As we approach this season of celebration, let us pause in remembrance.
A couple weeks ago musicians including Dave Bartholomew, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Deacon John and Wendell Brunious delivered a heart-rending series of performances and eulogies to a small cadre of family and friends at an interment memorial for drummer Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, culminating in a second line led by the Treme Brass Band to St. Louis Cemetary No. 1.
The next Saturday, crowds filled the streets with photographs recalling the joyful memories of Herman Leonard, whose love affair with New Orleans was only surpassed by the reciprocal love that New Orleanians felt for him.
Now, we pay homage to Walter Payton, a musician and an educator. This past Saturday the folks whose lives were enriched by this endearing man came together in yet another second line celebrating his legacy. You definitely need to check out Eve Abrams' exceptional feature on Walter that is currently posted on our website.
The coda to this story begins with Glenn David Andrews at d.b.a. last Monday night, one of three second-generation trombonists on stage, including the very young son of Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson. Earlier that day, the unstoppable Derek Tabb played in a showcase of his Roots of Music afterschool band and study hall program where he featured the next 400 young-lions-to-be.
As some of New Orleans’ most important creators pass from the scene, the emergence of so much young life within the tradition gives a whole new meaning to “call and response.”
Yours in second lines and past and future good times,
To kick-off our 30th anniversary on the airwaves, WWOZ invites you to join in a Second Line and Birthday Bash on Saturday, December 4. Come second line with the ‘OZ family through the French Quarter, led by the Treme Brass Band, the Black Men of Labor, the Camel Toe Lady Steppers, the New Wave Brass Band, the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians and the TBC Brass Band.
In the evening ‘OZ will throw a Birthday Bash concert sponsored by Let's Be Totally Clear at Tipitina's Uptown, where the station got its start in 1980. ‘OZ's very own DJ Soul Sister will kick off the party, followed by live music from the WWOZ All Stars featuring Theresa Andersson, Kirk Joseph, John "Papa" Gros, Willie Green, Shamarr Allen and other special guests.
With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to start gift shopping for your favorite music lovers. WWOZ's show hosts have already begun compiling their lists of the best CDs of 2010, which you can find online at Louisiana Music Factory and Amazon.com.
'OZ gear from the Swamp Shop makes great stocking stuffers, too. From now until December 10th, we have a 10% off sale! Check out the Swamp Shop for details.
As a special thank you to our 'OZone subscribers, we're running a Black Friday sale. From Friday, November 26 through Saturday, November 27 you can take 25% off your 'OZ Gear order (this does not apply to items from CafePress)! Sshhh! This deep discount is only available to our most loyal fans. Just enter "FunkyFriday" in the discount code box.
Point your smartphone's web browser to WWOZ.org and check out the new mobile-friendly 'OZ web site, complete with easy access to streams and the Livewire music calendar. On your computer, head on over to wwoz.org/livewire to see our new online music calendar, which sports a new look and feel and lets you jump to specific dates.
The 'OZ Outreach Krewe will be out in the historic Tremé neighborhood for the Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest and Jazz & Heritage Foundation Holiday Bazaar on December 11th and 12th, just in time to spread some holiday cheer! So come out, have a cup of gumbo, listen to some great jazz, become a new or renewing member or enter our raffle for a chance to win a limited edition 'OZ Flag.
Brass Passes will also be available for purchase and we'll have broadcast schedules, bumper stickers, and volunteer applications on hand. Swamp Shop will be offering an array of holiday specials on some of your favorite 'OZ gear as well. See you there!
April 29 may seem a long way off, but don't let Jazz Fest 2011 creep up on you. If you're planning to get involved in the Fest this year, Jazz Fest is accepting volunteer photographer applications until November 30 and craft vendor applications until December 3.
We'll let you know as soon as the lineup is announced, but it's never to early to get your 2011 Brass Pass for the ultimate Jazz Fest experience. Consider giving a friend or loved one a Brass Pass to Jazz Fest this year, a gift sure to bring holiday cheer.
Chris Wells has been an 'OZ volunteer for 3 years and has become an institution at the station, getting local restaurants to donate food for drives and other events, writing and recording Community Notebook segments, and much more. Having a renaissance man like Chris is invaluable to a volunteer-powered radio station, so we salute him. Find out more about what makes him devote so much of his time and energy to New Orleans community radio.
Everyone looks great in WWOZ gear, and we want to show the world! E-mail us pictures of you or your loved ones with your favorite 'OZ items, whether it's a Listen Hoodie, a WWOZ cap, or 'OZ golf umbrella. We'll select a bunch of them to feature on wwoz.org, and one lucky participant will win a gift certificate to the Swamp Shop where you can pick up some more great 'OZ stuff.
A hearty fall recipe for Cajun-style beef pepper steak is just what the weatherman ordered! Courtesy of the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, this simple but effective way to grill up a pre- or post-game meal will fill the belly and invigorate the soul. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2010, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.
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