The Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival is a beloved institution — held each year around the birthday of its namesake, and centered around the French Quarter, where he famously lived for a time. (For more than 20 years running, the fest has concluded with a Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest, which I’m sure is as flat-out awesome as it sounds.)
I’m excited to partake of the festival, and be included on this year’s roster of events. This will take the part of a conversation with David Kunian, music curator at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. We’ll access the ideas and themes in Playing Changes through an appropriate framework: A Tale of Two Trumpeters. (Dickens, not Williams, I know. Should I have called it “The Two-Character Play” instead?)
Wynton Marsalis, who looms large in the book's early chapters, will obviously be one of these New Orleans trumpet players. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who makes a substantial impression later on, will be the other. Choice musical selections will serve to highlight the topic at hand. We’re going to have some fun with this!