New Orleans 40th Jazz and Heritage Festival, Wynton Marsalis and Afro-Latin Boogaloo Funk

Just got back from the first weekend of Jazz Fest 09.
prejean’s pheasant, quail, and andouille gumbo, and the softshell crab po-boy
-the cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad

cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad

cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad

-that jazz fest recycles

-that Jayne gets us VIP parking and my friend, Joe, actually loved Jazz Fest this year
-that people were happy, no talk of recession, just the celebration of impossibly good food and music
-Brett Anderson’s tweets (check it out on Twitter). One of my favorites: “Sign i just noticed for first time at #jazzfest: ‘no nylon sweatsuits’ are among the racetrack’s dress codes.”
-And WYNTON MARSALIS who is mesmerizing. Day 1, Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra played with Jacub Addy and Odadaa at the Congo Stage. Day 2, Wynton and the Orchestra treated the audience to the entire Duke Ellington New Orleans Suite.
(I grew up loving the Marsalis family; I studied creative writing at NOCCA–when it was on Perrier Street–where Ellis Marsalis taught and both Wynton and Brandon studied music.)
Some great lines from Wynton:
on “Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies”: Wynton: “It’s about that time of night when the high turns into a medium-low high and everybody’s searching for something they’re not gonna find. It’s about the beauty of faded elegance. Then the flute comes out and makes you thinks that everything’s gonna be all right.” Introduces Ted Nash as “one of the greatest jazz flautists of all time.”
and Wynton also says, “Any jazz worth anything got to have a little bit of Louis Armstrong’s personality in it.”
and here’s a very short clip of Wynton both days. (Sorry it’s so short: This is my first attempt at adding video to my blog.) Here he’s saying: “Afro-Latin Boogaloo Funk.”


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  1. April 28, 2009 2:33 pm by Pierino Reply

    Not bad. I hope you blew a kiss to Irma Thomas for me.

    Red beans rock!

  2. April 28, 2009 9:49 pm by Pierino Reply

    Who moved my boudin?

  3. April 29, 2009 12:09 pm by Robert Newman Reply

    Love the videos. The people want more!!

  4. April 30, 2009 7:22 am by chad Reply

    Dammit. You better have some crawfish bread, crawfish balls and sacs, and some of Chef Palmer’s Jamaican creole chicken and cabbage in your luggage when you come down to Miami, or you’ll be blacklisted.

  5. April 30, 2009 7:25 am by kim Reply

    Hey Chad,
    Would it help if I told you that none of the food was good? You wouldn’t believe me and I’d be lying. You should go this weekend. I’ll see you soon in Miami! Can’t wait for the Paradigm dinner.

  6. April 30, 2009 8:49 pm by Caroline G. Reply

    Dear Kim,
    I love your website, the writing and the photos are all sumptuous. I just finished reading Trail of Crumbs and was very moved, loved your writing. Please make a stop here in Hudson Ohio on your book tour – we have a lovely independent bookstore, whose owner is excited about your book, splendid B&B inns, a renowned cooking school, splendid restaurants, and lots of midwestern hospitality await you!

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