CNN to Film Billy Iuso at the Maple Leaf- July 1, 2009

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CNN will be in town on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 and the cable news network is scheduled to film portions of Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives’ performance at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.  Iuso is one of the hardest working musicians in New Orleans.  His funky outfit recently released a live recording from a show at the Sandpiper Lounge in New Orleans.

Reedist Michael Moore to Play Hi Ho Lounge- July 2, 2009

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The marvelous clarinetist and alto saxophonist Michael Moore is scheduled to appear with Helen Gillet (cello), Jonathan Freilich (guitar), Doug Garrison (drums) and Jesse Boyd (bass) on Thursday July 2, 2009 at the Hi Ho Lounge in New Orleans.  Moore, who is no relation to the filmmaker by the same name, is an American expatriate in Holland.  He is a masterful player at home improvising on pop songs, Bob Dylan is a favorite, as well as reaching into the avante garde stratosphere.

He is a major figure in the European jazz scene, but has never played in New Orleans before. In 1986, Moore won the VPRO/Boy Edgar Award, regarded as the most prestigious jazz award in the Netherlands. In 1991, he founded Ramboy records to document his music. The label had 22 releases as of August 2006.

John Rankin Welcomes Clarence Johnson III

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Last Minute John Rankin Update

This Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the Columns Hotel, located at 3811 St. Charles, saxophonist Clarence Johnson will be joining guitarist John Rankin for a duo set.  The performance is scheduled from 8 -11 PM.  Johnson matriculated through Loyola University’s acclaimed jazz program under the tutelage of Tony Dagradi.  He quickly became and in demand sideman for bands including Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Orchestra and Deacon John’s big band, as well as a leader performing at  Snug Harbor and Sweet Lorraine’s.   He also performed regularly at the Columns with Rankin and appeared on the guitarists last two CDs.  Since the federal flood in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Johnson has lived in Atlanta.

The City of New Orleans Gears Up for Essence Fest

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This weekend marks the 15th annual Essence Festival and organizers are predicting that this year’s event will be the biggest since the federal flood that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Advance ticket sales have been strong as fans of R&B and hip hop begin making plans to arrive in New Orleans in anticipation of the big event. Beyonce headlines the event and the rest of the lineup features a who’s who of greats including Maxwell, John Legend, Anita Baker, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, Charlie Wilson, Jazmine Sullivan, Al Green, Teena Marie, En Vogue, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.  New Orleans’ own DJ Soul Sister will spin the wheels the steel from the main stage each night.  The intimate SuperLounges also feature a great cast of local and national acts including Eric Benet, Solange, Dan Dyer, Janelle Monae, Ryan Leslie, Raphael Saadiq, Dwele, The Knux, Lalah Hathaway, Blind Boys of Alabama, Little Freddie King, Trombone Shorty, the Rebirth Brass Band, Zap Mama, Melanie Fiona, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars.

Shannon Powell To Perform with the Preservation Hall-Stars

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Summer may be the best time for locals to visit Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter and tonight might be the best night to pass on by.  Shannon Powell has drummed with some of the best New Orleans musicians and tonight he leads the Preservation Hall Stars from 8-10 PM.  The band includes stalwarts of the traditional jazz scene in New Orleans.  The Hall is located at 726 St. Peter Street.  They now allow plastic cups, but the atmosphere remains decidedly down home.

Thousands Turn Out To Honor Jackson at Second Line

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New Orleans celebrated the life of the pop icon Michael Jackson in her own singular way- with a huge second line parade led by the Revolution Social Aid and Pleasure Club with the Rebirth Brass Band providing stellar accompaniment.  Organizers estimated at least 2000 people crowded the 7th Ward neighborhood for the two-hour parade.  The Rebirth, which was augmented by former members John “Prince” Gilbert on saxophone and Kenneth Terry on trumpet along with other members of the brass band community started things off with “Gotta Be Startin’ Something.”  They tore through “Billie Jean,” “Bad” and other classics from the late King of Pop.

Second Line for Michael Jackson

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The Revolution Social and Aid and Pleasure Club will host a memorial second line parade to honor the music of Michael Jackson today (Sunday, June 28, 2009) beginning at 5 PM.  The parade will start in the 1200 block of St. Bernard Avenue outside of Kermit Ruffins’ club, Sidney’s Saloon.  It is schedule to last 2 hours ending at Seal’s Class act at N. Miro and St. Bernard Avenue.

Satchmo SummerFest Announces Lineup

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August 1, 2009

‘Red Beans & Ricely Yours’ Stage
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Louisiana Music Factory presents the New Orleans Moonshiners
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Fritzel’s presents Fritzel’s New Orleans Jazz Band
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Connie Jones Crescent City Jazz Band
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Tim Laughlin
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Leah Chase

‘Cornet Chop Suey’ Stage
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Mo’LASSES (New Orleans Mostly Women’s brass band)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Sweet Home New Orleans presents Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Sharon Martin
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation presents Glenn                 David Andrews & the Lazy Six

‘Back o’ Town’ Stage
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Michael Skinkus
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM New Orleans Traditional Brass Band
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Linnzi Zaorski
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Seguenon Kone of Ivory Coast West Africa

August 2, 2009

‘Red Beans & Ricely Yours’ Stage
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM The Windsor Court Hotel presents Anais St. John     satchmo-summerfest-homethe             Harry                 Mayronne Trio
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Sweet Home New Orleans presents Lars Edegran’s New Orleans                 Ragtime Orchestra Featuring Lionel Ferbos
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM The Ritz-Carlton presents Jeremy Davenport
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Props for Pops Trumpet Tribute

‘Cornet Chop Suey’ Stage
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM New Wave Brass Band
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation presents Leroy                 Jones & New Orleans Finest
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM James Andrews
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM Soul Rebels Brass Band

‘Back o’ Town’ Stage
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Heritage School of Music
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Royal Players Brass Band
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sasha Masakowski
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Shamarr Allen

Voodoo Music Experience Announces Lineup for Halloween Weekend 2009

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The Voodoo Music Experience announced today the lineup for the three-day event in New Orleans’ City Park Halloween weekend.  Joining already announced headliners Kiss and Widespread Panic is the only scheduled North American performance by the rapper Eminem.  The reunited Jane’s Addiction is also on the bill.  Over 100 other performers are scheduled to play including numerous New Orleans acts.  For full details go to www.thetenthritual.com.

Hot Latin Jazz at Sweet Lorraine’s Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Legendary percussionist Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes and dozens of other associations) will perform two sets at Sweet Lorraine’s located at 1931 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans at 10 PM and 12 midnight.  He will be joined by pianist Jesse McBride.  The wild card in the lineup is Alexey Martí- a musician who evidently keeps a very low profile.