George Murphy “Pops” Foster was a master of slap bass. He was born in 1892 near Baton Rouge, and died on this day in 1969. Through the years, he played with all the greats: Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet and Earl Hines among them.
Here’s a recording of Muggsy Spanier’s band in 1964 — featuring Pops on bass, with a solo that begins at 3:46.
posted by Seán Collins on 6 August 2013
Dr. Michael White is Gwen’s guest this week on Music Inside Out. White is a really delightful guest who is able to put his playing into the context of both New Orleans music and also the broader social fabric of New Orleans as well.
Remember, the show airs on WWNO at seven o’clock Thursday evening now, with an encore broadcast at Noon on Saturday.
Dr. Michael White, besides being a champion of traditional jazz, is also (apparently) a fan of The Turtles. Here’s his version of their 1967 song “Happy Together.”
from Dr. Michael White’s album “Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2”
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Saturday at Noon
Posted by Seán Collins on 14 Aug 2013
On this week’s show, Terence Blanchard tells Gwen about growing up in Pontchartrain Park, a neighborhood built around a golf course designed by Joseph Bartholomew. It turns out Gwen and Terence grew up a stone’s throw from one another. And they shared many experiences — including childhoods spent under the watchful gaze of other people’s mothers.
During the interview, Blanchard tells the story of his father — who worked two jobs — waking him up before leaving the house for his night job at the hospital. Father and son would watch “The Honeymooners” together.
It’s just such a sweet and wonderful story. You can imagine the kid Terence, curled up on the couch in his PJs, laughing along with his dad at Norton’s antics. We though you would get a kick out of this scene.
The following is from Speakeasy on WSJ.com
More than anything, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews wanted to have enough time to work on his new album, “Say That to Say This,” which premieres today on Speakeasy. So he made time.
“On the previous two records, we were touring, and we’d go in for a day or two, go back on tour for two weeks, then go back in for a week,” Andrews told Speakeasy. “This time, we were able to do three, four weeks straight and just comfortable, get in creative mode instead of being in creative mode and performing mode.”
LISTEN TO THE NEW MUSIC ON SPEAKEASY
Be listening for Trombone Shorty on Music Inside Out in the weeks ahead.