Friday, September 01, 2006

Jazzfest 1991 continued

More extracts from my diary from 1991:
April 30: Weather miserable but decided to do a bit of touring along the Gulf Coast, thru Bay St Louis to Mobile and then to Dauphin Island, site of the battle of Mobile Bay between the US and UK. A barman told me that the saying 'raising Cane' came from Joe Cane, a confederate who had seven wives and who (allegedly) invented Mardi Gras. When he died a custom grew up whereby seven widows would visit his grave on the Sunday before Mardi Gras and 'raise' him from the dead.
May 1: More touring - Fort Morgan and through Mississippi. Back in New Orleans I went to the Landmark - John Howard was there - he couldn't keep away. To Jimmy's in the evening to see Carl Sonny Leyland (from Southampton) and Buddy Guy, and then to Muddy Waters to see Marva Wright.
May 2: Jazzfest featured Snooks Eaglin, Lynn August, Kate and Anna McGarricle (boring), Bobby Marchan, Taj Mahal, Eddie Bo (third time this trip) and C J Chenier. After dinner at Michauls went to the Lion's Den to see Irma Thomas. Allen Toussaint guested on keyboards. A couple of convincing Otis Redding numbers from Lee Bates. Irma very relaxed. Even Emile smiled.
May 3: Rather slow at Jazzfest but the tall and exciting Marcia Ball livened things up, followed by swamp pop from Tommy McClain and Warren Storm. A rather shambling Willie DeVille at Tower Records, then another great night: to the Mid City Bowl to see the great Johnny Adams, then to Michauls to see Wayne Toups, and finally to Tipitinas where we got in free to see a whole hour of Irma. Callsigns: Stella (as in Streetcar named Desire), Jimmy Barnes (an Aussie singer) and Kenny Ball (ie Can 'e bowl).
May 4: Not a vintage day at the Fest: Kenny Neal was good but best were the Dixie Cups. In the evening went with some of the guys to a huge glitzy honky tonk called Mudbugs - straight out of Dallas. Finished off at the Bowl for the Iguanas.
May 5: Last day of Jazzfest. A lot of legends - Mr Google Eyes, Oliver La La Morgan, Frankie Ford, an interview and music from Champion Jack Dupree, 5 Blind Boys of Alabama (excellent), Allen Toussaint, Robert Cray, finishing off with the Neville Brothers. What a day! Back at the Landmark chatted to Dick Waterman, legendary manager of many bluesmen, and Ken Lending, Champion Jack's guitarist.


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