Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Still Keeping the Beat

Check out Mick Burns website here. I recommended Keeping the Beat on the Street, his book on New Orleans brass bands a few weeks ago. Burns is also a musician and you can hear some of his playing on a great clip from the BBC promoting a benefit for New Orleans musicians.

Whether it is musicians helping musicians or British and American forces serving together in Iraq, it is gratifying to see the Atlantic alliance is still strong. That’s probably why many Americans like myself, were pulling for England in the World Cup after America’s quick exit. We’re both out of the Cup now, but musicians like Burns and organizations like the Jazz Foundation are keeping the music beating.