New Orleans jazz singer Sharon Martin performs "Take the A Train," one of Duke Ellington's signature numbers and composed by Billy Strayhorn. Sharon's version was recorded live by WWOZ last February, at the historic Basin St. Station in New Orleans.
WWOZ and Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart present the latest installation of The Music Never Stopped Pre-Party & After Party series “Busted on Bourbon Street, A Journey to New Orleans” at The Metro in Chicago. The show happens July 2 and features Ivan Neville, Papa Mali, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Tony Hall, Willie Green and Marc “Buddha” Balsam.
June 26 is the deadline to apply for funding from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Community Partnership Grants program. The program features a new emphasis on funding music and art programs at Louisiana K-12 schools. Click through for details.
"Queen of the Blues" and Blues Hall of Famer Koko Taylor (d. 2009) does Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle" in a 1967 studio performance. In 1966, Taylor's version reached #13 on the Billboard R&B chart and #58 on the pop chart.
For your hot summer holiday viewing pleasure, here's a 33-minute set of cool jazz from Dave Brubeck, recorded live in Germany in 1966. The tracks include "Take The ‘A’ Train," "Forty Days," "I’m In A Dancing Mood," "Koto Song," and "Take Five."
More than 80,000 historical films from the British Pathé Archive are now available for free viewing on YouTube. The archive is the largest on YouTube and contains mostly news reels and movies spanning 1896 to 1976. While the collection is particularly rich in its materials from both World Wars, there are also many more lighthearted features, including footage from our own fine city.
New Orleans will celebrate the life of Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. A viewing will take place on Friday, May 22 at the Carver Theater at 3:30p with a musical tribute at 7p. On Saturday, May 23 visitation is at 9a, followed by services at 11a, also at the Carver Theater. A second line will follow. Burial is private. WWOZ send condolences to the family and friends.
French Quarter history buffs can dig this-- the Historic New Orleans Collection's Vieux Carré Survey is available online. The database includes extensive records of nearly every property within the Quarter, including historical, architectural, legal, and sociological information.