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JOY OF JAZZ - New Orleans Goes to South Africa

Fri, 08/16/13
Authored by Jorge Fuentes
Last year, WWOZ visited Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Standard Bank JOY OF JAZZ Festival.  We were invited again to celebrate the 15th year of the festival, and we are going to be in good company, since several New Orleans culture standard-bearers are included in... Read more

New Orleans Music Video: John Boutte and Paul Sanchez, "At the Foot of Canal Street"

Fri, 08/16/13
Authored by David Stafford
Though this song is perhaps best known from HBO's Treme (Season 1, Episode 4; see that version here), the rendition below may be, to quote from a comment on its YouTube page, the "Best. Version. Ever." According to a Threadhead Records post, Boutte and Sanchez "met at a back... Read more

New Orleans All The Way Live: "Jazz in the Park / Civic Theatre"

Thu, 08/15/13
Authored by George Ingmire
Right around the corner from the summer heat is a fall full of festivals and other happenings.  On today’s program, we’ll preview some of the things you can do as the weather cools in the Crescent City, including Jazz in the Park, which is returning for its 4th time to Arms... Read more

Cocktail and Song – the Consummate Couple

Sat, 08/10/13
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  Check it out, it's me!   August 12th: Cocktail and Song – the Consummate Couple With Bill deTurk Presented by the Museum of the American Cocktail, SoBou Restaurant, and the SoFAB Institute Monday, August 12th doors at 5:00 PM, seminar begins at 5:30 at SoBou Restaurant, 3... Read more

A Tribute to George Duke - August 17 on Soul Sister's "Soul Power" Show

Fri, 08/09/13
Authored by Soul Sister
The world lost a musical giant on Monday, August 5, when genre-crossing keyboardist and producer George Duke passed away at age 67 after a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), as reported by his label Concord Records. "With almost a half a century career, Duke... Read more

"Sew Sew Sew": Mardi Gras Indian Bead Work

Fri, 08/09/13
Authored by David Stafford
Check out this video, in which artist Lolet Boutté gives a behind-the-scenes look at the elaborate and labor-intensive procedure that goes into making Mardi Gras Indian costumes. Read more

Soul Stu In Exile: Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Golden Eagles at Lincoln Center

Wed, 08/07/13
Authored by Stuart Raper
       All month long in New York City, Lincoln Center has been hosting a fantastic series of free concerts in their outdoor bandshell, with a very eclectic lineup. Last Friday, they focused on the worldly traditions of Carnaval. Of course, there’s no one better to carry th... Read more

New Orleans All The Way Live: Rex Gregory Redux

Wed, 08/07/13
Authored by George Ingmire
Today's show features Saxophonist, Flautist and Clarinet player Rex Gregory, a jazz musician whose philosophical ideas influence his compositions as much as his teachers and collaborators do. This show was recorded at the Blue Nile. On this recording, Rex is joined on stage... Read more

Stooges Brass Band "Wind It Up"

Tue, 08/06/13
Authored by David Stafford
NPR Music recently published this funk-tastic video of the Stooges Brass Band doing "Wind It Up" at globalFEST 2013, which was held last January at Webster Hall in NYC, during which they "definitely got the room jumping." Read more

Sweet Home New Orleans Empower Musicians Seal of Approval

Mon, 08/05/13
Authored by David Stafford
We'd like to help our friends at Sweet Home New Orleans get the word out on their Empower Musicians Seal of Approval advocacy initiative, which celebrates the venues that treat and pay musicians like professionals. Venues are evaluated according to: musician pay and pay transp... Read more

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