At 11:30am on Thursday, November 12, students from Trombone Shorty Academy will play live in a special Membership Drive edition of WWOZ's Cuttin' Class.
The Trombone Shorty Academy is a partnership program between the Trombone Shorty Foundation and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. The Trombone Shorty Academy combines education in the region’s rich musical history with immersion in a performance ensemble under the guidance of musicians Erion Williams and Edward Lee, both of New Orleans’ own The Soul Rebels. The Academy provides aspiring underserved high school musicians mentorship and experience in music performance, reading and writing while teaching New Orleans musical traditions like brass-band, traditional Jazz, Blues and gospel, Mardi Gras Indian funk, Hip-Hop, and Shorty’s own hybrid sound of “SupaFunkRock.”
Check this WWOZ exclusive in which Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews takes you behind-the-scenes at an Orleans Avenue rehearsal at the Saenger, plus a look at Andrews' musical upbringing in the Treme and the work he's doing today to keep the flame alive with his Foundation.
On Wednesday, October 28, we'll be broadcasting a performance from the TBC Brass Band, live from the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans' (YLC) "One Book One New Orleans" finale party.
The YLC is a nonprofit organization for young professionals; their motto is "Fostering Leadership through Service." The YLC believes that future leaders of our community must first learn in order to serve it. One of the YLC's projects is a community literacy project, "One Book One New Orleans" (OBONO). Each year, OBONO chooses one book and encourages everyone in New Orleans to read the same book at the same time. We also work to make that book accessible to those in New Orleans who would typically be excluded from a community of readers. Learn more about the project here: https://www.facebook.com/onebookoneneworleans.
This year, OBONO chose New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America's Coolest Hot Spot by Brian Boyles. The book, which chronicles the 100 days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013, reveals a little-known side of New Orleans and raises questions about how we as a city want the world to perceive us as the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. New Orleans Boom and Blackout also encourages New Orleanians to think critically about what has changed and what has remained the same in this city that we are all proud to call home. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to the TBC Brass Band. You can learn more about them in this 2013 article from OffBeat: http://www.offbeat.com/articles/still-to-be-continued-tbc-brass-band-talks-bourbon-street-exile/
On October 22, we'll be doing a live broadcast from The Jazz Foundation of America's annual gala, "A Great Night in Harlem," at the Apollo Theater.
This year's event will include...
A lifetime Achievement Award for Sonny Rollins.
Featuring Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Jimmy Heath, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Randy Brecker, Clifton Anderson, George Cables, Alex Blake, Kenny Garrett, Ravi Coltrane, Al Foster, James Carter, Wallace Roney, Cecil Bridgewater Big Band
The first annual Clark & Gwen Terry Award for Merry Clayton
Featuring Sara Dash & Nona Hendryx from LABELLE, Darlene Love & Lisa Fischer (your favorite stars from 20 Feet From Stardom), Bernard Fowler, and more...
A Musical Tribute to Civil Rights Hero Julian Bond Featuring Danny Glover, Keb' Mo' and Randy Weston And many surprises to come!
Musical Director: Steve Jordan
On October 17 and 18, we'll be doing a live audio and video broadcast from the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. This is the 10th annual incarnation of the Blues & BBQ Festival, coming to you live from Lafayette Square in New Orleans Central Business District.
The Blues & BBQ Fest is well-regarded internationally and locally. The event features a great lineup, delicious Louisiana barbecue, an arts market, and live painting. "I've been to many blues festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and I can honestly say that the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a charming piece of musical heaven. If you are planning a trip to New Orleans and want to experience the city and its wonderful music without enormous crowds, put this October, free festival on your musical bucket list." - Art Tipaldi, Editor, Blues Revue Magazine
Full festival lineup is below. Live broadcast schedule TBA. You can hear our audio broadcast by listening in at 90.7 FM in New Orleans or at our online stream. The video broadcast is available online only.
Friday, Oct. 16
5:30p - 6:45p Walter Wolfman Washington (No broadcast or video stream)
7p to 8:30p Marcia Ball (No broadcast or video stream)
Saturday, Oct. 17
St. Charles Ave. Stage:
12p - 1p Mike "Soul Man" Baptiste
2:15p - 3:15p Little Freddie King
4:30p - 5:45p Kenny Neal
7p - 8:30p "Ride Your Pony Down to New Orleans - Home of the Blues" starring The Funky Meters (Art Neville, George Porter, Brian Stoltz and Terrence Houston) plus special guests Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas
Camp Street Stage:
11a - 12p Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s
1p - 2:15p Mason Ruffner
3:15p - 4:30p Lurrie Bell
5:45p - 7p Swamp Dogg
Sunday, Oct. 18
St. Charles Ave. Stage:
12p - 1p Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (No broadcast or video stream)
2:15p - 3:15p Jarekus Singleton
4:30p - 5:45p Excello Records Reunion f/Lazy Lester, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou and Li’l Buck Sinegal
7p - 8:30p Ruthie Foster
Camp Street Stage:
11a - 12p Brint Anderson Band
1p - 2:15p Mr. Sipp, "The Mississippi Blues Child" (No broadcast or video stream)
3:15p - 4:30p Son Little (No broadcast or video stream)
5:45 - 7p Denise LaSalle
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.