I welcomed Donald Harrison (alto saxophone, congas) and Glen David Andrews (trombone) to our studios on Thursday, both of whom were born in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, cut their musical teeth on the music of Treme, and can be seen in the HBO television series, Treme.
Currently they’re also part of an ever-changing line-up of New Orleans musicians touring with a show called A Night In Treme which is bringing the music of Treme’s Congo Square to cities all over America – including Seattle’s Jazz Alley through Sunday night.
After warming up with Just A Close Walk With Thee, the conversation got underway with Glen talking about what the Treme TV series means to him as a New Orleanian.
He and Donald also discussed the history of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, the history of the Treme neighborhood and gave a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the television series.
All this, combined with two more fine musical performances (a nice improvisation, and the NOLA classic “When The Saints Go Marching In”) makes for a delightful tour of a neighborhood that continues to contribute its unique richness to American culture – a neighborhood called Treme.