Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans’

Thankful for Throwback Thursday

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (at Jazz Fest)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band (at Jazz Fest)

We have enjoyed the HBO documentary series Foo Fighters Sonic Highways,  particularly the most recent edition that highlights New Orleans. We are thankful that many of the musicians featured (such as The Preservation Hall Jazz Band) on that episode have come through Syracuse for some amazing shows.

Here’s an extended clip with Trombone Shorty, who was the star of last summer’s Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Week in Review: Second Line

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In case you missed it…Trombone Shorty nearly blew a hole in the ozone layer above Onondaga Hill.

His marathon performance on Friday at Syracuse Jazz Fest capped off a mini-tribute to New Orleans. If you closed your eyes, you could feel yourself walking along Bourbon Street, and if you listened close, you could almost taste the gumbo cooking in the kitchen.

Plasticity: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue were the perfect crescendo to a night of jazz and swing for the 2014 Syracuse Jazz Fest (Day 1). After seeing the energetic show, we’d describe the former child prodigy from Treme as a combination drum major and sanctified Baptist preacher, accented with a taste of Rahsaan Patterson, Lee Morgan and Fred Wesley.

Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) is a tropical storm of resounding brass that shook the hills at Onondaga Community College.

Trombone Shorty: Double Barrell

Brash in Brass

Trombone Shorty as Tambourine Shorty

Tambourine Shorty

Trombone Shorty: Band leader

Asking the band to take it higher

Born on the Bayou

Monday, May 5th, 2014

We’d like to thank Don, who was born in Louisiana and now resides in Houston, for explaining to us the finer points of crawfish. He even gave us a close up of one of the thousands of stars of the festival on Saturday. The crawfish for the festival were delivered from Louisiana.

Dimension: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Friday, July 5th, 2013
Ben Jaffe, Creative Director, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Ben Jaffe, Creative Director, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Day One of the 2013 Syracuse Jazz Festival at Jamesville Beach featured The Doobie Brothers, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a fireworks display to celebrate July 4th.  Preservation dedicated their set to the memory of New Orleans icon Lionel Batiste.
Taking it all in

Taking it all in

Mark Braud

Mark Braud (PHJB)

Joe Lastie, Jr.

Joe Lastie, Jr. (PHJB)

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers)

Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers)

Charlie Gabriel

Charlie Gabriel (PHJB)

Doobie Brothers from some other mothers

Doobie Brothers from some other mothers


Monday, March 7th, 2011
Syracuse JazzFest Founder and Impersario Frank Malfitano presents Uncle Lionel Batiste with a Jazz Legends Award at OCC on Friday.

Syracuse JazzFest Founder Frank Malfitano presents Lionel Batiste with a Jazz Legends Award at OCC on Friday.

Uncle” Lionel Batiste, Benny Jones, Sr. and the Treme Brass Band brought the sweet sounds of New Orleans and the energy of a street parade to Friday’s performance at Onondaga Community College.

Anniversary Vigil

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Vigil for victims of Hurricane Katrina at Syracuse University

Vigil for victims of Hurricane Katrina at Syracuse University

Members of the Syracuse University community held an impromptu program for the victims of Hurricane Katrina last night in Hendricks Chapel. Students and members shared experiences about evacuating or returning to clean up the Gulf Region.  This week marks the five year anniversary of the storm.

Second only to the Spike Lee’s Katrina films (and interviews),  I found the best testimony about the Hurricane and immediate aftermath was given by former Syracuse television executive Gary Wordlaw in 2006.

Members of Delta Sigma Theta discuss their sorority's rebuilding efforts

Members of Delta Sigma Theta discuss their sorority’s rebuilding efforts

Communicating, Connecting

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Donald Harrison

Donald Harrison

I heard a story today on NPR about the distinct voice of rapper Biggie Smalls (they described his sound as wheezy and humid).  I also learned that jazz musician Donald Harrison, who played a concert here last summer, provided some early musical mentorship for BIG.

Harrison also talked about their connection in an interview on Afropop.

Power of Cool

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Donald Harrison, cookin

The King of Nouveau Swing Donald Harrison, Jr. brought his bold sax (plus dance moves) to Syracuse last week and spiced up the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival like a plate of red beans and rice.  His band members, average age about 19, were the perfect compliment and despite the rain, they belted out enough flavor to make Clinton Square sound more like Congo Square…at least for an hour or so.

Pictures: Taking and Making

Friday, September 12th, 2008

SU grad and photographer Stephen Wilkes spoke at Newhouse last night. He presented some incredible examples of layered story-telling from his travels to New Orleans (post Katrina) and China (pre Olympics). Wilkes said when he shoots commercially he makes pictures and when he works for himself he takes pictures. I was surprised to learn that he started out as a street photographer years ago.