Applications for the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage and French Quarter Festivals are open and deadlines are fast approaching for both. The application deadline for next year's Jazz Fest (held April 24-May 3, 2015) is October 1, 2014. The application deadline for French Quarter Fest (held April 9-15, 2015) is November 1, 2014.
We’re late to this party, but would feel remiss in not mentioning it—one of New Orleans’ most visible artists and biggest bounce ambassador, Big Freedia, was honored by City Council with her own “Big Freedia Day” last week, on August 21.
For your holiday weekend veiwing pleasure: a 20-song, 1-hour-and-38- minute Bob Marley show in HD. The show was recorded at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany on June 13, 1980, shortly after the release of the Uprising album and just a year before Marley's death in June 1981.
We were very sad to hear the news of the passing of New Orleans saxophonist Tim Green. He worked with countless musicians in the city over the years and appeared on WWOZ as recently as our Spring Pledge Drive last March, as part of the group Plunge. He also served as WWOZ's Station Manager in 1988. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends.
WWOZ was very sad to learn of the passing of New Orleans R&B and jazz trumpeter Warren "Porgy" Jones on August 21, at the age of 74. A visitation and musical tribute will be held Friday, August 29,from 4-7 pm at the Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, August 30, from 10:30-11:30 am, with services then beginning at 11:30. A traditional jazz funeral procession will follow.
The latest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV on August 26. Drummer Stanton Moore, of Galactic, Garage a Trois, the Midnite Disturbers, the Stanton Moore Trio, Dragon Smoke, MG5, and many others, sat down with WWOZ's Murf Reeves.
It's been over three decades since St. Martinsville native Nathan Williams embarked on a musical career with the Zydeco Cha Chas. It's been quite a ride, with performances at the Grand Ole Opry and Lincoln Center, a Big Easy award as Best Zydeco Band, and the Zydeco Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.