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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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Video: Noah Young Band

“The seamless blend of inspired jazz and instrumental funk on “Memory Lane” will be familiar to fans of Naughty Professor, yet distinct enough to warrant its own categorization. The tune keeps things cool as cucumber until the final minute, when the mood switches gears for a swirling crescendo.”

— Sam D’arcangelo, OffBeat Magazine


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.

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

Henry Lipkis Completes Second Line Mural

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Artist Henry Lipkis’ second line mural, located at Saint Claude Avenue and Franklin Avenue,  is now complete after nearly a year of work.

Henry Lipkis puts finishing touches on the mural. Photo by Noé Cugny.

The massive art piece, titled “Third Line,” covers a 150-foot-long, 35-foot-tall wall. It depicts members of the community who all play different roles in a traditional New Orleans second line.

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Video: The Kala Bazaar Swing Society

The Kala Bazaar Swing Society appeared in New Orleans over the spring of 2016, emerging out of street busking and jam sessions.

Led by guitarist and vocalist Kaladeva Chandra, the new quartet is currently finding its voice around the city, drawing from the swing repertory of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

On this session, recorded in a backyard on a warm Monday night, Kala, Marty Peters, Keenan Clayton-Hall and Barry Bremer laid down their chops on four compositions: “China Boy,” “I’ve Found a New Baby,” “Pennies From Heaven” and “Joseph Joseph.”


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.