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Don Paul & Rivers of Dreams

Don Paul & Rivers of Dreams will perform on Thursday, November 30 at 8pm. This concert is free and open to the public, simply click below to RSVP!

Don Paul & Rivers of Dreams deliver poems and songs and substantially improvised music. They explore omphalic contents of Louisiana as a whole and its Crescent City in particular. They draw from sources that emanate like mist and horns around the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

The band's concert at the Jazz Museum will especially features songs and poems written by Don Paul in New Orleans and Acadiana. They're honored to accompany the opening of a show of the great, great Louis Armstrong's collages and the opening of Prospect 4's world -class exhibitions.

Among the songs that they'll perform are “Louisiana Days, Louisiana Nights”, “Some Rain Tonight”, “In The Bright Time Of The Night Time”, “My Mother’s Spirit Speaks To Me”, “Like A Big Brass Band Across The Universe”, and “We Are Our Champions”.

Among the poems are 'Marsha's', ‘Because the River’, ‘Winter in the Quarter’, ‘Years Ago Today’, ‘The Dreamers and the Believers’, 'In Port-au-Prince They’re Picking Up’, ‘Colors Changing Color’, ’The Dancer under Wraps’, ‘DurgaKali on Her Mother’, and ’I Miss My Wife’.

Don Paul has performed with Alex de Grassi and Hamid Drake in their GALLOP Trio and with Kidd Jordan, Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett, Evan Parker, Henry Kaiser, Louise Robinson, India Cooke, Richard Howell, Miya Masaoka, Glenn Spearman and Dhyani Dharma. He’s written more than 20 books and led or produced more than 20 albums, He’s the youngest winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University, age 20 in 1971, and the former World Record-holder for running 50 kilometers (1982-1992). In the 21st century he’s co-founded the organizations Housing Is a Human Right, Rebuild Green, and Restore Wesley United. He was Operations Director for Common Ground Relief in New
Orleans during seven months of 2006. He and his wife Maryse Déjean now co-direct Sticking Up For Children in Haiti and New Orleans.

Rivers of Dreams band-members are wonderfully illustrious!

Roger Lewis, baritone saxophone, has played, written and toured the world with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for more than 20 years. Among his compositions is “Use Your Brain.”

Kirk Joseph, sousaphone, another founder of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is widely praised for his innovations, bass-lines, and melodies. Among his compositions is “Juke.”

Carl LeBlanc, banjo and guitar, is a champion of both the traditional and experimental. He played for years with both Fats Domino and Sun Ra. He wrote “Blues on the West End.”

Mario Abney, trumpet, answered New Orleans’ call, moving from Ohio, nine years ago. He leads his Quintet and Abney Effect. He wrote “Ora Sweet Ora”.

Michael Torregano, piano, graduated NOCCA wioth Trombonew Shorty and Jonathan Batiste. His bands have opened for Stevbie Wonder and the Roots . He now teaches at the Ellis Marsalis Center.

Please contact Maryse Déjean at Dressed Like the Lilies Management for more information: and 504-407-3283.

Later Event: December 1
Andrew McLean Residency