WWOZ encourages listeners to help our waterlogged sister city of Nashville, TN. Musicians from that region including Kenny Chesney and Michelle Branch are still figuring out what they've lost, and the Grand Ole Opry is under several feet of water, destroying equipment, tapes and instruments. Here's how you can help.
Jazz Fest is over, but 'OZ still has a busy live broadcast schedule. On May 12, we'll bring you The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Happy Jack Frequency live from Lafayette Square. Then on May 15, 'OZ will be at Washington Square Park to broadcast the premiere of Irvin Mayfield's "Elysian Fields Jazz Suite". Mark your calendar and tune in!
I got called out the other day for getting it wrong in my last blog. Got called out by no less than the co-producer of Treme, Eric Overmyer, in front of no less a knowledgeable audience than Sync-Up, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s symposium for music insiders. Got called out—and rejoiced! And here is why: Overmyer spoke to the way people were picking over Treme for every little thing the producers didn’t get right. And even some things that the producers did get right but that the pickers-over thought they got wrong. Like my recent blog where I had to point out that WWOZ wasn’t broadcasting from Armstrong Park after the Federal Flood of ’05.