Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz
Episode 20: “Re-New Orleans”
Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist”
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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 rebirth of New Orleans, and a call for continued renewal in the face of oil spills and all other odds. Who dat say dey gon’ beat N’awlins? Water and oil be damned, the Crescent City is on the rise!
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 Nola’s essence & John Boutté 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 on a soaring trumpet with a visceral reaction to Katrina, Irvin Mayfield plays a Jazz eulogy for his beloved city – and then we pick ourselves up, and Second Line through the streets of the city in a multi-cultural celebration as Los Hombres Calientes provide a ‘Creole Groove’ and kick off the upbeat second half of the show.
We then revel in the rebirth of New Orleans as we party with the funkiest bands in the Crescent City – Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 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 in the days following the storm . . . so that it never happens again.
This show is like the city of New Orleans itself – full of joy and pain, reflection and celebration, and dancing in the face of destruction. There is a time to mourn and a time to dance – and this show does both . . . with a big ‘ol dose of hope.
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PLAYLIST: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz
Episode 20: “Re-New Orleans”
Artist – “Track” – Album – Year – (Label)
Louis Armstrong – “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” – New Orleans – 1947 – (Jazz Crusade)
Harry Connick Jr. – “New Orleans” – Chanson du Vieux Carré – 2007 – (Marsalis Music / Rounder)
John Boutté – “Louisiana 1927” – The Rebirth: The Sound of New Orleans – 2006 – (WWOZ)
Terence Blanchard – “The Water” – A Tale Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina) – 2007 - (Blue Note)
Irvin Mayfield – “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” – Higher Ground: Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert – 2005 - (Blue Note)
Los Hombres Calientes – “Creole Groove” – Vol. 4: Vodou Dance – 2003 - (Basin Street)
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen – “Been and Gone” – Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen – 2002 - (Basin Street)
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue – “We Gonna Make You” – Orleans & Claiborne – 2005 - (Treme)
Big Sam’s Funky Nation – “Up In Here” – Peace, Love & Understanding – 2008 – (BSFN)
Astral Project – “Crescent City Strut” – Big Shot – 2002 – (Astral Project)
Papa Grows Funk – “Slinky Snake” – Live at the Leaf – 2006 – (Funky Krewe)
Neville Brothers – “Poppa Funk” – “Walkin’ In The Shadow Of Life” – 2004 – (Chordant)
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen – “More Hipper” – Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen – 2002 - (Basin Street)
Harry Connick Jr. – “All Those People” – Oh, My Nola – 2007 – (Sony)
Music Bed Provided by:
Joe Krown – “Moore Woman Shuffle” – New Orleans Piano Rolls – 2003 – STR Digital
Terence Blanchard – “Wading Through” – A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina) – 2007 – (Blue Note)
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