We've said it before, but it bears repeating: WWOZ has the greatest group of volunteers in the world, and without them, this Whole Entire Thing would be impossible. So on Saturday, December 13, we celebrated them at Chickie Wah Wah, with music and food, staff and friends... They deserve every bit of appreciation for helping WWOZ Guard the Groove for another year.
Vince Taylor was Europe's version of Little Richard's showmanship and Elvis' dancing and sexual appeal but, well, Taylor mostly lacked musical talent. Vince Taylor sang off-key and couldn't get his timing synched up to his band. His audience considered these technicalities as completely irrelevant.
On Thanksgiving weekend several of New Orleans' finest musicians, including Tom McDermott, Aurora Nealand, and Gerald French traveled to Natal, Brazil, to take part in the 4th Annual MPB Jazz Festival, an event dedicated to fostering a musical and cultural exchange between two places that already share a great deal. As Gerald French, the ensemble's drummer says, "Brazil is like the biggest 7th ward in the world."
The late Pete Seeger, who passed last January, and the Rivertown Kids do "Forever Young," from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, a monumental 4-disc set of Dylan covers released in 2
One of the most popular features on the national NPR network over the last few years has been the Tiny Desk Concerts, a series created by "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen. Each concert consists of video and audio performed at Boilen's desk at NPR's Washington DC studios.