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.
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!
When New Orleans musician John Batiste was asked by Stephen Colbert to be his bandleader for his new show on CBS he had only one request: He had to visit him in New Orleans. He wanted Colbert to really get that unique New Orleans vibe.
New Orleans Musician John Batiste Teaches Stephen Colbert How to Hang – Watch
Do these guys know how to hang or what? Stephen Colbert and his bandleader John Batiste on Frenchman Street in New Orleans
Batiste meets Colbert in a bar where he shows him some fine intricacies of New Orleans rhythm. Then they are out on Frenchman street soaking up the vibe and just hanging out. Notice the white suit, a very southern thing and an appropriate outfit for New Orleans.
The musician meets up with his “drummer”, which is really some bearded street guy in a pink dress with a tambourine, and they do a little jam, with Batiste on his mouth piano.
He shows Colbert how to successfully “hang” on Frenchman Street. He explains “hanging” as being out there on the street with style and purpose. He also explains to him some obscure New Orleans slang like “bleaching” that I’ve never heard before watching this video.
It’s cool that this young guy, this New Orleans musician John Batiste has got such a plum gig on The Late Show. Congrats to him!
“It is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than own the entire state of Ohio.” — Lafcadio Hearn…. New Orleans is one of the most magical cities in the world. There is something about this city that has a tendency to take hold of you and won’t let go. If you are born […]more →