In their continuing effort to promote continued awareness of the rebuilding of New Orleans, festival organizers Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment created the “Somethin’ Else – New Orleans” tent at the 2008 event. The money raised from these donations will be part of the gift that the festival is making.
On Wednesday May 27th, from 9 until 11 am, the Jazz Roots Show will present a special 100th birthday salute to Benny Goodman. We'll take a look at the first twenty years of Goodman's career and feature some of the many greats that recorded with him during this time.
The Taliban represent a brutal, primitive and uncivilized culture from the other side of the globe but their goofy ideas about women are also well represented in Americana roots music. This Saturday night, we'll play great music despoiled by lyrics that make even throwbacks cringe. To make it a challenge, we'll avoid the treasure trove of country music's large catalog of regressive lyrics.
On Wednesday May 13 and May 20, the Radio Wave Scientists on Jazz Lunatique will celebrate 16 (YES, THAT'S RIGHT!) years on the air in New Orleans on WWOZ FM New Orleans proud to crawl home. The exact date has been lost in the shifting sand, mold, mud, and lost brain cells of time, but sometime back in May 1993, Jazz Lunatique was born. That's 16 years of late night craziness.
Conspiracy theorists unite!
This Saturday night, we will broadcast audio and music that ties Bill O'Reilly, Dick Cheney and Ray Nagin to a common missing link. Audio snippets from Voldemort, Darth Vader, Butterfly McQueen, Paul Harvey, Marlon Brando (Kurtz), Secret Squirrel, Cleavon Little, etc. provides the evidence between the usual mix of roots music I personally looted from New Orleans homes after Katrina. Tune in for the conspiracy or to hear music you once owned. Saturday midnight to Sunday at 3am (May 9-ish) on the worst show to ever modulate the electromagnetic bandwidth of 90.7 MHz.
Tuesday's show will feature two live performances: Theresa Andersson and Matt Lemmler. I will also be interviewing a number of people about books and music and also trying to find time to play some of the latest releases.
This Saturday night after midnight (Sunday morning, April 26th) we'll be joined by the great harmonica player, Benny Maygarden. We'll also talk to Benny about his song; "Gutted" and his amazing story of his family and friends escape from New Orleans after Katrina.
This dramatic story as penned by Benny and his wife Mary Beth:
(Note, Benny and Mary Beth removed names in this version.)
After airing our recorded interview with Ray Brown Jr. about the two concerts scheduled for this weekend, we were informed that the concerts have been canceled. This is a disappointment for many music lovers and for Mr. Brown too. Ray, we look forward to a visit in the future.
Following is the press release concerning the cancellation:
Marcus Roberts took time from his teaching young musicians at UNO and performing at The Sandbar (Wednesday, April 15th) and Snug Harbor (Thursday, April 16th), to stop by WWOZ and talk about his new CD "New Orleans Meets Harlam, Volume 1".