Two New Orleans musical forces, Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth, join together as the Bootleg Duo for a special evening presented by WWOZ at the Ace Hotel New Orleans' Three Keys. Doors are at 8p and the duo will be preforming two sets of music with first set starting at 8:45p. The first set will be broadcast live and video streamed on our website.
Hailing from the world-renowned Boutté family, Tricia Boutté was destined to build a special career with her remarkable voice and unparalleled stage presence. At age 5, competing against adults in a local talent show, George Benson awarded her second prize after bringing down the house with Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly. Her mother, Lolet, remembers clearly “the day the Diva was born” as 5 year-old Tricia demanded a piano be rolled onto stage so she could perform like Roberta performed.
Age at 19, Tricia began a very significant working relationship with legendary producer Allen Toussaint. Toussaint used Tricia as a background singer on his own recordings. Quickly realizing her unique talents, he set out to produce a record which would feature her voice and her own compositions. Pledge To My People was her debut recording as she fronted powerhouse reggae band Cool Riddims & Sista Teedy. A critical local success, the recording led to other opportunities to work with an impressive array of artists, including Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, D’Angelo, and Galactic, among others.
Paul Longstreth's musical background began in church, where his father was a Methodist minister and orchestral director and his mother was an active participant in Church music, education, and ministry programs. While he received piano lessons from their choir director and was encouraged to sing in the choirs at church and at school, it was not until he got to New Orleans in 1989 that the idea of making music a career became a possibility.
After hearing Mr. Ellis Marsalis in concert at Tulane University he promptly dropped out. To his parents chagrin, he left a hefty scholarship from a reputable university to pursue a career in piano performance! Unsuccessfully, he auditioned twice for the Jazz Studies program at the University of New Orleans. But being stubborn, and persistent, and completely ignorant of how little he actually understood, he eventually gained admittance.
After four years studying with Mr. Marsalis, he graduated and began searching for work. Proving again that he is the luckiest kid on the planet, he was able to build a reputation as a solid sideman and accompanist in the mecca of traditional jazz, New Orleans. He is still amazed to list performances with Lenny Kravitz, Rufus Reid, Nicholas Payton, The Leroy Jones Quintet, Charles Neville, Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Irvin Mayfield, Charmaine Neville, The Harry Connick Orchestra, Sista Teedy’s Bootleg Operation, Jeremy Davenport, Lucien Barbarin, Crönk, UMAMI, The New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and A Kind of Lovechild.
April 22-24 and
April 28-May 1
Our annual live broadcast from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 22-May 1, is shaping up. Among the acts we anticipate broadcasting live or recording for playback include, so far:
Friday, April 22, Shannon Powell; Aya Takazawa, Alvin Youngblood Hart; Aya Takazawa; Jason Marsalis; Matt Lemmler presents Music of Stevie Wonder with Brian Blade; Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
Saturday, April 23, Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs; Dr. Brice Miller & Mahagony Brass Band; Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with Henry Butler, Butch Thompson & Dr. Michael White; Pocket Aces Brass Band.
Sunday, April 24, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble; The Woodshed Trombones with Stephen Walker & Michael Watson; Herlin Riley Quintet; The Garifuna Collective Of Belize; New Breed Brass Band; Terrence Blanchard with the New Collective
Thursday, April 28, Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns; Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band; Tuba Skinny.
Friday, April 29, Derek Douget; Lillian Boutte & Gumbo; John Boutte; PresHall Brass; Joe Lovano US Five; Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses; Jesse McBride Big Band.
Saturday, April 30, Treme Brass Band; Gregory Porter; Arturo Sandoval.
Sunday, May 1, The Mashup with Ike Stubblefield, Terence Higgins, Grant Green, Jr.; Bobby Lounge
We'll be adding to the above list as we get more releases in from acts.
April 22-24 and April 29-30
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day
WWOZ will live video stream the Sync Up Music Conference, April 22-24 and April 29-30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, from the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street.
Sync Up is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s entertainment industry conference during Jazz Fest. The conference brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for educational and networking events to help independent artists navigate the ever-changing landscape of new media.
With panel discussions and interviews in the mornings before Jazz Fest, Sync Up explores various aspects of a career in music: recording, touring, distribution, crowdfunding and more – all from the perspective of an independent artist.
This year, Sync Up digs deep into jazz and hip-hop. Suppose you’re a young jazz musician – say, one who just graduated from a prestigious conservatory. Now what? Who’s got the inside scoop on building a sustainable career? Ditto for aspiring rappers. Where’s the secret sauce for career lift-off? Come to Sync Up to find out, or watch the video stream if you're not able to be there in person.
Highlights of the 2016 edition of Sync Up include:
• Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad, manager of platinum rap artist J. Cole, in our first-ever Sunday Sync Up session – interviewed by New Orleans rapper Dee-1.
• Geri Allen, ground-breaking, genre-busting jazz pianist and educator, on how to establish a career in music.
• Brian Camelio, founder and CEO of the oldest crowdfunding platform – and the one with the most Grammy wins and nominations: ArtistShare.
• Ghazi Shami, founder and CEO of Empire Distribution, on selling records without a label deal (hint: he distributed Kendrick Lamar’s first release).
• Inside the rise of New Orleans-born rapper Pell, with his manager, Chris Cajoleas.
• The Suffers: A close look at how a 10-piece soul band from Houston catapulted to national acclaim without a record deal.
• Successfully selling albums in this digital age, with Jana Herzen, founder and CEO of Motema Music, which gets more Grammy nominations than most other indie jazz labels - interviewed by Newport Jazz Festival producer Danny Melnick.
• The business of gospel music, featuring producers, agents and artists in a genre that’s often overlooked but full of opportunity.
• Newport Revived: An interview with Jay Sweet, the talent booker who helped restore the Newport Folk Festival's reputation as an event that can launch an indie act's career.
The WWOZ video team will be live on location for the second year in a row at the Busker Festival in Abita Springs. Live video stream will be available to watch on our website throughout the entirety of the one-day festival at this link.
We'll be live broadcasting from the Esplanade in the Shade Stage outside the Old US Mint during French Quarter Fest, April 8-10. Props to our broadcast sponsor, Zatarain's. Hear it here: wwoz.org/listen/player/
Friday, April 8
2p Little Maker
3:45p Susan Cowsill
Saturday, April 9
11a Daria & the Hip Drops
12:30p The Revealers
2p Happy Talk Band
3:45p Naughty Professor
5:30p Tank & the Bangas
Sunday, April 10
11a Dave Jordan & the NIA
12:30p Creole String Beans
2p Alex McMurray
3:45p Egg Yolk Jubilee
5:30p Astral Project
See the complete French Quarter Festival Lineup here.