Gwen Thompkins http://publicradioeast.org en New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-orleans-piano-legends-home-finally-restored-after-katrina Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Professor Longhair's house has been saved. Now, last year we brought you a story about the piano legend and the nationwide effort to rebuild his home following Hurricane Katrina. Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is widely considered to be the father of modern New Orleans music. He died in 1980, but at carnival time especially, it's evident that Professor Longhair's influence endures. Now, his house will too. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 35444 at http://publicradioeast.org A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made http://publicradioeast.org/post/look-back-jazz-fest-where-ages-were-made Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for <em>everything</em>. The city's arms are just that wide.<p>Every performer is welcome. This year, singer Patti Smith held a crowd spellbound in the mud just as easily as Billy Joel lifted his audience off dry ground. Jazz stylist Diane Reeves sang a Fleetwood Mac song on the first weekend just as compellingly as Fleetwood Mac sang its own songs the following weekend. Wed, 08 May 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 13564 at http://publicradioeast.org A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville http://publicradioeast.org/post/small-time-wordsmith-hits-it-big-nashville <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYT6RkTe26M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Eajg5yTEo</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 6384 at http://publicradioeast.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville