No sooner had I started to idly wonder what’s happening in one of my favorite former hometowns than Terri Hinte sent a message reminding me of a new album by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The CD is a tribute to one of the city’s most beloved musical heroes, the late Allen Toussaint, composer of “Southern Nights,” “Java” and innumerable other hits. The members of the orchestra are from across the city and a variety of musical disciplines. When the band is at full strength, it numbers more than twenty musicians. They are led by drummer Adonis Rose, a young veteran of the New Orleans scene. In an introductory video, Rose discusses the philosophy that guides the orchestra
There is also less happy news on the New Orleans jazz front, although according to today’s New York Times, it is headed toward resolution. To read the story by Giovanni Russonello, go here.