The last time City Pages talked to Jack Klatt, he was preparing to release Mississippi Roll, a sweeping cross-generational collaboration that surveyed the scope of traditional music along the mighty river's 2,300 storied miles. After recording with a cast of Minnesota legends and filling the Cedar C ... More >>
Photos by Rick MasonNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>
New Orleans icons say goodbye
A discussion with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival headliner and iconic musician.
Toussaint, 71, to play Twin Cities Jazz Festival this summer
Dr. John @ Dakota From today's A-List: "The self-described 'desitively bonnaroo' big chief physician of the great New Orleans piano tradition, Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, has ivory roots that slither under the Louisiana mud, tracing Professor Longhair to Jelly Roll and his Storyville compatriot ... More >>
Surveying the Katrina benefit albums
How could a local band help save New Orleans? You don't know Jack.
Hard week, obviously. The following short list of some of my favorite New Orleans records, books, movies, and plays does in fact trivialize the effects of hurricane Katrina. It's meant in tribute. Here's the Red Cross link. King Oliver, "Dipper Mouth Blues" Jelly Roll Morton, "Grandpa's Spells" ... More >>
A New Compilation Rouses D.C.'s Funk Scene
Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate bridge the Delta and Mali with their gorgeous new album, Kulanjan