Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack, sat in on guitar at Saturdayâ€™s Arts Market in Palmer Park. He joined J.D. and the Jammers unexpectedly. The word was he was just shopping at the market and the bug bit.
Richie Havens lives in New Orleans! He moved here recently and has been spotted shopping on the West Bank as well as heard performing and being interviewed on WWOZ. It seems he wants to make an impact and will be playing for a benefit for the Jazz and Heritage Foundationâ€™s Heritage School of Music on October 16, 2009 a the Howlinâ€™ Wolf.
Cuban percussionist Humberto “Pupi” Menes had a stroke on September 18, 2009 and his being treated at University Hospital. Pupi is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest congueros in the city. He has played with Ruben Gonzales, Hector Gallardo, Santiago and Pedro Cruz. He is a key member of both Fredy Omar con su Banda and Otra! A benefit concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2009 at the BMC. The show will be a descarga, or Cuban jam session. It begins at 2 PM.