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Louisiana's 2014 Grammy Nominees

Tue, 12/10/13
Authored by David Stafford
Congratulations to Louisiana's 2014 Grammy nominees, listed below, led by double-nominee Allen Toussaint. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards happen on January 26, 2014. Allen Toussaint Best Americana Album: Songbook, and Best American Roots Song: "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed" Bobby ... Read more

Holiday Music Video: Kermit Ruffins, "A Saints Christmas"

Mon, 12/09/13
Authored by David Stafford
In honor of the Saints big win last night, have a look at Kermit Ruffins, "A Saints Christmas", from his 2009 Have A Crazy Cool Christmas disc.     This is the second in a series of seasonal videos that we're calling "Holiday Music, WWOZ Style". Check out the whole YouTube ... Read more

New Music Video: Dumpstaphunk, "Dancin' to the Truth"

Fri, 12/06/13
Authored by David Stafford
From the press release accompanying Dumpstaphunk's new music video: "In support of their new full-length album, Dirty Word (July 2013, Louisiana Red Hot Records), Dumpstaphunk brings their heavy-hitting party funk to life for the first time on film, announcing the music vid... Read more

Guardians of the Groove: Wilbert Rawlins Jr.

Wed, 12/04/13
Authored by David Stafford
The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" aired on WWL-TV recently. WWOZ's Action Jackson talked with Landry Walker High School Band Director Wilbert Rawlins Jr. about the challenges of music education in New Orleans. Read more

WWOZ Flashback to 1983 above Tipitina's

Tue, 12/03/13
Authored by David Stafford
WWOZ is 33 years old--and yet we feel so young! Please join us on Thursday, December 5 and Saturday, December 7 to celebrate. On December 5, we'll be at the place where it all started, back in December of 1980: Tipitina's. And on Saturday, December 7, WWOZ and Kermit Ruffins i... Read more

Four-hands Boogie Woogie with Dr John & Jools Holland

Tue, 12/03/13
Authored by David Stafford
This clip comes from a late 1980s TV how called Sunday Night (AKA Night Music) hosted by American saxophonist David Sanborn and English pianist/singer/composer Jools Holland. The latter is joined by Dr. John for some "four-hands" boogie woogie piano. According to Sanborn** ... Read more

2013 Holiday Season Events

Mon, 12/02/13
Authored by David Stafford
There's tons to do in and around New Orleans this holiday season. Check our list of some of the many concerts, shows, and other celebrations. Cheers! Read more

Next Saturday at Midnight - See What You'll Hear

Sun, 12/01/13
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
Join us this Saturday midnight to 3am Sunday morning for "music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of..."   Music from golden age of Americana, the 1950s to 1970s, when race and popular records broke though the separation barriers.  Inspired us.  Made us bet... Read more

'OZ Birthday Indoor Block Party, Saturday December 7

Sun, 12/01/13
Authored by David Stafford
WWOZ is 33 years old--and yet we feel so young! Help us celebrate by joining us on Saturday, December 7 for a "Block Party" indoors from 12 noon to 4 pm, at Kermit's Speakeasy. Kermit will be BBQing, and we'll have live music by the Baby Boyz Brass Band and Guitar Slim Jr! Read more

Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, "Hanukkah"

Thu, 11/28/13
Authored by David Stafford
In honor of Hanukkah season, which began last night, here's the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra with a short (5 min, 17 sec) collection of Hanukkah melodies, put together by their lead trombonist and artistic director, Paul Ferguson.     Read more

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