Philip Booth

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 27-29, 2006 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Course)

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival / April 27-29, 2006 / New Orleans (Fair Grounds Race Course)

Last year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was aptly dubbed a miracle, because divine intervention -- manifested via major sponsorship from Shell Oil Co. and the sheer determination of organizers to keep the thing alive -- unexpectedly ensured the survival of the sprawling event, less than eight months after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the region.
HARRY CONNICK JR.,

HARRY CONNICK JR., "Oh, My Nola" / "Chanson du Vieux Carre"

New Orleans' homegrown musical culture, facing the fight of its life, lives large in Harry Connick Jr.'s simultaneously released albums, each offering a multiplicity of strains that collectively have helped make the Crescent City sound so distinctive.
New York (Birdland)

New York (Birdland)

"Blues, b-l-u-e-s," a disembodied voice, heard on a sample cued by Jason Moran, blurted out at the start of the inspired first set of the pianist's first performance of the new year.