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Revelation #2 from the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival--Lionel Louéké and Trio

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
In Part Two of our piece about Lionel Loue'ke' and his Trio at the 2014 Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, we get three treats. First, the Trio with Michael Olatuja on electric bass and John Davis on drums takes off on an improvisation in which Lionel digs deep into... Read more

Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, "Carnival Time" & "Mardi Gras Strut"

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Three weeks from Fat Tuesday and counting. Here's Al "Carnival Time" Johnson at his 2007 Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame induction performance in Mandeville, performaning clips from his classic "Carnival Time" and the more recent"Mardi Gras Strut". And FWIW: while the giant wa... Read more

Year of the Horse

Mon, 02/10/14
Authored by Christy
February 7, 2014: The village of Versailles in New Orleans East rings in the lunar Vietnamese New Year with a spectacular three-day festival featuring dragon dances, Vietnamese cuisine, customary games, folk music and dance. Check out these scenes from Friday's opening cere... Read more

Chubby Carrier, "Zydeco Junkie"

Sun, 02/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
"I want it, I want it! I need it, I need it!" Here's WWOZ Cookbook contributor Roy "Chubby" Carrier of Church Point in Acadia Parish, with "Zydeco Junkie", the title song from his 2010 Grammy-winning album.     Carrier is a third generation of zydeco artist. He learned acco... Read more

Soul Rebels Brass Band and WWOZ's Soul Sister Represent NOLA in 'Finding the Funk" Documentary

Thu, 02/06/14
Authored by Soul Sister
On February 4, 2014, the VH1 cable network aired the television premiere of Nelson George's Finding the Funk documentary, which has been making the film fest circuit since its 2013 release. The televised version of the film, edited down to 62 minutes from the longer directo... Read more

The Wynton Marsalis Septet Plays Thelonious Monk Live

Thu, 02/06/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Wynton Marsalis Septet delivers a 16-minute set of Thelonious Monk songs, "Bright Mississippi" and "For Brake's Sake" among them, recorded live at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht (Holland) on November 4, 1994. The (incredible, amazing) lineup: Wytnon Marsalis ... Read more

Revelation #1 from the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival--Lionel Louéké and Trio

Wed, 02/05/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
Today begins the first of several reports by Maryse Dejean and Don Paul from their visit to the 2014 Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, January 18 to January 25. Coming soon: the guitarist and composer Lionel Louéké', born in Benin, west Africa, and recent collabor... Read more

The Dixie Cups, "Iko Iko"

Tue, 02/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Exactly four weeks from Fat Tuesday, it's time to get serious about Mardi Gras. Thus the Dixie Cups and their 1965 rendition of "Iko Iko", a bubble gum take on a Carnival classic first recorded in 1954 as "Jock-a-Mo" by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. A family act from the Call... Read more

Brushy One String, "War & Crime"

Mon, 02/03/14
Authored by David Stafford
Jamaica's Andrew Chin, better known as Brushy One String, was a crowd pleaser at last year's Jazz Fest, playing an acoustic guitar with a single string (see the photo above). Brushy's act is an object lesson in doing more with less. He makes engaging music by combining his ... Read more

Muddy Waters Live, 1976

Sun, 02/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
Chicago Blues legend (and inspiration to many a 1960s British rocker) McKinley Morganfield (1913–1983), better known as Muddy Waters, sounds great at 64-years-old in this live performance, recorded in Dortmund, West Germany in 1976. It's a little over an hour long, and cont... Read more

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