Jazz Jottings January 2021

In late November, the City of New Orleans announced regulations regarding the permitting process to host live entertainment in indoor and outdoor settings. All live entertainment in Orleans Parish requires a COVID-19 Special Event Permit or a Certificate of Registration, even when it involves a concert on the front porch of a musician’s home. “Live entertainment—including musical acts, theatrical plays, stand-up comedy, magic, dance performances, DJs, and burlesque and drag performances—will be allowed in outdoor and some indoor settings with either a Special Event Permit or a Certificate of Registration issued by the Department of Safety and Permits.” “In accordance with Louisiana State Fire Marshal guidelines, singing, karaoke, and wind-blown instruments are not allowed in indoor settings, and live entertainment is not allowed indoors in bars or breweries.” ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ Commenting on the current situation in NOLA, clarinetist Evan Christopher said, “Still shut down, but trying to keep the music going! Nine months later, I’m starting to work a little. Although, technically, because I play a wind instrument, I’m not actually allow
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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag in 1989 and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we grew to become The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles of today's top musicians are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, Jazz Beat Encore: More Notes on Classic Jazz contains 43 more! Lew taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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