While in film school, I produced a 22-minute documentary on Herman Leonard’s 80th birthday (2003) which took place at Rosy’s Jazz Hall in uptown New Orleans — around the same time, I recorded Herman talking about his travel photography, at Longue Vue House and Gardens, and made this short.
From 2016, produced for WWOZ’s Piano Night, using interviews I conducted, along with one by Ben Sandmel (with Allen Toussaint.)
Editor, Sound Recordist, Camera (interviews in New Orleans)
I met Henry Butler back in 1999 at a now shuttered jazz club on Rampart Street, the Funky Butt — he was a regular guest on my show on WWOZ and always a pleasure to see perform live. This film was made in 2015.
Henry passed away in 2018.
Please don’t read me
a poem with razor blades
in it, though I’d love one
with caper berries and
sea salt, figs, basil and
a creaky wooden chair
holding the book you fell
asleep with last night
as butterflies flew from
the tips of your fingers
A two-part radio documentary (with breaks each half-hour) about Champion Jack Dupree, a New Orleans piano player with quite a story: as an important tie to the boogie woogie piano players of Storyville; a boxer, an expatriate during the Jim Crow south and a man who came home (for a visit) many years later to see a change, more inclusive United States.
Champion Jack Dupree: Audio Documentary
Produced by George Ingmire and Dave Ankers for WWOZ2016
I spent several weeks (and gained several pounds) traveling though Cajun country with Kevin McCaffrey, recording interviews with chefs, lovers of cast iron, farmers and historians.
The food traditions of Louisiana are known around the world — this film intimately captures the people who maintain and innovate these foodways.
Sound Recordist for interviews