Guitarist, entertainer, inventor, and recording pioneer Les Paul passed away on August 13 at the age of 94. His musical career spanned an astonishing eight decades, and the guitar he designed with Gibson is one of the most recognizable in the world. We collected some of our favorite videos of the man at different points along his career.
Les Getrex, along with a galaxy of other New Orleans musicians, will play at Tipitina's on Saturday, August 22, as part of a 'Benefit Jam' for New Orleans' own Queen of the Blues, Ms. Marva Wright. Marva is recovering from two strokes that she suffered during the last few months, and the benefit show, which starts at 9 p.m., will raise money to help cover the star’s medical expenses.
When WWOZ's live broadcast team — Damond Jacob and Tony Guillory — headed out to the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Colorado for the Telluride Jazz Festival in early June, natural disasters were the last thing on their minds.
This month's recipe comes from Brent Applewhite, a cuisine chef at Refuel Café on 8124 Hampson Street in New Orleans. This delectable dish calls for 20 large Louisiana shrimp and Malibu rum and serves 10 people.
This week's guest on "Yeah, You Right" is consummate blues artist J. Monque'D. Having performed in New Orleans professionally since the age of 13, J. has become a force to be reckoned with on the local Crescent City scene. He plays all over town with his own J. Monque'D Blues Band as well as with the group Shotgun House.
I've been away from the Petri Dish of all music, New Orleans for the last three weeks. I'm on a Hajj to the source of the flushes that come out of my New Orleans tap. Yep, I'm above the headwaters, all the way to the continental divide - Yellowstone, Tetons, Boulder, Colorado, and Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
On today's show, we check out Otra, an Afro-Cuban Jazz band based in New Orleans, recorded live at the 2008 French Quarter Festival. Along the way, we'll check out Project 30 90, New Orleans' first Green Sustainable Music and Arts Festival coming up in early September. We'll also pay a visit to Susan Spicer, executive chef of Bayona. Culinary Crossroads: Bayona.
WWOZ congratulates three of the Crescent City's greatest musicians of all time, Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint, and Benny Spellman on their induction to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame at the Mother-In-Law Lounge in New Orleans on August 2, 2009. Celebrate these three legends with us and check out some links, photos, and videos about them from around the Web.