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Dr. Michael White/Red Beans (JazzFest)

Dr. Michael White (courtesy Basin St. Records)

Simply put, Dr. Michael White puts the “New Orleans Jazz” in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Take a break from the big-stage acts and check out Dr. White’s classic New Orleans stylings. Dr. White will perform several tunes from his latest CD, “Blue Crescent,” as well as other songs that inspire him. Dr. White was born and raised in New Orleans, his clarinet stylings draw inspiration from Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Edmond Hall, George Lewis, among others. In addition to his numerous publications and eleven CDs, Dr. White currently holds the Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Xavier University.

Jazz Fest Red Beans and Rice (courtesy Marie Carianna)

We’ve paired Dr. White with a food dish that is classically New Orleans, Red Beans and Rice. Like Dr. White’s music, Burks & Douglas’ red beans are a mix of subtle flavors, easily amped up by a dash of hot sauce!

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