In 2010, when his beloved drum was stolen after Batiste marched in the Krewe du Vieux parade, it made news. The drum was quietly returned.
In this performance, recorded at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in March, Batiste performed "Let Me Call You Sweetheart":
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available. But they shall certainly be grand.
"We are determined to move boldly into journalistic leadership worthy of The Times-Picayune's traditions and the city's ambitions in the new era," Mathews promised, on a front page where the rest of the content was provided by fired staffers: reporters Bruce Nolan and Benjamin Alexander-Bloch and photographer John McCusker.
(In his essay, Mathews gave glancing mention to "working with my team in Alabama in the aftermath of the BP oil spill." In 2010, while publisher of the of the Mobile Press-Register and president of Advance Alabama/Mississippi, Mathews had been appointed by then-Gov. Bob Riley to oversee the Coastal Recovery Commission of Alabama, a state agency funded by BP to come up with “a roadmap to resilience” after the BP disaster. An AL.com story in which Mathews touted the safety of the state's beaches and seafood is still touted on BP's Facebook page.)
It was the second front-page editorial in a week attempting to explain Advance Publications' decision to fire much of its newsroom, hire new digital reporters and move the print edition to three times a week; on Thursday, editor Jim Amoss printed his own essay explaining the rationale behind the changes.
Meanwhile, some of the promised new jobs with the NOLA Media Group have been posted. Some of them went up Saturday. This morning, Amoss sent an internal memo to his staff:
Adam Yauch — hip-hop revolutionary, filmmaker, humanitarian, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and punk rocker from Brooklyn — died Friday, May 4. He was 47.
Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys in 1979 in New York's burgeoning hardcore punk scene and crossed the lines into hip-hop with the one-off but well-received 1983 EP Cooky Puss.
The band — Yauch (MCA), with Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) — released its Def Jam debut, Licensed to Ill, in 1986, an international, multi-, multi-platinum success that kickstarted the group's long lasting and continuously relevant output as old school hip-hop godfathers, golden age heroes and pioneers of new sounds in the changing face of hip-hop.
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy
In a speech April 14 at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Helm's friend (and Band bandmate) Robbie Robertson sent "love and prayers" to Helm, but did not elaborate.
As a solo performer and original member of The Band, Helm had a long history with New Orleans. His song "King Fish" celebrated Huey Long, and in 1998 Helm opened Levon Helm's Classic American Cafe, a short-lived music club, on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.
Charlie got his political start at LSU when he joined the Young Democrats, but he honed his skills when he began lobbying in the 1960s — first for the Louisiana Municipal Association and soon thereafter for one of the 800-pound gorillas of that era: the Associated General Contractors, builders of Louisiana’s highways. “I pimp for asphalt,” he once groused.
In Charlie’s early days in the game, he indulged in all the excesses of the time — booze, drugs, women. I remember him standing in the back of a committee room talking in his hallmark stage whisper about a bill he didn’t like. “This is such bullshit,” he snarled. A roomful of heads turned, but the committee’s chair and veteran members — all of whom knew it was just Charlie’s way — pretended not to hear.
Louisiana’s political landscape is populated with lots of interesting characters, but not many are people of great character. Only a few are both. We lost one of those few recently when political consultant Ray Teddlie died on Feb. 4 after a long battle against Parkinson’s Disease. He was 59.
Teddlie got his start as a political consultant in the 1970s under the legendary Ray Strother, who also mentored James Carville. In fact, Teddlie and Carville both worked on one of Strother’s first New Orleans campaigns — the mayoral bid of Joe DiRosa in 1977. DiRosa lost the runoff to Dutch Morial in that transformational contest; Morial became New Orleans’ first African-American mayor.
Strother says Teddlie was a “brilliant copywriter” who also had a lovable and hilarious knack for bungling. He recalled the time they went to visit a friend at a local marina, and when Strother asked Teddlie to retrieve his wallet from the trunk of his car, Teddlie accidentally tossed the wallet and all its contents into the water. “He missed,” Strother laughed. “That was a typical day with Ray.”
Carville remembers Teddlie fondly from their early days in the business. “He was different than most political consultants because he was such an avid reader — and he was drop-dead funny,” Carville added. “Ray had a sense of humor that was unique. Few people in this business had knowledge that was as broad as his, and his humor was deep and sophisticated.”
Gloria Powers was a longtime supporter of the art, music and culture of New Orleans. After recent illness, she went to Lafayette to be with her family. Powers died this morning.
Powers served as the executive director of the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, which runs the Big Easy Awards, since 1991. The foundation annually recognized achievement in music, theater and classical arts, and through grants it supports development and education. Powers was also active with the Living History Project. She was trained as a cultural anthropologist and worked with many Louisiana festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Voodoo Experience.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Veteran Louisiana political media consultant Ray Teddlie died late Saturday after a long illness. Teddlie was a fixture in state and local political campaigns and was well respected for his insights as well as the distinctive look and feel of his campaign ads. Many of his clients also became close personal friends. They included former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans businessman John Georges.
“Ray Teddlie was a brilliant man who understood human nature and knew how to tap into the goodness of people,” Blanco said upon news of Teddlie’s death. “He was sensitive, and used the subtlety of emotion quite effectively in his work. And he was fun to work with, so much so that we enjoyed helping on his other campaigns. He and Raymond [“Coach” Blanco] were quite close, acting as each other’s sounding boards.
“Ray was hands down the smartest man I ever met in Louisiana, and I’ve met a lot of smart people in my time. He became more than a consultant to us; he became a beloved member of our family and one of our closest, dearest friends. He is going to be missed by so many who came to really respect and love him.”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City Council President Jackie Clarkson and New Orleans Police Department 8th District Commander Jeffrey Walls were among those gathered at St. Louis to pay their respects to Ainsworth, a beloved volunteer for COPS 8, a support organization for the 8th District.
Former 8th District Commander Ed Hosli, who spoke at the service, remembered Ainsworth as someone who was always eager to help with maintenance around the station.
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