1:54 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Dixieland Jazz, Food and Culture from New Orleans, and Arts Greensboro

Triad Arts Weekend: August 16,2013

First we start off with some authentic sounds of New Orleans, and for that we go way back to the early beginnings of jazz. It’s a style of music known as Dixieland, and the Muddy River Jazz Band was here to tell it Live in Studio A. Writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, food historian and New Orleans native Lolis Eric Elie keeps the gumbo train going next with a look at his city’s history and its evolving cuisine post Katrina from fabulous Phu to tremendous tacos New Orleans’ style. He’s got a new book Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans and he’s here to share recipes. And Arts Greensboro’s fearless leader Mr. Tom Philion joins David Ford with a sneak preview of 17 Days Arts and Culture Festival. All of this on Triad Arts Weekend.  

Muddy River Jazz Band

Muddy River Jazz Band Live in Studio A

When David Ford was a youngster, his mom took him to hear legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman live at Carnegie Hall. After the concert, he emptied his piggy bank and went out to purchase his first Benny Goodman album. He found a cheap cut out and actually had some money left over. So when the record store salesman suggested he check out the New Orleans Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain album just a few feet away, David promptly bought that Best of Pete Fountain double album as well. And boy is he glad he did!

When it comes to upbeat, good times music, it’s hard to beat a good Dixieland band and here in the Triad that means the Muddy River Jazz Band led by the outstanding clarinetist Mr. David Reid. David Ford was thrilled when Dave and his band agreed to come visit us here at the station. They’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, September 15th at Fellowship Presbyterian church and they stopped by for a little sneak preview Live in Studio A.

Lolis Eric Elie

David Ford chats with journalist, writer, and food historian Lolis Eric Elis.

New Orleans native Lolis Eric Elie is a writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and food historian who may be best known for his work as staff writer for the HBO drama set in post Katrina New Orleans Treme. His new book, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans carries the same name, but it stands firmly on its own with a unique mix of New Orleans’ history, and a celebration of the eclectic and inventive culinary spirit that continues to thrive and evolve post Katrina, with 100 heritage and contemporary recipes. Last week Meridian Restaurant in Winston-Salem put on a Treme-inspired luncheon menu that people are still talking about. Lolis was here to press the flesh and sign copies of his new book. He spoke with David Ford by phone from his home in New Orleans.

Arts Greensboro and 17 Days Arts and Culture Festival 

David Ford chats with CEO and President of Arts Greensboro.

Since its founding in 1962, Greensboro’s arts council has contributed approximately $20 million to area arts organizations and projects. Today, the Arts Council of Greater Greensboro has a new name—Arts Greensboro—and a new website: They’re continuing to contribute much more than just grants alone to the Triad. Arts Greensboro is currently making final preparations for its 17 Days Arts and Culture Festival. This year’s festival runs from September 20th to October 6th with nearly 100 arts events planned. Arts Greensboro President and CEO Tom Philion dropped by to fill us in on what’s new at Arts Greensboro.  

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