Scene Around Town: New Orleans Guitarists
Written by Dan   
In my interview with Ava last month, she asked me to name some specific New Orleans guitarists of note; and I provided links and brief rundowns on four: Lonnie Johnson, René Hall, Snooks Eaglin, and Leo Nocentelli.  Of course, there have been and are far more than that. So, I agreed to provide a list with links and a few comments on other significant fretboard players from the Crescent City.
 
Note: this is just my personal perspective, limited by time and space, and NOT a comprehensive grouping. My apologies to anyone I've left off - and I've left off a lot, including a lot of young up-and-comers. All these cats are worth knowing about.
  
Danny Barker - A well-loved and respected banjoist, guitarist, songwriter and jazz historian, who relocated to New York City in 1930 and played in numerous well-known jazz bands over the years. Like Lonnie Johnson, he was a pioneer of improvisational soloing on the guitar. To many, he may be most remembered for the cabaret songs he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s for his wife, Blue Lu Barker, to sing, the most famous of which was "Don't You Feel My Leg", well-covered by Maria Muldaur in the 1970s. The Pointer Sisters recorded another of his songs, "Save The Bones For Henry Jones". After over three decades in the Big Apple, the Barkers moved back to New Orleans. Danny  helped form the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band to get youngsters involved in the fading brass band tradition in his hometown, setting up a brass band revival movement in the city that continues to this day, and helping numerous jazz players get their start. 
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Scene Around Town: New Orleans, LA
Written by Ava   
What does it take to make it in the thriving jazz scene in New York or the indie hard rock scene of Seattle? 

Jemsite wants to find out!  In a new series, we've set out to find the best reps across the country to will tell us just what it means to make it in the big city music scene.

Enter Dan Phillips, a Memphis, Tennessee native who had no formal training in music, spent most of  his vacations in New Orleans, and who like Larry Grogan and Red Kelly of Jemsite interview past, can't imagine a life without funk and soul vinyl classics.  

So it's no surprise we opted to hear all about New Orleans from Dan, a man who knows the heart and soul of this jazzy little city through its music.  Who better to give us the downlow on jazz and funk and soul in the good ol' Louisiana town known for its down home vibe, Cajun food, and maddening festivals then someone who writes about it on almost a daily basis in his blog, Home on The Groove.

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Scene Around Town: NYC, Enjoy The Feast
Written by Ava   

Feast your eyes on this!

Peter Matthews has an insatiable thirst for classical music, great performers, and live guitar. And as he makes his winding journey throughout the musically-inclined NYC, you can follow him along and read all about his rapturous adventures on his blog, Feast of Music.  

By day he's a hard-working digital media professional. By night, he masquerades as a band groupie.  Ok, not exactly.  Peter does, however, spend most nights going to different music shows around NY.   Whether it be Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, or a hole-in-the-wall dive bar, you'll find Peter there satiating his thirst for the best mainstream and underground music of the city.

He tells us he can spend up to 3 or 4 times a week going to see orchestra performances, indie rock shows, acoustic live sets, world music entertainers. We're in awe of his ability to find the best music in the most chaotic city in the world.  
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Scene Around Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Written by Ava   
What does it take to make it in the thriving jazz scene in New York or the indie hard rock scene of Seattle? 

Jemsite wants to find out!  In a new series, we've set out to find the best reps across the country to will tell us just what it means to make it in the big city music scene.

Music blogger Chris DeLine calls Minneapolis a dysfunctional community, but one with a thriving music scene--whether it's rock, hip-hop, or electro.  He writes all about it on his hit music blog, Culture Bully, which was created nearly four and a half years when music blogs had yet to be as common as a a JEM guitar for an Ibanez fan.

Culture Bully has a plethora of album reviews, concert reviews, music videos, band profiles, and music videos and is currently considered one of the most trafficked blogs in all of the "Twin Cities."

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Scene Around Town: Portland, Oregon
Written by Ava   

What does it take to make it in the thriving jazz scene in New York or the indie hard rock scene of Seattle? 

Jemsite wants to find out!  In a new series, we've set out to find the best reps across the country to will tell us just what it means to make it in the big city music scene.

We begin with Portland, Oregon and one Angelo De Ieso II, an independent music promoter who has started the collective Pop Tomorrow! and is dedicated to promoting the independent and under the radar musicians of Oregon focusing on Portland. Let's see what he has to say about these Northwest up and comers and their flourishing musical success.

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