Sometimes we wish we were so well-funded that WWOZ could be a television station. This coming November 28 is such a time — 16 tuba-istas will be out on the streets, second-lining their homage to New Orleans' own Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, who passed in 2004, way before his time. And 'OZ will be right there with them, broadcasting and blogging the event live. Tune it in. Log it on. Better yet, grab a tuba and play along from wherever in the world you are joining us, in what will certainly be a joyful noise.
And then, with the sounds of big brass still ringing in your ears, we hope that you will consider helping us reach for the brass ring on December 2, 3 and 4. The situation is pretty simple and direct: Despite the wonderful response during our Fall On-Air Membership Drive, we fell about $50,000 short of our goal! When we looked at the numbers, it seems the shortfall was in Brass Passes as compared to last year's Drive.
So, if you were ever thinking about getting a Brass Pass to the upcoming 40th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, please consider doing it during our 3-Day Brass Pass Blitz. Our goal is 135 Brass Passes. They make wonderful stocking stuffers or Kwanzaa gifts or Chanukah gelt or just plain party favors for yourself. Speaking of parties, this December 4 is 'OZ's 28th birthday, and we're anxious to get moving on the next 28 years. We just need to hear from you! Won't you join us?
Yours in parade zones and sousaphones,
"Jonathan Freilich's Freedom Double-O Naked Klezmer Jazz Latin Boogaloo: The Radio Documentary" is an hour-long radio documentary about guitarist, composer and band leader Jonathan Freilich. Produced by long-time WWOZ show host David Kunian, the documentary will premiere on WWOZ on Wednesday, November 19 at noon.
Be sure to tune in to WWOZ on Friday, November 28 for a live broadcast of "Tuba Tuba Tuba," a musical tribute to Tuba Fats featuring 16 of New Orleans' greatest tuba players. 'OZ will also be presenting lots more live in-studio performances, so keep checking our Live Broadcasts page regularly for updates.
WWOZ had an extraordinary month of broadcasting live music from New Orleans, and we had a lot of fun posting pictures of the performances on our site. Take a look back at some of our memorable live broadcasts in October.
Join the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation in celebrating the glories of gumbo at its first annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival on Saturday, December 13 at The Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street. Featured performers include The Tremé Brass Band, The Heritage School of Music Allstars and John Boutté in a special set with Paul Sanchez, Leroy Jones and Todd Duke. Plus, there will be plenty of gumbo, with cooking demonstrations by Leah Chase and Alfred Singleton.
Other festivals to check out this month include Carnaval Latino this weekend, the Po-Boy Preservation Festival next weekend, and the first annual New Orleans Songwriting Festival on December 5 and 6. These are just a few of the many exciting events that you can learn about on our Community Events calendar.
With crabs in season now, this month's recipe for Zydeco Sweet Potato Crab Chowder is a perfect way to add an exotic local dish to your Thanksgiving table. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. If you subscribe with the promotion code wwoz08, they will donate $5 to WWOZ.
Enter to win a brand-new Vespa autographed by dozens of New Orleans musicians, including Kermit Ruffins, Doctor John, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman and many more! Check out our slideshow of many of the great artists who signed the Vespa on its trip to Denver during the historic Democratic National Convention and in the WWOZ studios during our Fall Membership Drive.
Are you interested in an artist we played on the air? You can search playlists by song title, band name, CD title or label.
The 'OZ Swamp Shop is open and chock full of WWOZ gear.
There's live music in locations all around New Orleans. We've got a music calendar online.