Blow Satchmo!

Few musicians can be synonymous with a style of music such as Louis is to jazz and, still shock and astonish listeners many decades after his passing. The music that Louis played is truly eternal and one of the greatest gifts my time here at LAHM has provided for me is not only a deeper... Continue Reading →

Who tells your story?

What is the purpose of documenting oral history? Oddly enough this is a question that was not given much consideration prior to the midcentury. The public has generally relied on the interpretation of its collective history to be articulated via the masters of ivory towers but what about the interpretation of history from those that... Continue Reading →

Dinner Date with Red Beans & Rice

Way down yonder in New Orleans, the people are known nationwide for the delicious and soulful cuisine that puts smiles on faces and happiness in bellies. New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures that has contributed to the rich and illustrious culinary traditions of the city. What comes along with the delicious meals that... Continue Reading →

Historic Landmark Appreciation

This week I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the importance of historic landmarks and sites. The majority of us are facing social withdrawal from the COVID-19 pandemic that plagues the states and elsewhere around the world. We all yearn to return to normalcy and revisit the places that we enjoy for various reasons.... Continue Reading →

Paris Blues

For those who are fans of old romantic dramas, might I suggest a film that may not have appeared on your radar. Paris Blues is a 1961 film starring Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman and a cast of other amazing talents both behind the lens and on screen and, the film features Louis Armstrong, what... Continue Reading →

Queens Jazz Legacy

One of the greatest cultural exports that America has produced for the world are the wonderful genres of African American music. Throughout the U.S. many cities are known for being epicenters of various forms of Black American music. New Orleans is famously known as the birthplace of jazz, the Mississippi delta as the origin of... Continue Reading →

Great Times at LAHM

Greetings everybody, hard to imagine but, already I have made it more than halfway through the LAHM fellowship. A lot has happened since I first started and I felt that it would be a good time to reflect on some of the highlights of this experience. My whole motivation for applying to this wonderful opportunity... Continue Reading →

Joe Oliver The King

Louis Armstrong may be considered the King of Jazz but, it is not widely known that Louis Armstrong considered another to be the king. Joe “King” Oliver was an instrumental figure in Louis’ career and helped introduce Louis to an audience outside of New Orleans. Most importantly Louis saw Joe Oliver as a mentor and... Continue Reading →

Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club

2020 is here! A New Year and a new decade begins but, the New Year also brings in another cherished celebration, Mardi Gras. Carnival season is upon us, and all throughout New Orleans, people are engaging in various festivities and traditions leading up to Mardi Gras day, which will be February 25 this year. Alas,... Continue Reading →

Hugues Panassié

Within the long history of jazz music, many people have made their mark in one way or another. Some through playing, others through its documentation and study. Among the latter, exist polarizing figures that valiantly stand firm in their beliefs and thoughts on jazz music. Hugues Panassié is one such figure. Panassié was a man... Continue Reading →

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