The Texas Americana artist Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, mixes country, blues and rock 'n' roll, not to mention a stage dive, in this Tiny Desk Concert from NPR Music offices. The set includes "To Cure What Ails," "The Perfect Parts," and "Only Son."
Congratulations to WWOZ's Soul Sister and Marc Stone, who've been nominated for Best of the Beat Awards. Voting for the Best of the Beat awards ends on January 5, and winners will be announced at the Best of the Beat at Generations Hall on January 21.
Traditional jazz is alive and well in today's New Orleans, and Charlie Halloran & the Quality 6 are some of the top purveyors. Released in November, their self-titled album is deeply steeped in tradition and that special New Orleans sound.
At high noon on Thursday, December 17, students from KIPP Central City will play live in WWOZ's studio. It's the latest edition of Cuttin' Class, our series of live in-studio performances by middle and high school age students from the Greater New Orleans area.
Is that Luke, Han Solo, a Stormtrooper, Chewie, and Yoda playing some sweaty hot New Orleans trad jazz? Or is it the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys performing music from "Star Wars" at Bamboula's and locales around New Orleans last month? Appearing: Haruka Kikuchi - trombone, Miles Lyons - sousaphone, Josh "Jams" Marotta - percussion, Connor Stewart - saxophone, and James Williams - trumpet.
Check out this 9-minute version "El Manicero" featuring Cuban pianist Ernan Lopez Nussa recorded at Preservation Hall during Midnight Preserves earlier this year. The PHJB will be reuniting with Ernan Nussa next week as they make their first trip to Cuba to play at the 37th Havana Jazz Festival.