WWOZ honors the fallen heroes of New Orleans music who passed away in 2010, including Herman Leonard, Brandon Franklin, Albert "June" Gardner, Walter Payton, and many more that are sorely missed. During their lives, they made New Orleans and jazz music better for their dedicated work and love. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
The Louisiana Crawfish Festival is the biggest outdoor event in St. Bernard Parish, celebrating the state's signature crustacean. The event runs from Thursday, March 25, through Sunday, March 28, in the parking lot of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043.
While it may be a pointless notion to try and debate I definitely heard that question asked during her performance last night with Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen upstairs at the Blue Nile. The impromptu trio performed a show that proved to be everything I could hope for from a “free jazz” show: daring, visceral, transcendent…an incredible display of creativity and musicianship.
This week, we feature a dip and stroll into New Orleans rock and roll with the Creole String Beans, a musical act that keeps it real with everything from King Floyd to Chuck Berry tunes. Along the way, we pay a visit to the Historic New Orleans Collection to check out the photography of the late Michael P. Smith.
Mattanja Joy Bradley, the lead singer, and "Jimmy the Lounge", the lead guitarist, of Bradley's Circus will join us at the crossroad on Wed to show how they are doing the blues in Holland. Their website is bradleyscircus.com. Listen for them in the 3 o'clock hour on Wednesday.
On March 23, Marva Wright, the Blues Queen of New Orleans, suffered a stroke and passed away. Our sincerest condolences go out to her loved ones. She will be deeply missed by blues lovers all around the world, and by her friends and supporters here at 'OZ. There will be a wake and musical tribute at Gallier Hall on March 30 and a church service the following morning.
We'll be spending much of the show playing music from New Orleans and Louisiana artists in 1951. Also Matt Perrine is going to stop by around 11:30 to share two songs from his upcoming Threadhead Records release, Bayou Road Suite,, due out on April 8th. Saxophonist Jimmy Carpenter will be in at noon to talk about some exciting upcoming gigs.
We are sad to report that drummer Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson passed away on Sunday, March 21.
A native of both the Uptown and Treme neighborhoods of New Orleans, Bunchy Johnson had plenty of childhood experience second-lining with Mardi Gras Indians and brass bands. While still in his teens, Bunchy toured with King Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, and Candi Staton.
As SXSW has grown it has spread out virtually all over town, making for some long walks (unless you catch the bike cabs) from venue to venue. The day played out much like yesterday, bouncing around to some of the day parties, the highlight being filter magazine’s party.