Author Archives: Evan Christopher

About Evan Christopher

New Orleans-based clarinetist and advocate for the cultural workforce, Evan Christopher is a refreshingly bright light on the international jazz scene. He combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans Jazz tradition.

Who's Steppin' It UP? Sweet Home New Orleans steps aside


Last week, Sweet Home New Orleans officially moved out of its Healing Center offices. As a board member since fall 2012, I can personally attest that the process of suspending operations was complicated, un-fun, and a bit deflating. ... Read More »

Who's steppin' it up? Satchmo Fest


Hello, New Orleans, greetings from London. I wish I could be home for Satchmo Summerfest, but even though I have the weekend off, it was prohibitively expensive to come back between gigs. Nonetheless, I have some exciting news ... Read More »

Jonathan Batiste on what it means to 'Stay Human'


I ran into young vanguard Jon Batiste this weekend. We performed at the Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival in Brussels, Belgium. He was with his Stay Human Band. I was the featured guest of a young Belgian band ... Read More »

Trombonist Michael Watson takes the 'Spotlight'


This last weekend, I started my summer work  at a small festival  in Silkeborg Denmark. They call it the Riverboat Festival because it is situated on the picturesque but tiny River Guden and, when it started more than40 ... Read More »

A noise ordinance for New Orleanians


This response to recent sound ordinance proposals for the city of New Orleans was drafted by MaCCNO (The Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans) in conjunction with Sweet Home New Orleans. It is intended for everyone and anyone with ... Read More »

Who's Steppin' it UP? Good question ... I wish I knew


I'm out of here, New Orleans. Like New Orleans musicians have done for nearly two centuries, it's time for me to duck out for the summer. In the early 19th century, it was our opera companies wowing the ... Read More »

Who's Steppin It UP? A 'Seal of Approval' for Ogden After Hours

Libra LaGrone takes a hands-on approach to her "Ogden After-Hours" concert series. Here, she's adjusting lights and sound for pianist, Matt Lemmler

  Last week I announced the new Empower Musicians, Seal of Approval advocacy initiative of Sweet Home New Orleans. This Thursday, Sweet Home will acknowledge the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for its "best business" practices as a ... Read More »

Who's Steppin' It UP? Deserving venues get a 'seal of approval'

Basic CMYK

I’m back. I didn’t mean to take so much time off, but it seems the timing is right. Not only have we done a major redesign here at NolaVie, but the page for Sweet Home New Orleans has ... Read More »

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