Category Archives: New Orleans

Smokin’ with Some Barbecue for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras sneaked up on me this year. Sadly, it’s felt like Ash Wednesday for months. What else can we give up in the name of austerity and abnegation? This is a sure sign that I need to second-line! Some … Continue reading






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New Orleans’ Transcendent Cultural Ecology

An 1817 plan of New Orleans, engraved by William Rollinson.[Drawing from The World That Made New Orleans/NYT] If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, you need to listen to Ned Sublette celebrate the city’s marvelous musical history … Continue reading






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Henry Butler on Blind Photography

Henry Butler promotes his latest recording, PiaNOLA Live, on NPR Music. He also plays some of the tunes on the grand piano in NPR’s Studio 4A. The best part of the interview is a 2-minute clip about Butler’s photography: “I’m … Continue reading






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Playing By Ear: Cuba And Its Music

“It was communal in spirit and participatory in nature, without a rigid separation of performer and audience,” writes Ned Sublette (left), Cuba and Its Music. “It was not something separate from daily life, but part of life, with specialized music … Continue reading






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Henry Butler at the Louisiana Music Factory

Henry Butler at the Louisiana Music Factory [Photo by SeenyaRita] Thanks to SeenyaRita for sharing the image in the Creative Commons.






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