New Orleans

Hard to believe it’s five years next month since Hurricane Katrine hit.  I was reminded of this as I talked with one of New Orleans’ great jazz musicians, Irvin Mayfield, via satellite from Bourbon Street, no less, this evening on News @5.  Mr. Mayfield even played a few bars of "When the Saints Go Marching In" for us.  It doesn’t get much better!

One of his latest albums is called Love Songs, Ballads and Standards with the wonderful Ellis Marsalis.  As I understand it, the masters of it were lost in Katrine, but recaptured from Mr. Mayfield’s ipod.  All of which only makes the performances more precious.  I don’t have this CD yet.  But I’ve been listening to it on iTunes all week and someday soon I will. 

Also the Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans, Irvin wanted us to know that New Orleans’ music scene is as red hot as its ever been.  Case in point, the Satchmo SummerFest now in its tenth year, dedicated to the legacy of Louis Armstrong August 5 through August 8.

Ginny and I had a great time in New Orleans when we were there a few years ago, listening to Pete Fountain at the Hilton, spending a somewhat blurry night drinking Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s and two unforgetable nights with the living legends who perform at Preservation Hall.  

I love everything about New Orleans–the French Quarter, the St. Charles Streetcar, the Garden District, the Cafe du Monde, the food and most of all, the music.  It’s all magic!  I have got to get back there.

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