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.
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.
WWOZ will be video streaming (web only) from the annual Bill Russell Lecture at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
The Historic New Orleans Collection will present the 17th annual Bill Russell Lecture on Wednesday, April 6, at the institution’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. This year’s program, “100 years of New Orleans String Bands (1849–1949),” will feature commentary from jazz guitarist, banjoist, and music historian Seva Venet and performances from the Storyville Stringband of New Orleans.
Providing insights into the string band music tradition in New Orleans, Venet’s talk will explore the evolution of New Orleans string bands from Civil War–era Eurocentric dance bands through the development of ragtime, tango, and jazz. His discussion will draw upon first-hand testimonies of dancers and musicians, as well as related documents focusing on the instrumentation, repertoire, and style that characterized these groups. Performing with the Storyville Stringband of New Orleans will be Venet, guitar/banjo; John Parker, guitar; Sammy Rimington, mandolin; James Evans, clarinet; Matt Rhody, violin; and Kerry Lewis, bass.
Venet moved to New Orleans in 1999 from Los Angeles, where he studied guitar with Bill Harkleroad (Zoot Horn Rollo) and Ted Greene, to learn more about American roots music and jazz. He now performs locally with the Storyville Stringband, Dr. Michael White, Tremé Brass Band, Shannon Powell, Clive Wilson and many more.
The Bill Russell Lecture is an annual event at The Historic New Orleans Collection and focuses on New Orleans jazz. The Collection houses the William Russell Jazz Collection, which documents Russell’s lifetime of studying New Orleans jazz and related musical forms such as brass bands, ragtime, and gospel music. Born Russell William Wagner (1905–1992), William Russell was a jazz historian and collector who focused on traditional New Orleans-style jazz. He amassed an extensive collection of jazz memorabilia, including musical instruments, records, piano rolls, sheet music, photographs, books, and periodicals. His collection traces the development of jazz in New Orleans and follows the movement of musicians to New York, Chicago, California, and beyond. It encompasses notes from Russell’s research, audiotapes, programs, posters, correspondence, films, business cards, notes, clippings, and scrapbooks.
Watch the live video stream here on Wednesday, April 6 starting at 6:30p.
WWOZ will live broadcast a portion of this performance, from 9-10p. Hear it here: wwoz.org/listen/player/
For over 33 years, guitarist Camile Baudoin laid down the groove for the epic New Orleans rock band The Radiators, defining that lugubrious Crescent City sound known as “fishhead music” with his funk-driven rhythms, powerful slide work, and incendiary solos. After 4,000 performances, 17 CDs, and hundreds of major festival and television appearances, Camile and The Radiators have earned a top berth as American rock'n'roll icons. His success is marked by a slew of accolades, including a Big Easy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Papa Mali (born Malcolm Helm Welbourne in Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 6,1957) is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. Papa Mali has had a career full of wonderful collaborations but may be best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Dead’s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia).