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).
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his trio in a special concert on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. WWOZ will be broadcasting live from the 8p performance.
For Chestnut, there has always been a deep connection between jazz and God. He believes jazz to be a religious musical genre. "I believe the ability to play music is a gift from God and every time I play, I'm thankful. Every time I sit down to play, for me, is worship and expression," he told Down Beat magazine. To this day, Chestnut attends church every Sunday, and whenever he can he plays in the local church in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his family. He told CBS News, "If I'm not working, you'll find me in somebody's church."
Chestnut has earned a reputation for his skillful versatility, his ability for blending sounds and for unabashedly bringing gospel into the club performances he gives. And despite his sense of playful showmanship, he takes jazz very seriously and believes that jazz has great staying power. "Just as Bruce Springsteen has that ability to appeal to a mass audience, I have a vision that jazz can do the same. You can't underestimate the power of this music," Chestnut told the St. Petersburg Times.
“The pianist Cyrus Chestnut is one of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms. His brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era, sometime before the ascent of Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, to say nothing of Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. But unlike the typical nostalgist, who pines for the past partly because of a queasy discomfort with the present, Mr. Chestnut appears comfortable with his placement in time. What makes his music fly is a complete security in his style, and that sense of untroubled self-assurance.” — New York Times
On Thursday, March 31, it's the latest edition of Cuttin' Class. WWOZ will air a performance by students from the Einstein Charter Middle School under the direction of the legendary Herman Jones and his student teacher, Doyle Cooper.
On Wednesday, March 23, we're broadcasting live from Lafayette Square with performances from Anders Osborne and Colin Lake. This show is part of YLC's annual spring concert series, Wednesday at the Square. Each show is free to attend and runs from 5-8pm. Sales from food and drink go to benefit the Young Leadership Council, a civic organization created to develop leadership through community service projects.
Since his recording debut in 1989, Anders Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo’s Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders’ song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne’s compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO’s New Orleans-based drama, Treme. New Orleans' Gambit Weekly recently honored Anders Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.
The satisfying blues/roots/soul sound of Colin Lake shines through on his latest album, One Thing That's For Sure. Seven years ago while visiting New Orleans in the springtime, Seattle native Colin Lake met his future wife in the airport. Overwhelmed by the gravity that seemed to be drawing him to the city, Lake moved to town less than a year later and his passion and innate feel for roots music would find fertile ground from which to spring. While his powerful vocal style and soulful touch on the guitar and lap steel owe heavily to countless blues greats, it’s Lake’s knack for song craft that sets him apart.