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It is two days before New Year’s Eve, the weather in New Orleans finally cooling down to what passes for winter in the Big Easy, after a couple sultry days. We have taken a quick vacation here, thanks to a generous friend who loaned us her condo in the Warehouse District. On our last night before making the 400-mile trek back to East Texas, we settled down in chairs of a parlor in the historic The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue in the upper Garden District. We await the arrival of two of the city’s best known Cajun musicians, who play for a modest crowd every Monday night.

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Commentator Gary Joiner compiled a historical roundup of the month of April. He explains how those events hundreds of years ago literally shaped the State of Louisiana today.

Airs Monday, April 5 at 8 p.m. This year actually marks three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it with both bebop and funk. One of the original new-school New Orleans brass bands ignites dancing in the aisles and guarantees a good time. As with many a show since '77, there was dancing and handkerchief-waving aplenty, and several original members were present to anchor the proceedings.

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Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Airs Monday, March 24 at 8 p.m.  Join us this week for the next program from the New Orleans Jazz Festival showcasing highlights from the 2013 festival. Tonight, Blues will be featured with Satan and Adam on stage.

David Stafford

Airs Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m.  Join us this week for the next program from the New Orleans Jazz Festival showcasing highlights from the 2013 festival. Tonight Lionel Ferbos treats us to some tradition jazz.

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