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Snow is Not Equivalent to Godzilla

Wed, 01/29/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
Saying "snow" (the "s-word) in New Orleans causes unadulterated panic.  The main routes out of town are closed, there was a run on grocery stores and businesses, government and airlines shut down.  No, it's worse than what you think.  Get this - there was a run on buying ic... Read more

Marcia Ball, Extended Play Session

Tue, 01/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's Marcia Ball, the queen of boogie-woogie piano (and a Piano Night regular), in a beautifully produced video, about a half hour long, and including performance and interview segments; in the latter, she talks about her music, Irma Thomas, New Orleans, and the wetlands,... Read more

Grammy Winners: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

Mon, 01/27/14
Authored by David Stafford
Congratulations to Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, whose Dockside Sessions won the 2014 Grammy award for Best Regional Roots Album last night. In the clip below, Simien and the band stop by CBS's backstage "Thank You Cam" shorty after receiving their award.   Aliso... Read more

UPDATE on City Council's Noise Ordinance

Thu, 01/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
UPDATE: The City Council has accepted MaCCNO's demand of withdrawing the VCPORA-proposed ordinance from consideration and looks to be creating a new draft from scratch. We need everyone to come out to the Housing and Human Needs Meeting on January 27th at 10AM in the City C... Read more

Lee Dorsey, "Ride Your Pony" Live in 1967

Wed, 01/22/14
Authored by David Stafford
This performance of Lee Dorsey's 1965 hit "Ride Your Pony" took place in front of a TV studio audience in Offenbach, Germany in 1967, at least according to this source). Backed by Sam and Dave's touring band, Dorsey delivers a high energy blast of New Orleans R&B and early ... Read more

Music Video: Kristin Diable, "I've Been Searching"

Tue, 01/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
Chris Rose described Kristin Diable thusly: "a soul like Lucinda Williams, the confidence of Grace Slick and the voice of a decades-ago Bonnie Raitt", as quoted in her Reverbnation bio. Here she is out of doors, on Jackson Square, performing "I've Been Searching", from a se... Read more

'OZ's New Audio Player

Mon, 01/20/14
Authored by David Stafford
We're happy to share a test (or Beta) version of a new streaming player for, which enhances the experience of listening to WWOZ online. It uses a responsive design, so it will adapt to a wide variety of screen sizes, and it's based on HTML5 rather than Flash, so it wi... Read more

Three Martin Luther King speeches

Sun, 01/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Spend some time this MLK Day and listen to King's words in his own voice in these speeches. The images are old, grainy, and lack the crystaline sharpness of HD, but Dr. King's message still rings as clear as a bell. Read more

Guardians of the Groove: Germaine Bazzle with Jellyroll Justice

Thu, 01/16/14
Authored by David Stafford
The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV last night (Jan 16). WWOZ's Jellyroll Justice talked with master teacher and legendary jazz singer Germaine Bazzle at Snug Harbor, about the origins of her singing style and ... Read more

Home Of The Groove

Wed, 01/15/14
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Join us this week on the Rhythm Room. Special guest DJ Daniel Phillips author of the great Louisiana music blog "Home Of The Groove"( will be stopping by with lots of rare vinyl 45's of New Orleans soul & funk. Read more

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