In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression.
Anders Osborne has a wonderfully rich Americana sound-- one that's all the more impressive when you find out he grew up in Sweden. Osborne has lived in New Orleans for more than three decades and has readily absorbed all of the sounds of the south to create his own music.
The 33rd edition of French Quarter Fest happens April 7-10. Some three-quarters of a million people will enjoy over 1500 local musicians (including favorites like Irma Thomas, Bonerama, and Buckwheat Zydeco) playing on 23 stages throughout the Vieux Carré.
Come hear the music of Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, Francois Hardy, Erik Satie & Maurice Ravel as performed by some of New Orleans finest musicians including Helen Gillet, Sarah Quintana, Albinas Prizgintas, Micah McKee, Natalie Mae, Jeff Pagano and more at Bal Guinguette Moderne, a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Traditional French food will be served.&nb
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The 2016 Freret Street Festival is happening on Saturday, April 2 from 11am-6pm. Free to attend, the festival has three stages with local music, plus over 150 local vendors, a food court, and pet adoption stations. It runs the length of Freret Street between Soniat and Napoleon. This year's full music lineup is below.
Master jazz drummer Herlin Riley released new 10-track album on February 12, entitled New Direction. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful albums I've had the pleasure to put the spotlight on. Riley is a regularly featured musician at Jazz at the Lincoln Center and his consummate professionalism shines through on his latest release.
'5 things to know' is a weekly feature highlighting different parts of the WWOZ world that you may have missed this week, including unique WWOZ programming and video, plus New Orleans events, artists, releases, places, features, and more. For the week ending March 25, 2016: