The New Orleans (Louth) club is possibly the last remaining not-for-profit members club dedicated to keeping alive the music that originated in New Orleans.
For almost 40 years, 29 of them in Queen Street, the club has been part of this area’s music scene. The club was
home to John Paddon’s South Wold Jazz Band until recently and for over half a century John made it his mission to keep authentic New Orleans jazz alive.
Last Saturday night was not quite a full house but it’s clearly getting there as guest Graham Litchfield led the Queen Street Band in front of an audience of around 35.
The play list included such classics as St Louis Blues, Redwing, Weary Blues, Apex Blues, Higher Ground and Bourbon Street Parade. The band also gave a deeply dolorous version of St James Infirmary Blues but lifted the mood with Yellow Bird.
Originally the 19th century Haitian song Choucoune composed by Michel Mauleart Monton had words from a poem by Haitian poet and politician Oswald Durand. However, the music resurfaced as Yellow Bird on the 1957 album Calypso Holiday by the Norman Luboff Choir.
The next event is this Thursday March 7 at 8pm when Peter Jones will be leading the Thursday Band as usual. Then on Saturday March 9 it will be the turn of The Queen Street Band.
The final line-up is not yet confirmed but details will be posted on the club blog http://neworleanslouth.blogspot.co.uk/ just as soon as they are available.