About the show: Traveling the world for a decade, Grammy-winning producer/engineer Mark Johnson and the Playing For Change team brought together diverse musicians in a heroic effort to inspire peace through the universal language of music. Their ambitious journey took them from post-apartheid South Africa, through the ancient sites and conflict regions of the Middle East, to the remote beauty of the Himalayas and beyond.
Using innovative mobile technology, the PFC crew filmed and recorded more than 100 musicians, largely outdoors, in parks, plazas and promenades, in doorways, on cobblestone streets and amid hilly pueblos. Each captured performance created a kaleidoscopic new mix in which essentially the artists are all performing together, albeit hundreds or thousands of miles apart.
The group currently features:
Mohammed Alidu - djembe
Clarence Bekker - vocals
Peter Bunetta - drums
Grandpa Elliott - vocals/harmonica
Mermans Kenkosenki - vocals/congas
Ruth Lipuo Tsira - Vocals
Juan Portillo - electric bass
Louis Mhlanga - Electric guitar
Jason Tamba - Acoustic guitar
Francois Vigue - percussion
Born in the midst of a violent, decade-long civil war, the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars have found a place of refuge through music, a sense of purpose and a source of power. The band has seen the worst that this world can offer — yet through their unflinching spirit and joyful sound they celebrate the best in all of us.
On Wednesday, July 15, we'll be broadcasting the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars live from our WWOZ performance studio from noon to 1 p.m., during the New Orleans Music Show with George Ingmire.
The broadcast is part of our 'OZ Vibes series, generously sponsored by The Transportation Revolution — the Home of Ducati, Triumph & Vespa in New Orleans. Tune in and don't miss this spirited fusion of traditional West African music, roots reggae and rhythmic traditional folk, which was featured in the film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio!
The group will also play a live show at Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street on Saturday, July 18, at 10 p.m.
SATURDAY LIVE BROADCAST WAS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER IN TELLURIDE. WE WILL BE TRYING TO CONTINUE WITH THE SUNDAY LIVE BROADCAST.
Guitarist Bill Frisell will be the guest of honor at the 33rd annual Telluride Jazz Celebration in the gorgeous mountain setting of Colorado on June 5-7. Bands include Ozomatli, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jimmy Herring, Donald Harrison Quintet, Christian Scott Quartet, Rebirth Brass Band, Benevento/Russo Duo, Lizz Wright, and more! For the complete lineup, schedule, and ticket info, visit the Telluride Jazz Celebration web site or call (970) 728-7009.
Here's our broadcast schedule for the event. Keep checking back as we continue to receive updates from our broadcast krewe in Telluride. Please note that we have converted our schedule to Central time. (Listings on the Telluride Jazz web site are all Mountain time.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 5
|7:15 - 8:00 p.m.||On the One|
|8:30 - 10:00 p.m.||Ozomatli|
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
|1:00 - 1:55 p.m.||Telluride Student All Stars Jazz Ensemble|
|2:15 - 3:15 p.m.||Benevento/Russo Duo|
|3:40 - 4:40 p.m.||Christian Scott Quartet|
|5:05 - 6:05 p.m.||Rebirth Brass Band|
|6:30 - 7:40 p.m.||Bill Frisell Trio featuring Eryind Kang and Rudy Royston|
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
|1:00 - 1:40 p.m.||Young Razzcals Jazz Project|
|2:00 - 3:05 p.m.||Kenny Walker Sextet|
|3:35 - 4:45 p.m.||Donald Harrison Quintet|
|7:00 - 8:30 p.m.||Jimmy Herring|
The legendary tradition-bearing Preservation Hall Jazz Band is coming to WWOZ on Saturday, May 30, at 6 p.m. to chat and perform during Block Party with Brice Nice. They'll discuss their new album, New Orleans Preservation, Vol. 1, which was recorded in January 2009 at the hallowed Preservation Hall and features performances from Charlie Gabriel, Mark Braud, Walter Payton, and Clint Maedgen. And they'll be sharing their enduring brand of traditional New Orleans jazz live on the air and online, so tune in and don't miss out!
The 4th annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo will be held on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23 on the banks of the beautiful Bayou St. John in New Orleans. The free, family-friendly music and arts festival is put on by the MotherShip Foundation and features some of the best bands in New Orleans, including Little Freddie King, Soul Rebels, Charmaine Neville, Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias, and tons more!
Here's our live broadcast schedule for the Bayou Boogaloo, so tune in and don't miss out!
FRIDAY, MAY 22
|5:00 - 5:45 p.m.||Storyville Stompers|
|6:00 - 7:00 p.m.||Little Freddie King|
|7:30 - 9:00 p.m.||B3 Summit with Joe Krown, John "Papa" Gros, and Rich Vogel|
Visit the Bayou Boogaloo web site for the complete festival schedule and lineup.