In the French Quarters of New Orleans you are very likely to come across various street entertainers. Grampa Elliott
Elliott Small has had a smattering of recordings over the years like the 1976 Malaco record discussed here
Since that time no record lables have produced any of his work that I can find. He spent his time performing on street corners in the Quarter until Katrina, some people feared the worse, but he turned up
on Royal street in 2005 no worse for wear. Here is a story by Rick Bragg of the NYT [more inside]
posted by nola
on Sep 24, 2008 -
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 -
"Picasso of keyboard funk"
- Professor Longhair
would be 84 today if he were still alive. His distinctive meld of boogie woogie, blues, funk and Latin makes for piano that is quintessentially New Orleans...Tipitinas
, one of the more famous local music bars, took its name from his signature song. "Fess" was a seminal influence on such musical greats as James Booker, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, Doctor John and Marcia Ball
, one of my current favorites. You can hear a few Fess samples from Crawfish Fiesta
, arguably his best recording, issued just after he died in 1980. He was inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame as an early influencer
in 1993. Happy birthday, Professor!
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 19, 2002 -