Well, I never thought it’d happen to lil’ ole me but my new book, Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour, has been on Amazon for almost a year now and it’s still a bestseller, in the top 5 in its category!
Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour Remains Bestseller on Amazon!
So here’s an interview I did with monster Internet maven Dion GeBorde about alla dat.
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OK, full disclosure. Today is my birthday and a buddy of mine sent me these three videos of jazzy happy birthday renditions. The first two are Wynton Marsalis and the last is by pianist Nicole Pesce.
How Many Ways Can You Play Happy Birthday?
This is a video of Wynton Marsalis in a masterclass somewhere in France jammin’, jivin’ and improvising this simple melody. Gives you a real idea of how jazz is done.
And here we go with Wynton Marsalis in a sextet. The piano improv is wild, all over the place, brilliant. And he’s not even looking at the freaking keys! At the end it feels like we’re on the streets of New Orleans.
Ever wondered how Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin or Mozart would attack Happy Birthday. Well, here we got Nicole Pesce showing us how. The best is when she does a drunk Mozart playing the keyboard upside down. Wow!
New Orleans musician Gina Forsyth is a regular at the Neutral Ground Coffee House and can be seen backing such artists as Cajun musician Bruce Daigrepont, singer/songwriter Tom Paxton, and recently Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Just as talented on guitar as she is on fiddle she also has a unique and distinctive voice.
New Orleans Musician Gina Forsyth’s The Sweetest Sound: One of the Best Songs Ever Written?
Cover are from Gina’s latest CD Promised Land. Photo Phillip Gould
Besides being such an excellent musician she is also a great songwriter. In the video below she performs what in my view is one of the best songs ever written. Have a listen. You can also find on iTunes the studio version which has a very mysterious, haunting quality that gives me goose bumps no matter how many times I’ve heard it.
Gina also performs with her all woman trio The Malvinas. I heard them play at the Neutral Ground and let me tell ya that each voice is not only unique but excellent and the blending of voices is exquisite. You can tell they are having fun performing which makes it fun for the audience as well. Gina will also be performing with the Diagrepont band at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on the Fais Do Do stage.
New Orleans musician Gina Forsyth is a powerful musical force to be reckoned with. Indeed. Just another of our excellent musicians that makes New Orleans music so special
Rich Collins of the New Orleans band Imagination Movers has just released his second solo album. The Imagination Movers are one of the most popular bands for kids in the world owing to the Disney show they had going for three seasons that was translated in many different languages. That show was shot on a soundstage in Harahan not far from my house.
Rich Collins of New Orleans Band Imagination Movers Releases Solo Album Golden Pick – Watch
Rich Collins and his Golden Pick playing music in the park.
I watched that show several times and was amazed at the music, the fun and the creativity. It was very entertaining. The four Movers were all naturals on camera and is probably one of the reasons they are so popular in their live shows.
The group was started by four best friends in New Orleans who had an idea for a band that would create and perform pop music for kids but still could be appreciated by adults, too.
Well, they’ve done a good job of it because they’ve been going strong for many years now playing gigs in New Orleans as well as traveling the United States doing festivals and major events in New York and Washington D.C. So I guess you could say that they’ve become a big deal.
This song Golden Pick is the title track to the new CD. It’s fun, upbeat and just has this infections rhythm that makes ya wanna dance. And it’s shot right there on the banks of the Mississippi River and what looks to be City Park.
The New Orleans Band Imagination Movers is a great project and can’t wait to see what other great music and art projects happen in this city that go global.
The New Orleans fly is a nice big spot of land right there on the river behind Audubon Park. It’s a place built up years ago by the Corps of Engineers and is now used by families, students and all kinds of folks from all over the city for games and picnics and just taking it easy out by the river. But now that is being threatened.
Time is Nigh to Save the New Orleans Fly. Would You Like to Help Us?
10,000 plus opponents take on both the wealthiest man in Louisiana and the most beloved athlete, to block the construction of a stadium on the FLY, named Benson – Brees Soccer Complex.
There is a nice modern facility built a while ago by Carrollton Boosters to provide several baseballs diamonds for little league games. When games are in process traffic increases and parking is near impossible. In other words it gets really crowded. But it’s nice that this area has all these multiple uses.
Now some bigwigs want to come in and put up a soccer complex, plowing up a huge piece of land to put in astroturf, taking down at least 20 old growth beautiful oak trees, putting in 30 foot high bleachers and fencing it off so it can only be used for scheduled games. It’s a pretty big chunk of land that they want to take over. And it’s kind of interesting that the Corps of Engineers has forbidden them from starting the project while the river is so high. Hm.
Anyway, the deal is that it seems the folks putting this together have attempted to bury this whole project so that the public would not be able to have any input on this. And just in time it was found out and people were able to voice their objections before the city council. And so far it seems that they’ve been able to stop or at least delay the project so far.
In my view there are many other places in the city that would be a better fit where they could take over a piece of land that’s not as used and as beloved as much as the Fly.
Watch the video. It gives a concise explanation of the whole dealings with views of the exact spot of land that they want to take over. And if you are so inclined would you please go to this link and sign the petition to save the New Orleans fly? You can also go the social page for the group trying to stop this thing at Save the New Orleans Fly.
I would have thought that New Orleans pizza was probably just as good as anywhere else. But this guy Luke from the Melbourne, Australia band The Janoskians shows us the fine art of chowing down on some really yummy looking pizza.
New Orleans Pizza: Are We Famous for That Too? The Janoskians’ Luke Shows Us How to Eat It
This is where you can get some of the best New Orleans pizza.
I’ve never been to this place Vieux Carre Pizza, in fact I’ve never heard of it. But that is not unusual for an uptown person. There are all kinds of things happening in the French Quarter that I don’t know about.
But man this pizza looks really good. Really thick with all kinds of stuff on it. Me, I can eat a whole regular pizza by myself and not feel full. But these thick slices this kid eats well I might have trouble eating an entire pie.
If you can watch this video without getting hungry, well then maybe you might wanna get your taste buds checked. I wanna drive down to the Quarter right now and order me one. It’s at 733 St. Louis St. if you are interested. If you go down there could you pick up a pizza for me?
Mm, mm, mm, dere ain’t nothin’ like good New Orleans pizza. Yeah you right!
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