Leo Nocentelli on Allen Toussaint and Allen’s “Leo” song

Leo says in the interview. “Blew me away, man! … That messed me up to this very second! …  What he professes in that song, what he thought about me, is in no way the way I think about myself…. Sometimes I hear people talkin’ about me, and I wonder why they sayin’ all this good stuff, because I’m just Leo, you know, that’s it, I’m Leo.”
I hope that you listen and that you’re touched. Leo and Allen, Allen and Leo. More gifts from the New Orleans tree–from the Tree of Life that is New Orleans.–Don Paul.

Roots & Branches 08: Freedom Suite

Don Paul is celebrating the life & times of New Orleans ciivil rights leader Lolis Edward Elie with music by Clifford Brown and Max Roach, the Thelonious Monk Quartet, The Neville Brothers, Paul Robeson, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln, the Golden Gospel Singers, Mardi Gras Indians, and Mahalia Jackson, plus comments by Lolis Edward Elie, his son Lolis Eric Elie, Eric Ferrulliet, Judge Calvin Johnson, and Mahalia Jackson.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FREEDOM SUITE

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Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, April 12, 2018 [18405]

 

Clifford Brown and Max Roach: Joy Spring

Thelonious Monk Quartet: Ruby My Dear

Lolis Eric Elie Comments

Lolis Edward Elie Comments

The Neville Brothers: Sister Rosa

Lolis Eric Elie Comments

Paul Robeson: Going Home

Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite (Fifth Movement)

Charles Mingus: Open Letter to Duke

Lolis Edward Elie Comments

Ruby Bridges Comments

Nina Simone: Little Liza Jane

Lolis Eric Elie & Lolis Edward Elie Conversation

Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln: Driva Man

Golden Gospel Singers: Oh Freedom

Eric Ferrulliet Comments

Mardi Gras Indians: Indian Red

Judge Calvin Johnson Comments

Mahalia Jackson: I’ve Been ‘Buked And I’ve Been Scorned

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 07: Jump For Joy

Don Paul is celebrating the life and times of New Orleans civil rights leader Lolis Edward Elie with conversation by Elie and his son, Lolis Eric Elie, and Judge Calvin Johnson, plus musical selections by the American Jazz Quintet, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven, Oscar “Papa” Celestin & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five, Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra, and Clifford Brown and Max Roach.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

JUMP FOR JOY

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Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, April 12, 2018 [18391]

Judge Calvin Johnson Comments

American Jazz Quintet: Capetown

Lolis Eric Elie & Lolis Edward Elie in conversation

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Pedal Up

Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven: Wild Man Blues

Lolis Edward Elie Comments

Oscar “Papa” Celestin and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra: Give Me Some More

Lolis Eric Elie Comments

Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five: Five Guys Named Moe

Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots: Cow Cow Boogie

Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five: Early In The Morning

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Jump For Joy

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Black And Brown And Beige

Charlie Parker: Billie’s Bounce

Lolis Edward Elie Comments

Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra: Guarachi Guaro

Clifford Brown and Max Roach: Joy Spring

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 06: Wongolo Wale

Don Paul is continuing his conversation with musicians/composers Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah at the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival on March 4, 2017, playing their music and performances by the Willerm Delisfort Group, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcabal, Donald Harrison Jr. and Dr. John.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

WONGOLO WALÉ

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Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, March 27, 2017 [183677]

 

Christian Scott: West of the West

Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Christian Scott: Equinox

Sarah Elizabeth Charles Conversation with Don Paul

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Haitian Sunrise

Sarah Elizabeth Charles Conversation with Don Paul

Willerm Delisfort Group: Wongolo Walé

Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Christian Scott: The Last Chieftan

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Danilo Pérez: Galactic Panama

Gonzalo Rubalcabal: Intro > Sendero de Aliento

Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Donald Harrison Jr.: Hu-Ta-Nay

Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Donald Harrison Jr.: Kind of New

Christian Scott Closing Conversation with Don Paul

Golden Eagles: Indian Red

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 05: Premonition In Rhythm

Don Paul is conversing with musicians/composers Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Christian Scott aTundé Adjuah at the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival on March 4, 2017, playing their music and performances by the Willerm Delisfort Group and Danilo Pérez.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

PREMONITION IN RHYTHM

ROOTS & BRANCHES 05

Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, March 27, 2017 [18363]

 

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Inner Dialogue

Willerm Delisfort Group with Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Without a Home

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: White and Blue

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Christian Scott: Bellis

Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Christian Scott: Twin

Danilo Pérez: The Canal Suite: Premonition in Rhythm

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Christian Scott: March to Revolution

Christian Scott: Litany Against Fear

Christian Scott Conversation with Don Paul

Christian Scott: West of the West

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Kids in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 04: Funkify Your Life

Don Paul is talking at length with the great New Orleans guitarist and comoser Leo Nocentelli and playing music by Grant Green, Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, The Meters, Leon Spencer, Idris Muhammad, The Meter Men, Leo Nocentelli with Zigaboo Modeliste, and Allen Toussaint.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FUNKIFY YOUR LIFE

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Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, April 20, 2015 [18349]

 

Grant Green: Ease Back

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

Grant Green-Barney Kessel-Kenny Burrell: Guitar Blues

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

The Meters: Funkify Your Life

The Meters: Fire On The Bayou

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

Leon Spencer: Message From The Meters

Idris Muhammad: Ishaban

The Meter Men: Groovy Lady

Leo Nocentelli with Zigaboo Modeliste: The Hype And The Hoopla

Allen Toussaint: Anybody Seen Leo

The Meters: Sophisticated Cissy

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Children in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 03: Ease Back

Don Paul is talking with the great New Orleans guitarist Leo Nocentelli about his work with the Mters, his family background, jazz guiutarists he admired and studied, and is friend and mentor Smokey Johnson, interspersed with recordings by The Metters, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Johnny Smith, Smokey Johnson, and Grant Green.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

EASE BACK

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Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, April 20, 2016 [18335]

 

The Meters: Hey Pocky Way

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

Wild Tchoupitoulas: Hey Hey (Indians Coming)

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

Wild Tchoupitoulas: Hey Mama

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

The Meters: Cissy Strut

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

Johnny Smith: Cherokee

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

The Meters: Ain’t No Use

Smokey Johnson: It Ain’t My Fault

The Meters: Ease Back

Leo Nocentelli Conversation with Don Paul

Grant Green: Ease Back

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Children in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.

 

Roots & Branches 02: Use Your Brain

Don Paul is conversing with the great New Orleans saxophonist and educator Kidd Jordan and with Dirty Dozen Brass Band stalwarts Kirk Joseph & Roger Lewis while playing selections by the Kidd Jordan Trio with William Parker & Hamid Drake, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic with the Dirty Dozen and Juvenile, and the Forgotten Souls Brass Band with Kirk Joseph and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

USE YOUR BRAIN

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Don Paul, Spiritual: New Orleans, December 2, 2017 [18321]

 

Kidd Jordan-William Parker-Hamid Drake: Living Peace

Kidd Jordan Conversation with Don Paul

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Kidd Jordan’s Second Line

Kidd Jordan Conversation with Don Paul

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Use Your Brain

Kirk Joseph & Roger Lewis Conversation with Don Paul

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Juke

Galactic-Dirty Dozen Brass Band-Juvenile: From The Corner To The Block

Kidd Jordan Conversation with Don Paul

Kidd Jordan-William Parker-Hamid Drake: [Unidentified Selection]

Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Dizzy Gillespie: Oop-Pop-A-Dah

Forgotten Souls Brass Band with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux: Don’t Forget ’Em

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Don Paul for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Don Paul at Sticking Up For Children in New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 Don Paul. Used with permission.