Songhoy Blues are a "desert blues" band from Timbuktu, Mali. The songs presented here are from a record call Music in Exile, which is literally true: the members of the band were driven from their homes by Islamists bent on a strict interpretation of sharia law, which included a ban on music. The band formed as their country descended into civil war.
WWOZ brings the sounds of New Orleans to the world through our live broadcasts. Our festival broadcasts are some of the most popular programming we have, and bringing you to the big festivals like Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest require a lot of moving parts, a focused team of players, and a bit of luck.
The Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island is one of the longest-running and most famous festivals in the country. Founded in 1959 by Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, and Albert Grossman, Newport has served as a launching pad for the careers of many greats, including Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
Some jazz for your weekend: an hour+ of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival regular Dr. Lonnie Smith playing live with his trio (including guitarist Jonathan Kreiberg and drummer Jamire Williams) at the Lamantin Jazz Festival in Szombathely, Hungary in June 2011.
Over two nights last month, trumpeter Mark Rapp and alto-saxophone great Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson presented Mark Rapp's Good Eats at two of New Orleans' premier jazz clubs: the Prime Example and Snug Harbor. Recognizing Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson as one of the pivotal composer/bandleaders of the modern era, trumpeter Mark Rapp’s Good Eatsreinvents a few of his best gems.
Satchmo Summer Fest, the annual summer festival honoring the late, great Louis Armstrong, is happening from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2. Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The community festival also features ‘Red Bean Alley' with food booths operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants, open throughout the festival weekend.
Like many musicians in New Orleans, the members of the Tin Men have a lot going on. Percussionist/vocalist Washboard Chaz is also part of the Washboard Chaz Trio, Palmetto Bug Stompers, and Washboard Rodeo. Chaz is also known for the annual Chaz Fest he puts on in the Bywater each year during Jazz Fest time.