Music isn't the only thing to be excited about at Jazz Fest... Some of the best food in N'awlins can be found at the Fairgrounds. WWOZ show host Tom Morgan asked some of the wonderful New Orleans musicians who perform at the Fest to tell us what they'll be chowing down on this year. Our mouths are watering in anticipation of mango freezes, soft-shell crab po-boys, and lots more!
A group of artists are transforming a vacant middle school on St. Claude into studio and performance space for artists. Ceramics classes, puppet making, screen printing, comic book arts, video production, radio, upholstry and dance are just some of the classes offered. There are also plans to transform the cafeteria into a community kitchen and teaching space for the culinary arts.
Marcus Roberts took time from his teaching young musicians at UNO and performing at The Sandbar (Wednesday, April 15th) and Snug Harbor (Thursday, April 16th), to stop by WWOZ and talk about his new CD "New Orleans Meets Harlam, Volume 1".
WWOZ is auctioning off extremely rare canvas Piano Night banners from 2007 and 2008 autographed by the performers from each year, including Eddie Bo, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Henry Gray, Marcia Ball, and dozens more! Bid on them right now in our Swamp Shop to grab your piece of piano history. There are only three left, and the auctions end Thursday, May 21 — don't miss out!
Vocalist, composer, and arranger Ray Brown, jr. joins Charlie B by telephone from Los Angeles to talk about the special benefit concert taking place at Generations Hall, Saturday, April 25th. The star studded event, "Friends and Family Celebrate Ella's Birthday," is sponsored by the City of New Orleans and WWOZ.
Casa Samba provides a home for Brazilian music and culture in New Orleans through classes and performances that capture the spirit of Carnival in Brazil. This week's Street Talk explores the connection between Brazilian Carnival and New Orleans' Mardi Gras, as well as their African musical and cultural roots.
Contest: Jazz Fest, Then & Now
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The 40th annual Jazz & Heritage Festival has one of the best lineups we’ve seen in years. E-mail us a complete list of this year’s performers who also played at the very first Fest — along with your name, phone number, and address — and you’ll automatically be entered to win a set of headphones.
We’re now in the height of Louisiana’s crawfish season (mid-March to mid-May), so now’s the perfect time for a delectable dish like crawfish pasta. Can’t get crawfish? Substitute shrimp, oysters, or lump crabmeat.
We had a great time at French Quarter Fest sampling the Crescent City's rich tapestry of music on lots of different stages around the Quarter. We hope you enjoyed our live broadcasts during the Fest, and thanks to all who picked up their Jazz Fest Brass Passes or just stopped by to say hi at the 'OZ Tent. Check out our photo highlights from all three days of FQF!