In this first in a series of WWOZ video profiles of New Orleans buskers, we meet Dick Deluxe, whose long, tumultuous career includes playing with New Orleans greats Earl King and Queen Ida, as well as many years of score writing with Clubfoot Orchestra virtuoso Richard Marriott.
If old or obscure recordings are your thing, I've got a treat for you. The University of California at Santa Barbara partnered with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize over 10,000 cylinder recordings from 1890-1928. The recordings are available to the public at http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php.
Aaron Neville and folk-blues-country vocalist Maria Muldaur perform "Amazing Grace" at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, on November 26, 1989. Muldaur's career began as part of the American folk music revival and the Greenwich Village scene of the early 1960s.
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's Elvis Costello accompanied by Allen Toussaint, the Crescent City Horns (including Big Sam Williams) and the Imposters, live from the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 3, 2006. This video is 56 minutes long, selected from a 3 hour show--not the "full show" as the YouTube poster mistakenly claims.
During the Fall Membership Drive (November 4-14) we will be live streaming in-studio perfomances. Click through for the schedule for today's acts. All times are approximate, and the schedule is subject to change.
Ella Fitzgerald's first appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1969, then held at the Montreux Casino, included this scat version of "One Note Samba". She's backed by the Tommy Flanagan Trio. The YouTube video mistakenly identifies this as "a packed New Orleans" performance, even though "Montreux" is clearly visible in the background, e.g.
The Kennedy Center has selected New Orleans for "Ensuring The Arts For Any Given Child", a program launched to help cities address the urgent need to restore arts education in the schools. New Orleans' Any Given Child project was initiated by a group of several local organizations, including the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Two Guardians of the Groove, Bonnie Raitt and Allen Toussaint, team up on "What Is Success" at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans in 2006. The song dates from around 1970, having appeared on Toussaint's eponymous second solo album, also issued as From a Whisper to a Scream.
Fall arrives tonight and with the end of summer I thought it be a great time to review the experience of Bonnaroo this summer. The Boudin Man and Old Man River attended 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival held on June 12 through 15.