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Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth, "Oh, New Orleans Here I Come!"

Thu, 05/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
Really enjoyed this beautifully produced new video by filmmaker James DeMaria, the title track of Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth's Oh New Orleans, Here I Come!  According to DeMaria, the song is about Tricia's yearly pilgrimage home from Norway for FQF, Jazz Fest, and to... Read more

The Original Tuxedo Jazzband, 4 songs, 1964

Tue, 05/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a little trad jazz gem: a set of songs by the Original Tuxedo Jazzband, recorded in 1964 in Baden Baden, Germany. That's bandleader Albert "Papa" French on banjo; clarinetist Joseph "Cornbread" Thomas also handles vocals. Per the video's YouTube page, here's the rest... Read more

Mississippi John Hurt, "Lonesome Valley"

Mon, 05/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
The legendary bluesman John Smith Hurt, AKA Mississippi John Hurt (~1892-1966), left sharecropping for a brief recording career with Okeh Records in 1928, cutting 78s like "Frankie" and "Avalon Blues". The records didn't sell, and Hurt eventually returned to farming. Decade... Read more

Congratulations Team 'OZ!

Sat, 05/10/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
Team WWOZ Rollicks On! Team 'OZ raised $14,075 through participation in this year’s Crescent City Classic on April 19! This is almost twice our 2013 total. The After-Party! Wednesday, April 23, four days after Team WWOZ rolled into its record-setting totals for participants ... Read more

Mia Borders, "Forget My Name"

Fri, 05/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
Brand new for your Friday viewing pleasure: Mia Borders on the Cabrini Bridge over Bayou St John in Mid-City.   Read more

Sasha Masakowski and Cliff Hines, Three Songs at the Kennedy Center

Wed, 05/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
Sasha Masakowski sang on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in DC last November, with guitarist Cliff Hines in the art-rock project "Cliff & Sasha". According to Masakowski's web site, they have recorded an album to be released in the fall of 2014.   "A to Z":   "Sa... Read more

Jazz Fest 2014 Daily Photo Highlights

Mon, 05/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
Jazz Fest 2014 Daily Photo Highlights   Sunday, May 4 | Saturday, May 3 Friday, May 2 | Thursday, May 1 Sunday, April 27 | Saturday, April 26 Friday, April 25     Read more

Guardians of the Groove 6: Ellis Marsalis and Dwayne Breashears

Mon, 05/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV last night (April 22). Piano legend Ellis Marsalis sat down with WWOZ's Dwayne Breashears.    About "Guardians of the Groove": WWOZ has partnered with WWL-TV to recogni... Read more

Food of the Day: Crawfish Bisque

Sun, 05/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Our food of the day for the last day of Jazz Fest, Crawfish Bisque from Lil Dizzy's.     Read more


Sun, 05/04/14
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No Andy Williams, not Christmas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet.  I hope you have had a spectacular 2 weeks and paced your partying; one more great day ah... Read more

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