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Hidden Gems: Smoke Jazz Club in NYC

Erin Zimmer 7 comments

People don't usually go to jazz clubs for the food. "It's almost as if they intentionally make it bad to make you appreciate the music more," Ed said in his previous review of Smoke Jazz Club. Of course there have been exceptions, and we still think Smoke Jazz Club uptown is one of them. More

New Orleans Jazz Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins Smokes 'Cue for Fans

Adam Kuban 2 comments

Photograph from dsb nola on Flickr From Putumayo World Music, in an interview with Kermit Ruffins, trumpeter in the Rebirth Brass Band and Barbecue Swingers: So you originally were barbecuing to have some hot food at the [Barbecue Swingers] shows, then the idea just caught on? Yep, the tailgating started [it] all. I would cook hot sausage for the guys during break time, and whatever was left over, we would give it to the fans. Then I bought a big grill and started cooking for everyone, still up [to] today! Sounds like my kind of show. [via Boing Boing]... More

Quote of the Day

Adam Kuban 3 comments

"The American genius for breakfast is our country’s gastronomic jazz..." —Alexander Lobrano... More

Jazz Great Dianne Reeves Really Cooks

Ed Levine 1 comment

I love the "Listening With" features in the New York Times even when they don't have cooking references, but this quote by the great jazz singer Dianne Reeves made me fall in love with her. "Explaining how she likes to cook, she said, "It's the same thing with how I sing. I work with my ear to try to make it feel right, or I just keep changing it until I like the way it tastes."... More

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