Josh Jackson en 'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits At the end of <em>Treme</em>'s season three, with only an abbreviated season four to come, we find many characters walking away from opportunities. Spoiler alert for what follows.<p>Lt. Colson leaves his job with an emphatic physical statement. The Lambreaux family walks away from the national jazz center project in Congo Square. Janette tries to leave her own restaurant. Antoine seems to be accepting that his calling is more in teaching than performing. Davis calls it quits on his music career. Annie is on the verge of quitting on Davis. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:14:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 4791 at 'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits 'Treme,' Ep. 27: Fat Tuesday 2008 The three seasons of <em>Treme</em> have all found their way to Mardi Gras; appropriately, the day is always depicted with all the spectacle, vice and musical mayhem you might expect. Josh Jackson of WBGO returns to break down the many musical scenes in this year's go-round.<p><hr /><p><strong>Patrick Jarenwattananon: So many flashes of live music this episode. Let's start at the beginning. Did you recognize the band where Lieut. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:26:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 4669 at 'Treme,' Ep. 27: Fat Tuesday 2008 'Treme,' Ep. 27: The Fat Man Born in 1928, Fats Domino enjoyed the first of his many hits — almost all of which were created in New Orleans — when "The Fat Man" rose up the R&amp;B charts all the way to No. 2. That was in 1950. Which explains all the records on the wall at his house, and the regal status he is afforded.<p>That, and other musical explainers, are in our latest <em>Treme </em>music recap, with WBGO's Josh Jackson.<p><hr /><p><strong>Patrick Jarenwattananon: Davis, proclaimed "the luckiest white man in America," is finally getting some buy-in for his crazy R&amp;B opera idea. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:31:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 4638 at 'Treme,' Ep. 27: The Fat Man 'Treme,' Ep. 26: That's What Buddy Bolden Said Certain episodes of <em>Treme</em> seem to wear their ideological hearts on their sleeves, and this was one. You open with Desiree's mother's house getting torn down in a city mix-up; you have Davis throwing around phrases like "preservation through neglect"; you see housing projects torn down amid protest with the implication of a corrupt deal; you get protagonists like the Bernette family being harassed by police; you witness clueless developers trying to build a national jazz center while waiting for the other shoe to drop. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 4611 at 'Treme,' Ep. 26: That's What Buddy Bolden Said Philip Dizack: What You Learn When You're Older A lot can happen in six years. For Milwaukee-bred trumpeter Philip Dizack, it marked the passage of an era worth documenting in his own artistic chronology.<p>"<em>End of an Era</em> represents a moment when what you had is gone," he says about his new album during this session from <em><a href="">WBGO's The Checkout</a></em>. "For me, it's specific things like family relationships that ended. Both of my grandparents passed away. All those things were very personal, but I saw that everyone goes through something. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 4590 at Philip Dizack: What You Learn When You're Older 'Treme,' Ep. 25: Sugar Boy's Salute If you're one of the few viewers still confused about what <em>Treme</em> is saying about art, do note this episode's "play-within-a-play" staging of Samuel Beckett's <em>Waiting for Godot</em>. The existentialist play revolves around two characters, Vladimir (nicknamed Didi) and Estragon (called Gogo), who wait interminably for a mysterious "Godot" by a desolate country road. It's clearly meant to parallel New Orleans residents' wait for essential social services, complete with the barren backdrop of the city post-Katrina. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:31:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 4582 at 'Treme,' Ep. 25: Sugar Boy's Salute 'Treme,' Ep. 24: Like Donkeys To Water We've reached episode three of <em>Treme</em>'s third season and things are starting to get interesting. Through the Everett, Lt. Colson, Toni Bernette and Nelson storylines, we begin to see how deep police and government corruption runs in New Orleans. Davis is funding his next scheme; Janette is funding her next restaurant; Annie is funding her next musical adventure. The possible endgame for Chief Lambreaux (and by extension, his son) draws near. And a lot of dudes get laid.<p>The soundtrack to this week features a number of old-school Louisiana legends. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:33:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 4555 at 'Treme,' Ep. 24: Like Donkeys To Water 'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines <strong></strong>For all the plot development in the series' infancy, last Sunday's episode of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Treme</em></a> was unusually saturated in live performances. The second half of the episode, especially, seemed like one concert after another. Here with me to recap the musical goings-on is WBGO's Josh Jackson.<p><hr /><p><strong>Patrick Jarenwattananon: The Annie storyline is becoming a lesson in the life of the touring musician. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Josh Jackson & Patrick Jarenwattananon 4523 at 'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines 'Treme,' Ep. 22: 'Dem Songs Is Gonna Stand, Son' If you've been watching the HBO series <em>Treme</em> with us, welcome back.<p>If you're new here, welcome in the first place. WBGO's Josh Jackson, a New Orleans native, and I have been watching the music-saturated program set in post-Katrina New Orleans for two years now. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:34:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 4492 at 'Treme,' Ep. 22: 'Dem Songs Is Gonna Stand, Son' Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali The itinerant path of a touring musician is nothing new. Drummer Daniel Freedman has walked that walk with New York jazz groups, salsa units, forro bands and on international tours with Angelique Kidjo. He has also taken the road less travelled – by bus.<p>"I was in Mali in 1997, and definitely had a few epic bus trips," Freedman says. "What I was told would be an eight-hour ride was closer to 30-something hours. No one else seemed to be complaining about how packed the bus was or that all the animals were on the roof. All the things we Westerners are not used to. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:52:00 +0000 Josh Jackson 4097 at Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali