Lets Be Totally Clear is sponsoring a live broadcast from the Old Point Bar in Algiers with legendary soul singer Betty Harris & Marc Stone's All-Star Soul Band featuring Leroy Jones, Rick Trolsen and Loren Pickford! This rare performance will be smoke-free, thanks to an agreement between the venue and the sponsor, giving the audience, musicians, and club staff a breath of fresh air while they listen to Betty's iconic soul voice and the band's irresistible grooves.
Betty rarely returns to New Orleans, where she cut many classic sides in the 1960s with Allen Toussaint and the Meters while touring extensively as a star alongside Otis Redding, James Brown and Sam Cooke. Don't miss the chance to hear one of the great voices of soul with a 10-piece band in an intimate club setting. Tickets available at www.marcstonemusic.com.
Tune in at 8:30 p.m. to catch this very special show on WWOZ 90.7 FM or online at WWOZ.org.
WWOZ and the Young Leadership Council presents a live broadcast from YLC Wednesday at the Square on April 14 from 5-7:30 p.m. We'll bring you the sounds of The Lost Bayou Ramblers followed by Jon Cleary's new acoustic trio Piano, Bass & Drums live from Lafayette Square in New Orleans. Tune in on-air or online!
Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary combines soulful vocals and masterful piano skills with his sharp sense of groove. A frequent solo performer, he also performs with The Absolute Monster Gentlemen and his new acoustic trio Piano, Bass & Drums, as well as Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield.
Cleary has released five recordings to date including his latest, a live recording from Sydney, Australia, called "Mo Hippa." Cleary has a long list of recording credits with artists such as Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, India Arie, and Ryan Adams.
With his new trio, Piano, Bass & Drums, Cleary uses an acoustic format as a vehicle for his varied compositions embodying the flavors of New Orleans Funk, Classic R&B, and tropical rhythms. The lineup features Cleary on piano, Doug Belote on drums, and Matt Perrine and James Singleton alternating gigs on upright bass.
For more info, visit www.joncleary.com.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers are: Andre Michot (lap Steel & accordian), Louis Michot (fiddle & vocals), Chris Courville (drums), Cavan Carruth (guitar & vocals), Alan LaFleur (upright bass).
Growing up in Pilette, Louisiana, Louis and Andre Michot were immersed in roots Cajun music from birth, primarily since their father and uncles were already touring the world playing traditional songs. In 1999, the brothers matched up with Chris DeShazo's bass-stomp drumming style, Alan LeFleur's thumping upright bass and Cavan Carruth's chunky rhythm guitar, and the band began to play their "deep swamp beat" around Acadiana and eventually all over the United States. Dozens of original songs complement their vast Cajun repertoire of hundreds of early accordion dancehall tunes, pre-century fiddle tunes, and Cajun swing.
For more info, visit www.lostbayouramblers.com.
French Quarter Festival Presented by Capital One (April 9-11, 2010) is your chance to sample the Crescent City's jazz, brass band, blues, funk, singer-songwriter, and Cajun/Zydeco scenes all in a single spring weekend and on stages all around the French Quarter — for free!
For more info and a completely customizable schedule, visit the French Quarter Festival web site
Pick up your WWOZ Brass Pass for Jazz Fest 2010 at the 'OZ Tent (right next to the Pavilion Stage) on any day of French Quarter Fest!
Can't make it to the Fest? WWOZ will broadcast the following acts live from various stages French Quarter Fest 2010. Please note that these times are subject to change without notice, so stay tuned to this page for additions and updates!
FRIDAY, APRIL 9
SATURDAY, APRIL 10
SUNDAY, APRIL 11
WWOZ will broadcast a performance by John Ellis and Double Wide live from Blue Nile on Saturday April 3.
The North Carolina native saxophonist’s first stint in New Orleans included gigs with Ellis Marsalis and Walter Payton — and that was before he moved to New York City and graduated from the New School’s jazz program. He spent 6 years as a member of guitarist Charlie Hunter’s group before forming his own band, Double Wide, around New Orleans sousaphonist Matt Perrine.
In the past year, Ellis has accompanied musicians ranging from Sting and Mos Def to Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa and John Patitucci. In 2009 he also debuted “The Ice Siren,” an hour-long through-composed narrative composition for string quartet, tuba, percussion, guitar, vibes, winds and singers.
Double Wide’s latest album, Puppet Mischief, features Ellis on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Jason Marsalis on drums, Matt Perrine on sousaphone and Brian Coogan on organ.