WWOZ and Indywood are teaming up for a series of music-related documentaries. The program kicks off February 8 with Les Blank’s classic Always for Pleasure (1978) featuring the music, sites - and food - of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and other festivals. Allen Toussaint explains jazz funerals and there’s a crawfish boil recipe along with second lines and other local subcultures. Others seen and heard in the film are Professor Longhair, Kid Thomas Valentine, Danny Barker, Blue Lu Barker, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers and the Wild Tchoupitoulas.
WWOZ and Indywood are teaming up for a series of music-related documentaries. We continue on Sunday March 15 with Les Blank's Hot Pepper and two exciting musical short films. Hot Pepper is a thrilling musical portrait of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, who combines the rhythms of Cajun dance music and R&B. The film will be screened for the first time in HD, transferred from the original 16mm.
Krewe du Vieux is in the books, and Fat Tuesday is two weeks from tomorrow. So it's time to "Go To The Mardi Gras". This version is by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band recorded last February at a "Do512 Lounge" show in Austin.
With nine parades set to roll this weekend, Carnival is kicking off in earnest now but the long and visually enriched history of the season is accessible online all year long through Tulane's Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC).
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's 26 minutes of legendary song stylist Nancy Wilson: a complete 1962 episode of Jazz Scene USA. She's joined by Lou Levy on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, and Kenny Dennis on drums. Jazz Scene USA was hosted by Oscar Brown, Jr. and produced by Steve Allen.
KPLU in Seattle describes the Stanton Moore Trio (pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton join drummer Stanton Moore) as three guys who "are among the most sought-after musicians in a city brimming with great players." Sounds about right.