George Ingmire and I are in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Joy of Jazz festival which started today, Thursday, 23 August. We hope to bring you a broadcast from here during my World Journey show this Saturday.
Tune in from noon to 1pm for a bunch of great music produced/engineered/recorded/performed on by Mike Mayeux. The inspiration for this hour comes from a very loving music community who are raising money for Mike's medical expenses. More information at Mike Mayeux's Heart.
School is getting back into swing – can you believe it? Classes start in Jefferson Parish on August 9 and some Orleans Parish schools begin the next week. Well, that’s a sign that Fall is approaching and for Cajun and Zydeco music fans, there are some good festivals and music coming up in September. You may want to get these on your calendar now.
Alski is generously donating his time and effort and a tiny portion of his gi-normous music library to help me present a special show in honor of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. Join us on Saturday for a celebratory Jamaican Journey!
Tune in on Thursday, July 12, for an extra special edition of Traditional Jazz, starting off with one hour of music dedicated to Uncle Lionel Batiste, Treme Brass Band's bass drummer and co-leader with Benny Jones, who passed away on July 8th, 2012. Unc's inimitable style became recognizable worldwide, as he performed at countless second lines, clubs, and jazz festivals as a drumm
This Wednesday, July 10 we'll remember and celebrate the life of Uncle Lionel Batiste from perhaps a less familiar vantagepoint. One of my favorite memories of Uncle Lionel are the times he would occassionally sit next to me and softly sing the old songs of his youth most charmingly into my closest ear. The vocals of this famous musician and larger-that-life cultural figure are