Category Archives: Jazz

Ponderosa Stomp Festival 2015: The Countdown to the Next Musical Blowout Begins (“Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro”)

“There are no shortcuts to quality.” — guiding principle of legendary New Orleans culinary institution Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

The 2013 Ponderosa Stomp Festival was our most successful to date! Thank you to everyone who helped to make the amazing 3-day event possible: the participants, musicians, donors, volunteers, staff, sponsors, collaborators, and attendees!

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The additional time we had to plan and organize the 2013 festival was a key to our success. To ensure we continue to present the best event possible, we will continue to produce the festival every other year.

An extra year in between festivals will allow us to use our resources as effectively as possible and produce an event worthy of the incredible musicians and artists we celebrate. The next Ponderosa Stomp Festival, then, will take place in the fall of 2015.

Thank you for your continued support of our work, and we hope to see everyone in New Orleans in 2015!

© Edgar Mata, 2013, edgarmata.com

In the meantime, stay tuned for upcoming mini-Stomp events by following the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau on Facebook and Twitter. Coming this April 28 to One Eyed Jack’s in the French Quarter: The Flamin’ Groovies with The Men, in an extravaganza presented by the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation and Aquarium Drunkard!

We also invite you to check out our new online store with tons of Stomp merchandise: tote bags, posters, koozies, buttons, and more! Perfect for the Stomp fan or music lover in your life! All proceeds from merchandise sales benefit the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation.

Song of the Day: “Java” by Allen Toussaint versus Al “Jumbo” Hirt. Which music titan wins this heavyweight bout?

In a preview of this year’s Ponderosa Stomp, ringmaster Dr. Ike revealed on WWOZ-FM radio last night that that living embodiment of New Orleans music, Allen Toussaint, would be reprising some of the tunes from his first solo album, named “The Wild Sound of New Orleans” by “Al Tousan,” recorded in two days in February … Continue reading Song of the Day: “Java” by Allen Toussaint versus Al “Jumbo” Hirt. Which music titan wins this heavyweight bout?

You had your “Last Chance” to hear soul-drenched Louisiana R&B legend Allen Collay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVe1fyn4AQ8 The ashes of “Last Chance” singer Allen Collay made their long journey home to The Max lounge in Metry one Sunday afternoon in 2010, housed in a silver urn etched with a piano’s image, set onstage next to an unopened bottle of his beloved Heineken beer. Collay died – appropriately enough for a New … Continue reading You had your “Last Chance” to hear soul-drenched Louisiana R&B legend Allen Collay

Unsung Heroes of the New Orleans Studio Scene

Today, in New Orleans’ Jackson Square, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews and others are performing on a giant stage in front of hundreds of thousands of Saints fans and untold numbers of TV viewers. Tomorrow, on Friday September 10th, just steps away, three musical giants of New Orleans will be celebrated in the Cabildo in front … Continue reading Unsung Heroes of the New Orleans Studio Scene

Remembering Les Paul and Rashied Ali

From today’s New York Times: Les Paul, Guitar Innovator, Dies at 94 By John Pareles In 1940 or 1941 — the exact date is unknown — Mr. Paul made his guitar breakthrough. Seeking to create electronically sustained notes on the guitar, he attached strings and two pickups to a wooden board with a guitar neck. … Continue reading Remembering Les Paul and Rashied Ali