Tomorrow is Mardi Gras. I’m not touching down in NOLA until jazzfest in May, so a slice of king cake and an annual viewing of filmmaker Les Blank’s’ 1978 documentary, Always For Pleasure, on the subject are as close as I’m going to get. For those curious, the film is described by Blank as an “intense insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers and more.” More indeed. Check out the trailer below….
The above album art is from the Magnificent Seventh’s Brass Band’s 1991 release Authentic New Orleans Jazz Funeral. The disc is essential listening for those with even a passing interest in the history and culture behind New Orleans jazz funeral rites.
MP3: Magnificent Seventh’s Brass Band :: Introductory Narration
MP3: Magnificent Seventh’s Brass Band :: Down By The Riverside