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Mario Abney, "Ora Sweet Ora"

Wed, 06/03/15
Authored by David Stafford
Mario Abney performs "Ora Sweet Ora," a song he wrote in memory of his mother, Ora Abney. The piece was recorded live at Basin St. Station last March. MARIO ABNEY - ORA SWEET ORA from WWOZ New Orleans on Vimeo. Read more

Sanchez Community Center open in Lower 9th

Tue, 06/02/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Lower 9th Ward is celebrating the opening of a new, state-of-the-art community center this week. The Sanchez Community Center replaces a slightly smaller community center that was destroyed in the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. Located at the corner of Caffin and... Read more

Brazil's Apanhador Só: "Prédio"

Mon, 06/01/15
Authored by David Stafford
For fans of the art of percussion: in this video, shot during SXSW in Austin this past spring by NPR Music, Brazilian rock band Apanhador Só makes rhythms and beats from found items, including a children's bicycle and a kazoo.  Read more

Musicians Clinic launches Big Chief Bo Dollis Fund

Sat, 05/30/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indian community took a hit this year with the loss of Big Chief Bo Dollis in January. Now, just a few short months after his death, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation has announced the establishment of the NOMAF Bo Dolli... Read more

Willie "The Lion" Smith on the BBC in 1965

Sat, 05/30/15
Authored by David Stafford
Stride piano pioneer William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (1893-1973), a.k.a. Willie "The Lion" Smith, does a remarkable 6-song, 28 minute set on the BBC in 1965. If you're not sure what "stride" piano means, let Smith demonstrate and explain as he performs compo... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 05/29/15

Sat, 05/30/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Check out the Rhythm Room Playlist for 05/29/15. Read more

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, "I Want You Back"

Fri, 05/29/15
Authored by David Stafford
Doreen Ketchens and her band cover the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back" live at Basin St. Station in New Orleans. DOREEN'S JAZZ NEW ORLEANS - I Want You Back from WWOZ New Orleans on Vimeo. Read more

"Latcho Drom" 6/14 at Indywood

Fri, 05/29/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ has partnered with Indywood Cinema for a series of music documentaries on the second Sunday of each month this spring. June's feature is "Latcho Drom," showing on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7:00pm. "Latcho Drom" is a European film that traces the route of Roma people fro... Read more

IAN FLEMING'S BIRTHDAY - MAY 28, 1908

Thu, 05/28/15
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  The anniversary of author Ian Fleming’s birth is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the impact on popular culture of his most famous creation, James Bond. That being said, I really only know about music and booze. There are lots of cool things to talk about regarding ... Read more

Ponderosa Stomp 2015 Lineup Announced

Tue, 05/26/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
It's a Ponderosa Stomp year for New Orleans and the lineup is out! Happening October 2nd and October 3rd at the Rock'n'Bowl, Ponderosa Stomp is a unique and exciting event. Unlike many music festivals today, it is put on by a not-for-profit educational foundation with the m... Read more

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