We're very sad to share the news of the passing of WWOZ jazz show host K Balewa. He was part of the WWOZ family for many years, and most recently served as the Wednesday morning host of the "Morning Set" contemporary jazz program.
Starting in October, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host a series of free jazz concerts at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street). Tickets are free, but advance registration is required for each concert.
Christian Scott released his latest album, Stretch Music, in September. Partially recorded at the Parlor Studio in the Irish Channel, Scott takes contemporary jazz to higher heights with this combination release. The album is both a listening and learning experience, available for purchase as a straightforward album or as an app in the iTunes store.
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is here again, happening October 7-11 at Girard Park in Lafayette. This year's festival is a little extra special, as it commemorates 250 years of Acadians surviving and thriving in southern Louisiana.
On October 17 and 18, we'll be doing a live audio and video broadcast from the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. This is the 10th annual incarnation of the Blues & BBQ Festival, coming to you live from Lafayette Square in New Orleans Central Business District. The event features a great lineup of contemporary Blues artists like Walter "Wolfman" Washington (left), delicious Louisiana barbecue, an arts market, and live painting.
On Saturday, October 3, we'll be doing a live broadcast from the Ponderosa Stomp Record Show. WWOZ and independent freeform radio station WFMU, out of Jersey City, New Jersey, will be simulcasting the event. The conference will feature musicians, historians and musicologists tackling all kinds of music history topics, plus DJs from WWOZ and WFMU spinning the deep cuts, rare tracks, and influential musicians that the Stomp is known for.