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  • Live Blog: Terence Blanchard at Vanguard 2.18.09

    February 18, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    8:20pm Love the shirt, Terence - Defend New Orleans!

    8:21pm Terence and the band have been rehearsing new music at the Vanguard the last two days. They're recording in New Orleans next month. Maybe we'll hear something new tonight. Fingers crossed.

    8:41pm Pianist Jason Moran has dropped in to visit his colleagues from Houston, Walter Smith and Kendrick Scott. All of them graduated from the Houston School for Performing and Visual Arts. Fertile jazz ground.

    8:52pm Band is chilling backstage. Like a band of brothers - laughing, talking sports, shooting the breeze. There's no set list. Whatever Terence calls is what we'll hear. In the moment.

    8:54pm Almost showtime. I'll be back! Don't forget to watch the video webcast. Link is just below the photo if Terence.

    9:04pm And we're off! First song is from A Tale of God's Will. "Levees."

    9:44pm Getting lost in the music, and the chat room buzz. Forty minutes later, you've heard "Levees," "Funera; Dirge," "Wandering Wonder," and now "Fred Brown." Whew...

  • Rhythm and Blues Guitarist Snooks Eaglin Dies

    February 18, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Word from Keith Spera from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans - Fird "Snooks" Eaglin has died. He was 72. For those of you who don't know Snooks, he was a pistol. And a hellified guitar strummer and singer. I'll never forgot those pledge drives on WWOZ - partying in the studio during Billy Delle's Records From the Crypt, phones ringing off the hook, and the money just rolling in. Music and entertainment from Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe, and Snooks, who got funnier and funnier as the night wore on. Of course, he was always drinking that electric lemonade! Who could forget the number when Snooks kept on singing - "5-6-8, 1-2-3-4." I'll miss you, Snooks.