New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2003

Words and photos by SuperDee

After landing in the Crescent City at 12:30am, we were more than ready to slip right into the NOLA vibe and headed to Mama's Blues for Alan Hertz & Friends. At different points, special friends included Jeff Pevar on guitar, Brandon Tarracone on guitar, Rob Wasserman on bass, and Grant Green, Jr. on guitar (pictured here).
The perfect thing to wake up to on a Wednesday afternoon is a funeral... in New Orleans! We checked out the procession for Earl King, legendary New Orleans songwriter and guitarist, which was a traditional jazz funeral with full on marching band, horse and buggy hearse, and the Mardis Gras Indians leading the way. This is really the way to go out with everyone dancing the street to celebrate your life. I've never seen so many beaming, happy faces at a funeral before.
Music is popping out of every corner of New Orleans and we stopped by to see Irvin Mayfield at the Louisiana Music Factory. People were lined along the CD racks filled with Cajun- fried music, and Irvin had a gang of jazz makers (sorry, no names right now) that gave me chills as they passed a blues line from horn to horn.
The New Orleans experience is really so much about the food, and this place is the Mecca. Besides having the "World's Best Baked Ham," they also make a killer po-boy (shrimp, crab, soft shelled crab, etc.) and have a full breakfast menu all day. Get them grits in ya!

[Published on: 4/30/03]

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