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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

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

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