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4-11-14 3:10pm Angela: from French Quarter Fest, Hour 3

Apr 11, 2014|

Angela and Ian Hoch broadcast from French Quarter Fest and talk with Mark Cave and Amanda McFillen of the New Orleans Historic Collection and jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin.

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And I've had a great deal of that jazz brunch at the let me just say that up to remind everyone it's 21 stages 270. Different performances. All the way through Sunday. Gorgeous weather the place to me. To try to come down here but I think what's also very exciting about the French Quarter festival. Is that it's also for kids and have some spectacular things happening there they're also having lofty -- if you wanna sit inside there had been up film fest. But other venues are doing special things and that's -- our guest star right now. Mark Hayes who is the senior curator at the New Orleans historic collection. And Amanda McMillan assistant director of museum programs at the New Orleans historic election. You are just as much a part of this festival. Absolutely we're very happy yeah we're very happy sitting debut here in Jackson -- on a gorgeous day. Perfect day -- tell me what you got going. At at the collection well the collection is -- museum its research center and at the publishers that we have. Lots going on but currently we have three exhibits on display at the museum. The first one is at 532 royal street I'm gonna let mark actually tell you about that because he does that mean curator for that show. Exhibited that shout sister shout that Boswell sisters hourly -- Boswell says yeah. And -- it's a wonderful exhibit and it's it's sort of talks about their careers growing up here in New Orleans and you know become an international stars in the early thirties and some of the biggest stars in the golden age of American radio. And it's just that it's a fascinating story. Back in 2010. We got a call from. Pilot Titus who is that grand daughter that Boswell the youngest of the Boswell sisters and now. She was looking for a place to put all of the memorabilia related to. The three sisters and her mother had created god Boswell sisters museum. Which gathered together all of that memorabilia from the -- of the three sisters in one place and they are looking for a good place in New Orleans to. Keep that legacy and they chose that story -- collection. Donated all of this material to us in 2010. And since that time we've been planning this exhibition timed it home. During the French Quarter -- these people here oh my -- and it's everything from is some of their close it is their music at this point. It's photographs. Programs from their childhood recitals all of my Connie about -- wheelchair she was you know. Crippled from the very young age she had a polio. And so. It's a -- is there an old radio that belonged to the family. Some very decorative gloves that they were at their concerts. Just in anything he could thank -- Yes and we also have music their music playing in the exhibition at such an integral parts of who they where have we want people to be up experience that while there. There -- there never Ilya. And to talk just a little bit about the life growing up right. They lived on camp street in uptown new ones. Their father who was a former. -- billion. You know took that more responsible route and -- worked for less concedes company. And they provided an -- like for the kids and they all had. Music lessons they've -- Took classes from out of -- lets out cellist with the French opera house and a great classical teacher. But of course they got. As they grew up entities native foods they got caught up -- that music scene here in -- and start listening to jazz music which is just. Bubbling out of every corner of the city. And then they started that sort of -- -- through. And they performed at the -- and the European theater which was the main -- the stage at that time and they were discovered by talent scout for Chicago. They did -- bookstores ended up until. Landed this and syndicated radio shows and their act with sort of vocal harmony is just perfect for -- you radio. For instance that coming up late twenties how long has it that it's going to run -- to October. Okay no excuse we need to see it yet can you tell me what else you got going. Well we haven't met their exhibit which is at our recent center at four -- artistry and -- called cameo to close up Louisiana in the movie. And it is the start -- and do collection network currently collecting movie posters from movies -- that sat here for films here. And it's a pretty broad range that early has poster we have this from 1918. Silence some -- revelation. They're really great friends and it goes all the way through the mid nineties. And it's just. Many many years and maybe that's is that really great they're really fun to look at it with each one we've included a little blurb about what the movie without him where was that he was -- it. Said he loved movies it's a really fun activist so it's all movies that were made here. Most of it -- -- some of them you know like streetcar named desire for my sense. The opening scene was filmed here in New Orleans using an actual in New Orleans streetcar but then the rest of us that on a sound stage California. So they're either -- here are parts of our films here -- all reflect. On Louisiana and some kind of way. What's interesting is I think we all know now that we have become well just yesterday I heard someone that we are now number one. In the country making movies even beyond Hollywood which is interesting and now Hollywood. Is trying to do the same thing we did we should give the greatest tax breaks. But what you're saying that the history of moviemaking about and in New Orleans was long before this. News. We're trying to provide there's so many people now since 2002 when they had that tax incentives that that work in the film industry and were thinking that those. People need sort of historical context for what they do and so. We set about trying to collect memorabilia that documents. Films have been shot here in the past. And if so many of them like Amanda mentioned revelation. Receivers tight sand in 1918 and oh my god -- Similarly. In the 1930s their numbers sound. I just fell starring Bette Davis yeah I have -- There's inflame the Marlins -- my knee deep truth. -- Cincinnati can't speak kind of you know -- going through you know -- right there was shot here in Louisiana using local people as actors. In its I think that people had people yes I could -- But the cat lovers out there hit it right exactly exactly JFK was you know famously county ambulance. Walk on the wild side while -- So it's really really so all fabulous posters and if anybody's at home listening and they happen to have a poster. Yes they'd love to hear from you as well as historic new world collection I want everyone to stay with this we're gonna continue finding out. The great things that are happening over that collection stay with this I'm Angela on that WM. Our very special guest mark -- who's the senior curator at the New Orleans historic election. And Amanda McMillan who was the assistant director of museum programs at the collection. They were talking about they're still. Very much a part of this French Quarter festival. Which they're all year round you do incredible things with. We were talking about what you have right now and I'm looking at the magnificent photographs all like not to love love this man. Tell us about this absolutely look this is an exhibition called real world food. That's New Orleans in the Latin Floridians here it's photographs by it allows time for Ritchie sexton. It opened this Tuesday at 400 Turkish streets and I Laura -- announced galleries connects everything sent there. And I really encourage every instance if the photographs are big and beautiful white collar folks. What Richard did was he went throughout. The Caribbean to Haiti and Cuba and Panama off. All the way down to Argentina and he photographed scenes of urban life especially architecture. And any juxtaposed next to photographs of New Orleans architecture and when you see them side by side it becomes so. That's how much alliances connected. To address the Caribbean sphere and it is. Beautiful and it's also paid sick exhibitions in conjunction. With the his book that we accomplishing -- the historic amount from your own collection of real world so if you love the photographs -- can also take this youthful look Olympia. -- is truly gifted. Want a beautifully -- so many beautiful. Books yet -- Atlanta here and he's done a wonderful thing is it exactly you said he has captured what we have in common and where we're from and all right we're gonna move along because mark Kate is doing a very exciting. On oral histories. After Katrina because the lives Petrino oral history project that. We also started what he called Moreland slight story project. Where we do long term oral history interviews with people in New Orleans. History from the late twentieth century. And we found just been in doing that for a number of years now how many can you people like Steve Dickson knew about the saints here. Conceived at the superdome. And were lucky to get him before he passed away. Home did you land true Jimmy fits moments. Just -- woman had a real impact on late twentieth century women's history. At least one of the reasons why we started out -- because we thought. And after the study of Katrina much of the documentation that would naturally find its way to a repository. Would have been lost in the flooding so you needed some way to try to capture late twentieth century history. It's it's. Ultimately I think -- saying it's going to be ongoing maintenance time -- to talk but if somebody is for people to listen to. And I'll the interviews are available at every search center for attention artistry -- through transcription of the other two. And we do a catalog and the -- can search for topic and I database. So you wanna. You know researcher can Betsy. You can take them Hurricane Betsy and we could bring out. Various perspectives from Hurricane Betsy from the people that we can you so it's a great project. You know I know people know it exist but not everybody understands the magnitude of what is there. Both of the search side and in your fabulous collection every once and a while build capital to the beautiful piece of remind everybody. Look what we got here but kinda tell me. -- from your eyes what you see his -- If you if you go into our storage felt since the start line after line has grave boxes that. Inside the boxes says that history and culture fired. About city. In Clifton for a long time. And just add the new things everyday. And encourage anyone out there who -- Things related to their ancestors that you think might help us tell the story of -- that you know region to donate them to us and we'll include than an hour. Their holdings. Absolutely. We also have at the collection it I listen to their victims of writers of the -- -- -- -- -- -- street and walk through our history galleries. It each gallery. It tells basically the timeline -- the issue of violence through the significant objects relate to our history and it's. Really wonderful on the -- of art history of this continent -- CNN. Enjoy it looked. I wish you could see these people's faces because their faces of people who look what they do. And love what they work and we were coming how lucky that it can't be excited. To do something and what you're doing is very important. It truly is six and that you open it up on the festival weekend like this and say come on by the closure in the quarter. Look what we got absolutely it actually -- the stages for different but it festival is in our courtyard. At 530 years' estimated singer songwriter stage and so come on over listen to some music and looked through the -- listening to an industry now. We'd love to happen there at the youth group. And but you have a concert series of -- we do. We -- in the spring and the fall we have the concert series the next one is. Next Thursday April 17 but that's -- I've seen in the last night. Right -- and -- who was going to be playing this weekend. So I about the lineup this experts on the spotlight right. The ten million other things and you're doing it. But you -- to note that the stage is there it is there both Saturday and Sunday and you know we we talk about their 21 stages it isn't just these giant ones worsening. It's at least. Wonderful places yes I think that's what's made this very very special. Hello Howard hit -- up. Oh my gosh this is. Yeah I think yeah. This is the dubbed them real scrutiny and Angela has that I can of soda yeah. Hello all -- see the real thing. You go to see doctor John doctor John starts at 4 o'clock they're gonna be good -- -- no but stay in touch with us as things happen. At the country because it is about us. And is -- ugly and by golly people should really enjoy and appreciate. It thank you don't know until we we welcome you back. We'll do another -- -- he but I want everyone to stay with -- we're gonna continue with our groupings. -- -- Ian is coming back and we have a significant nominal. Tim Laughlin coming up next to stay with us now let's go to the -- It's that we are back at jazz suggestions at French Quarter for us the truth will not sit in the French Quarter Angela with mr. Ian and we are going to stand up our last half hour with. Really one of my favorite people on the face of this earth and -- said before and I'll say it again Tim Laughlin. Just one of our phenomenal -- an analyst in the United States if not the world. And he is here if he's gonna play as a little something for talks. -- The moon. -- awful -- Not a whole crowd of people here you know he's great he's going to be. At this stage here in Jackson square tomorrow at 1115. However we just got our own private. Concert and we it was free. It was free let him well you get up his groupies behind this proposal will also happen to be WW will want all people. Thank you for joining us cranky back -- and -- -- I love that tie I'm -- me I had added NI Italy that's very fine though. Sure you don't live because it's a big heart is what it is it's a beautiful thing. And it's just like he's going to -- up up up this is he has a lot he's married a wonderful woman. And we like -- and -- She would they get these grapes they she's she's adamant that there doesn't have to ask for. It's it doesn't take long to find the good stuff area of yeah right up out here he's stone's throw talk to me since we -- you were kind enough to be on the show for a full hour not long ago. Your CD has come out. Yeah it we we get us off release and on. FaceBook -- Internet and it did really really well. A lot of people responding -- the applicant had a really good article on it. And just put him in stores couple weeks ago it Louisiana music factory they've been selling really well. It's good reviews and so this is our heart release. Tomorrow we're gonna have it full bore out at the French Quarter fest oh extremists so happy to state -- reselling them there -- end. So a lot of people but it anticipating it and sister those that didn't pre -- can can get it. And and then eventually. Next -- -- CD release party and it's not harper. And and other. You know more club really. Though this is a terrific thing and -- some of your original work. If I tell one song about esplanade esplanade just to play he has laid out what users -- -- -- tell -- -- -- -- you know that alone. So -- -- yeah not -- but tell me about your life beyond that you -- was warming you're traveling beyond our. I'm actually staying in town I've I've traveled most of my life and so it's nice to be able to stay home and work. At at clubs and private parties are evidence that it cities start to get really busy again. Not dedicate myself to stay home and working hard. And this but this season to where you know there. The that the that the clubs are filled and you know the on court I'll be there Thursday. And every Saturday at the Windsor court that's that's always my my favorite probably. And Bombay club just to places like that. And the convention this isn't really start and so I'm getting a lot of calls. Places. And that is terrific progress thank you up my my best about it you know what's place in the summer. Yeah I was a little break yeah they someplace else didn't share the wealth they got the -- -- this no -- how wonderful that the city can support. Yeah this is the only place in the universe a clarinet player can make a living at that music. And I live anywhere else I thought about business and I'd probably have to teach -- have to travel all the time in the studio. -- -- -- -- expected but but I just make my living playing the clarinet. And I can't think of another place. Where I could do this to Wear my audience comes to me. You know that's a beautiful thing to say but let us not forget that took a couple of decades of very hard work we created the -- you have. The beautiful music -- play. That all of a sudden he can do it's well it's like you know what it teaches that the hard you work the luckier you get. So I've been lucky guy. It will -- as little as they're absolutely right which you live from the border you'll love the border. Mean this is your backyard right you know right it's funny you say that is that I came here and I got lost. Little blossom -- I was outside of the Jackson square a look at. You guys that I didn't realize are on alert that so my no it but we know a telegram from there yeah you know it's right yep. So Helen I said hello I'm gonna be in front of that it was. President here come get me in -- the -- didn't. You know it's like the lost child. Paging all yes and I had I. This at his site he can play clarinet but he can't find his way out of the one story building but the thought so that's me. -- -- that. But definitely talked about but I'd like to talk about again growing up in New Orleans and figuring out the music was going to be your life. Yeah that I I was lucky enough to find that out at an early age I was eight or nine when it started playing clarinet and once I heard jazz on the radio. Fact it was. Noodling around with that learning how to play it has taken lessons that relying totally. And but once I heard jazz that was sort of my my voice that was my language and has been so I I started becoming an ear player. Using my years a lot instead of like practicing my. All of my my lessons. So I would play along with the records and get that. You know that was my lesson you know I would sort of like like learning French -- an early age you have to hear it first to get the timing in the nuances. And that was the role of McLaren -- -- mobile. And so I was looking at Butler an ad in the early age so. Grown up in New Orleans. Had a lot to do it that -- those surrounded by a lot of great music and what they started playing professionally I had a lot of great mentions that that that in him and let me play with them and -- you know that was my university that was. The -- -- played with -- -- -- Pretty much a couple of key. Right that you have to do to mention what year wasn't what age were you when you took your first professional game I was fifteen years old on a morning growth slowed. Pegasus parade Tuesday night so they rose Tuesday and -- professor at holy -- got to the gate. And we made maybe 25 bucks apiece and are which is good money back that it was very little money -- -- -- -- That but do and and but but we played on -- float and then. -- some other things but I didn't get a lot during high school course. And then. After. You know after after high school -- played more at it -- -- operates the with my my brass band and then as well as the floats in the and it's expected ignorant what's -- doing union. And sent networking with -- you know one thing out what they had then I started hiring leaders decide -- -- -- that. Is it can relax and and they get you here fusillade and and so. That's one of the ways that network -- No that's I was not a wise thing to do now about that. And and they would help me be a leader do if they would see me do something wrong with that -- -- -- as -- and and so it I had a wealth of musicians here you know but it is interesting. Different methods of that and being educated guess as a lot of that's a lot of schools out there not just the ones that. Have enrollment in the lead but. There's it's. Somebody once said this three were three ways of learning those that learned through experience. Those that learned through books and those that learn from being an electric fence I like them. On that -- that we're gonna take a quick break stay with us Tim Laughlin is with us. Yeah. Yeah. And. I'd like capital Kabul the capital wonderful sounds of Tim Laughlin what. A treasure you are and again another new group with group these are standing behind I'm not getting their private concert with. Thank you very very much and what was the name of that that was -- Earl Morton Buddy Bolden blues written about one oil expert jasmine. One. It cradle to an airport that. When people of years ago. And that's when it traitors and I hate to ask things like this this drives me crazy but I'm watching new line of thinking. Your favorite song your favorite news Bob let's see this week. That's the way to intercept -- I I would say it's about an eight way -- have got several. Two intent not all New Orleans tunes like I think. -- masterful two and lyrically and musically is too like the way you look tonight. If you look if you look at the words yet they just -- -- -- would Dorothy Fields to get to that news. Is just that it's breathtaking they just don't write him like that more. I. You know like its job of putting other people think that people asked did he ever get tired of playing the saints that's that now with the right hand. Natalie you have the right -- there are no bad teams. And and -- say it will what is your favorite one of yours you like the plane like now it. That one of them is profile Orleans which helped -- -- field next. And it's it's a lot of fun to play this little Latin tinge to -- and play it tomorrow at this stage. And -- to close out the show that. Well we're gonna take another break and we're gonna come back and we're gonna have you played that up again tomorrow 1115 right here at just Jackson square. You can hear the great players that -- We'll be right back. Wanna thank Tim Laughlin thanks to come to French Quarter.