“Why not go down to New Orleans in October 2013?” said the little voice.
“What a good idea,” I thought.
And you’ll see why. I received word from the esteemed trumpeter / singer / bandleader / friend of jazz Duke Heitger that he and other worthies had planned a “STEAMBOAT STOMP: CLASSIC JAZZ ON THE RIVER” for October 11-13, 2013. Duke’s friends include Banu Gibson, Tim Laughlin, the Dukes of Dixieland, Butch Thompson, Solid Harmony, the Yerba Buena Stompers. Duke promises, “We continue to secure some of the finest jazz musicians in the world” for an “intimate festival dedicated to the finest of classic jazz — on one of the last authentic steamboats still operating in the United States, the Steamboat Natchez.” Five bands, a gospel brunch, a second line parade, and more. Duke hopes for support from the classic jazz community that is as enthusiastic as the music he and his friends create. Ticket prices for the event start at $200 — and one can become a more committed patron, supporter, at higher levels.
Highlights include: Friday-night concerts on a special chartered sailing of the Natchez, with simultaneous music on two stages and New Orleans cuisine cooked by the steamboat’s own chef. Saturday afternoon performances will also take place on the Natchez; the evening concerts will be held in the ballroom and lobby of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. The festival will conclude Sunday afternoon with a New Orleans-style gospel jazz brunch.
I plan to be there. I’ll let you know more of the details as they appear. But right now I know I’ll be “‘way down yonder in New Orleans” in mid-October.
May your happiness increase!