Tuesday, July 25, 2006

This is YOUR Way to Help Rebuild New Orleans

Our Neighborhoods in New Orleans ARE Important. That is what separated us as a city from many other cities. If NEIGHBORHOOD IS important to you, then get involved in rebuilding them in New Orleans.

Click here to get involvedhttp://unifiedneworleansplan.org


And Cece Was Crying....

My daughter Cece called me yesterday, and I could tell she was choked up over something. And, you know what, it was something that all of us have been choked up over since last August--she missed New Orleans. And she meant she missed New Orleans in every way imaginable. She didn't miss just being in the city--she missed the whole lifestyle. As she told me, New Orleans was the kind of city that she could be herself--without any hesitations, no pretending, with real personality. As she spends the last few weeks of her summer vacation at home away from New Orleans, she realizes that she has "had to" adapt to life without New Orleans--and she doesn't like it. She wants to go back to New Orleans, in body, in mind, and in spirit.

Isn't this how many of us feel?

I just heard that a good friend of mine has closed his shop in New Orleans and has moved away to North Carolina. I haven't talked with him in a few months, but I thought that Harry Anderson and his club "Oswald's" would somehow make it through the post-K world. I also knew that his business really thrives on the tourists. Without tourists, his business would significantly struggle. He was a great personality in the city, and my children had taken him into their hearts. Now, another piece of New Orleans that we won't be able to appreciate again...

I miss New Orleans too. I always will. It will never be the same, and in some ways it shouldn't be the same. No doubt. But what I miss, and I think what Cece misses, are the close interactions we had with many people in the city. The interactions of neighborhood, of community, of commerce. Cece felt so at home in New Orleans. Carefree, without any need to worry about time, snowballs in the Quarter or on Magazine Street at Tee Eva's, going to see Rhonda at Funrockin', bumping into Blake at a street party or having him over the house for a salon (remember "Winn Dixie"?), going to the OZ studios to be on the air--she loved it all. And I did too.

I sit back here in my living room right now, listening to my new show on Live-365, looking at Simon's art on the walls, at all the Mardi Gras stuff that lines the house, the smells of pork chops and red beans still fragrent in the kitchen--I can almost believe that I am back in New Orleans. But it is an incomplete picture--it doesn't include Blake and Rhonda and Harry and Elizabeth and Angel and Brian and Bob and OZ and walks on Decatur Street and drinks at Harry's Corner and street musicians on Royal and panhandlers in Jackson Square and the smell of the Quarter on a Sunday morning or Miss Lee hollering hello to us or the incredible smell as you enter the Rendon Grocery or special tours through the Aquarium or riding our bikes to Tulane or having lunch on the sidewalk on Conti Street or the fireworks over the river or sneaking into the Blue Nile when Fredy Omar is playing or just walking up and down Frenchman Street on a Saturday night....

It doesn't even compare....

We miss the people, and the interaction with people, and the interaction with people like us who didn't care about time, about the absurdities of normal life, and cared more about saying hello to each other and spending some time talking or sharing stories and music.

That's what I miss. That's what makes Cece cry. That's what still makes me cry.

New July 25 Playlist

Here's my new Playlist starting July 25. The show should run until late Sunday night. Let me know what you think.

Artist, Title, Album
John Coltrane, 26-2, Coltrane's Sound
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Lush Life, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Eddie Harris, Freedom Jazz Dance, The Essence of Funk: Hip Bop Essence
Christian McBride, Technicolor Nightmare, Live At Tonic
Miguel Zenón, Fajardeno, Jíbaro
Andrew Baham, Fuller Love, Introducing Andrew Baham
Jonathan Batiste, Red Beans, Times In New Orleans
Carlos Puebla, Hasta Siempre, Viva Cuba Libre
Francisco Aguabella, Felukin, Cubacan
Luis Mario Ochoa & Cimarrón, Mestizos, Cimarrón
Charles Mingus, Moanin', Blues & Roots
Cannonball Adderley, Sack O' Woe, At The Lighthouse
Diego Urcola, Tango Azul, Viva
Vincent Herring, Tom Tom, Ends And Means
Astral Project, Cowboy Bill, The Legend of Cowboy Bill
Christian Scott, Say It, Rewind That
Jon Faddis, Teranga, Teranga
McCoy Tyner, We Are Our Father's Sons, McCoy Tyner & the Latin All-Stars
Charlie Parker, Chasin' The Bird, The 'Bird' Returns
Charlie Parker, Klaunstance, The Complete Savoy And Dial Studio Recordings
Charlie Parker, Begin the Beguine, The Complete Verve Master Takes
Miles Davis Quintet, Stablemates, The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions
Joe Locke/ Geoffery Keezer Group, Fractured, Live In Seattle
Hendrik Meurkens, Angel Eyes, The Colors Of Latin Jazz : Soul Sauce!
Los Hombres Calientes, Rojo's Revenge, Vol. 5: Carnival
Kermit Ruffins, Here to Stay, Throwback
John Boutte, At The Foot Of Canal Street, Jambalaya
Anders Osborne, Summertime In New Orleans, Bury The Hatchet

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New Jazz Set Added Today

You can hear this show on Live-365

Here’s the Playlist:
Artist, Title, Album
John Coltrane, Countdown, Giant Steps
Ray Charles & Milt Jackson, Soul Brothers, Soul Brothers
Sonny Rollins, St. Thomas, Saxophone Colossus
Chick Corea, North Africa, The Ultimate Adventure
Manuel Valera, Hidden, Melancolía
Nicholas Payton, Nick@Night, Nick@Night
Herlin Riley Quintet, New York Walk, Watch What You'Re Doing
Francis Mbappe, International Man, FM Tribe Vol1
Ray Barretto, El Nuevo Barretto, Acid
Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay, Red Clay
Hank Mobley, Dig Dis, Soul Station
Taylor Eigsti, Freedom Jazz Dance, Lucky to Be Me
Voodoo Funk Project, This Is Where?, Deep In The Cut
Jeff Albert, Neon Monkey, One
Derek Douget, G.O.A., Perpetual Motion
Rick Davies and Jazzismo, Minor Byrd, Salsa Strut
Diego Urcola, Viva, Viva
Charlie Parker, Another Hair Do, The Complete Savoy And Dial Studio Recordings
Charlie Parker, Estrellita, The Complete Verve Master Take
Horace Silver, Bonita, The Cape Verdean Blues
Joe Locke/Geoffery Keezer Group, Van Gogh By Numbers, Live In Seattle
Chris Potter, The Wheel, Underground
Jazz On The Latin Side All Stars, Ironman James, The Last Bullfighter
Ray Mantilla, Hop Scotch, Man-Ti-Ya
Kermit Ruffins, Can't Take My Baby Nowhere, Swing This!
Jon Cleary, Just Kissed My Baby, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Anders Osborn, Summertime In New Orleans, Bury The Hatchet

Let me know what you think. I’ll be adding a New Orleans set later this week. Check out my Schedule.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Spending Money Wisely Again....

It's good to know that this administration is committed to regime change around the globe, not just in the Middle East. After all, why would we want to allocate $80 million over the next two years to, oh, let's see, protecting the greater Gulf Coast from further hurricane damage, repairing the wetlands in Louisiana, or perhaps towards the recovery of New Orleans? Incredible stupidity, once again, Shrub....

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP): US President George W. Bush on Monday approved an additional 80 million dollars to help foster Cuban democracy and pressure President Fidel Castro, whose government called the effort "embarrassing."

In a statement, Bush said he had approved a "compact" with the people of Cuba "as they transition from the repressive control of the Castro regime to freedom and a genuine democracy."

Bush also accepted the recommendations of the US Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, a panel led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, which included the 80-million dollar expenditure over two years.

"The report demonstrates that we are actively working for change in Cuba, not simply waiting for change," Bush said.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Gambit's "Best Of New Orleans" Poll Is On-Line

Here's the link:

I really love the section on "Politics." I'm curious which politician will win the "Most Deserving of a Brickbat" this year. Hmmm.... So many to choose from. Dollar Bill? Willie Nagin? Rene Gil-Pratt? Of course, we could consider folks pre-Katrina like.... Jackie. Jay. Anyone else come to mind?

Enjoy the poll--it will take you a while to fill it out, but it's worth it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

New Jazz Set Added Today

For those folks listening to my shows at Live-365, I have just uploaded a new show this morning and hope to add shows at least twice a week (Saturday, Wednesday). As I learn how to do this from the comforts of my home (and not the comforts of WWOZ's studio), I will try to add a new show everyday. Ambitious, but I think I can do that. This is lots of fun, and it's the closest I've felt yet to being back in New Orleans. Now, where's my gallon of Daquiri's? :)

Thanks to Dirty Coast and Blake....

for sending me lots of love in Central Texas. Just got the package yesterday--hopefully I'll have "models" with t-shirts later today. David loves his shirts and we're now putting stickers all over town--can we get arrested for that? :) Blake, you are the bomb....

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Thanks for Listening to My Show

Well, I’m flattered by how many people have logged on to my show at Live-365. Thanks for your support. I’m trying to post two new shows a week to go in the rotation, so I’ll keep you all posted on that. I’m also planning on posting my playlists here, so keep an eye out for that.

Let me know what you think of the show. It is the first thing I’ve done in a long time that is keeping my mind off of New Orleans, so to speak, even if I’m playing many of the cuts I would be doing on WWOZ. It was an important part of my identity in New Orleans, so I guess that helps me out quite a bit to be spinning music people appreciate.

Again, thanks for your support. I’ll keep you posted on new things here on the blog.

Monday, July 03, 2006

OK, OK. It's been a while since I posted, but I thought I would add something here now.

I’m missing being in New Orleans like you can’t believe, but I’ve added new shows at Live-365. If you want to hear my latest on-line shows, you can hear me at:


Let me know what you think. E-mail me at drwswhite@yahoo.com. Someday, I’ll have these shows on WWOZ again (even if it’s on DJ random late at night).

Take care, and hope to hear from you all soon.