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...
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
And FWIW: while the giant wa...
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...
"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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...