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New music spotlight: Charlie Dennard

Tue, 09/15/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans-based keyboardist Charlie Dennard released a new album, 5 O'Clock Charlie, in July. The record showcases seven original Dennard compositions and three covers. Recorded as a jazz organ trio, the tracks do a great job highlighting the strengths of each player whil... Read more

David Torkanowsky featuring Joe Clay, "Lucille"

Mon, 09/14/15
Authored by David Stafford
Great fun at last year's WWOZ Piano Night at the House of Blues. David Torkanowsky enlists drummer Joe Clay to sing "Lucille" and he kills it from behind his kit and out among the crown. Clay, who had a hit record in the 1950s called "(Don't Mess with My) Ducktail" and appe... Read more

Summer 2015 Highlights

Mon, 09/14/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The summer of 2015 was a good one in New Orleans and at WWOZ. Below, a photo recap of just some of the highlights from the last few months. Read more

'My Louisiana Muse' Photo Exhibit

Sat, 09/12/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Jazz & Heritage Gallery, located at 1205 N. Rampart, is hosting a new exhibit from Louisiana photographer Zack Smith. Entitled 'My Louisiana Muse,' Smith's featured works feature a series of large-format film portraits of different Louisiana artists in the places where ... Read more

Big Freedia starts Season 4 of TV show

Sat, 09/12/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Season 4 of Big Freedia's reality show, "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" launches at the end of this month on Fuse TV. Airing each Tuesday at 10p CDT, the show has covered many heady topics, including Freedia's music career, family life, the passing of his mother, relationshi... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 09/11/15

Sat, 09/12/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Immigrant Song Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro 02:49 [Taking A Lesson From The Past] 2015/9/11 22:03:23 2 Packing a Grip Golden Echoes 03:35 Good God: Born Again Funk 2015/9/1... Read more

2016 Jazz Fest applications due 10/1

Thu, 09/10/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Music applications for the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are due Thursday, October 1. Online applications are available here: http://www.nojazzfest.com/info/2016-music-submission/. If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, the festival producers will st... Read more

Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners, "I Don't Want To Be Wanted"

Thu, 09/10/15
Authored by David Stafford
Leroy Thomas, AKA "the Jewel of the Bayou" was born in Lake Charles and raised in Elton LA. He and his band, the Zydeco Roadrunners, perform "I Don't Want To Be Wanted" live at the 2014 Pickathon Pumphouse Sessions in Portland, Oregon.  Read more

Dianne Reeves, Lotos Jazz Festival, Poland

Tue, 09/08/15
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a beautifully shot set by Dianne Reeves at Poland's Lotos Jazz Festival, in February 2014. Tracks include: "Tango," "I'm In Love Again," "Triste," "Waiting In Vain," "You Taught My Heart," and "Satiated."  Personnel: Dianne Reeves - vocals Peter Martin - piano Peter ... Read more

New music spotlight: Royal Southern Brotherhood

Tue, 09/08/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Royal Southern Brotherhood released their third studio album, Don't Look Back, at the end of May on Ruf Records. Recorded at the historic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the release is the representative product of a tight band full of veteran musicians. Produced by... Read more

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