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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

Eight Years Later

Fri, 08/30/13
Authored by Stuart Raper
     There was something foreboding in the air that day, the animals knew it first. I remember turning on the radio and hearing nothing but dead-air static on WWOZ, a chilling sound. I was already on my way out of town, but that was when I really knew that I had to go.  It ... Read more

Allen Toussaint, Library of Congress Interview

Fri, 08/30/13
Authored by David Stafford
A few years back, Allen Toussaint sat for a wide-ranging, 38-minute-long interview with Larry Appelbaum (a music specialist at the Library of Congress) about "his hit records, life in the recording studios, the New Orleans piano tradition, Professor Longhair, the challenges... Read more

Joy of Jazz: Revisited

Thu, 08/29/13
Authored by Russell Shelton
I have found the South African Michael Jackson.  Well, ok, not entirely…  However the man definitely knew how to strike a pose.  Aside from that, Selaelo Selota had a powerful presence that cannot be ignored.  While conducting his drummer’s every accent, Selota also summone... Read more

Fall 2013 Season of Jazz in Armstrong Park

Wed, 08/28/13
Authored by David Stafford
People United for Armstrong Park's Fall 2013 season of Jazz in the Park kicks off next week with the Stooges and Mia Borders. Jazz in the Park happens Thursdays, Sept 5 - Oct 31. Read more

Vibraphonist Warren Wolf and Wolfpack, September 12

Wed, 08/28/13
Authored by Soul Sister
Soul Sister, Little Gem Saloon, Lura Belle Productions, and WWOZ present "Gem Sessions" featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf and Wolfpack of Baltimore, MD, for two shows on Thursday, September 12 at the Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., upstairs in the Ramp Room. Read more

Tuba Skinny Around the World

Mon, 08/26/13
Authored by David Stafford
These Tuba Skinny videos, in which the band makes New Orleans music in the Land Down Under and South of the Border, are definitely worth a look.... First up, an awesome 6-song set, beautifully produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National in their Sydn... Read more

GRAMMYs, ReImagined

Fri, 08/23/13
Authored by David Stafford
Last month, the GRAMMYs launched ReImagined, "a new Web series melding the legacy of the GRAMMYs with the present and future. This interview- and performance-based series highlights contemporary artists revealing on how they were personally influenced by past GRAMMY-winning... Read more

Joy of Jazz: Day 1

Thu, 08/22/13
Authored by Jorge Fuentes
(Reporting from Johannesburg). Here is a quick rundown on what's happened at Standard Bank's Joy of Jazz Festival so far.  The official press conference was held Wednesday evening in a posh hotel in Johannesburg, with the mayor and other delegates of the city.  Some of the ... Read more

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