The sassy vocalist and talented actress Juanita Brooks passed away Thursday, September 10, at the age of 55. She was a dear friend to WWOZ and delighted moved audiences with her singing and acting, performing alongside greats like Eddie Bo, Bob French, and Germaine Bazzle, as well as in several popular theater productions.
This week on "Yeah, You Right!" we check in with Big Sam Williams, a native New Orleanian and veteran of the Soul Rebels and the Dirty Dozen. When he’s not touring the globe with Big Sam’s Funky Nation, he's at all the major festivals and clubs in the Crescent City, wailing on his trombone and second-lining to crowds’ delight.
A guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a mandolin player all walk into a bar in San Francisco – what do you get? The answer is the distinctly New Orleans blending of funk, roots music and country that is the Honey Island Swamp Band.
WWOZ will be broadcasting live from the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival this weekend, when the N.O. Jazz and Heritage Foundation presents its third annual celebration of the blues. Legendary bluesman Honeyboy Edwards is one of the many top performers from southern Louisiana and Mississippi who will appear.
This month's recipe comes from Chef Jeremy Langlois of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, LA. It's a combination of two of our favorite brunch cocktail and homemade Southern biscuits, perfect for a quick Sunday late-morning treat!
Last week I had a "killing two birds with one stone" trip. I got a chance to visit with one of my oldest friends, Leon Anderson and his family, in Detroit, Michigan. And I also got the advantage of attending all four days of the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Another not-so-special show by Jamie using topical sound clips and music about "lying" to prove ...
Well wait, this requires some background before the blockbuster news story of the year:
During the last week's joint session of Congress, Congressman Joe Wilson heckled President Obama by shouting, "You Lie" during Obama's speech. It sounded dead-on familiar to me - but from 20 years ago!