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Guardians of the Groove 5: Queen Reesie and Maryse DeJean

Thu, 02/27/14
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 (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 ... Read more

Lena Prima, "Muses Shoeses"

Wed, 02/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
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.   Read more

The Neville Brothers, "Brother John/Iko Iko"

Tue, 02/25/14
Authored by David Stafford
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.     Read more

Tom Waits, "I Wish I Was In New Orleans", live in Paris, 1979

Sun, 02/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
"Listen to the tenor saxophone callin' me home": it might be the best 3 minutes of your day. Check out Tom Waits in this performance of "I Wish I Was In New Orleans". It's a song from his 1976 album Small Change, recorded in 1979, live at Le Palace Theatre in Paris; the gra... Read more

WWOZ Private Collections and Free Vinyl Give-Away @ Siberia

Sat, 02/22/14
Authored by Mark LaMaire
WWOZ Private Collections Series features DJ's Mark LaMaire and Jim Hobbs throwing down on the 1's and 2's with a portion of drink sales going to help your favorite local radio station. And if that's not enough...local bands Felix, Esqueleto, and Metronome the City have all ... Read more

Shout Out: High School Marching Bands

Fri, 02/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's big shout out from WWOZ to all the high school marching bands that fill Mardi Gras parades with musical energy. If you're out at parades this weekend, look for the following bands: On Friday, McDonogh 35 marches in Oshun and St. Aug's in Cleopatra; on Saturday, McDon... Read more

New Orleans Suspects, "Grits" at KDHX

Fri, 02/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
Earlier this month, the New Orleans Suspects filmed this 9-minute jam, "Grits", at KDHX, a listener-supported community radio station in St. Louis. The Suspects are a band whose line up (see below) exemplifies the mock-adage shared on their web site: "It’s been said that the... Read more

Dedication Ceremony: Professor Longhair's New Orleans Home Restored

Thu, 02/20/14
Authored by David Stafford
From a press release from Project Homecoming: Project Homecoming along with Tipitina’s Foundation and the United Way will dedicate the newly renovated family home of music legend Professor Longhair. The dedication will take place Friday, February 21, from 2:00-4:00 PM at 17... Read more

Little Freddie King in France

Wed, 02/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's nine red-hot minutes of Little Freddie King rocking a medieval fortification in France, beautifully shot and recorded by what we're told were "a group of film and audio students." C'est bon! The title "Incruste au Nancy Jazz Pulsations" means something along the lines... Read more

Mardi Gras 1956 & 1941

Tue, 02/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
Two weeks until Fat Tuesday and counting. Here's a look back to Mardi Gras in the middle of the last century, with videos from 1956 and 1941. 1956. This video combines footage by an unknown shooter with a batch of excellent still photos taken by the late John W. Mizenko, fat... Read more

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