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Granda Elliot’s Nutcracker December 14, 2008

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One-time recording artist Elliot Small, better known to visitors to the New Orleans French Quarter as Grandpa Elliot, displays some serious harmonica chops for us on this mixup of a Nutcracker Suite and the William Tell Overture.

This Playing for Change video is now the leading driver of visitors to this site. Grandpa Eilliot is apparently quite an internet celebrity. But internet hits don’t pay the bills, and until he sets up a paypal donation button all I ask is this: if you find yourself Christmas shopping downtown, spare a buck for this street legend. Imagine what the quarter would be like without street musicians (particularly the talented ones).

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Speak To Me, Frederico November 15, 2008

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Whoppin’ Blues May 28, 2008

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As a happier follow-up to the last piece, here’s Dr. Micheal White with Marc Braud on trumpet (you may remember I wrote about him on Wet Bank Guide one or twice), Fred Lonzo on trombone, Bob Wilbur on sax, and I don’t know who all else (the video IDs both the guitarist and drummer as Steve Blaylock) Sounds like he’s got a bad reed (you can see him flinch at the start of the solo and look at it cross-eyed) but otherwise the band is really swinging.