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.
Celebrate multi-instrumentalist, educator, and bandleader Danny Barker's 100th birthday with concerts, educational performances, an award ceremony, and a walking tour. The free event runs from January 13-18 at the French Market, Snug Harbor, and Palm Court Jazz Café.
Tune into WWOZ 90.7fm or wwoz.org, this Wednesday, January 7th (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for a show dedicated to the streets and intersections of New Orleans.
Whether we're talking about 2nd and Dryades (where Mardi Gras indians practice at the site of the H&R bar) or Basin Street (formally a border of the Red Light District), New Orleans has always been defined in great part by locale.