A double salute to all the bands marching in parades this week. First, this week, WWOZ's "Action" Jackson interviews Lawrence Rawlins, Band Director at The Roots of Music. And, we're very happy to share a schedule of which Mardi Gras parades local marching bands appear in.
More than just parades happen Uptown on Sunday.
At 9am, Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band will perform during the 20th Annual Jazz Service at the St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church. At 11am, Luke Winslow King will perform during a jazz worship service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church in the Lower Garden District. Both events are free and open to the public.
The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV last night (February 27). Cherice Harrison-Nelson, known to many in the Crescent City as Queen Reesie, sat down with WWOZ show host Maryse DéJean.
Yeah, talk to me about perfect timing! The Muses parade rolls tomorrow, and just published yesterday: the music video for Lena Prima "Muses Shoeses" from her CD entitled Starting Something, on writer/photographer/film maker Kristin Fouquet's YouTube Channel.
It's one week until Fat Tuesday; let's mark the occasion with this funky, jam-band-style rendition of "Brother John/Iko Iko" by the Neville Brothers. It was recorded at Jazz Open in Stuttgart, Germany in July 1995.
This week we present an hour of cross-cultural meet ups with an interview of Rising Appalachia live in studio, as the band performs everything from Southern spirituals to Bulgarian music and Ensemble Fatien. We also stop by an Arts Market and preview the upcoming New Orleans Sacred Music Festival, taking place on Saturday, March 15th, at the New Orleans Healing Center.
On Tuesday, February 25, Xavier University will host a program on black Mardi Gras traditions. It will feature presentations by representatives of several longtime Carnival groups and practices, including, among others Big Chief Darryl Montana and Clarence Becknell (Zulu Club historian).
"Listen to the tenor saxophone callin' me home": it might be the best 3 minutes of your day. Check out Tom Waits in this performance of "I Wish I Was In New Orleans". It's a song from his 1976 album Small Change, recorded in 1979, live at Le Palace Theatre in Paris; the grainy, black-and-white makes it feel much older than that.