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.
Tuesday June 26 marks the beginning of Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series, now in its 24th season. The series kicks off A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
I developed a taste for Louisiana's Cajun music pretty early on in life when I attended a concert by the Balfa Brothers. The band, fronted by Dewey Balfa, totally charmed me with their personal warmth and humor.
"When you write a song, you never know how it will evolve," Charles said. "I've been approached by people who are recovering from cancer and they have shared stories with me of how 'Healing Time' has helped them."