10 Aug 2012

Chuck Perkins

Running a venue can be a thankless task and poet Chuck Perkins has found it tough after buying Cafe Istanbul in St Claude, New Orleans. The work involved has meant he's had barely a moment to hone his particular brand of performance poetry, which is often backed by musicians playing an improvised blend of soul and jazz specific to the Crescent City. Music Mix host Nick Atkinson caught Chuck on the phone outside his new joint. Lionel Batiste's Treme Brass Band provides the soundtrack.