Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge


New Orleans born rap superstar pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession charges in New York this morning. The best selling rapper had originally pleaded not guilty but faced with New York’s strict gun control laws, which indicated he was facing at least three years if convicted, he opted for a guilty plea. He is facing one year in prison.

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers at Lafayette Square This Afternoon


The second to the last (penultimate for you three-dollar word freaks out there) Thursdays at the Square commences at 5 PM this afternoon (October 22, 2009) with none other than Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers. Kermit has another gig tonight at Vaughan’s so expect him to bring up plenty of special guests.

Jazz Funeral Photo Essay- Harold Dudley R.I.P.

Harold Dudley was the Grand Marshal for the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club from 1974 until his retirement 30 years later. His role, like that of all grand marshals in the city’s jazz funeral tradition, was to convey the emotions of the moment to the onlookers at the beginning and the end of the funeral procession. Dudley is in the pantheon of grand marshals because he was a master at representing the solemnity of the occasion.  In his obituary he was called, the grand marshal of them all.”

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

Because of his standing in the community, hundreds of people came out to pay their respects including over 100 members of the Zulu club, resplendent in their matching yellow blazers and black hats. The funeral also drew a number of community leaders including Ashton Ramsey, whose bicycle (seen above) was decorated to commemorate the legendary man’s life.

While the service was being held in St. James Methodist Church on Ursulines Avenue, the non-religious mingled and shared their reminiscences about Dudley along with the general chitchat that occurs whenever the second line community gathers together. The members of the Free Agents Brass Band hung out on the sidewalk and waited for the signal to strike up the band.

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

When the moment was at hand, the leadership of the Zulu club, each identified with his title embroidered on his sash, lined up on either side of the walkway from the church. The band began playing the slowest of dirges and the men gently swayed in unison from side to side with heads bowed and hats in hand. The current Grand Marshal led the way out of the church through the assembled club members followed by family members and finally the deceased himself. The band continued the dirge as the casket was placed into the hearse.

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

The band began slowly walking out Ursulines Avenue and the Zulu club members formed a procession. Each held his hat in dignified fashion as they walked in the slow, half step style that is central to the jazz funeral tradition. With over 100 members, the column, which had four men across each row, stretched back over 100 yards. As they marched in unison- half step with the right foot, half step with the left- the entire procession swayed like an undulating wave to the gentle cadence of “A Closer Walk With Thee.”

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

At the end of the massive procession was the hearse containing the remains of Harold Dudley. In keeping with the age-old traditions, the pallbearers accompanied the body, each keeping one white-gloved hand constantly in contact with the hearse. After several blocks playing the solemn sounds, the band began playing more uptempo numbers and the Zulu members began dancing in the more frenetic style typically associated with second line parades. The mood was celebratory from the moment the funeral turned onto Orleans Avenue and passed by the iconic Dooky Chase Restaurant and it remained up beat for the full length of the avenue.

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

The solemnity of the occasion returned in full force as the procession made the turn onto N. Broad Street. The club members lined up on either side of the street and the grand marshal began the slow walk that leads to the final ritual of the jazz funeral- the cutting loose of the body.

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

As the hearse passed through the assembled members, many reached out and laid hands on the vehicle in a final show of respect for the deceased. The music was slow and mournful and many in the crowd could be seen reacting to the emotional moment.

photo credit- James Dylan StansburyJ

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

Following the long, slow march through the line of krewe members, the band began pulsing with energy again as they sent Dudley on his final journey to his final resting place in Resthaven Memorial Park. He was 80 years old and is survived by his companion and four grandchildren.

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury

photo credit- James Dylan Stansbury


Pianist Robert Glasper in Town Tomorrow


Robert Glasper, one of the most highly acclaimed of the next generation of pianists will be conducting a clinic tomorrow, October 21, 2009 at Tulane University. The event is at 1:30 PM and is free and open to the public. This is an opportunity for pianists of all levels to be exposed to what’s happening in jazz in NY. The clinic takes place in Dixon Hall in room 260.

The Happy Talk Band and Caddywhompus To Perform at Tip’s for Benefit Tonight


Following a sneak peak of the new film, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant at the Prytania Theater this evening, October 19, 2009, there will be a full on circus style performance at Tipitina’s beginning at 9 PM. The evening will be emceed by Chris Lane of the Fleur de Tease burlesque show and will include circus performers, a costume parade, giveaways and performances by New Orleans’ own Happy Talk Band and Caddywhompus. A $10 donation gets you access. Wear a costume if you so desire.

Os Mutantes Tonight!


If there was ever a show not to miss in New Orleans, it’s tonight at Tips!  Be there!

Land of NOD Experiment – New Orleans Set times

Land of NOD Experiment - New Orleans Set times

Pavillion stage

12:50 - 1:20        Lord David

1:40 - 2:10            Won Ton Lust

2:30 - 3:10           Zydepunks

3:30 - 4:00           Margie Perez

4:20 - 4:50           R.Scully & the Rough 7

5:10 - 5:50           Ratty Scurvics

6:10 - 6:50           Sista Otis

7:10 - 7:50           My Graveyard Jaw

8:20 - 9:00           The White Bitch

Fountain Stage

2:00 - 2:40            Death by Arrow

3:00 - 3:40            Shellshock

         3:45 - 3:55   Calamity Fashion show

4:00 - 4:40            Ray Bong

         4:45 - 4:55   NOOMOON/Popcity Fashion Show

5:00 - 5:40         Tapwater Mind Control

6:15 - 7:00        Oscillation Communications

         7:10 - 7:25   Howlpop Fashion Show

7:30 - 8:15          DJ Proppa Bear

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival This Weekend


The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the fine folks that put on the Jazz Fest every Spring, are bringing some of the greatest blues artists in the country to New Orleans this weekend for the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival.

Robert Belfour- photo credit- Kim Welsh

Robert Belfour- photo credit- Kim Welsh

The event will be held Saturday and Sunday in Lafayette Square. They are promising two stages with acts such as Buddy Guy, Robert Belfour, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Sonny Landreth, T-Model Ford and many others. For a complete schedule go to

Bobby Rush with dancer-  photo credit- Kim Welsh

Bobby Rush with dancer- photo credit- Kim Welsh

Glasgow to Play This Evening at the Republic


New Orleans indie rock sensations, Glasgow, will be performing tonight, October 16, 2009 at the Republic. The show is the 100th concert that the Throwback Night series has put on. Throwback Night is an 80s/90s themed dance party, which features a reputable local band performing a set of half originals and half 80s/90s covers. Glasgow played a Jurassic Park themed Throwback Night for their CD release party in February. This Throwback show will be Glasgow’s last local performance before the Craft Brothers endeavor on a tour of the Eastern Seaboard with Susan Cowsill.

2010 Jazz Fest Crafts Application Call for Entry


Starting at midnight on Thursday, October 15, 2009, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will begin accepting applications for crafts vendors to participate in the 2010 Festival. There will be a workshop as well as a new live online webinar held to guide artists through their online application. For more information, contact craftsadmin@nojazzfest.