We’ve been fortunate to live in Kentucky, the birthplace of Bluegrass music; Alabama, the cradle of Out-Jazz via the compositions of Sun Ra; Texas, the Mesopotamia of Outlaw Country, and now, Louisiana, the nursery for a genre of music that would become known as Jazz.

On February 26th 1917, an all-white group of musicians known as The Original Dixieland Jass Band, stepped into a studio at Victor Talking Machine Company in New York City, and recorded “Livery Stable Blues.” This marked the first time that jass had ever been committed to wax. The cut would sell over a million copies (.75c retail)

Writer Christian Blauvelt, in an article for BBC, ably explores the origins of Jazz, and we highly recommend his work.

Players for The Original Dixieland Jass Band
Nick LaRocca — cornet
Eddie Edwards — trombone
Larry Shields — clarinet
Henry Ragas — piano
Tony Spargo — drums

Maria’s Taco Xpress in South Austin is closing. Let that sink in for a moment. Perpetually busy, wildly popular, great location on one of the busiest streets in town, professionally run.

And closing.

Allow me to be blunt. The food at Maria’s was unlikely to inspire elegies. It was serviceable Tex Mex but Austin is filled with serviceable Tex Mex. Austin’s not San Antonio. Not by a long shot. Continue Reading