Day 2 of Satchmo SummerFest was another hot one. Before heading in, we stopped for brunch at Wink’s on Decatur. I had the breakfast platter but they were hosting a weekend-long pop-up restaurant, Arceneux’s contemporary creole cuisine, so we had the stuffed Pork Loin Roulade with braised brussel sprouts and orange gastrique. I also wanted to try the Roasted Cornish Hen with corn maque choux and tomato jus and the Watermelon Salad with Farmer’s Cheese, avocado, shallots and candied pecans (all about $10). All meals came with a free glass of sangria.
Butch Thompson’s Goodtime Boys were onstage when we entered the grounds of The Mint. Though most of the crowd was as laid back as the musicians, a young girl in a pretty red dress danced energetically and a couple of older guys danced with second line umbrellas.
I ran into Deacon John, who’d had an amazing show the day before, and he serenaded me for a few bars. My own private concert!
The sign on the other stage read Jane Harvey Brown Trad Jazz Stars and the band was great but I never saw Jane Harvey before returning to the other stage for Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet. The Funktet played a tribute to Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill who passed in Japan this May from a post-dental surgery infection. A member of the ridiculously talented Andrews family, Hill was a young and talented man who gave a lot back to his community and his life is well worth celebrating alongside Louis Armstrong’s. The Funktet played dirges and soulful slow sings then flipped to fun favorites like Ooh Poo Pah Doo and Ooh Na Nay.
Bill Summers & Jazalsa were last to take the stage on the Esplanade side of The Mint. Summers is a highly skilled percussionist who’s work you can hear on the soundtracks for Roots and The Color Purple. His young band included 18 year old John Michael Bradford, who’d accompanied Leah Chase on the same stage on Friday. A 2-time winner of the Seeking Satchmo Trumpet Competition, Bradford has already traveled the world and played Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Superdome. I love seeing all our city’s seasoned treasures but it’s always the young people who fill me with hope for the continuation of this culture and the music Louis Armstrong loved so much.