I'm sitting with 'OZ show host Jukebox Jack just before the live broadcast of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The WWOZ broadcast truck is to the left and behind us is the WWOZ/SoCo stage under golden-hour sun and near-perfect weather. An ideal closing Sunday for Voodoo.
What's it like being a DJ at Voodoo?Well, the normal duty is to run the music, of course, and to find a groove that everybody that's out there is listening to. They can call in and tell you if they are feeling it or not. I do a jazz show, but I really love doing the blues, that's what I do. I've been DJing for about 14 months and I love it. This always drives my wife nuts when I say it, but I always thank 'OZ for letting me do it, because it's the most fun I can have without taking my pants off.
What's your favorite thing about Voodoo so far?I love any kind of festival. When you get this many different styles of music in one location, it's not like listening to a radio. If you don't like what is on the stage right now, you only have to walk 150 to 300 yards and you've got something else going on.
What type of equipment do you use for live broadcasts?Two decks and a sound control board. It's a live feed that comes from the stage. What we have here is pretty much the same equipment we have at the studio.
What will you be doing while Trombone Shorty is performing?I'll do a little bit of the talking, the lead-in as to who the artist is, some of his background here in New Orleans, where he grew up, where he got his musical training, and the music he's been exposed to. It's kinda like New Orleans gumbo. It's what we've been exposed to. The music is like the food — if the food tastes good, the music sounds good, and they blend it all together, like a gumbo. You don't get that any place else in the country or any place else in the world.