Nam June Paik's favorite, oft topless returning to Chicago (well, Evanston) at Northwestern University’s Block Museum.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, now in its 46th year, has posted its 2016 lineup. Concurrent with its aim in providing listeners with best and most relevant in jazz, blues and rock, the festival kicks off April 22 and spans two weekends at New Orleans' City Park.
It was a glorious day made even more glorious by the shockingly medicinal music of Louisiana's own Dukes Of Dixieland as they plied their craft in front of us 'Live at 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival' (self-released). When the set was over, we mopped our brow, drank, laughed, flirted and hobnobbed with each other to compare notes of the uplifting -- and almost religious -- experience we had just been through together. Believe me, it was positively cleansing. I know I'll never forget it. Now it's on CD, and everyone can feel the vibe. Soon, I was pushing my way backstage to properly gush.
Leave it up to the city of New Orleans to get their NBA halftime show right, as the Crescent City's own Trombone Shorty (a.k.a. Troy Andrews) took over the floor for the Warriors-Pelicans basketball game. If you follow sportin' life at all, you'll know that this weekend's NBA playoffs have been pretty frackin' entertaining--and not just the spectacular basketball that's been played. Case in point, Mr. Shorty's most valuable performance in Game 3.
It's a new year and thus, a new season of jazz festivals is nigh. For the U.S., the two most significant summer jazz festivals have finally announced their forthcoming lineups for 2015: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.