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Photos: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage 2017

The second weekend of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival unfolded in perfect weather and featured parades, local acts as well as world-class performers.

Some of the headliners included Snoop Dogg, Buddy Guy,  Trombone Shorty, Patti Labelle, Tank & the Bangas, Lee Konitz, Big Freedia, Chucho Valdes, Leyla McCalla, Kenny Barron and many more.

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Hot 8 Brass Band Performs with Youth Music Program in Paris

As part of their tour in France, the Hot 8 Brass Band joined forces with a local New Orleans-themed brass band and members of a youth music program for a performance at the Festival Villes des Musiques du Monde in Aubervilliers, outside of Paris on Sunday, November 6.

In 2013, the documentary The Whole Gritty City shed some light on the positive effects that youth music programs and brass band culture have had in various communities around New Orleans. With the film traveling internationally, and New Orleans brass band music exploding in popularity abroad in recent years, community leaders have been inspired to replicate the phenomenon at home.

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Wilbert Rawlins, Jr. directs French music students during Hot 8 Brass Band performance in Aubervilliers. Photo by Noé Cugny

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Paris: Jam De La Casserole

The second edition of the 2016 Jam de la Casserole, a biweekly event in La Villette in Paris, took place on Wednesday, October 5.

For the fourth year of this installation, Parisian musicians of all backgrounds gathered in the relaxed atmosphere of La Petite Halle in the  for another funk-infused jam session. The diverse crowd enjoyed a well-crafted collaboration in music, dancing to the sounds of eclectic formations made up of regulars as well as new faces.

The Casserole stage also welcomed the coming of Malian keyboardist and afro-beat veteran Cheick Tidiane Seck, who took charge for an explosive ending to an all-around successful night in music.

Photos: We Breathe. They Shoot.

The Port art space in New Orleans opened its doors on Wednesday, July 13 for We Breathe. They Shoot., an event described by the organizers as a night of poetry, song & arts, with proceeds benefiting Alton Sterling’s family in Baton Rouge.

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed freshly-cut fruit, drinks, spoken word, music performances, but also gathered around opinion leaders such as Kalamu Ya Salaam and Angela Kinlaw who raised questions on organized activism and  current social issues of race inequality, police brutality and more.

An array of local poets including Kataalyst Alcindor opened the event, music acts were provided by Max Moran & Neospectric, Quess, Baron Amato, Stefan Henry, A Lovely Triangle and many more.

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Baron Amato performs at Port for the “We Breathe. They Shoot.” event.

Photos: Bayou Boogaloo 2016

The 11th annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo took place on New Orleans’ Bayou St. John over the weekend of May 20 through 22.

Among the countless inventive floating devices across the bayou waters and the abundance of food, the festival kicked off on Friday with a notable performance by The Wailers. Festivities were carried on by Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., The Nolatet, Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, ROAR! and so many more.

View the full galleries on OffBeat.com:
►Day 1  ►Day 2  ►Day 3

 

Photos: The Cure launches 2016 tour in New Orleans

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English emblematic rock band The Cure paid a visit to the UNO Lakefront Arena to kick off their 2016 tour of North America, on Wednesday evening, May 11.

While engulfed in a sea of lights and smoke, Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell, Reeves Gabrels, and Jason Cooper drew from the band’s discography spanning over the past four decades. By the night’s end, they had performed nearly 30 songs.

 

Photos: Jazz Fest 2016

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year in New Orleans. This year, it took place over the last two weekends of April.

I went out to shoot photographs of acts like Neil Young, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Big Freedia and many others on the second weekend, as thunderstorms took over the Fair Grounds.

See more photos of the Fest on OffBeat.com: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4 – Day 5 – Day 6 – Day 7

Interview: Béla Fleck Opens Up About His Duo With Chick Corea

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On Saturday, April 16, the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans opened its doors for a unique show, welcoming the Chick Corea & Béla Fleck Duo. A couple of days prior to the show, I had the opportunity to speak with Béla Fleck on the phone.

 

BelaChick-30Béla Fleck is one busy musician. The 16-time Grammy Award-winner banjoist still runs his 20-year-plus old project Béla Fleck & the Flecktones with bassist Victor Wooten, tours in a bluegrass banjo duo with his wife Abigail Washburn, and for the past 8 years has recorded and toured with jazz pianist Chick Corea.

Corea, major figure in the development of the electric jazz fusion movement after his brief passage in Miles Davis’ band, is an expert in the art of the duo. With classic collaborative albums like his grand releases aside vibraphonist Gary Burton, his more recent piano face-off with Japanese virtuoso Hiromi, or yet live duo sets with his friend and former Return to Forever bandmate, bassist Stanley Clarke, Corea seems to enjoy the challenges of one-on-one conversations in music.

Corea’s collaboration with Fleck is one that was achieved consistent success over the past eight years. The project brought about two recordings. 2007’s The Enchantment captured the raw voices of a very fresh connection, with Corea and Fleck finding their way around one another’s playing on a record that was made in less than four days.

Two (Live), the two-CD set they released last September, was compiled from various live recordings from the 55 shows the pair played in the seven years that followed The Enchantment. It includes massively-reworked tunes from the previous release, as well as new titles, that display the playful complicity that developed between the two musicians during their years on the road.

Today, Fleck and Corea are on the road again, and will take their duo to the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans on Saturday, April 16. I caught up with Béla Fleck over the phone, as he was preparing for another show in Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

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Photos: French Quarter Festival 2016

The French Quarter Festival rolled in the center of New Orleans with four full days of live music, food, dance lessons etc.

With New Orleans music in full force, the festival broke its attendance record by a long margin.

Among artists to be recognized in the photos below are: Bonerama, Magnetic Ear, Meschiya Lake & the Li’l Big Horns, Naughty Professor, The Tin Men, Cha Wa, Sonny Landreth, Cowboy Mouth, Buckwheat Zydeco, Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, Shotgun Jazz Band and many more.

 

A Tribe Called Quest Tribute at Tipitina’s

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The Low End Theory Players, a local music collective revolving around the music of A Tribe Called Quest, hosted a show in tribute to the classic hip-hop band at Tipitina’s on Friday, February 27.

After an opening act from Keng & the Pantheon of Funk and a DJ set from Jermaine Quiz, the musicians from Gravity A joined Quiz to bring the legendary Tribe grooves with their live funk flavor. Derrick Freeman a.k.a Mr. Smoker fronted the band, often taking on rhymes from Tribe’s Phife Dawg, while the “abstract original” [Q-Tip] parts were interpreted by Mattew Zarba a.k.a M@ Peoples.

Sean C, MC Koan, guest vocalist Robin Barnes and more MCs also shared the stage as the band ran through classic tracks like “Award Tour,” “Check The Rhime,” “Electric Relaxation,” “Clap Your Hands,” “Oh My God,” and many more—obviously topped with a healthy dose of “Can I Kick It?”