no justice for drummer's murder

I've been too long away. Forgive me. I arrived in New Orleans two days ago to find that the trial of David Bonds, the accused murderer of Hot 8 Brass Band snare drummer and educator Dinerral Shavers, had finally begun. It was a dramatic three days of testimony, after which, to an outrage I'm sure I share with others, Bonds was acquitted on all counts. 
I'll have more to say on this matter, but I'm off to the Experience Music Project Conference in Seattle to present a paper on jazz funerals, dirges, and hymns in post-Katrina New Orleans. You can find the Times-Picayune stories on the trial here.
April 10, 2008 9:03 PM |
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