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 3 Sept 2013
Today’s the birthday of a champion of zydeco, Terrance Simien, born 3 September 1965, in Mallet, La.
His recording, Live! Worldwide, was the first to win a Grammy award (2008) in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music album category.
Here’s a cut — “Zydeco Boogaloo” — from that album.
Zydeco Boogaloo/T. Simien
The Creole for Kidz program, which Simien founded, has raised awareness of Creole music throughout the world.
Terence Blanchard worked with Spike Lee on the HBO documentary “When The Levees Broke.” He also recorded his own memorial to the victims of that storm and its aftermath called “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina.)”
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.