Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bridging the musical waters

One of the most poignant moments at the Rock & R0ll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert (night one, October 29) when Art Garfunkel joined old musical partner Paul Simon on stage at Madison Square Garden to sing several of their hits. There's no need to wonder if more reunions might happen anytime soon.

There is one such event set for the remainder of 2010. Further blurring the lines between jazz events and other musical genres, it will be an opening weekend performance, April 24 to be exact, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" analogy will be everywhere - and it is most appropriate, given how music has helped galvanize New Orleans, its residents and the city's appreciators in their drive to rebuild post-Katrina.

It is also appropriate because that work is far from over.

Kudos to festival producer Quint Davis for making the connection happen.

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