Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Vaso, Frenchmen St, New Orleans, USA, 6th November 2014.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

People on the dance floor powered by Willie Lockett & the Blues Crewe.  Another great blues band at a Frenchmen St venue (in this case, Vaso).  They have previously gone by the name of The All-Purpose Blues Band.  Willie Locket has been around for a long time, having played trumpet with Professor Longhair in the 1960s and the members of his band have similar depth of experience.

Here is the website and here’s a YouTube video of the All Purpose Blues Band doing Hoochie Coochie Man.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe .

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe .

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Don’t know the drummer’s name.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Billy Gregory.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Billy Gregory.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

.

DSCF5185-Edit

Willie Lockett.

.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Paul Boudreaux.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe d.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

There was a young bloke with a trumpet sitting near the band.  He was given an opportunity to play but was initially too timid to make much noise.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Billy Gregory.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe .

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Paul Boudreaux.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe t.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso, Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe

Willie Lockett.

.

.

Some Further New Orleans Bands

Frenchmen St and Bourbon St, New Orleans, USA, 6th to 9th November 2014.

Here we have four bands where I only took a few images: Mike Darby and the House of Cards, Sound Table, Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters and Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb. In the case of Sound Table, I caught only the last few minutes of their set. For Big Al Carson, it was extremely crowded and I have only the one shot from a distance. For Mike Derby and Vic Shepherd, it was small crowded venues with such low light as to compromise the quality of some of the images.

(I have previously posted for Mem Shannon, Troy Turner, Ed Wills, Jeff Chaz and the Dukes of Dixieland. Still to come are Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe, Interstellar Transmission, the Pentones, Smoky Grenwell Band and G String Orchestra.)

.

Mike Darby and the House of Cards

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

This band does not appear to have a web site and I can’t give you the names of the musicians.  They are playing at one of the small venues at the top of the music zone on Frenchmen St.  The closest to a web presence I found is this but it must be many years out of date.  You can hear a couple of their tracks on Spotify.

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

This is Mike Darby.

.

Sound Table

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

This is a band I expect I would like to have seen more of but I only caught a track or maybe two at the end of their set at BMC.  I can find no presence for them on the web, perhaps partly indicating that the name is too generic for a useful search.

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

Here we see Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters playing at the Funky Pirate Blues Club, where they have a regular gig.  No prize for guessing who is Big Al.  Here is a YouTube video showing them playing there.

.

Vic Shepherd with More Reverb

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

This is Vic Shepherd with More Reverb, playing in their customary and very crowded late night Sunday spot at the Apple Barrel at the top of the music zone in Frenchman St.  Here is their web site, opening to the page with sound clips.

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

There is a human being on the right here, cunningly disguised as a space-time anomaly, perhaps a tardis materialising.  More prosaically, with a swirling guitar.  Light levels were low and this is a half-second exposure from very close with a very wide angle lens.

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

From left to right:  Tom Shute, Jason Jurzak, Vic Shepherd.

.

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

.

Dukes of Dixieland

Natchez Paddle Steamer, New Orleans, USA, 6th November 2014.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

The evening we went for a dinner cruise on the historic Natchez paddle steamer.  I will have a daytime picture of it in the river in a later post on Algiers Point.  Here we are sliding away from the dock.

The Natchez is the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River.  It was built in 1975 but its steam engines and steering system come from the earlier steamboat Clairton, built in 1925.  It is the ninth steamboat called Natchez; the first one was built in 1823.

.

DSCF5014-Edit

There were other vessels on the river at night; this one a tug.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Mysterious steam from the shore.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

After a buffet dinner, we managed to find a couple of seats quite close to the band, which had not yet stared to play.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

The band is the Dukes of Dixieland, who play swinging, lively New Orleans Jazz.  This is their website and there are some music videos there as well.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Scott Obenschain.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Joe Kennedy.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Kevin Clark.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Ryan Burrage.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

David Mahoney.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

David Mahoney.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Alan Broom.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Scott Obenschain.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Alan Broom.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Scott Obenschain.

(Not an angle you usually get of a trombone player)

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Ryan Burrage.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Kevin Clark.

.

Dukes of Dixieland, Jazz, Live Music, Natchez, New Orleans, Paddle Steamer, Photography, Travel, USA

Joe Kennedy.

.

New Orleans Botanical Garden

New Orleans, USA, 6th November 2014.

After spending some time in the afternoon visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, we visited the nearby Botanic Gardens.  This is well worth visiting though unfortunately there was only half an hour to closing time.  It was also raining some of the time which may have hampered my photography, though I don’t remember whether it actually did.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Yakumo Hinoh Teien Japanese Garden.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Detail in the Historic New Orleans Train Garden.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Tropical Rain Forest exhibit in The Conservatory of the Two Sisters.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Outdoor pond.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Outdoor pond.

.

Flowers, Landscape, New Orleans, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Photography, Travel, USA

Outdoor pond.

.

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

NOMA, New Orleans, USA, 6th November 2014.

Some days after our first attempt, we came back to visit the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) when it was actually open. It is a small art gallery but the standard is very high.

This is inevitably a somewhat random selection of objects that caught my eye.  Of course there is little or no artistic merit in these images, the merit is in the objects they depict and the images cannot portray more than a shadow of the actual objects of art.

You can always click on an image to see it in larger size with more detail.

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Mukalinga, 18th-19th century India, Maharashtra (brass).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Summer Landscape by Tokaku Aigai, ink on paper 1836.

A gentleman is accompanied by his servant, carrying a qin (a stringed musical instrument) as they begin their ascent of the mountain. 

A lone angler, symbolising the carefree life, fishes nearby.

Agai’s inscription reads:

“Why not bring your qin to the top of the rock

And play to the moon outside my window?”.

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

18th century helmet and suit of armour (doramu type), Japan, Edo period (iron, brass, leather, lacquer).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Slit Gong, Vanuatu (wood and polychrome).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Lintel from a Zapotec tomb chamber, c. 300-500AD., Oaxaca, Monte Alban site, Mexico (Limestone).

This unusually deeply carved relief represents a Zapotec dignitary in a ‘swimming’ position.  He wears an elaborate anthropomorphic headdress and points to a glyph which symbolises water.

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Poro Society horizontal mask, Loma Peoples, Liberia/ Guinea border (wood, cotton, monkey fur, cowrie shells, feathers, leopard skin, metal, seeds).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Drum from an Akan Popular Band, c.1960, Fante Peoples, Ghana (wood, pigment).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

The Love Potion, René Magritte, 1951 (oil on canvas).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Portrait of a young woman, Amedeo Modigliani, 1918 (oil on canvas).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

On a Sailboat (Sur un bateau à voiles), Albert Gleizes, 1916 (oil and sand on cardboard).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Snow at Giverny, Claude Monet, 1893 (oil on canvas).

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

Floating Sphere in Japanese Temple, Jerry Uelsmann, 1980 (gelatin silver print).

A master darkroom technician, Uelsmann spends countless hours meticulously printing his images, pushing relatively old techniques like dodging and burning to new levels.  The floating sphere in this image, and its misplaced shadow, were both created by carefully controlling the light during printing.

.

Art, New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, NOMA, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Travel, USA

The Little Dancer.

This sculpture, now amongst Degas’ most beloved works, portrays Marie van Goethem, a young novice ballerina, or “rat” at the Paris Opera Ballet.  Degas began a suite of drawings of theyoung dancer in 1878, many in versions of the same relaxed fourth position.  When the wax model was first exhibited at the 1881 impressionist Exhibition, it was described by critics as “ugly” and “a threat to society”.  Her postures and attitude are both defiant and enigmatic; the lowest ballet “rat” has been elevated to a position of importance.  In 1922, several years after Degas’ death, the wax model of The Little Dancer, as well as other sculptures found in his studio, were cast in editions of at least 25.   This work from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one of those casts.  The realistic treatment of her face and the use of unorthodox materials, including the fabric tutu and satin hair ribbon, highlight his desire for naturalism as an artistic standard.

.

Another Day in Paradise

Cafe Negril, Frenchmen St, New Orleans, USA, 6th November 2014 (am).

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

Early in the morning, i.e. after midnight, after seeing Troy Turner, Ed Wills and Jeff Chaz, I dropped into Cafe Negril where Another Day in Paradise was playing.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

Band members include Dominick Grillo, Ian Smith, Mike Kobrin, Travis Blotsky, Eugene Harding, Thomas McDonald, Mike Hood, Ed Barrett and Blac Sol.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

They describe their musical range as Blues, Funk, New Orleans R&B, Rhythm and Blues and Jazz.  While I was there it seemed to be New Orleans big brass band jazz, and raging.  Here’s a video by Rodney Dill that he has supplied in the comments.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

The house was packed and the lighting was very low.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

The images appear bright, brighter no doubt than it seemed at the time but hopefully they convey the vibrancy of the occasion.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

I don’t think I will win any photographic prizes with these images because I was pushing the furthest limits of the camera’s capacity.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

Consequently, though they will still look OK if you click on them to see them larger, there is not a lot of detail and the tonal range is limited.

.

Another Day in Paradise, Blues, Cafe Negril, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA

However, just as with the music, the feel is everything.  I hope these images will give you something of the feel of what it was like.

.

Jeff Chaz

Vaso, New Orleans, USA, 5th November 2014.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Jeff Chaz.

Another great Blues band from New Orleans.  Perhaps sometimes sounding more like Chicago Blues than New Orleans, but hard to pin down and varied.  According to on English critic “Jeff Chaz may well be the missing link between B.B. King, Albert King, Roy Buchanan, and Frank Zappa”.  He also is a Minister with his own black church.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Dean Zucherro.

For more on Jeff Chaz, see his website, and there’s some of his music on ReverbNation.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Jeff Chaz.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Dean Zucherro.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Jeff Chaz, Pierre, Dean Zucherro.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Pierre Menefield.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Jeff Chaz.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Jeff Chaz.

There can be low and difficult lighting in these venues.  This started off as a part of an image that was challenged by bright light where much of the rest of the image was in dark shadows but I liked the feel of it, so I converted to a tonal dropout, as you see.

.

Blues, Frenchmen Street, Jeff Chaz, Live Music, New Orleans, Photography, Travel, USA, Vaso

Jeff Chaz, Pierre Menefield, Dean Zucherro.

.