At 'OZ, we think music education is vitally important to our community, so we're giving a shout out to the Heritage School of Music, which provides free, weekly instruction to teenagers from throughout the New Orleans region. Students who have passed through the Heritage School of Music include Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Sammie “Big Sam” Williams and Shamarr Allen.
On Monday November 19th the Jazz & Heritage Foundation is presenting Chucho Valdes live at the Joy Theater. This is a free show on a first come first serve basis, so all of you in New Orleans should be sure to make it to the Joy early tonight! WWOZ will be recording the multi-grammy winning jazz pianist's performance and broadcasting it on Wednesday November 21 at 4pm CST.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving has long been owned by the Lady Buckjumpers. This weekend is no exception and on Sunday, November 25, this fabulous SA&PC promises to put on a second line that cannot be missed. We have the Route Sheet up for you, and our weekly Takin' it to the Streets podcast featuring Ms Linda Porter, the Lady Buckjumpers President.
The 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is happening this Sunday on... Oak Street! There will be two stages of live music, over 30 po-boy vendors (come hungry, and be prepared to roll on out of there), panel discussions on the history of the po-boy (ruminate on po-boys in stomach and mind) and a Kid's World for the kiddos to run rampant in
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On today’s program, we start off with the voice and piano playing of New Orleans native Matt Lemmler, followed by the hot jazz harmonies of the Pfister Sisters, a band that carries on the tradition of the Boswell sisters. Later on, we’ll meet up with Trixie Minx, a Burlesque dancer who has delighted audiences throughout U.S. and Europe.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Robert "Bob" French, a fine New Orleans musician and an irreplaceable member of the WWOZ family as host of “French Cooking” and other shows featuring New Orleans music.
The devastation and continued suffering left behind by Hurricane Sandy hits home for New Orleanians, and we understand that recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. As the rest of the country moves on to the latest story, we know that progress and healing don't happen with in the news cycles' short attention span theater.