If you're in town for Jazz Fest, come on out and share your favorite Jazz Fest magical moment with us on camera. It could wind up on wwoz.org as part of our Jazz Fest Magic Moments video series sponsored by Coventry Health Care! We'll be in a tent in front of 1600 N. Lopez Street, directly across from Liuzza's By the Track (a couple blocks from the Fairgrounds). Filming times are 2-8pm Saturday and Sunday of Weekend One and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Weekend Two. Hope to see you there!
This Saturday night after midnight (Sunday morning, April 26th) we'll be joined by the great harmonica player, Benny Maygarden. We'll also talk to Benny about his song; "Gutted" and his amazing story of his family and friends escape from New Orleans after Katrina.
This dramatic story as penned by Benny and his wife Mary Beth:
(Note, Benny and Mary Beth removed names in this version.)
After airing our recorded interview with Ray Brown Jr. about the two concerts scheduled for this weekend, we were informed that the concerts have been canceled. This is a disappointment for many music lovers and for Mr. Brown too. Ray, we look forward to a visit in the future.
Following is the press release concerning the cancellation:
Music isn't the only thing to be excited about at Jazz Fest... Some of the best food in N'awlins can be found at the Fairgrounds. WWOZ show host Tom Morgan asked some of the wonderful New Orleans musicians who perform at the Fest to tell us what they'll be chowing down on this year. Our mouths are watering in anticipation of mango freezes, soft-shell crab po-boys, and lots more!
A group of artists are transforming a vacant middle school on St. Claude into studio and performance space for artists. Ceramics classes, puppet making, screen printing, comic book arts, video production, radio, upholstry and dance are just some of the classes offered. There are also plans to transform the cafeteria into a community kitchen and teaching space for the culinary arts.
Marcus Roberts took time from his teaching young musicians at UNO and performing at The Sandbar (Wednesday, April 15th) and Snug Harbor (Thursday, April 16th), to stop by WWOZ and talk about his new CD "New Orleans Meets Harlam, Volume 1".
WWOZ is auctioning off extremely rare canvas Piano Night banners from 2007 and 2008 autographed by the performers from each year, including Eddie Bo, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Henry Gray, Marcia Ball, and dozens more! Bid on them right now in our Swamp Shop to grab your piece of piano history. There are only three left, and the auctions end Thursday, May 21 — don't miss out!
Vocalist, composer, and arranger Ray Brown, jr. joins Charlie B by telephone from Los Angeles to talk about the special benefit concert taking place at Generations Hall, Saturday, April 25th. The star studded event, "Friends and Family Celebrate Ella's Birthday," is sponsored by the City of New Orleans and WWOZ.
Casa Samba provides a home for Brazilian music and culture in New Orleans through classes and performances that capture the spirit of Carnival in Brazil. This week's Street Talk explores the connection between Brazilian Carnival and New Orleans' Mardi Gras, as well as their African musical and cultural roots.