The great Jerry Wexler, best known as a producer with Atlantic Records, played a key role in the careers of Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan, as well as local luminaries like Professor Longhair, Guitar Slim and Champion Jack Dupree. In celebration of his birthday on January 10, we look back at his indelible mark on music.
Here are some of the best releases of 2008, handpicked by WWOZ show hosts. Many of the discs are by local New Orleans artists, while others are from national and international acts. See the latest additions to the list and submit your own favorite releases of 2008!
See what's going on in the studio during our 3-day Holiday Brass Pass Blitz. Highlights from Wednesday include a massive blues jam with Big Daddy O, Smoky Greenwell, Leroy Freeman, Roger Martin, Troy Turner, Keenan Knight, Irene Sage, West Bank Mike, Eloise Davis, Tony Frickey, El DeOrazio, Slewfoot and more!
Thanks to your support, our Holiday Membership Drive was a success! Check out photos of some of the great artists who performed live in the studio, including Doctor John, George French, Juanita Brooks, Amasa Miller, Charmaine Neville, Germaine Bazzle, James Rivers, Gerald French, Todd Duke, the Honey Island Swamp Band, The Palmetto Bug Stompers, Brice Miller and more.
Celebrate the rich musical and culinary history of the Faubourg Tremé at the first annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival on Saturday, December 13. Featured performers include The Tremé Brass Band, The Heritage School of Music All-Stars, and John Boutté in a special set with Paul Sanchez, Leroy Jones and Todd Duke.
WWOZ show host Tom Morgan is one of the many programmers on WWOZ who enjoy compiling shows about food during the holiday season. Be sure to tune in to the New Orleans Music Show on Tuesday, November 25 for Tom's annual holiday food special.