Tonight, in honor of the late great educator, jazzman, WWOZ DJ, and all around upright bad ass Don "Moose" Jamison, we'll put the epic late period John Coltrane composition "Ascension" on around 10 PM Tueday 4/6/10 on the Kitchen Sink. This is to commemorate Easter for those of us who celebrate such things.
Kicking off our French Quarter Fest Artist Spotlight series is Ensemble Fatien, led by multi-instrumentalist, dancer and choreographer Seguenon Kone. Find out more about this band that bridges West African and New Orleans traditions, and hear them during our live broadcast from French Quarter Fest on April 9.
Louis Prima fans, check this out.
WWOZ's own Dan Meyer (pictured), the host of Monday's Traditional Jazz show, will be part of the 14th Annual New Orleans International Music Colloquium being held in conjunction with the French Quarter Fest on Saturday.
This week we will be exploring 1953 on the Tuesday New Orleans Music Show. For the first time, I have no Louis Armstrong recordings to share but plenty from Louis Prima, Sam Butera, Smiley Lewis and the first recordings of Ernie KDoe. That's Tuesday April 6th from 11 am until 2 pm only on WWOZ. (wwoz.org)
Check out these highlights from 2009 French Quarter Fest at the Esplanade in the Shade stage, as we get ready for FQF 2010. Performers include the Honey Island Swamp Band and Soul Project. Today’s show is equal parts rarefied rhythm and blues, fortifying funk and groove
Be on the lookout for a new band called The Mohican Scouts. I got a chance to check out this young folk duo at the Circle Bar last Sunday and they really blew me away. Songwriter Parker Hobson plays nylon-string guitar with fiery precision and is not afraid to abuse his instrument when necessary. He also brings a unique and powerful vocal presence (unfortunately, because of the sub-par P.A.
Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis passed away on March 28 at the age of 88 after a long battle with Alzheimers. He worked with greats including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Jimmy Guiffre, Stan Getz, and Oscar Peterson.
Cowboy Mouth exploded on the stage full of energy as they always do. I have seen every incarnation of this band for the past two decades, and today was definitely crowd pleasing with lots of hoots and hollering and interesting dance moves from their loyal fans.