07 May 2010

Friday Top 5

Top 5 music moments from my recent vacation to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Davell Crawford (Marva Wright's son), Jon Cleary and Dr. John: 6 hands, 1 piano in the WWOZ Jazz Tent on Saturday, April 24.
  • Sitting almost in Evan Christopher's lap (I wish!) at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse for the weekly Playhouse Review that, on Saturday, May 1, featured David Torkanowsky, Don Vappie, Leon Brown, Johnaye Kendrick, Shannon Powell, Bob French, burlesque star Trixie Minx and a few others in addition to Christopher and Mayfield.
  • The Soul Rebels set at the Tipitina's Foundation benefit on Monday, April 26.  Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Orleans Avenue also rocked it out that night.
  • Heading into the Blues Tent on Saturday, May 1 thinking we were going to hear Mem Shannon and the Membership and discovering that he'd been pre-empted...by personal favorite and somewhat ailing blues legend Bryan Lee.  Bonus?  Mr. Lee played about 5 sets (no cover) at 241 Bourbon on Sunday, May 2. Can you say, "boogie"?  I think you can!
  • Discovering Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs (thanks Dave!) and dancing my butt off at Cafe Negril.
Just missing the top 5:  Kermit Ruffins at Vaughn's, Legends of Zydeco night at Rock n' Bowl, Tim Laughlin at Fritzel's, and (all Fest sets) Amanda Shaw, Pete Fountain, the Treme Brass Band, Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Jeremy Davenport, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

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