May 2009 Archives
I included Toussaint's fine new Nonesuch CD, The Bright Mississippi, in my latest CD roundup for The Wall Street Journal. Toussaint's Vanguard show featured the same band, save for trumpeter Christian Scott subbing for Nicholas Payton. Yet it offered pleasures well beyond what I described in my brief review, and far deeper than the album's excellent but sometimes precious expression.
Wednesday's late set was wondrous. I can think of only two other musicians I've heard conjure such a mixture of musicianship and intimacy at the Vanguard: Bebo Valdés and Shirley Horn.
Ok, Terri persuaded me to begin blogging again in earnest. (But I'm not so sure about pitch to get on Facebook for real.) In any case, here I am again, restarting what I hope will be a daily ritual. Look out: ListenGood is back.
The annual Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans is always more than you can possibly take in, and not the half of it-- there's just so much happening in NOLA musically and in general. Here's my account (or what I could fit in, anyway) of the goings on within and outside the Fair Grounds, in this week's Village Voice.
And here's my pantheon of jazzfest delicacies (and the number consumed):
Soft-shellcrab po'boy (3)
cochon de lait po'boy (2)
crawfish enchilada (1)
Creole file gumbo (2)
barbecued ribs, white beans, and rice (3)
peach cobbler (1 each day, except for the day I had 2)
mango freeze (1 each day)
Best overheard comment (props to Katherine):
"Between Bonerama and The Johnson Extension, I'm going to need to take a cold shower."
(And a shout out to Deborah and Ken, for putting me up, and putting up with me.)
And I swear it this time: I'm going to learn how to post my photos, and share my shots from this trip. Then, I'm going to move slowly back, archiving the photos I've taken in NOLA during the past three years.
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
David Jays on theatre and dance
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Public Art, Public Space
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog