The show has been sold out for months, but we've gotchya covered! WWOZ is thrilled to announce that we will be trucking across the country to broadcast live from Opening Night of the SFJAZZ Center on January 23rd. The lineup for this show is long and awe-inspiring. So far these dazzling performers have signed on to our live broadcast:
More artists will be added to the roster, so be sure to check back between now and the concert!
This show is a celebration of the SFJAZZ Center grand opening, a $54 million, 35,000 square foot performance space in the Hayes Valley. It is the first of its kind: a concert hall designed spefically for jazz musicians and patrons. Read more about the SFJAZZ Center: Built for Jazz.
The concert begins at 8pm PST, so here in New Orleans the broadcast should take to the airwaves around 10pm CST. Be sure to check back as the date approaches for updates on broadcast start time and the jaw-dropping line-up of performers signing onto the roster. The broadcast will be hosted by WWOZ's Jazz from the Market host Sondra Bibb, and WBGO's Josh Jackson.
In collaboration with NPR and WBGO, we will also be hosting a live video stream of the concert! You'll be able to find the link to the performance on our homepage and on this event listing the day of the show.
We will be broadcasting live on Friday January 18th when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents another stellar event in its Jazz Journey Concert Series. On the heels of Chucho Valdes' phenomenal peformance at The Joy Theater in November, the next concert will take place at Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chappel at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free!
Below are exerpts from The Foundations full MLK Jr Weekend Celebration Concert Announcement.
A singer, songwriter and actor, Los Angeles-native Gregory Porter released his debut album, Water, in 2010 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "best jazz vocal album." He was also a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.
Barbara Morrison is known for her powerful voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, and her soulful and highly spirited interpretations jazz, gospel and pop songs, she is a familiar figure on the world jazz circuit. Barbara will be backed by a stellar group of New Orleans jazz players: Thaddeus Richard (piano), Detroit Brooks (guitar), Roland Guerin (bass), Herlin Riley (drums).
Trumpeter Warren "Porgy" Jones is one of the unsung heroes of New Orleans jazz. Active on the jazz scene in and out of the Crescent City since the 1960s, Porgy is known for emphasizing the links between jazz, R&B and funk. Vocalist Ed Perkins will be performing with the Porgy Jones Band.
The WWOZ live broadcast van will be rolling out to Dillard University on Friday January 18. Porgy Jones will be the first performer this evening and will be taking to the stage (and air waves) around 7:15 pm CST.
“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for people affected by this storm. New Orleans has been there, we remember the generosity of others, and we want to pay it forward to those who are recovering.” - Mitch Landrieu
Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced an all-star line-up of musicians for the NOLA Pay It Forward Concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy recovery and relief efforts. The event will take place at 7PM on November 20, 2012 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.
Performers on the bill include Irvin Mayfield, Ivan Neville, Amanda Shaw, Stephanie Jordan, James Andrews, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mia Borders, Khris Royal, Sasha Masakowski, the Stooges Brass Band, and the Wild Magnolias with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. More performers will be added to the bill in the days to come!
Money raised with the concert will go to the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF). It will be used to support non-profit organizations assisting in Hurricane relief and recovery efforts.
Mayor Landrieu announced the opening of the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund in May 2011 to assist the victims Mississippi River flooding and show that the people of New Orleans understand loss and the importance of helping others. The permanent fund will be maintained to assist communities in need.
Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents
Jazz Journey Concert: Chucho Valdés
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his band in a Jazz Journey Concert at the Joy Theater on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
Valdés, a multiple-Grammy winner, co-founded the legendary group Irakere (which also included Arturo Sandoval and Paquito d'Rivera).
Opening for Valdés will be Alexey Marti, a young Cuban percussionist studying at the University of New Orleans. He'll lead a Latin jazz ensemble and also do a special duet performance with the young Cuban jazz pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan.
**Due to technical difficulties, we won't be able to broadcast live tonight, but we'll be recording Chucho's performance and broadcasting it on WWOZ 90.7FM on Wednesday, November 21 at 4pm CST**
The 5th annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will be filling Louis Armstrong Park with soul food and smokin' music November 10-11. The 2012 edition features an all-Brass-Band music lineup that includes The Dirty Dozen, The Soul Rebels, The Hot 8 and The Stooges.
Admission is free (which is awesome!) thanks to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. 11am -7:15pm both days. If you can't make it to the park, tune in to WWOZ to hear some of the brass bands lighting up the airwaves!
On Sunday November 11th we'll be broadcasting:
2:30-3:45pm: Free Agents Brass Band
4:15-5:30: Pinettes Brass Band