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...
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 ...
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
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.
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
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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...