Among the many fine performances in the 'OZ studio during last fall's Pledge
Party, Tarriona “Tank” Ball and her band the Bangas stood out. Last
summer OffBeat cited Etta James, Leela James, and Jill Scott among likely
influences; the result is a heady mix-and-match of soul...
Don't worry, that title's ironic! Just thought y'all might like to spend a
little bit of your post-Fat Tuesday lethargy with this short video
introduction to the Louisiana crawfish harvest... 'Tis the season, afterall.
If you've got time and interest, here's a longer pi...
Here's a singular take on a Carnival classic: a special 2009 arrangement of
"Go to the Mardi Gras", by Wendell Brunious, accompanied by French jazz
pianist Thierry Ollé's trio. Recorded in Périgueux (SW France), Brunious
sings, whistles, and plays cowbell.
One of the things that's great about Mardi Gras is how it travels across
space and time. So let's set the WABAC Machine for July 7, 1989 at JFK
Stadium in Philadelphia. During their last show ever at that venue, the
Grateful Dead jam on "Iko Iko". Feel that Mardi Gras!
Two of the best places to see Mardi Gras Indians on Fat Tuesday are at the
corner of 2nd and Dryades Streets uptown and at the Backstreet Cultural
Museum at 1116 Henriette Delille St. in Treme. Lots of tribes gather at
both of these spots throughout the day.
Here's a l...
Luke Winslow-King will perform tomorrow (March 2) during a jazz worship
service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church at 1772 Prytania Street in the Lower
If you can't make it, here's a video substitute, courtesy of the Pacific
Northwest's most awesome radio sta...
It's the musical answer to the question, What should you drink on a
sultry-warm Fat Tuesday? "Gin Instead of Whiskey". Your mixologists are New
Orleans drunk-n-funk rocksters Morning 40 Federation, from their set
during Fender & Filter Magazine's All Night Mojo at One-Eyed ...
The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on
the series) aired on WWL-TV last night (February 27). Cherice
Harrison-Nelson, known to many in the Crescent City as Queen Reesie, sat down
with WWOZ show host Maryse DéJean. Her father is Big Chief ...
Yeah, talk to me about perfect timing! The Muses parade rolls tomorrow, and
just published yesterday: the music video for Lena Prima "Muses Shoeses" from
her CD entitled Starting Something, on writer/photographer/film maker Kristin
Fouquet's YouTube Channel.
It's one week until Fat Tuesday; let's mark the occasion with this funky,
jam-band-style rendition of "Brother John/Iko Iko" by the Neville Brothers.
It was recorded at Jazz Open in Stuttgart, Germany in July 1995.