Happy Birthday from Wynton & Co.

27 07 2010

One of my friends has a birthday today and while looking for the right B-Day wishes, I stumbled upon this great video of Wynton Marsalis playing the traditional “Happy Birthday To You” tune. This is cool for two reasons: 1. It’s Wynton, who is traditionally a jazz “purist” doing it in a New Orleans R&B/Jazz style (somewhat atypical for him). 2. It’s a N’Awlins style “Birthday” from the masters… c’mon, it doesn’t get any better. To boot, it looks like these boys are having a good ol’ time celebrating the birthday of one of their own. Check it out for yourself:

Now, if you are curious how the hell they do that (it’s about 90% improvisation), check out this video of Wynton and Victor talking about the interplay in this Master Class VIDEO.

References:

Wynton’s Official Site

More info on Wynton Marsalis

More info on “Happy Birthday”

More info on New Orleans R&B

More info on New Orleans Jazz

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Le Bon Tempe Roule!

8 02 2010

With the Saints winning the big game last night, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show off some of my NOLA favs. New Orleans is without a doubt one of my all-time favorite cities. The culture there is overwhelmingly lush, combining so many amazing elements. Everything is just so cool and unique to the city whether it’s the food, architecture, attitude or music. There’s a short list below of some of my favorite acts to see while in the Big Easy. Mardi Gras is right around the corner and Jazz Fest is coming up this spring so there are many opportunities to see them. The great thing is, you usually don’t have to wait until then as they often play around town on any given night in NOLA. Le Bon Tempe Roule…

The Meters

Rebirth Brass Band

Walter “Wolfman” Washington… with Galactic as his backing band

Lou Donaldson

The Neville Bro’s

Please feel free to add anyone I may have left out via comment. Also, below are a few links to some of NOLA best spots and events. You have to get down there to experience it for yourself…

Events:

Jazz Fest

Mardi Gras

Venues:

Tipitina’s

Howlin’ Wolf

Maple Leaf

Snug Harbor

Blue Nile

d.b.a.

Le Bon Tempe Roule

Rock and Bowl

Other Links:

Directory of NOLA bands

NOLA Music Calendar

NOLA.com








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