This summer I got to take in my first Satchmo Fest. It was a rewarding experience with great live music and useful seminars. I took in some of both. On Friday I was painting in Pirate’s Alley (see Painting in Pirate’s Alley #2 – Summer 2014) but managed to get away to see John Boutte do a fine set. John even played the trumpet.
On Saturday I went to several of the sessions starting with Gerald French and the Tuxedo Band followed by Kid Merv.
Next was Evan Christopher with Don Vappie and Kevin Lewis.
Walking to the event on Sunday I was escorted by a second line going down Esplanade. Nice start to the day.
The first group was Calvin Johnson. I saw him at Jazz fest where did excellent modern jazz. This time he delivered a strong trad jazz set with Kevin Lewis in respect to the event. He was followed by the Ella & Louis Tribute Band. Playing many numbers from a great CD, Ella & Louis, that I listen to frequently.
Then Kermit closed the fest for me. He had some talented guests including the trombone player shown with him. She is making the rounds of many NOLA bands these days. I will be sure to be at the Satchmo every year going forward.
As I walked away from the event the sky was turning red providng a nice end to a good day.