Grammy winner and 2015 WWOZ Piano Night artist the Robert Glasper Experiment have released two terrific albums fusing jazz, hip-hop, R&B, soul, and rock. The set list for this Tiny Desk Concert includes "Trust," "NPR Tiny Desk Jam," and "F.T.B. (Gonna Be Alright)." Marsha Ambrosius provides vocals.
WWOZ will be live broadcasting from the Esplanade in the Shade stage during French Quarter Festival, April 10-12. Such a lineup! It includes, among others, Eric Lindell, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Ingrid Lucia, The Tin Men, Los Otros, Robin Barnes, Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers, and Astral Project.
On March 7, the Newcomb College Institute’s Skau Art and Music fund sponsored Mahalia's New Orleans: A Concert and Conference in Honor of Mahalia Jackson. This 9-minute video summary of the event deftly interweaves discussion of Jackson's work with performance clips. Participants include Irma Thomas, Dr. Michael White, Cynthia Girtley, and Diane Peterson.
Sync Up - the entertainment industry conference during Jazz Fest - makes its eighth annual appearance at a new venue: The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Sync Up includes seven days of educational and networking sessions for independent artists and industry professionals in music, film and digital media, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Admission is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required.
Warren Zevon covers "A Certain Girl", originally an Ernie K-Doe track recorded by Allen Toussaint. It appeared on Zevon's 1980 album Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School; the version below was recorded live on October 1, 1982 at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ.
French Quarter Fest is rapidly approaching; this year's festival will be happening from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday April 12. WWOZ will be there broadcasting live for those of you who can't make it in person.
With less than three weeks to go, check out these lesser-known facts about one of New Orleans' biggest and fastest growing festivals:
Irvin Mayfield, Jr.'s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) has found its permanent home at the New Orleans Jazz Market at the corner of Oretha Castle Haley and MLK Blvd. in the old Gators department store building.
The 2015 Freret Street Festival is happening on Saturday, April 4 from 11am-5pm. Free to attend, the festival has three stages with local music, plus over 150 local vendors, a food court, and pet adoption stations. It runs the length of Freret Street between Soniat and Napoleon. This year's full music lineup is below.