"Dear New Orleans," is a digital music compilation to benefit local nonprofits including Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network. Download the 31 New Orleans-inspired tracks now at www.dearno.la.
Caught some great music last night. First up, Matt Perrine, Paul Sanchez and John Rankin at the Columns hotel. I believe John Rankin has a regular gig at the Columns( don't hold me to that) but on this night, he had two accomplices elevating the music to an even better level.
This has been, for this show host, a summer of pursuit. Mostly of music. But who has been pursuing whom? Everywhere I've gone-Montreal, New York, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, even Brasilia (often considered as dry and flat culturally as it is physically)-has had its own Jazz Festival. More on all that later.
Jazz singer, actress, and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln passed away on August 14 at the age of 80. Her singing career spanned several decades, and although her vocal style was influenced by Billie Holiday, she often gravitated towards modern music — including her own material — with a particular focus on civil rights.
On the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, WWOZ expresses its gratitude to the "Katrina Network" of community radio stations that helped us stay on air in the months after the storm. Also, check out our updated list of Katrina Anniversary events happening in the greater New Orleans area.
Tune into the New Orleans Music Show, this Wednesday - August 18th, 11am to 2pm, as we celebrate and remember the life and work of Herman Leonard. The program will include interview excerpts from "Life is a One Way Ticket" (see below) and music of the artists that Herman Leonard photographed.
Herman Leonard, whose iconic photos of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon and many more helped define the world's view of this American art form, passed away on August 14. The former New Orleans resident lost his print archive after Hurricane Katrina, but the negatives survive at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.