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.
As we ring in the new year, join us in reminiscing about the best musical moments of 2008. From live broadcasts and in-studio performances to shows and festivals, we can think of quite a few magical highlights from the past year in New Orleans' rich musical tapestry.
WWOZ volunteer Sally Young reports from Switzerland's JazzAscona Festival, where Herlin Riley and Shannon Powell received an award, and Charlie Miller (pictured) played with Danish group Skipper-Just-Frost. Also, show host Jamie Dell'Apa blogs about the World Cup from South Africa. Tune in to the 'OZ Blog!