Episode 20: Re-New Orleans

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Episode 20: Re-New Orleans

Five years ago this week, one of America’s greatest cities was 80% underwater. This show is a remembrance of what happened, a celebration of the New Orlean’s rebirth, and a call for continued renewal in the face of oil and all other odds.

We start off with Pops asking the question, “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?”. Harry Connick Jr. gives us an aural tour of the cities essence & John Boutte follows with a musical reflection on what happened 80 years ago in the streets of Evangeline, as well as 5 years ago in the Lower Nine. Terence Blanchard sounds off with his visceral emotional reaction to Katrina, Irvin Mayfield plays a Jazz eulogy for his beloved city – and then we Second Line through the streets as Los Hombres provide a ‘Creole Groove’ to let you know that some things never die.

Then, to reveal the cities rebirth I take you to a party featuring the funkiest bands in the Crescent City – Jon Cleary, Trombone Shorty, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Astral Project, Papa Grows Funk, and the Neville Brothers.

We end with a reflection from Harry Connick Jr., reminding us what happened so that it never happens again.

This show is like the city of New Orleans itself – full of sorrow and joy, reflection and celebration in the face of death itself. There is a time to mourn and a time to dance – and this show does both , , , with a big ‘ol dose of hope.

Please feel free to send all comments and suggestions to Scott@SoulandJazz.com. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

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Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz
Episode 20 – Re-New Orleans

Artist – Track – Album – Year

Louis Armstrong   Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans   New Orleans   1947
Harry Connick Jr.   New Orleans   Chanson du Vieux Carré   2007
John Boutté   Louisiana 1927   The Rebirth: The Sound of New Orleans   2006
Terence Blanchard   The Water   A Tale Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)   2007
Irvin Mayfield   Just A Closer Walk With Thee   Higher Ground: Hurricane Relief Benefit   2005
Los Hombres Calientes   Creole Groove   Vol. 4: Vodou Dance   2003
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen   Been and Gone   Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen   2002
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue   We Gonna Make You   Orleans & Claiborne   2005
Big Sam’s Funky Nation   Up In Here   Peace, Love & Understanding   2008
Astral Project   Crescent City Strut   Big Shot   2002
Papa Grows Funk   Slinky Snake   Live at the Leaf   2006
Neville Brothers   Poppa Funk   Walkin’ In The Shadow Of Life   2004
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen   More Hipper   Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen   2002
Harry Connick Jr.   All Those People   Oh, My Nola   2007


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