JAZZ FEST | 04.26 - 05.06 | NEW ORLEANS

Words by: SuperDee :: Images by: Adam McCullough

Editor's Note: The writer and photographer were not paired up at the same events, but all images are from Thursday night, 04.26 in New Orleans.

Kirk Joseph :: 04.26 :: Tip's
One year ago, I got on an airplane after spending four wonderful yet emotional days in New Orleans.

I cried, "Ten days in '07!" as I tripped and almost fell on my face while walking through the cabin doors. Four days just wasn't enough. It wasn't enough time to spend with the people of the city. It wasn't enough time to eat all the scrumptious delicacies. It wasn't enough time to hear that drum beat. Is it ever enough time?

This year, staying true to my word, I'm attempting to get my fill by coming to NOLA for The Full Monty - 10 days of 'Fest. With sixteen pages of daytime and nighttime grids printed out, I headed for the airport.

From the sky, the city was sparkling and the river was smiling at me as we made our initial descent. It was a gorgeous day. I'm here, it's on, life is good.

04.26.07 :: THURSDAY

Eric Lindell :: 04.26 :: Tip's
Upon arriving in the Crescent City, in order to get my bearings, the first thing I did was grab a po'boy from Frankie & Johnny's and enjoyed the final hours of sun on a porch Uptown. As evening neared, I was fortunate to join a friend to see the Herman Leonard exhibit at a gallery in the French Quarter followed by a walk at that magical time of day when the light and the air are just right and the moon is shining over head.

The musical escapades of the evening started with local indie-rock band Rotary Downs at DBA. This is a typical place for them to play and it's great they were able to kick off JazzFest with a show "in their living room." They played a whopping two sets that mixed oldies with songs off their awesome new album, Chained To the Chariot. While I saw the band when they visited New York, it was even better seeing them rock out on their home turf. In a city where the individual musician is celebrated, I could not help but relish the fact that I just love bands. As they say, music is food for soul!

JJ Grey :: 04.26 :: Tip's
From there we wandered down Frenchman Street where music spilled from every venue. Not wanting to say goodnight just yet, we found our way to the Howlin' Wolf for a spot of Skerik. Upon entering, we found two trombones, two trumpets, two saxes, Galactic's Stanton Moore on marching band style snare, Blu Sirkut/Tiny Universe guitarist Brian Jordan and too many people to possibly count! Papa Mali came back on stage (I believe it was technically his show) and brought it all home. Lots of brass and lots of noise is a great way to dance your way into JazzFest. The rest of the night was a blur. Now we're headed to the Fairgrounds. 'Till tomorrow...

Stay tuned to JamBase as we'll be updating our JazzFest coverage everyday. The next installment will feature the true beginning of JazzFest 2007 as SuperDee heads over to the first day of the Fairgrounds...

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[Published on: 5/9/07]

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