After the Storm
Sometime this weekend, you may be able to hear one of the best expressions of New Orleans’ role in music and culture available in any mass media. It's American Routes, a weekly show carried on many US public radio affiliates
. Programmed and hosted by folklorist
and UNO professor of folklore and culture Nick Spitzer
, the show normally broadcasts from a studio in the heart of the French Quarter, but has found a temporary home on a Creole/Cajun French/English public radio station
in Lafayette. Spitzer told the NYT
that he began planning the music for this week’s show
as he was fleeing the flooding city in his car, playing Fats Domino’s “Walking to New Orleans."
This week’s show highlights New Orleans’ recovery from disasters past, emphasizing the city’s role as the greatest single wellspring of American music. The Crescent City, after all, has either birthed or nurtured
everything from jazz
, R & B
, cajun and the related black-influenced zydeco
, and rock and roll
.) With an encyclopedic knowledge of American vernacular music, an utterly democratic spirit, and an unmistakeable respect and love for American musical forms and the people who create them, Spitzer has stepped forward several times this week
to serve as a compassionate and optimistic spokesman for the irrepressible creative spirit of a suffering city
and a culture in diaspora.
posted by Miko
on Sep 10, 2005 -
The King of the Jukebox who disturbed the status quo
They called rock music jump blues
during the World War II era, and this amazingly talented clown
was its master, with over fifty Top 10 R&B hits -- eighteen
reached #1 -- between 1942 and 1951. Chuck Berry identified with him "more than any other artist."
James Brown said, "He was everything"
and considered him one of the earliest rappers. A pioneer of music video
, the first black artist to cross over
from the "race" market to a white audience and a central link between big bands and rock
, he was a primary influence on Bill Haley
, Ray Charles
and B.B. King, who once said, "I wanted to be like him." Rest in peace
, Louis Jordan. [Dozens of one-minute song clips here
posted by mediareport
on Jul 10, 2002 -