the sun actually shined on “Baba O’Riley.” The Who’s set began woefully as the momentum Keith Moon and John Entwistle generated on “Can’t Explain” was badly needed. “The Seeker” wasn’t an improvement, and “Squeeze Box” was too lightweight to be more than pleasant.

Jazz Fest: Cassandra Wilson Slows Time with Billie Holiday

On Coming Forth by Day, Cassandra Wilson brings a tangible languor to the Billie Holiday songbook. She’s not exhausted, but “The Way You Look Tonight” omits almost all traces of time so that no beat or pulse can hurry on the moment’s reverie. Drummer Thomas Wydler doesn’t push, so tracks have clear rhythms, but they’re heard more than felt.

My Spilt Milk at Jazz Fest 2015

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell starts Friday, but My Spilt Milk’s coverage of it began a few weeks ago. We get serious starting Wednesday with previews and reviews of shows that take place at the Fair Grounds and around town. Here is a list of who and what we’ll cover between now and May 4. Once the post is up on the site, the artist’s name here will link to the story.

AF the Naysayer Searches for His People

In 2013, “Dolo Jazz Suite” events started showing up on Facebook. It wasn’t clear what a Dolo Jazz Suite was, though a quick check on YouTube revealed that it was more hip-hop than jazz. Or maybe not, according to Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, who performs as AF THE NAYSAYER (all caps, according to his website).

“‘Dolo’ is New York for slang for ‘myself’,” he says. “It’s a play on words: Dolo jazz—jazz for one’s self.”

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