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.
The deadline for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation's 2010-2011 Community Partnership Grants in the category of "Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts" is Monday, Sept. 20. These grants provide support to nonprofit organizations that hire local performing artists for cultural events.
Post Millennial Tension via Folk Forms. A hard row to hoe. Bittersweet guitar pleads for mercy. Brother Dege represents the the modern primitive backlash against the madness and angst of the 21st century.
In a country where the jails are full, and the soul is being drained by hyper commerciality and bombastic corporate greed.