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Free Jazz Journey Concert: Roberto Fonseca, October 1

Tue, 09/17/13
Authored by David Stafford
Cuban jazz pianist (and international rising star) Roberto Fonseca comes to the House of Blues on October 1 for a free Jazz Journey concert presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation. Los Po-Boy-Citos open the show. Seating is general admission, and no ... Read more

For Your Listening Pleasure: The WWOZ Interview

Mon, 09/16/13
Authored by David Stafford
WWOZ's show hosts score a lot of great interviews with musicians and other people of note, in which they discuss not only music, but their careers and lives. Now the best of these conversations are available on demand and as podcasts in a new feature: The WWOZ Interview. So fa... Read more

PHJB Performs "That's It!" on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Sun, 09/15/13
Authored by David Stafford
Last Wednesday night, New Orleans music took over the world of late-night TV talk shows. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (no online video yet, but we're hoping!), and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band did "That's It!", the title t... Read more

Music Video: Keng Harvey, "Leslie"

Thu, 09/12/13
Authored by David Stafford
During the late 1990s, writes Keith Spera of the Times-Picayune, "Frenchmen Street was still considered an exotic destination, even as it yielded a plethora of ambitious, genre-bending bands. Among the most incendiary was Iris May Tango", a group that "hit with a full-body ... Read more

See You Later Alligator

Tue, 09/10/13
Authored by Danielle Dietze
Listen to NPR’s “The Untold Story of Bobby Charles” What started with the lofty goal to write a song for Fats, the Louisiana native Bobby Charles would leave a bump in the musical path--whether he wanted to or not. His music lingers, unnoticed under his own name, but it den... Read more

Irma Thomas & B.B. King: "You Can Have My Husband"

Mon, 09/09/13
Authored by David Stafford
In this red hot clip from two decades ago, the Soul Queen of New Orleans rips through "You Can Have My Husband" with B.B. King, from the latter's Blues Summit, which also included appearances by Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, & more.     Read more

Invitation to Soul Sister's Birthday Jam & "James Brown Get Down" w/Nigel Hall Band featuring Christian McBride - Sept. 13

Sat, 09/07/13
Authored by Soul Sister
Greetings, WWOZ listeners and family. To all here at home in New Orleans on Friday, September 13, I'd like to invite you to my big birthday jam, the 7th annual one I've done at the legendary Tipitina's. Everyone is invited. Details below and also at the following link. With... Read more

Luke Winslow-King - Bloody Sunday Sessions

Fri, 09/06/13
Authored by David Stafford
So named because bloody marys helped generate the idea, Bloody Sunday Sessions is "a web-based video series of stripped down musical performances occurring in the back of the iconic New Orleans’ mule-drawn carriages." In this edition, Luke Winslow-King and his band bring the... Read more

Ponderosa Stomp: This Weekend

Thu, 09/05/13
Authored by David Stafford
The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau present the 11th Ponderosa Stomp a month henceforth, October 4-5 at the Rock'n'Bowl. Get a taste of who's playing with a "musical preview" video, which does a nifty job of conveying the feel of the event. Read more

"What's My Line?" with Mahalia Jackson, 1961

Tue, 09/03/13
Authored by David Stafford
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Mahalia Jackson was not only renowned as a gospel singer; she achieved a surprising (from our vantage point) mainstream fame. She was "the main attraction in the first gospel music showcase at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957," and at the 1963 ... Read more

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