While living in Florence, Italy, Katrina and Carmelo Turillo loved strolling in the evening while enjoying a scoop or several of Italian gelato. On returning to New Orleans they decided to open La Divina Gelateria Uptown and give authentic gelato the chance to bring further ease to living in the Big Easy.
Fans, friends, acquaintances and associates of Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson will gather at the Acura Stage at the Fairgrounds during Jazz Fest on Friday, April 30, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the late drummer's memory, with a tribute performance by the Dixie Cups. Come and be a part of the celebration!
Bruce Boyd Raeburn — son of bandleader Boyd Raeburn — will present a lecture and slideshow at Galvez Restaurant in the French Market on Wednesday, April 28. “Jazz Secrets of the Lower French Quarter” explores how that section of New Orleans promoted the early development of jazz by diverse ethnic and racial groups from 1900-1940.
This week we bring you the young lions of jazz, funk, groove and soul by way of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue, followed by funk powerhouse Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Both groups were recorded live by WWOZ at the 2009 Voodoo Music Experience.
The number of ways to experience the food at Jazz Fest can be overwhelming, but some of the options can actually take you farther than others. For instance, in years past, I would have headed straight for a meat-pie line. This year, it’s all about that Doh Doh and Jama Jama from the Benacchin stand.
One Wednesday Big Daddy O' will Sit down with us at the crossraod and share is new CD "Used Blues" that will be released on Friday. We will play some songs from the CD and a couple of them live as well. He will tell us about the release/Rabadash Party to be held on Friday at Southport Hall.
Anders Osborne will be by to share some new music from his American Patchwork release as well.
One of WWOZ's star show hosts, Soul Sister, won a Big Easy Award for Best DJ/Electronica! She beat out some stiff competition, but we think the honor is well-deserved. Whether she's on air at 'OZ or performing live at clubs and festivals, Soul Sister digs deep to find the funkiest grooves in her vinyl collection. Congratulations!
Whether he's playing solo piano at Le Bon Temps Roule or B-3 organ with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, Joe Krown is a New Orleans fixture at the keyboard. Catch his Big Easy Award-winning Trio at Jazz Fest on Friday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. on the Gentilly Stage!