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
-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.”