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Satchmo Fest 2014 Highlights

By Billlives

This summer I got to take in my first Satchmo Fest.  It was a rewarding experience with great live music and useful seminars. I took in some of both.  On Friday I was painting in Pirate’s Alley (see Painting in Pirate’s Alley #2 - Summer 2014) but managed to get away to see John Boutte do a fine set. John even played the trumpet. It is good for John that he has such a great voice.

 

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On Saturday I went to several of the sessions starting with Gerald French and the Tuxedo Band followed by Kid Merv.

 

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Next was Evan Christopher with Don Vappie and Kevin Lewis.

 

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Walking to the event on Sunday I was escorted by a second line going down Esplanade. Nice start to the day.

 

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The first group was Calvin Johnson. I saw him at Jazz fest where did excellent modern jazz. This time he delivered a strong trad jazz set with Kevin Lewis in respect to the event.  He was followed by the Ella & Louis Tribute Band. Playing many numbers from a great CD, Ella & Louis, that I listen to frequently.

 

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Then Kermit closed the fest for me. He had some talented guests including the trombone player shown with him. She is making the rounds of many NOLA bands these days. I will be sure to be at the Satchmo every year going forward.

 

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As I walked away from the event the sky was turning red providng a nice end to a good day.

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