New Orleans Saints defensive back Jabari Greer will co-host "Jazz from the French Market" with Sondra Bibb on Monday, July 22, from 4 - 7p.
Clearly, as Paul Sanchez noted on Facebook, this makes Greer "the hippest Saints player ever.... More Saints players should tune in to WWOZ and feel the real groove of this city, we'd all be winners."
Greer explains the origins of his love of Jazz on the Saints' web site. "My love of all music came from my father. I remember vividly growing up, Saturday morning with breakfast cooking and you could hear Miles Davis or Donald Byrd playing over the sizzling of bacon and whenever we drew back the curtains to let to light in, it was something magical in those moments. He would have the music blasting loud in between him making eggs and bacon and he and my mom would be dancing in the living room. It was just a symbol of life. Jazz and music in particular was just a symbol of life for me."
L-R WWOZ Program director Dwayne Breashears, Jabari Greer, WWOZ Music Director Scott Borne, writer and photographer L Kasimu Harris. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee.
Noting that Greer was a member of the Saints' Super Bowl team, here's a little lagniappe for you: a clip from the forthcoming documentary The Whole Gritty City, about the night the Saints' won that Super Bowl. It features: band director Wilbert Rawlins Jr. watching the victory at home; the Original Pinettes Marching Band celebrating in the street; thousands celebrating in the French Quarter, Rawlins' O. Perry Walker band following Drew Brees' float in the victory parade, and Roots of Music Band director Derrick Tabb playing with The Rebirth Brass Band after the parade. Enjoy!