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New Orleans Jazz – News and Views – Kid Thomas

November 19th, 2022

Kid Thomas Valentine – Trumpet – Vocals and a bag of tricks! Born Reserve Louisiana 3rd February 1896. Died 16th June 1987 In New Orleans.

Let’s get the history out of the way: Kid Thomas was a band leader from 1922 onward and led bands all over Louisiana, but always remained based in New Orleans.

I want to quote from “The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD” by Richard Cook and Brian Morton. Their brilliant words on the subject cannot be bettered. “He approached this awesome career with a Zen-like simplicity, reducing the New Orleans sound to its essentials and creating a lifetime’s work from them. A fascinating lead trumpeter – his method, including a strict observance of the melody, a blunt jabbing attack and a vibrato that sounds like an angry trill, managed to create high drama and lyrical depth alike. He seldom took solos, he was such a strong lead voice he tended to dominate every band he played with.”

Kid Thomas made the most amazing number of recordings, and many of them are available to you on CD right now! But first a warning: the music and these musicians produce a sound that is like fine wine or great coffee – you may take some time to acquire the taste: but when you do you, like me, will become addicted for life.

Try from 1961 “Kid Thomas – George Lewis Ragtime Stompers” on GHB bcd-5. a true classic. Try “The December Band” from 1965 on GHB BCD – 197 and BCD – 198. Then try “New Orleans, The Living Legends” Kid Thomas and his Algiers Stompers on Riverside OCJCCD – 1833 -2 from 1961.

Explore Montgomery Alabama In A Charter Bus

April 22nd, 2022

Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, is the kind of place that one should not miss visiting when renting a charter bus in Alabama. Although known for its historical value and places to visit, like the Civil Rights Memorial and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, today, Montgomery manages to preserve the old southern charm with a modern sophistication. For fans of the southern charm that will make you feel at home, here are our top picks for traveling in a charter bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

1. Alabama Shakespeare Festival – This is one of the most amazing festivals we have ever witnessed and it is rightfully named as the fifth largest festivals in the world! Many people rent charter buses just for this festival alone. Even for those non-literary buffs it will be well worth your time. What makes it even better is that admission is free. For more information on Alabama Shakespeare Festival, visit their website or call 334-271-5353.

2. Klein and Son – Klein and Son is a specialty shop that let’s you take home with you fine jewelry and gifts for your loved ones back home. This Montgomery specialty shop is worth a visit is because everything from fine porcelain and Chinas totally bowled us over. There are diamond pieces and a wide range of pearl items on sale too! Klein and Son dates as far back as 1893 and opens Mon to Friday from 10am – 5.30pm and on Saturday, they close an hour earlier.

3. Hidden Lily – Art fans should have their charter bus rental in Montgomery stop at Hidden Lily to take a look at some of the best masterpieces from artists from all around the world. Hidden Lily features not only local artists but they have an eyeful of oil and canvas work, pottery and glassware from renowned International artists.

4. Montgomery Zoo – Kids may not appreciate the historical and artistic elements that is prominent in this Alabama city, so, take the Montgomery charter bus rental to the Montgomery Zoo for a totally unique experience. The Montgomery zoo features a barrier-less concept whereby the visitors AND animals can freely roam about and interact among each other. There are over 800 animals on exhibit here, so, the kids will be thrilled for sure!

5. Gator’s – After a day of history, art and nature, it’s time to sit back and relax a little. We recommend a nice meal, a couple of drinks and live entertainment should do the trick. That’s why you should take the rented charter bus to Gator’s, one of Montgomery’s best hidden secrets. The atmosphere of Great Louisiana bayou ambience and the dress code is casual.