Don't cry for New Orleans. While it was a time to mourn the loss of a great talent, Prince, the New Orleans Jazz Fest was a confirmation and celebration of the reincarnation of the City many had written off as dead a decade earlier.
Allen Toussaint won me over long before I knew his name. If I live to be 200, for example, I won't forget holding my new black-and-gold Realistic transistor radio up to my ear back in eighth grade and hearing Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law."
Legendary musician, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint passed away on November 9, 2015, at the age of 77. The New Orleans native was instrumental in creating and sustaining much of the music that has come out of the Crescent City since the late 1960s.
"That's My Momma!" James Andrews said of the Baby Doll dancing during his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set. His show was a family affair, with wife Karen Gant-Andrews belting out an "At Last" that would have done Etta James proud.
"Jessie J is such a powerhouse as a performer," says Smokey. "She gave an amazing take on 'Cruisin' for Smokey & Friends, and it was an absolute pleasure to have her join me on stage to perform it live in Edinburgh.
Seeing Allen Toussaint perform twice in the space of about 60 days -- in drastically different circumstances each time -- reminded me of why a love for musical roots can seemingly never run out of ways to discover and rediscover the beginnings of American popular music.
This new ICON collection not only includes "Sun," but also some of your trademark songs like "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," which has become a bit of an anthem, plus hits such as "Circle In The Sand," "I Get Weak," and "Live Your Life Be Free."
"Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk - A Celebration of New Orleans Blues" is part heartfelt travelogue, part uncomfortable small club gig. Laurie's enthusiasm for all parts of Southern culture is matched by his charm in discussing it.
Moments before he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his lovely friend and former hospital co-worker Julianna Margulies, George Clooney proved once and for all what a truly great humanitarian he is.