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The Amazing MaryAnne: A singing sensation moves from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

From time to time, a singer comes along with an amazing ability to transform the way we look at love and life. Singer/songwriter MaryAnne Marino is such an artist. The first time I heard her perform I sat transfixed, and realized that I was witnessing an upcoming national sensation. A young singer destined for greatness, Marino has the hypnotic ability to lure listeners into the moment through lyrics that portray love and emotional vulnerability. ...

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Garland Robinette: Nationally-renowned media icon creates 
official Jazz Fest poster

Although he is best known as a spirited media personality who battles bureaucracy and provokes officials every weekday with his Think Tank radio show, some say that Garland Robinette is actually a Renaissance man. A classical pianist who loves to sketch and paint, his true passion is creating art. Clearly, as I began researching Robinette for this article, I found that there are various sides and dimensions to this media icon, who will always be remembered ...

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The amazing Irvin Mayfield: Jazz trumpeter, bandleader,composer, arranger,and recording artist

Founding artistic director of the Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute at the University of New Orleans, 33-year-old Irvin Mayfield recently released his first book, A Love Letter to New Orleans. The coffee-table book, which contains a stunning black and white cover photo of Mayfield by the late jazz photographer Herman Leonard, provides an intimate glimpse into the people, places, and ...

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The Inimitable Music of Mark O’Connor: A rare international talent 
comes to Lafayette

There is a new holiday album that was released by OMAC Records that is high on my gift list, An Appalachian Christmas, by Grammy-winning violin virtuoso, composer, teacher, and recording artist Mark O’Connor. He returns to Acadiana December 13 to perform a special holiday concert at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette. A brilliantly original musician who has been widely heralded in the national and international media, O’Connor is ...

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