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Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse Showcases N.O. Jazz

Looking for a jazz club in New Orleans open seven days a week with premier local jazz artists and no cover to get in? Legendary and Grammy-award winning New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has a treat for you. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse showcases some of the best jazz artists in the city every night of the week and has quickly become a go-to for the genre. While it’s located on Bourbon St in the French Quarter, it’s a breath of fresh air as a classy retreat from the typical Bourbon St clubs. If jazz is what you’re after, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is an ideal location.

One special regular event at New Orleans’ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is the Playhour at the Playhouse, which features different artists performing at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. every week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Upcoming Playhours at the Playhouse this week include Lady Sings the Blues feat. Dana Abbot on Wed., June 25th, Paul Longstreth on Thurs., June 26th and Jeff “Snake” Greenberg on June 27th, all at 5 p.m.

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Other regular featured artists that you might catch on your trip are Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band every Monday, Irvin Mayfield himself with the NOJO Jam every Wednesday and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown every Friday, all at 8 p.m.

This regular slot is always filled with both popular and up-and-coming artists in the local jazz scene and makes a perfect music performance to catch in the late afternoon just before your dinner plans (particularly if your reservations are in the French Quarter). In the same way, the 8 p.m. concerts are a perfect after-dinner musical dessert and an especially jazzy way to close out your evening if you’re turning in early read more »

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New Orleans’ 2014 Satchmo SummerFest

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong is a New Orleans legend who still lives in the hearts of musicians and jazz lovers the world over. A central figure in the development of early New Orleans jazz, Satchmo became a world-renowned star that helped to put New Orleans and its monumental genre on the map of the music world. And the city celebrates his legacy still today.

New Orleans’ Satchmo SummerFest, held this year from July 31st through August 3rd, 2014 at and surrounding the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, is one of many summer festivals that occur in the city each year. But it is memorable in its own right due to the curated music, food and events that are intended to represent all that Satchmo and his contributions are to New Orleans.

Black and white photo of Louis Armstrong with trumpet in hand.

Photo of a photo in the US Mint Jazz Museum

The music schedule will be released in early July, but past festivals have included such artists as Kermit Ruffins, Leroy Jones, Jeremy Davenport, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon and Allen Toussaint, in addition to one of last year’s special guests, Japanese trumpeter Yoshio Toyama. Each year, dozens of local trumpeters, jazz musicians and more congregate on all four days of New Orleans’ Satchmo SummerFest to celebrate the music and traditions of Satchmo and New Orleans jazz.

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Tips for Making the Most Out of the Jazz Fest Music Lineup

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2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival

Whether you go to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one day or all seven, you want to make the most out of the experience—especially when it comes to catching all the great live music you have at your disposal. With thousands of musicians to see across 12 stages, you could use a few tips to keep you from wasting any time and instead maximizing it so you can enjoy all of the food and music you can handle.

Research Ahead of Time

While it’s definitely fun to just aimlessly walk around Jazz Fest, if you want to see as much on the Jazz Fest music lineup as possible, like anything, it’s going to take a little planning. You may already have in mind a few artists you want to see, particularly some headliners, but what about the rest of the day? Maybe you’ve heard of some local musicians, but maybe you haven’t.

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New Year’s Travel Resolutions

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In the hustle and bustle of the passing year, it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to take some time to do a little traveling. Unless finances are keeping you from it, there’s really no need to forgo traveling—even if it means a quick weekend getaway to somewhere close by. Traveling gives you the opportunity to recharge your batteries, to see and experience new places, to try new foods and create memories that can last a lifetime. Here are a few New Year’s travel resolutions for 2014 that you can add to your list.

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Frenchmen St: Bourbon St’s Authentic Musical Alternative

 

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Much to the chagrin of locals, Bourbon St and its associated partying and debauchery are often one of the first associations tourists have with the city. It’s a common destination—perhaps all too common—and it can sometimes trump the plethora of other music and activities the city has to offer. One of those beloved local attractions is just past the edge of the French Quarter in the Marigny—Frenchmen St.

Frenchmen St is a strip of music venues, restaurants and bars that runs in a diagonal between Esplanade Ave (at the eastern edge of the French Quarter) and Elysian Fields Ave in the neighborhood known as the Faubourg Marigny. Considered an artsy district with more alternative-styled inhabitants than other neighborhoods in the city, the Marigny is the perfect setting for the crowds that frequent Frenchmen St.

Music venues are the main draw to this iconic New Orleans street, and Frenchmen St is home to some of the best music you’ll find in the city. Looking for traditional jazz? Check out the small but intimate settings of the Three Muses or the Spotted Cat or the table-seated environment of SnugHarbor, a popular tourist destination. More interested in brass bands, funk or anything else you can dance to? Try the Blue Nile, Maison or Café Negril.

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Tipitina’s – Where Live Music Meets History

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This week, Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave, Uptown) celebrates 35 years serving up some of the best live music the city has to offer. On the 6th, they hosted a Super Fais Do Do with Bruce Daigrepont. On the 11th, they featured Re:Orientation with Gravity A and friends. This weekend, their anniversary party on Jan 18th and 19th features a reunion of the Radiators as well as the Soul Rebels and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. On the 26th, the venue hosts The Nevilles, a longstanding New Orleans musical family. This selection of artists is just a taste of the quality live music that Tipitina’s might be hosting any weekend in New Orleans, and for the past 35 years.

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A Tribute to “Uncle Lionel Batiste”

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Treme Brass Band

As everybody in New Orleans knows by now, “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, bass drummer for Treme’ Brass Band in New Orleans, 81, died on Sunday, July 8 after a brief bout with prostate cancer.  “Uncle” Lionel had become a poster boy for the resurgent New Orleans music scene in the last few years since Hurricane Katrina.  Long, lean, dapper, perpetually snappily dressed with a trademark gold cross and wristwatch worn over his knuckles, “Uncle” Lionel sauntered around the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street.  He was the face on the New York City Times Square banner for Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentary, “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.”  His image graced the 2010 Congo Square poster for New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and of course, for the historic Treme’ neighborhood bicentennial poster. It’s 200 years in 2012 since the country’s oldest historic African-American neighborhood was founded.

But more than becoming a visual icon of New Orleans, “Uncle” Lionel was a consummate musician and mentor to many younger musicians.  The Treme’ Brass Band’s weekly gig on Wednesdays at the Candlelight Lounge in Treme’ became a hipster and tourist destination after HBO’s “Treme’” TV show began running in 2009,  but there was nothing touristy about the music, or the joy that the music brought.  “Uncle” Lionel was a direct link to an earlier time in New Orleans, when traditional brass band music wasn’t even especially well-known outside of New Orleans.  It grew out of the neighborhoods, and it was handed down in the old-school way, by the “older” guys teaching the younger ones.  If you want to hear “Uncle” Lionel playing and singing, Treme’ Brass Band records are available at Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St. in New Orleans, and for download at www.locobop.com.   Sound of New Orleans, www.soundofneworleans.com,  recently re-released its 1980s recording of Treme’ Brass Band, “I Got a Big Fat Woman,” and it’s about as authentic as you can get.

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