At high noon on Thursday, October 15, students from Warren Easton will play live on WWOZ's Cuttin' Class.
The Warren Easton High School Brass Band is under the direction of Asia Muhaimin, who was a featured "Guardians of the Groove" on WWL-TV's series of the same name that ran last year. Here's the link: www.wwltv.com/story/news/2014/09/05/14708120/
Warren Easton was founded in 1843 as "Boys High School." It was the first public high school in the State of Louisiana and was formed to educate the working class population of the city of New Orleans. The school became known as Warren Easton in 1911 and opened to girls in 1952. Now located on Canal St. in Mid-City, the school boasts some notable alumni, including clarinetest Pete Fountain and rap pioneer Master P.
On October 3, we'll be doing a live broadcast from the Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference and Record Show. WWOZ and independent freeform radio station WFMU, out of Jersey City, New Jersey, will be simulcasting the event. The conference will feature musicians, historians and musicologists tackling all kinds of music history topics, plus DJs from WWOZ and WFMU spinning the deep cuts, rare tracks, and influential musicians that the Stomp is known for. We'll also be joined for interviews with the people involved with the Stomp and those appearing at the conference.
Additional details to follow.
On Friday, September 25, we’ll be coming to you live from The Landing Fest’s pre-party at Tipitina’s.
We'll be going live with an on-site host (George Ingmire) at 8pm., with music acts as follows:
On Thursday, September 24, we'll be doing a live broadcast of Jazz in the Park with Russell Batiste & Friends and Free Agents Brass Band.
Russell Batiste is a well-known percussionist in New Orleans who regularly performs with The Funky Meters, Charmaine Neville, and The Joe Krown Trio. Batiste has also shared the stage with Champion Jack Dupree, Harry Connick, Jr., and Maceo Parker, among many others. Raised in a musical family in New Orleans, Russell Batiste started playing drums at the age of four. He also learned to play keyboards, saxophone, guitar and bass, and started to play in the family band when he was seven.
When Hurricanes Katrina & Rita came ashore and displaced its musicians throughout the world, a group of natives became the “Free Agents Brass Band.” Many New Orleanians had relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where they would soon become desperate to hear jazz music accompanied by a traditional second line that was an ingredient of the culture they loved in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Founded by bass drummer Ellis Joseph, the Free Agents Brass Band professed to fill that yearning void. “I consider myself a free agent, so that’s where the name came from,” says Joseph. More than half a dozen other "free agent" musicians united to create the new brass band. They've been performing together since 2006.
The next episode of WWOZ's Cuttin' Class is slated for Thursday, September 17 at noon with the mighty Edna Karr High School Brass Band.
Edna Karr is located in the heart of Algiers and has serviced students in the New Orleans area since 1964, first as a junior high school through 1990; then as a junior-senior high magnet school; and now as an open-access high school with grades nine through twelve.