It’s with a heavy heart that WWOZ announces the passing of one of the cornerstones of our volunteer army, Mike Casey. He was 71. Our love and support go out to Mike’s family, which includes his nephew, ‘OZ show host Andrew Grafe. Show host Jamie Dell’Apa has written a beautiful tribute to Mr. Casey on the ‘OZ Blog.
We return to Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl, a bowling alley that doubles as a music club, featuring everything from Zydeco, swing and blues to country. This show previews upcoming gigs with Bonerama and Tab Benoit.
If you are a regular listener to my "Sittin' At The Crossroad" show then you most certainly know Big Daddy O' (Owen Tufts). Recent O' was hit hard with blood clots in his lungs. He had clot in all five lobes. He spent the better part of a week in Loly Kemp Hospital (Charity) in Independence, LA. He got out last week and he is recovering nicely, but still a little short of breath.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield will host a benefit concert for local artists like Marva Wright, Lady BJ, Bo Dollis, J.D. Hill, and Humberto "Pupi" Menez who are in need of urgent healthcare. The event is at the House of Blues in New Orleans on November 25 and features tons of live music (Wild Magnolias, Hot 8, Trombone Shorty, and much more) as well as speeches by James Carville, Harry Shearer, and others.
It's time for my at least 25th annual Food Show. So on Tuesday the 24th, all of the songs will be about food or have a type of food in the title. It's my way of ringing in the holiday season so don't tune in hungry.
Tonight 11/17/09 on the Kitchen Sink, after some preview music for Stanton Moore's James Black gig at Chickie Wah Wah and Loyola, Neko Case, and Dan Auerbach/Justin Townes Earle, we'll put on a bale of jazz from 1959, possibly the greatest year of recorded music ever. Dig this list from which we will draw:
Ornette - Shape of Jazz to Come
Trane - Giant Steps
Brubeck - Time Out
I will include an hour tribute to Johnny Mercer on Jazz Roots to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday. I will focus on Johnny as a songwriter and Johnny as a singer. Join us and learn more about this songwriting icon.