Greetings from a very hot and sultry New Orleans. The music is much like the weather - ever present: it's a wonderful vibe!
I'm here to photograph the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and this being my 34th festival, I'm very familiar with the Crescent City, in fact I've spent well over a year of my life here, and it doesn't feel a day too long.
I can say that even after all this time it's just as exciting! With such artists as Simon & Garfunkel, Anita Baker, Lionel Richie, Joe Lavano, Terence Blanchard to name but a few. And to come this weekend we have Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, Dee Dee Bridgewater to capture just a few headliners from the some 400 plus bands appearing over the whole festival.
Best of the fest so far was the 'Voice of the Wetlands All Stars' featuring Tab Benoit, Anders Osbourne, Cyril Neville, Dr John & George Porter Jnr, - that really was cooking! The one to watch for me is trumpeter Shamarr Allen whom I saw playing with Terrance Simien's Zydeco Experience last weekend, but is with his own band The Underdawgs this Saturday.
Blues man Luther Kent with his big band Trick Bag, takes no prisoners in the small intimate Monkey Hill bar on trendy Magazine Street, a perfect end to the two festival Saturdays. They play until the wee small hours, and give a lasting memory of sight and sounds that goes on forever!