New Orleans Halloween Party

The Crescent City is notorious for using anything—or nothing at all—as an excuse for a party. All the better if masquerading is involved. So aside from the Bacchanalian splendor of Mardi Gras, there is, of course, Halloween. Even if it is happening 1,400 miles upriver on the brink of the tundra, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's ghoulish get-together will have a decidedly New Orleans flavor thanks to the presence of a couple of down-river stalwarts: the Joe Krown Trio and the Charmaine Neville Band. Krown (pictured), who spent many years as Gatemouth Brown's keyboardist, is steeped in the storied New Orleans piano tradition and does killer work on the B3 organ too. His trio, one of several permutations in which he performs, is essentially an all-star affair: Guitar ace Walter "Wolfman" (a nice bit of symmetry for Halloween) Washington is a bandleader himself whose NOLA funk, blues, and R&B stylings earned him long stints with Lee Dorsey and Johnny Adams. Drummer Russell Batiste Jr. of the famed Batiste musical clan has long conjured the rhythms for the Funky Meters. The daughter of saxophonist Charles Neville, the irrepressible Charmaine Neville, like her dad and uncles in the iconic Neville Brothers, covers the gamut of New Orleans second-line funk, jazz, R&B, and carnival classics, embodying the city's raucous spirit. Leading her band is another great NOLA pianist, Amasa Miller. Prizes are promised for the best costumes. And in honor of the season, there'll even be a ghastly component: the Klondike Kates open things up. (Photo by Masahiro Sumori)
Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., 2010

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