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Rhythm Room Playlist 09/02/16

Sat, 09/03/16
1 Appelousa Danny James 2:20 Boogie In The Mud (Goldband 62-70) Southern Swamp Guitar 2 God Can The Staples 4:56 Unlock Your Mind '78 3 Lean On Me Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths 3:15 Sweet Memories 4 10. Feel Like ... Read more

In Memoriam: Sammy Ridgley

Fri, 09/02/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Samuel Ridgley passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the age of 78. Ridgley was born August 6, 1943; the youngest of 17 children (his brother Tommy, a well-known musician, was the oldest, born 18 years earlier) and raised in the Shrewsbury section of Jefferson Parish ... Read more

NOCCA student selected for prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop

Wed, 08/31/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The next generation of jazz musicians in New Orleans is beginning to receive their accolades and larger opportunities. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts senior Brian Richburg recently received the news that he has been selected as a scholarship winner and participant in ... Read more

LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL - 2016

Tue, 08/30/16
  From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration of all the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes our state great. This year the party offers 3 days of live music, celebrity Chef cooking demonstrations, a beer garden featuring local and cr... Read more

New music spotlight: John 'Papa' Gros

Tue, 08/30/16
John 'Papa' Gros is a New Orleans pianist keeping the flame alive. On his latest, River's On Fire, released last Friday, Gros hits hard with the funk after a 12-year hiatus since his last solo release. Born in New Orleans, Gros has spent more than a quarter-century champion... Read more

Audition for Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Free Music School

Mon, 08/29/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
Auditions for the 2016-2017 session of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music program for students ages 10 to 17 will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 10a-12p at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1205 N. Rampart St)... Read more

Hurricane Katrina: 11 Years After

Mon, 08/29/16
On this 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, take a look back at part of the "Ten Years After" commemoration event that happened at the site of the levee breach in the Lower 9th Ward. This special commemoration event, led by numerous members of the Lower 9th Ward communit... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 08/26/16

Sat, 08/27/16
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 TP Paper The Soul Sensations 04:09 Street Sounds From The Bay Area: Music City Funk & Soul Grooves 1971-75 2016/8/26 22:01:47 2 Hope In A Hopeless World Pops Staples 04:26 F... Read more

Meet our new Sunday & Monday show hosts

Thu, 08/25/16
Happy to announce our new Sunday and Monday show hosts! Though they're in new slots, you'll likely recognize their names and voices as all are longtime WWOZ volunteers and have hosted or subbed for other shows for years. The Minister of Swing moves The Hep Cat's Ball from l... Read more

New music spotlight: Leyla McCalla

Tue, 08/23/16
Leyla McCalla is a Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, sou... Read more

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