Welcome to the fourth episode of WWOZ's new nationally syndicated program, NEW ORLEANS CALLING! This week's episode, titled "In Search of Satchmo," focuses on the great Louis Armstrong. The presence and spirit of "Satchmo" can be found in books, in movies, and on recordings spanning many decades. But in New Orleans, he’s very much alive in another way: in the spirit of the musicians of the city.
Get going this Monday morning with an upbeat number from New Orleans' premier washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio, the Tin Men (Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine, and Washboard Chaz): "Sit Down on the Banks of the River", originally by blues legend the Reverend Gary Davis.
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's a three-song, 30-minute set by Eric Burdon & War live in Gladsaxe, Denmark, January 21, 1971. The tracks include "Spirit", "Love Is All Around", and a 15-minute version of the Junior Parker blues standard "Mystery Train".
Roots music icon Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005) dedicates this 1984 rendition of "Pressure Cooker" thusly: "This is for all guitar players, where ever you are. This is a very easy tune to play." It may be a simple tune, but I doubt it's easy to rip it up like he does in this performance.
Funeral services will be held August 1 and 2 for Lionel Ferbos, who passed away July 19 at 103. On August 1, a visitation will be held at the Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home. A second visitation and a funeral mass will be held August 2 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Please click through for details.
Check out jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers playing "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" live in 1992 from the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton, a town in Somerset, England. Ayers introduces the song as a special tribute to Miles Davis, who had recently passed away.
Lionel Ferbos was a living link to New Orleans history. Born in 1911, he lived through the last century of development and change that most of us read about in books. His memory was sharp and he could remember things like they happened yesterday. I loved talking to him about growing up in the city, being a fourth generation New Orleanian myself.
WWOZ will be live broadcasting Cuban pianist Omar Sosa's second set (10pm) from Snug Harbor on Saturday, July 26. Sosa's music has been described by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff as "the unifying sort, yoking together Africa and jazz and Latin America and hip-hop” .
Puentes New Orleans, LatiNola, and NORDC present Latino Heritage Festival, with local bands like Los Po-Boy-Citos, Salsa with Bianca, fun activities with the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Latin Food Demonstrations and more. NOON to 5p this Saturday, July 26, at Easton Park 3141 Toulouse St.
Just released: the first music video by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue for "To Make Amends" a song from their most recent album Last To Leave. It was filmed live, in a single, long tracking shot, at Side Show Props/Moviesets in Slidell, LA.