The next episode of WWOZ's Cuttin' Class happens on Thursday, January 14 at noon with the mighty Chalmette High School brass band.
Cuttin' Class showcases NOLa's newest crop of young musicians in a series of live in-studio performances by middle and high school age students from the Greater New Orleans area.
Calvin Johnson will host a Christmas concert titled “Calvin Johnson with Strings Winter Wonder Jam: A Benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity” at Trinity Episcopal Church (1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans) on Sunday, December 20 at 5:30p (doors at 5). The concert is free and open to the public. Representatives from New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) will request donations during the program.
WWOZ will broadcast the concert live on 90.7 FM in New Orleans and online at wwoz.org/listen/player.
The concert features Calvin Johnson (bandleader, arranger, and saxophone) with a 10-member ensemble, performing classic Christmas tunes from the pen of New Orleans’ Native Son. The band includes Kyle Roussel, Kerry Lewis, and Raymond Weber Jr, among others. Special guests include Glen David Andrews and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The audience can expect a 75-minute musical program.
"New Orleans, and Habitat for Humanity, have given me so much," Calvin says. "Habitat helped me come home to New Orleans by making homeownership possible. This is my thank you gift to the city, and to everyone at NOAHH."
At high noon on Thursday, December 17, students from KIPP Central City under the direction of Joshua Speight will play live in the WWOZ studio, the latest edition of our Cuttin' Class series.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his quintet in concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday, Dec. 12. There will be two performances, at 8p and 10p. WWOZ will be broadcasting the 8p show and livestreaming video on our website.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has had a whirlwind career that has brought him to the forefronts of jazz, hip-hop and pop. He is a leader rooted in the traditions of his hometown, New Orleans, who also pushes boundaries in his music and the music business.
Scott, now 32, graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and then the Berklee College of Music (on full scholarship). His uncle is the saxophinist Donald Harrison, Jr., and his grandfather was the late Donald Harrison, Sr., the legendary Mardi Gras Indian chief who ushered young Christian into the tradition when he was six years old.
Building on that foundation, Scott has eagerly looked forward with hsi music, with stellar results. Following his 2006 debut album, "Rewind That," Billboard called the record "“arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade.” NPR said Scott "ushers in new era of jazz," and JazzTimes magazine called him "the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion."
He has worked with a wide range of collaborators, including McCoy Tyner, Prince, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Thom Yorke and Solange Knowles. He has also been active as a composer for film, including several movies by his identical twin brother, Kiel Adrian Scott.
Christian is half the inspiration for the Delmond Lambreaux character on the HBO TV series, "Tremé." Lambreaux is a hybrid of both Christian and his uncle Donald.
Always one to resist strict genre labels, Scott has said: "Using the term jazz to describe my work is fine by me. However, just because it can be said that my work is inherently jazz does not mean that it is exclusively jazz."
Scott embraces a term that is frequently applied to his sound: "stretch."
"I have heard some describe our approach as 'stretch,' or calling what we play, 'stretch music.' It’s true that we are attempting to stretch—not replace—Jazz's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many musical forms/languages/cultures as we can. My core belief is that no form of expression is more valid than any other. This belief has compelled me to attempt to create a sound that is genre blind in its acculturation of other musical forms, languages, textures, conventions and processes. This is done as a means of extending the dialogue of the human condition across the lines of cultural and genre based barriers."
Taking that concept further, Scott has named his latest recording "Stretch Music." He is releasing it via his own independent label, also called Stretch Music, in partnership with Ropeadope Records. And the release will be accompanied by the interactive Stretch Music app, which Scott calls "the first interactive offering for this generation of young improvisors."
The Tribute to Allen Toussaint to be held at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, will be broadcast live on WWOZ radio, 90.7 FM, on Friday, November 20 starting at approximately 11 a.m. For fans unable to listen via the radio, the tribute will be available on the internet at WWOZ.ORG.
“We are all still shocked by the loss of a great man, musician and New Orleanian. WWOZ is honored that the Toussaint family is giving us the opportunity to share the tribute to Allen with those who loved him, yet were unable to attend today’s ceremony,” said Dwayne Breashears, Program Director of WWOZ.
Allen Toussaint Tribute
Friday, November 20
Visitation 8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Tribute 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Toussaint Family asks that donations be sent to New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness (NOAAHH) at noaahh.org.