Sometime after 11 PM on Tuesday, April 7, one of New Orleans hardest working and best songwriters will come on to promote his new record, "How To Be A Cannonball." He's famous for such songs as "It's Not the Years; It's the Miles," "When I Make My Money," "Fine Ass Chemise," and a whole series about a guy named Otis.
French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest may still be weeks away, but this is a big weekend for free music in New Orleans. Check out these local events with plenty of food, activities and entertainment to keep you and your whole family grooving right into next week without busting your budget.
Just a quick hello to the listeners who noted my missing today's show. As you all know we are all volunteers who do our shows for the love of the music. As such most of us have another life that includes a "real" job. I am fortunate to work for a company with a management team that understand the importance of community radio and especially WWOZ.
Get ready for the third night of Don Cherry! Jazz Lunatique 4/1/09 at midnight will feature an hour of Cherry's recordings with Ornette Coleman and others. It will be the third week in a row we'll blow your mind with Cherry's trumpet playing accompanied by his cohorts Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, and unsung New Orleans drummer Ed Blackwell, among many others.
I just wanted folks to know that I am continuing to make available my 2009 Mardi Gras Indian Show with special guests John Sinclair, Second Chief David Montana and War Chief Juan Pardo. Three hours of Indian music and discussions of what makes this part of New Orleans culture so unique. Catch the rebroadcast on my web site, and check out these photos from the broadcast while you listen.
Tonight on Jazz Lunatique: the second night of trumpeter Don Cherry. You know and love him with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, and Old and New Dreams. Tonight the complete 3 volumes of Don Cherry live in the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen 1965 courtesy of the ESP ("The artist alone decides what you will hear") Records.
Tonight on the Kitchen Sink, as a tribute to the Maharajah of New Orleans Funk, we'll be playing the WWOZ Billy Delle Mardi Gras Special 1996 with Eddie Bo. We may also do some of Eddie's more and less famous cuts. All this will go down starting around 10 PM.
Saturday the weather was nice and I decided to take in more live music in a single outing than I've done in quite a while. In retrospect this was actually great preparation for a couple of New Orleans Marathons that are scheduled over the next two months. No I'm not talking about those where you have to don skimpy apparel and run or jog, but those where you have choose from musical treats among the various stages and tents and gatherings at the French Quarter Festival, and of course, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest is the culmination of the five-day long Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Mint Juleps in hand, a crowd gathers every year in Jackson Square to witness and participate in this competition which has come to stand for the passion and resilience of New Orleans. To see this year's contest, come to Jackson Square on March 29, and make sure to get there early.