The Session, a New Orleans-based contemporary jazz quintet, released their sophomore album, Live from Snug Harbor, earlier this year. The group decided that the best representation of their sound would be captured by recording live and, based on this album, it seems they were quite right.
Friday's Memorial Services for Allen Toussaint begin with a Visitation will be held on at the Orpheum Theatre from 8-10:45 am. Starting at 11a, WWOZ will live broadcast a musical tribute featuring performances coordinated in part by Quint Davis. Hear it at 90.7FM and at WWOZ.org
Trombonist Haruka Kikuchi and her band landed in the WWOZ studios last Friday morning for an electrifying set on Keith Hill's Traditional jazz show and had the whole staff dancing. Kikuchi shared three songs from her brand new CD, Music Granola, with the WWOZ audience.
At 11am on Thursday, November 12, students from Trombone Shorty Academy will play live in a special Membership Drive edition of WWOZ's Cuttin' Class. The Trombone Shorty Academy is a partnership program between the Trombone Shorty Foundation and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. The Academy provides aspiring underserved high school musicians mentorship and experience in music performance, reading and writing while teaching New Orleans musical traditions.
The 8th annual Treme Creole Gumbo Fest returns to Armstrong Park in the historic Treme for the weekend of November 14-15. This free festival runs from 11a-7p each day and will feature great live, local music from brass bands, jazz, and R&B performers. The food at this festival is top-notch with many tasty varieties of gumbo from some of the city’s top restaurants.
New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint passed away at the age of seventy-seven on Monday, November 9. A true performer to the end, Toussaint was on tour in Spain at the time of his death. Toussaint is fondly recalled as a humble and elegant man and as a supremely talented musician.