WWOZ and the Healthier Air for All Campaign (HAFA) are partnering to host six concerts around Louisiana in the Join The Movement Tour, promoting healthy smoke-free environments for Louisiana musicians and fans. Next up: Papa Mali in Shreveport on July 26.
Satchmo SummerFest happens July 31 - August 3 and brings three days of great music, including the Original Pinettes Brass Band (left), to the Old US Mint. During the days leading up to the fest, WWOZ will have a special set of preview interviews and in-studio performances; check back for details.
We're saddened by the news that New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos passed away. He had just celebrated his 103rd birthday at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Thursday (July 17th). He had been the oldest working musician in New Orleans, first having picked up a trumpet in the 1920s. Lionel Ferbos was also a friend of WWOZ, as recently as March 2013 appearing to perform live during our Pledge Drive.
WWOZ will be live broadcasting Cuban pianist Omar Sosa's second set (10pm) from Snug Harbor on Saturday, July 26. Sosa's music has been described by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff as "the unifying sort, yoking together Africa and jazz and Latin America and hip-hop” .
WWOZ is hosting six college interns this summer. These highly motivated young people are: Ishan Allen, James Bullard, Olivia Broslawsky, Benjamin Russell, Candace Crawford, and Lily Wasserman. The interns are acquiring hands-on experience in various aspects of radio, and their major project is a multimedia presentation exploring music lovers’ perceptions of what jazz is in New Orleans.
Puentes New Orleans, LatiNola, and NORDC present Latino Heritage Festival, with local bands like Los Po-Boy-Citos, Salsa with Bianca, fun activities with the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Latin Food Demonstrations and more. NOON to 5p this Saturday, July 26, at Easton Park 3141 Toulouse St.
Here's a blast from the past: the late writer Robert Palmer, author of Deep Blues, talks with WWOZ's Black Mold in 1992. OZ's hosts score great interviews with musicians and other people of note; check 'em out.
Calas are a kind of creole rice fritter (or, according to an old French recipe, beignets de riz) typically containing cooked rice, yeast, sugar, eggs, and flour; the savory version here, courtesy of Louisiana Cookin' magazine, omits the sugar, adds crabmeat, and leavens with baking powder.