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.
Contest: Jazz Fest, Then & Now
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The 40th annual Jazz & Heritage Festival has one of the best lineups we’ve seen in years. E-mail us a complete list of this year’s performers who also played at the very first Fest — along with your name, phone number, and address — and you’ll automatically be entered to win a set of headphones.
We’re now in the height of Louisiana’s crawfish season (mid-March to mid-May), so now’s the perfect time for a delectable dish like crawfish pasta. Can’t get crawfish? Substitute shrimp, oysters, or lump crabmeat.
We had a great time at French Quarter Fest sampling the Crescent City's rich tapestry of music on lots of different stages around the Quarter. We hope you enjoyed our live broadcasts during the Fest, and thanks to all who picked up their Jazz Fest Brass Passes or just stopped by to say hi at the 'OZ Tent. Check out our photo highlights from all three days of FQF!
Sometime after 11 PM on Tuesday, April 7, one of New Orleans hardest working and best songwriters will come on to promote his new record, "How To Be A Cannonball." He's famous for such songs as "It's Not the Years; It's the Miles," "When I Make My Money," "Fine Ass Chemise," and a whole series about a guy named Otis.
French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest may still be weeks away, but this is a big weekend for free music in New Orleans. Check out these local events with plenty of food, activities and entertainment to keep you and your whole family grooving right into next week without busting your budget.
Just a quick hello to the listeners who noted my missing today's show. As you all know we are all volunteers who do our shows for the love of the music. As such most of us have another life that includes a "real" job. I am fortunate to work for a company with a management team that understand the importance of community radio and especially WWOZ.
Get ready for the third night of Don Cherry! Jazz Lunatique 4/1/09 at midnight will feature an hour of Cherry's recordings with Ornette Coleman and others. It will be the third week in a row we'll blow your mind with Cherry's trumpet playing accompanied by his cohorts Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, and unsung New Orleans drummer Ed Blackwell, among many others.