At the turn of the century, jazz was created in New Orleans. The city was an important seaport and sported many bordellos, open largely to satisfy the needs of sailors.
The music in the brothels would often be provided by jazz players of the day, including such luminaries as the young Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. One of the best-known bordellos was grandly called Lulu White’s Mahogany Hall and, from September 23, the original Miss White’s namesake will be appearing for one week only with The New Orleans Jazz Band in the Algarve.
Back in 1977, Lulu White was introduced to New Orleans music and soon made the first of many visits to the city to study jazz music at its source and to play with many wonderful musicians. Lulu immediately became a great hit with local musicians and audiences, playing with many jazz greats including Alton Purnell, Danny Barker, Don Ewell and Butch Thomson.
Over the years, her performances have been enthusiastically received in famous New Orleans venues, such as Luthgens, Maison Bourbon, the Maple Leaf Club, the Blue Angel, the riverboats Natchez and Creole Queen and in Preservation Hall –the shrine of jazz. In fact, during her last six week stint in New Orleans, demand from both the public and musicians was such that Lulu became almost a permanent fixture at the Hall.
Come and hear Lulu’s versatility and individual style, derived from her many influences – Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. She will be appearing with The New Orleans Jazz Band on Thursday September 23 at Vilamoura Jazz Club, Friday September 24 at O’Simplicio Restaurant, Vale D’el Rei in Lagoa, Saturday September 25 at Bar Linda, Meia Praia in Lagos and Sunday September 26 at The Bela Vista Hotel at Luz Bay. For more information call Tony Scriven on 289 591 804.