Jason Berry

Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books with author Jason Berry, as they look at contemporary books on New Orleans Music.

 

  • “The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square,” by Ned Sublette
  • “Jazzmen,” edited by Frederic Ramsay, with key chapters by William Russell 
  • “New Orleans Jazz: A Family Album,” by Al Rose and Edmond Souchon    
  • “The History of Jazz ,” by Ted Gioia
  • “Louis Armstrong's New Orleans,” by Thomas Brothers
  • “Preservation Hall,” by William Carter
  • “New Orleans Style by Bill Russell,” compiled and Edited by Barry Martyn & Mike Hazeldine
  • “Subversive Sounds: Race and the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans,” by Charles Hersch

  •  “Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans,” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Treat It Gentle,” by Sidney Bechet
  • “Under a Hoodoo Moon, The Life of Dr. John, The Nightripper,” by Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) with Jack Rummel
  • “Danny Barker: A Life in Jazz,” recently reissued with Gwen Thompkins introduction
  • “Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man,” by Harold Battiste with Karen Celestan
  • “Big Freedia: Love Live the Queen Diva,” by Big Freedia with Nicole Balin
  • “The Brothers: An Autobiography,” by David Ritz with Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville
  • “Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White,” by Tom Sancton

 

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Blain Roberts, co-author, with her husband Ethan Kytle, of “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy.” Who owns history in Charleston, SC? Roberts talks bout historical quandaries in memorialization and the whitewashing of slavery --in  landmarks, monuments, museums, tours for tourists.  And there's a surprising detour into musical territory as well.

Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week:

Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.