Sense of Place: New Orleans - Local Guides
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- John Boutté John Boutté is an American jazz singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana, who has been active since the mid 1990s. He is known for diverse music style that goes beyond jazz to R&B, gospel, Latin, and blues.
- Ani DiFranco The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is a relative newcomer to the New Orleans area and gives a tour of her favorite neighborhood haunts. DiFranco has made New Orleans her adopted home and is a strong proponent of the Roots of Music Program in NOLA. The Roots of Music is taking a pro-active and preventative approach to crime in New Orleans by giving youth something better to do, something to achieve, and skills to build upon. It is an after school music program for underprivileged kids One of the members of Rebirth Brass Band was one of its founders and Ani is on their Board of Directors.
- Davis Rogan Davis Rogan is the basis for the character “Davis” on the HBO series, Treme. Rogan lives and breathes the New Orleans culture, in fact, the first floor of the house he lives in was once a headquarters for the brass bands in the city and he invited our SOP cameras in for a tour of the place. There are in fact two guys named Davis—Davis Rogan, or as he now calls himself “The Real Davis,” and Davis McAlary, the Treme character based on Rogan. That Davis is so well played by Steve Zahn that a number of New Orleanians who will never be Davis Rogan fans prefer the fictionalized TV version of Davis, a man whose unpredictable behavior is nevertheless always subject to potential revision and improvement.
- Trombone Shorty A product of New Orleans' historical and musical Treme neighborhood, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has been a musician since he was smaller than the trombone he plays. A bandleader by the age of 16, Andrews attracts both older and younger generations of fans with his virtuosity and energy. His music mixes a blend of funk, hip hop and jazz which he dubs 'supafunkrock.' Andrews and his band blur the lines of contemporary music, earning praise from fans, critics, and even some of the biggest names in music. Artist to Watch, July 2010
- Dr. John Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend’s lengthy career has perfected the voodoo’d blend of N’awlins blues, funk, and rock n’ roll for which he is renowned. Locked Down, his latest album – produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – was released earlier this year and keeps the voodoo strong. Born and raised in New Orleans, the city is for Dr. John more than just home; it’s his soul and inspiration. It’s a city whose reputation precedes it, and since he first came out on the scene in the 1950s Dr. John has celebrated those streets that run with soul, shine, and easy beats. But with the glitter comes a deeper side; a hint of something beyond. As essential to the Big Easy’s spirit as big brass and Cajun charm are the mysteries of voodoo, the ancient traditions of which have long held Dr. John entranced.