My first stop was at the jazz showcase of Cutting Edge NOLA, which was going on at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club on North Claiborne Avenue, a neighborhood venue that also serves as headquarters for the social aid and pleasure club known as the Black Men of Labor, whose logo is prominently displayed on the premises. Though not as well known as the city’s other jazz club, Snug Harbor, Sweet Lorraine’s proved to be a beautiful and spacious club for live music, with a large stage and a beautiful grand piano. The band that was performing was that of Jairus Daigle from Lake Charles, a young jazz violinist with two albums under his belt already who is about to head to the Berklee School of Music in Boston this fall. Many of his band members are family members, as the Daigle family name is well-known in Lake Charles for jazz, soul and funk. Although the jazz style Jairus performed was fusion and contemporary jazz rather than traditional, straight ahead jazz, I was still very impressed by the young man’s facile mastery of the violin.
This year’s Satchmo SummerFest second-line was supposed to start at 12:30, but it didn’t, because the preceding jazz mass at St. Augustine’s Church ran long. While we were waiting in the hot sun, members of the TBC Brass Band and the Baby Boys Brass Bands showed up, a number of members of the Zulus and the Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club showed up, as well as the Baby Dolls, a group of women and young girls dressed in distinctive costumes who usually appear early on Mardi Gras morning, and the chief and members of the Fi Ya Ya Warriors, a Black Indian tribe based out of the nearby Backstreet Cultural Museum. There were also vendors selling T-shirts and umbrellas, and a lot of tourists waiting for the parade to get under way.
The Men of Class second-line comes to an end at the Yacht Club on North Broad Street, 10/21/12
#342 Stooges Brass Band Why They Have To Kill Him @ Men of Class 2012 (by John Shaw)
The Stooges Brass Band play their tribute song to Joseph “Shotgun Joe” Williams as the Men of Class second-line comes down the Broad Street Bridge toward the Yacht Club. Williams was a Hot 8 Brass Band member who was shot to death by New Orleans police in 2004, 10/21/12
The Men of Class second-line heading back across the bridge to the Yacht Club on Broad Street where it began, 10/21/12
The Men of Class 2012 second-line, Uptown New Orleans, 10/21/12
The Men of Class second-line heading up Martin Luther King Boulevard with the Stooges Brass Band, Uptown New Orleans, 10/21/12