Correspondence: Post-Katrina Videos

Rifftides reader Lauren Kesner O'Brien writes from New Orleans: I'm the founder of a new video magazine,, and am contacting you because all week we are featuring great videos about jazz and New Orleans. In particular I thought today and tomorrow's video feature, The Sound After the Storm, featuring well known musicians Lillian Boutté and Dr. Michael White would be of particular interest to your blog readers:   … [Read more...]

Speaking Of New Orleans: Astral Project

If it has been a while since you've heard these exemplars of modern New Orleans music, now in their 32nd year, here's your chance. It's Astral Project on the road last fall at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul, Minnesota. The band is Tony Dagradi, tenor (and at the end soprano) saxophone; Steve Masakowski, guitar; James Singleton, bass; Johnny Vidacovich, drums. The name of the post-Katrina piece is "Dike Finger." Think about it. … [Read more...]