Last month, during Essence Fest, NPR Music arranged to meet contemporary R&B
star Jazmine Sullivan at the Clear-Vue barbershop, on South Rampart near
Canal, for a "field recording" session. Interrupting a conversation about
college football, Sullivan quickly won over the al...
For your weekend viewing pleasure: a vintage 1975 Madrid show by Ray Charles
and the Ray Charles Orchestra. The show begins with an extended instrumental
set by the Orchestra, with the genius himself taking the stage at about the
30-minute mark. The Orchestra is excellent, ...
Indie-roots-bluegrass folkies the Avett Brothers perform "Souls Like the
Wheels" live in the attic of their headquarters in Concord, North Carolina
last December. The song first appeared on their 2008 EP The Second Gleam; a
live version appears on their most recent album, M...
Benjamin Booker, who graces the cover of the current issue of Gambit Weekly,
performs two blues-punk-pop songs from his eponymous debut album on ATO
records: "Violent Shiver" and "Have You Seen My Son?". These versions were
recorded live at WFUV, Fordham University.
Back to school special! NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis (currently featured
in the wwoz.org masthead above), along with his father Ellis, brother Jason,
and bassist David Pulphus perform "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame
Street?" and other selections from Delfeayo's u...
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with New
Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders near Harrah's at the head of Canal
Street. Here's "Try Me On" from her 2010 album Magnolia Blue.
Proud to share some good news from the continually up-and-coming New Orleans
country-folk scene that’s blossomed from the 9th Ward. Local country
soulsters, The Deslondes, hit the stage at the historic and renowned Newport
Folk Festival a couple weeks ago following their a...
As the emcee puts it in his introduction, here's "the world's greatest gospel
singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson" with and epic two-part rendition of "Come On
Children Let's Sing" recorded in Berlin in 1967 for West German television.
There's a cut at the 3:15 mark to the encore ...
Here's a sweet treat for a hot August Wednesday: a live version of the Honey
Island Swamp Band's "Cane Sugar", recorded live during a "Sitting In" session
at Tipitina's on Dec 1, 2012. The song is the title track on the band's
fourth album, released by Louisiana Red Hot Rec...
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with Luke
Winslow King outside the Botanical Gardens in City Park. Here's his take on
the spiritual "Down by the Riverside", adding his name to a long list of New
Orleans musicians who've covered the song, ...