Yes indeed, I am doing another birthday show. This for Snooks Eaglin born January 21st, 1936 - I will be playing music from as far back as the 1950s (solo, with Sugar Boy Crawford et al) up until his Black Top recordings. Somewhere along the way, I might even dig up a live in-studio performance by Snooks joined by the EOTU - Tain't it the Truth.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Danny Barker's birth, WWOZ broadcast performances by Detroit Brooks & the Syncopated Percolators featuring Juanita Brooks and Greg Stafford & the Jazz Hounds, recorded live in the French Market on Saturday. Check out photos from the Danny Barker Centennial Celebration, including a special appearance by Danny Barker's daughter, Sylvia.
Two big Washington, D.C. events were the musical motivation for this show:
(1) DC resident, Link Wray, was celebrated with Link Wray Day today, January 15th, and (2) Barack Obama's DC music listening days begin next Tuesday, January 20th.
This show will be quite a balancing act. For one, I will be dedicating the show to the memory of Cayne Miceli, who passed away last week at the age of 43. Cayne loved New Orleans music as well as the rich Mardi Gras Indian culture of New Orleans.
WWOZ Alumnist Michael Dominici will be back in New Orleans for Mardi Gras hosting 3 shows on WWOZ.
Join Mike as he sits in on the Kitchen Sink Shows for Double A and A.J. (who are sitting in for him) on Wednesday, February 18th and 25th. He sits in for David Kunian on Tuesday, February 24th (Mardi Gras Night).
Tomorrow Jan. 13th we'll be getting you ready for the big Danny Barker festivities this weekend with a special 100th birthday salute to Danny. Danny was born on Jan. 13th, so why should we wait for the weekend? We'll feature his work with Cab Calloway, Henry "Red" Allen, Blue Lu Barker and some rare Danny recordings from the early sixties as well as his later Orleans recordings.
The musicians we lost in 2008, including jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and session drummer Earl Palmer, are gone but not forgotten. Please join us in remembering them, and add your own tributes in the Comments section.