Riffing On the Tradition: Say It Over and Over Again — Making music listings count

This is the third and last article devoted to how we can prepare for the festival season. We discussed improving our Web presence and how venue operators who truly want to work WITH us can raise the bar, ...

Riffing On the Tradition: The Joint Is Jumpin’ — Working with our music venues

Like many of you, I constantly struggle with the contradictions of local music’s role as a cultural expression of, and for, the community versus a commodity of our hospitality industry. Last week, I began counting down to festival ...

Riffing On the Tradition: You Must Believe In Spring

A chance meeting with a "talking drum" from Ghana taught musician Evan Christopher how to look beyond the worldwide violence of winter 2012.

Riffing On the Tradition: Thanks a million

It was autumn 1994 when I moved here 18 years ago to be a member of the New Orleans music community. I remember so little about that first Thanks-having here. (The next one was more memorable, when I ...

New Orleans Jazz Legends: Treme Brass Band, Part Two

This week, New Orleans Jazz Legends presents part two of an interview with Lionel Batiste Sr. and Benny Jones of the Treme Brass Band.

New Orleans Jazz Legends: Treme Brass Band, Part Two

This week, New Orleans Jazz Legends presents part two of an interview with Lionel Batiste Sr. and Benny Jones of the Treme Brass Band.

Riffing On the Tradition: Does Mayor Landrieu hate live music?

Yes, that's what I asked. If Mayor Landrieu hates live music. No, I don’t want to believe it either. So if it's not true, he needs to prove it. See, I, too, accepted the narrative that the recent ...

Riffing On the Tradition: State of the Music Revisited

When I decided to focus this week on our friends at Sweet Home New Orleans and their 2011 State of the New Orleans Music Community Report, I realized that I've been "riffing" on our music community's challenges for ...

Riffing On the Tradition: The Quiet Before the Storm

While the cultural workforce prepares for Jazz Fest, Evan Christopher wants to be sure that musicians don't forget to assess their French Quarter Festival experience.

Riffing On the Tradition: It’s French Quarter Fest; Let’s Go Get ‘Em!

Musician Evan Christopher offers encouragement and advice for his 800+ colleagues who are performing for thousands of New Orleans music fans at the 29th annual French Quarter Festival