Today is GiveNola Day, and we wanted to thank those who go out of their way to support New Orleans non-profits. Donate $20 or more, and get our GiveNola Day Sampler with twelve songs from all twelve Basin Street artists for FREE!
Donate at the donation station at GiveNola Fest, and you will receive a coupon code for the FREE download!
The lineup for the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, otherwise known as Jazz Fest, has been announced. Jazzfest will return to the New Orleans Fairgrounds on April 29th through May 8th, 2011.
Our artists will perform as follows:
Friday, April 29th: Jon Cleary | Los Hombres Calientes: Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers | Haitian–New Orleans Connection featuring Emeline Michel, Dr. Jean Montes, and Dr. Michael White
Saturday, April 30th: Jeremy Davenport
Friday, May 6th: Kermit Ruffins
Saturday, May 7th: Dr. Michael White
Sunday, May 8th: Rebirth Brass Band | Henry Butler | Irvin Mayfield
Buy their music today to get you in the mood. See you there!
Click HERE for our artists complete schedule during Jazz Fest.
On Friday, January 28th, 2011 the OffBEAT Magazine Best of the Beat Awards party was held at Generations Hall in New Orleans. Our artists took home the following awards!
Best Traditional Jazz Album: Kermit Ruffins’ Happy Talk
Best Traditional Jazz Artist: Kermit Ruffins
Best Trumpeter: Kermit Ruffins
Best Contemporary Jazz Artist: Irvin Mayfield
Best Brass Band: Rebirth Brass Band
In addition, Derrick Tabb (Rebirth Brass Band) and the Roots of Music program were honored for Music Education.
My wife, Kara Hadican Samuels, is a very excellent plaintiff’s attorney. She has been on the news this week regarding the In vitro fiasco at the Ochsner Foundation Fertility Clinic in the New Orleans area. Ochsner called a press conference on Friday and admitted that they had mislabeled and mishandled a number of embryos in their in vitro clinic and have shut down the facility indefinitely. Kara filed the first case, a class action lawsuit against Ochsner on behalf of her clients back in July. In the past couple days she has been interviewed on WWL (CBS), WDSU (NBC), WVUE Fox 8, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show. She also interviewed with the Times-Picayune, and CNN. I’m proud of her. Here are links to a few of them:
Here are some photos from the 1990 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This year, 2009, is the 40th Anniversary. In these photos: Victor Goines, Jeremy Davenport, Jason Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr.