I kind of wanna, wanna drown…

· James Booker, Musicology

I just donated to the Kickstarter project for the editing of Lily Keber’s documentary on the life of James Booker, Bayou Maharajah:

(I am hosting the website for the film at my longstanding jamesbooker.com domain and also donated to support the shooting of the initial footage)

It was at a Jazzfest in New Orleans long ago with B that I first heard of Booker by watching Dr. John and Allen Toussaint trading yarns about the man while sitting back to back at dueling grand pianos so they could demonstrate many of his techniques. From that point on I was hooked, even before I heard the legendary, ultra-brief collaboration with the Jerry Garcia Band.

Fest Lives!

· Music

I’m not sure bigger is always better, but I’m glad to hear that Festival Productions is committed to making Jazz Fest happen on schedule next year: Planners promise bigger Jazzfest
We may need to get our plane tickets soon!

New Orleans will rise again

· Music

I even think there will be a Mardi Gras, but this is some good news (from The Times-Picayune):

The 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will go on

by Zack Smith
“There will be a Jazzfest. We are committed to putting on the 2006 Jazz and Heritage Festival, whatever that may take,” said Quint Davis, producer/director of the springtime musical extravaganza and president of Festival Productions Inc.-New Orleans, which produces the festival with AEG Live, the nation’s second highest-grossing concert promoter.
Details are sketchy at this point.
“We don’t know when, we don’t know where, we don’t know what format,” Davis said. “There will be a Jazzfest in 2006. It will be in Louisiana. It will be as close to New Orleans as we can get it.”
The producers would like to hold the event at its customary site at the Fair Grounds Race Course, but if that’s not possible they are committed to holding it in Louisiana. “We’ll be starting from the Fair Grounds and working our way out” in determining a location, Davis said.
This commitment comes from all of the major stakeholders in the festival, Davis said.
Davis and Jazzfest founder George Wein have met with AEG Live Chief Executive Officer Randy Phillips and other top AEG Live officials. AEG will continue to bankroll the festival, as it did in 2005.
The plan to go forward with the 2006 festival has the support of members of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, which owns the festival. Davis and Phillips have been in contact with foundation Executive Director Don Marshall, who has been in contact with board members.
The producers and the foundation also have committed to contribute to a fund to support festival staff, many of whom have been dislocated by Hurricane Katrina. Jazzfest planning typically begins in September.

Jazz Fest, Day Three

· Music

Jazz Fest, Day 3

Originally uploaded by xian.

iPhoto choked out while trying to upload my 91 photos from Sunday, but I’ll get them all up to flickr eventually. Here’s a shot of (some of) Don Vappie’s Creole Jazz Serenaders with Michael Doucet (of BeauSoleil) sittin in on violin – or is that fiddle?
Oh, and per Jennifer’s question about Saturday, nacatamal is a kind of central American tamal (as in tamales) wrapped in a banana leaf. B ate it, not me, so I can’t really report on it, but she liked it.

Jazz Fest, Day Two

· Music

iced coffee and four (huge) beignets
large rosemint tea
one nacatamal (b)
one seafood gumbo
Big Sam’s Funk Nation (congo square)
Charles Teony of Recife, Brazil (heritage stage)
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra (economy hall)
Fishbone (congo square), they started late, only heard 3/4 of a song
large cochon de lait po-boy (en route to the jazz tent)
Ellis Marsalis (jazz tent), piano, with Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, plus a sax, string bass, and drums – they were playing “Sweet Georgia Brown” when I came in, standing room only, a great set
small cochon de lait po-boy (b)
small rosemint tea
small unsweetened mandarin orange tea
Deacon John (blues tent), just heard one song from outside, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” – R was unimpressed
Donald Harrison & New Sounds of Mardi Gras (heritage stage)
cd store to check out all the Meters reissues, no new James Booker releases, Ellis Marsalis signing CDs of his quartet with son Jason on drums
The Sprint stage absolutely mobbed for the original Meters reunion set. We set up on the track. Here’s what they played:

  1. Fire on the Bayou
  2. People Say
  3. He Bite Me ->
  4. Look-ka Py Py ->
  5. Hand Clapping Song ->
  6. Africa
  7. Be My Lady
  8. The World Is a Little Bit Under the Weather (Doodle-Oop) ->
  9. Welcome to New Orleans
  10. It Ain’t No Use
  11. encore: Cissy Strut ->
  12. Hey Pocky a-Way

Dialed in by Look-ka Py-Py, really peaking by Doodle-oop, very crowd pleasing encore.
picked up dinner from Lebanon’s Café on the way home