WWOZ brings the sounds of New Orleans to the world through our live broadcasts. Our festival broadcasts are some of the most popular programming we have, and bringing you to the big festivals like Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest require a lot of moving parts, a focused team of players, and a bit of luck.
The Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island is one of the longest-running and most famous festivals in the country. Founded in 1959 by Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, and Albert Grossman, Newport has served as a launching pad for the careers of many greats, including Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
Like many musicians in New Orleans, the members of the Tin Men have a lot going on. Percussionist/vocalist Washboard Chaz is also part of the Washboard Chaz Trio, Palmetto Bug Stompers, and Washboard Rodeo. Chaz is also known for the annual Chaz Fest he puts on in the Bywater each year during Jazz Fest time.
This fabulous new autobiography, “God Save the Queen Diva,” is a breezy page-turner that not only reveals the evolution of Freddie Ross, Jr. to Big Freedia the Queen Diva: it delivers an insider’s look at the development of New Orleans’ bounce music scene. All throughout, the reader can hear Freedia’s booming voice, as if she is in the room reading aloud.
In 2012, a 24-year old Jamison Ross won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in one of the only years the contest has featured drumming as its instrumental focus. Winning this prestigous competition came with a prize of a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.