This week, the Uptown Ruler podcast honors what I believe is the greatest music and arts festival that we have to offer in the United States - the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Initially produced in 1970 by George Wein (the man behind the Newport Festivals), the festival has grown from one that had 350 spectators in its first year to one that routinely brings in half a million fans each year. I have been lucky to attend six Jazz Fests in my life and have been turned on to so much wonderful music just from wandering around the Fairgrounds. This year, it's not in the cards, so I'll just have to use this mix as a reminder of the greatness.
In this Jazz Fest mix, I've featured much of the music that has come from the great city of New Orleans. Now, there are a LOT of artists that I could not include in the mix due to space limitations, but I've tried to pick out my favorites. That being said, we actually start the mix about 135 miles west of New Orleans in the city of Lafayette. Buckwheat Zydeco, a Jazz Fest favorite for many years, starts the parade down I-10 into the city of New Orleans, where the remainder of the mix keeps its groove.
For those of you going this year, enjoy yourselves and eat a soft-shell crab po'boy for me.
Buckwheat Zydeco - Ma 'Tit Fille Professor Longhair - Jambalaya The Wild Magnolias - Handa Wanda Cyrille Neville - Gossip Eddie Bo - Getting to the Middle The Gaturs - Gatur Bait Chuck Carbo - Can I Be Your Squeeze Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff The Wild Tchopitoulas - Meet the Boys On the Battlefront Sam and the Soul Machine - Tomorrow Today Lee Dorsey - Night People The Meters - Live Wire The Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Pet the Kat The Rebirth Brass Band - Feel Like Funkin' It Up The Hypnotic Brass Band - Sankofa Dr. John - (I Walk On) Guilded Splinters