We're saddened by the news that New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos passed away. He had just celebrated his 103rd birthday at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Thursday (July 17th). He had been the oldest working musician in New Orleans, first having picked up a trumpet in the 1920s. Lionel Ferbos was also a friend of WWOZ, as recently as March 2013 appearing to perform live during our Pledge Drive.
It's a great day for historians and fans of Louisiana's rich musical heritage: the John and Alan Lomax recordings from their summer 1934 trip through the southern portion of the state are now available online, complete with photographs and extensive notes. The recordings include songs sung in both English and French.
Here's three songs by Kermit Ruffins, Guardian of the Groove, recorded during last Jazz Fest while parked just outside his Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge in the Jam in the Van vehicle: "Treme", "Marie", and "Ooh Child". Plus as lagniappe, a short interview during which Kermit professes: "I'm a master chef, and I play music on the side."
Last Piano Night (April 28), the Jam in the Van vehicle parked outside the House of Blues and recorded a few acts before they played inside. Here's Jon Cleary doing "When You Get Back" and "Burgundy Street Boogie".
Check out this moody "behind the scenes music video" from New Orleans singer-song writer Krisin Diable. "I Know a Man" from the album Kristin Diable & The City was filmed inside the historic Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square.
Satchmo SummerFest happens July 31 - August 3 and brings three days of great music, including the Original Pinettes Brass Band (left), to the Old US Mint. During the days leading up to the fest, WWOZ will have a special set of preview interviews and in-studio performances; check back for details.
Each year at the summer soltice, the Make Music New York Festival happens, with some 1300 performances over all five boroughs. This year for one of those performances, NPR Music commissioned a new piece by Sunny Jain of Red Baraat called "100+ BPM".