Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies two days after turning 103

By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Lionel Ferbos, who began playing music at the age of 16, enjoyed not only a long life but a happy

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Satchmo SummerFest 2014 and the Return of Wycliffe Gordon

By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer The 2014 Satchmo Sum­merFest (Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3) begins explosively at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with the

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Members of the New AfroCuban Quartet, from left to right, Leandro Saint-Hill, Childo Tomas and Ernesto Simpson with Omar Sosa
It’s an ‘All about Jazz’ weekend
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer To say that Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa and the members of his New AfroCuban Quartet are excited about making their debut appearance in New Orleans is ...
Kevin Ollie, head coach of the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team who won the NCAA Division I title this past season. Ollie, a former UConn player, became head coach in 2012. Photo courtesy of The Washington Informer
The disappearance of the Black coach: African Americans shut out of college basketball
By Stacy M. Brown Contributing Writer (Special from The Washington Informer and New America Media) – Just a handful of years after the tumultuous, racially charged era of the 1960s, George­town coach ...
Essence Festival 2014 – Prince and Beyond
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Like life, anticipating the Essence Festival can be full of expectations followed by the element of surprise. This year’s 20th anniversary event held true to that assumption. ...
Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues
By Geraldine Wykcoff Contributing Writer Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues By John Wirt (Louisiana State University Press) For many fans and scholars of New Orleans’ rhythm and blues heydays of the ...
Essence founder releases memoir chronicling magazine’s beginnings
By Mason Harrison Contributing Writer ‘My grandmother was my introduction to the empowerment of Black women. She bought 110 acres of land in 1927 and believed that hard work killed nobody.’
Essence Fest 2014, The return of Prince to New Orleans
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Without a doubt, Prince’s return to the Essence Festival, July 3- 6, after a 10-year hiatus has created a huge buzz. That’s for good reason. The seven-time ...
Sammie 'Big Sam' Williams
Big Sam’s Funky Nation lands at the Essence Festival
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Years ago when Sammie “Big Sam” Williams walked into the band room at Edward Livingston Middle School, the band director asked him what he wanted to play. ...
Coming out of Congo Square – Bamboula 2000
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Bamboula 2000 celebrates and sings about its 20th anniversary on a new release, The Wild Bamboulas. In 1994, percussionist and vocalist Luther Gray founded the group in ...

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