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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


Fred Hersch And The Art Of Introspection

We join the pianist at his loft in SoHo to talk about his upbringing in Cincinnati, late-night gigs in New York, his recovery from a coma in 2008, and his adaptation of Walt Whitman's poetry.

How Benny Goodman Orchestrated 'The Most Important Concert In Jazz History'

Eighty years ago, barriers were broken when Benny Goodman took a mixed race band to play jazz to Carnegie Hall.

Review: The Bad Plus, 'Never Stop II'

Each album by The Bad Plus can be understood as a planted flag, a marker of group identity. Hear the jazz trio's first record with new pianist Orrin Evans.

Songs We Love: Kat Edmonson, 'Old Fashioned Gal'

On the first single from Old Fashioned Gal, Edmonson pines for a respite from pop-up ads and notifications, for a phone "inextricably connected to a wall."

Lorraine Desmarais On Piano Jazz

The award-winning jazz artist performs original compositions and a set of standards during this 1991 episode.

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Esquizito's Blog Posts Tagged 'new-orleans' (69)

June 17, 2012 – Father's Day.

Dear Reader, peace to you and yours today.  It has been a long, long journey traveling through life since I last spoke up here. I'm glad you made it thru too!


I'm in the City of Angels – which is not too far from Maison Musique – as I am blessedly visiting with my family. It's the perfect time to tell of what I know, and what I love.


My father was a good man. A good man in the true sense. And as his third and youngest son, last of all his children, I…


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September 6, 2011

You've got to fight – and party – for your mind.


Dear Reader, yours truly am a man of few words today. Here, out from under T.S. Lee [Allen] all is cool... almost calm, and necessarily collected. Labor Day '11... so far, so wet... and not as wild as one would expect.


Honestly, I feel more threatened by the storms of “Peak-Media-Season '11” than by any force of nature.…


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July 5, 2011

There is a great awakening occurring now.


In my times as a New Yorker, I had the opportunity to work as a member of the cast of a musical entitled, A Tapestry of Dreams. This play was conceived and written by a man named, Nat Bucknell; the music was composed by the noted, Carol Hall.


In one scene, I delivered the line, “The Japanese character for crisis, also means enlightenment.” This is, as far as I can tell, a great truth of nature which the Jazz man is…


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June 7, 2011 - Homer Plessy Day!

Dear Reader, with summer '11 upon us, and the Mississippi river subsiding within us, and storm season again taking its rightful place, [ALL HAIL...!] I say: Here's to time!


I am glad to be back home in New Orleans; where one can't go too, too far without bumping into to some sign or plaque acknowledging our history. [I can't help but joke about the sign which was placed, not too long ago, at the end of my block stating the name of my neighborhood as the "Suburb…


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March 15, 2011 – Saint Danny's Day

“Roll with the punches!” 


Danny Barker had a bold, and oftentimes, daring perspective on seemingly anything and everything under the sun.


He unflinchingly viewed the foibles of human life with a wry sense of humor and a deep self-knowing; both of which were hallmarks of his singular style.


He summed up his life's ethos as the quintessential Jazz journeyman, offering the words which with I open this day's very special post. Danny Barker…


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January 11, 2011



One up...…


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August 29, 2010 – 5 Years Old!

What can I say?

Well... first, I am grateful to be here in New Orleans. There are those – at least one learned man I know – who predicted that we wouldn't make it this far. He was wrong; ah yes... he was wrong.

What's next? Dear Reader, let's dance...!

[Danny spins & speaks! From, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (1954.) I myself have been to Beale Street; Memphis was the first… Continue

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August 17, 2010 – 13 Days.

“There's no place like home!”

Well... Dorothy, truer words you never did speak after!! Judy Garland continued on to play the great role of, American Cultural Icon... once she delivered the message (1939) – an answer preluded by the immortal song of hope, Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Today, I proclaim St. Dorothy's prophecy! and as it so appears that I could raise Old Dot's offer: As my home is New Orleans... Truly I say to you, Dear Reader, there is no place like my home!… Continue

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July 27, 2010 - Day 99.

Faith... Fact... Friendship... Fate... Who's your daddy?

In other words, Dear Reader, what do you rely on? Now, despite the passed two weeks of reflection that being away from home has provided yours truly, I will confess to an idleness regarding this central question of existence. Nevertheless, let's see where this goes...? It's no revelation as from whence my current quandary comes. Since it has been almost two weeks of monitoring the so called, integrity of the Macondo oil…


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July 14, 2010 – Bastille Day

Recherchereur Cheri, Mais oui...! I am escaping from New Orleans, Louisiana on Le Quatorze Juilllet, 2010...!

It has been written, “All good Creole boys must one day return to Paris.”* But, no such luck this time. Nonetheless, I am indeed excited to be headed to Our Nation's Capitol. (via Baltimore.) I will be visiting with a great friend, and mentor, A. Billy S. Jones-Hennin. I will state… Continue

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July 4, 2010 – America's Independence

“How will it end?!” – Louis Armstrong, as per Waller & Razaf

Hey wait... Dear Reader, please don't go! It is really the beginning and; it's going to be what it's going to be.

This last sentiment was bestowed upon me by Ellis Marsalis... oh, about four and half years ago. It was my first Friday after having returned to New Orleans from Brooklyn where I had eventually evacuated to, following Hurricane… Continue

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Yeah man, a prayer...

May you now open the link below and read this very well-written overview of the problem and, a necessary solution. (Louisiana demands justice, not charity -- by James Carville.) Love and gratitude to the water. May the Petrochemical Age now begin to come to a peaceful end. Amen.

Keep on swingin'!

Here... now!

Peace & Pops,


Maison Musique, New… Continue

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May 31, 2010 – Memorial Day

Love and gratitude to the water.

Dear Reader, welcome back and; peace to you and yours. I begin with a seemingly simple puddle of words which now carries the weight of the sea. The phrase entered my consciousness by way of a Japanese scientist, Masuro Emoto, who studies the nature of water and, visualizes world peace. Dr. Emoto's work entered my consciousness by way of, Delia Nakayama, a writer and visualizer of many things... including world peace. It was a couple of years ago… Continue

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January 18th, 2010 - Martin Luther King Day

“Then who can be saved?” was the priceless reaction of the

disciples of Jesus.

Well... just when I first thought, then you, that we were safe from the things in my head... the earth shakes. (Truth be told, I had the intention of enjoying the "day off" and not posting.)

Nevertheless... barely off my heels and; there is a need for so much healing. I'm grateful to say: I healed myself. What's next? More knowledge... desire... and quiet. Intention. Attention! There… Continue

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January 12th, 2010 – Final Examination.

Dear Reader, peace to you and yours, today. This is my last post for this series, Afro-American Music:101. Firstly, I will again state that it has been my great honor and, (most times) my great pleasure to have carried on in this task of: editing, analyzing, and bringing to the internet... the mind of Daniel Moses Barker.

This blog began, January 13th, 2009 (the 100th anniversary of this great Jazz man's… Continue

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January 5th, 2010

Happy New Year first of all. I hope we have... a million or two million more of them – if we can get over this summer... heh-heh-heh.

Dear Reader, I continue with my closure to this unique course in Jazz by opening this nth degree post with a quote from another legendary “Man with a guitar,” the great James Marshall Hendrix. These words opened his New Year's Night, 1970 introduction to what was to become a masterpiece; entitled, Machine Gun.

The legendary… Continue

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December 29th, 2009

There is a strong desire for a Mindfulness of our Ancestors. Here is the last week of the year, the ending of the first decade of the new century, and a little further distancing from the 20th century. Indeed, western civilization has made its baby steps into a new millennium of media. And yet, old ideas take so long to relinquish themselves.

Time is a wondrous thing. The more I get, the more I want – it seems. (Maybe.) Time allows for greater awareness and deeper understanding. Time… Continue

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December 22nd, 2009

“Son do!”

This was the nick name that young Dan earned in glowing reflection of his eager willingness to please others and work. Danny substantiates this characterization in several instances. Among his memoirs, there are detailed tales of life in Downtown Orleans Parish. In this season of the God blessed child, this fin de cicle post focuses again on the jazzy childhood of Daniel Moses Barker.

“So I have vivid memories of what was happening on the river and I saw… Continue

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December 15th, 2009



Dear Reader, before I go any further... this post is not about Black-Jewish or, Black-White relations or, anti-semitism (per se.) Nevertheless... I'm very intrigued at Mr. Barker's advice to the Xavier students: “You trust them with caution.”


As Louis Armstrong might say:… Continue

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December 8th, 2009

“Who's the new Messiah?”


Mr. Barker is asking rhetorically, within his response to a student's inquiring of his viewpoint as to whom will inherit the legacy of John Coltrane. (The saxophonist had been deceased ten years and firmly a Jazz icon.) This is the only instance in which Mr. Barker speaks of “Coltrane and Rollins” - in his role as instructor of Afro-American Music at Xavier… Continue

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