Alvin Johnson, Sr., best known for his famous song, "Carnival Time," has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras icon for over 40 years. An R&B performer, Al is a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival veteran and has worked with the likes of Aaron Neville, Oliver Morgan, Bobby Lonero as well as (the late Tommy Ridgley, Jessie Hill, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo & Ernie K-Doe)
Al's newest song, the critically acclaimed "Lower Ninth Ward Blues", appeared in the Oscar-nominated film "Rachel Getting Married", and Al has been honored with induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Al will perform live in WWOZ's studio to support our Spring Membership Drive. With him will be LMHOF's Mike Shepherd who will speak about Al's induction into the Hall of Fame. Hosted by Murf Reeves.
A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu Gibson is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Rather than mimic singers of the past, she mixes fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards and jazz classics by Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Carmichael, Waller, Porter, et al.
With an extensive repertoire of songs, Banu's performances cover many high points of America's golden age of popular music. Not content to copy the past, Banu Gibson is creative within the boundaries of the genre, consistently inventing fresh and imaginative variations giving new life to timeless, unforgettable music.
Banu will be perfomring live in the WWOZ studios to support us during our spring membership drive. Please tune in and listen to this remarkable singer. Hosted by Dan Meyer.
Bill Summers will perform with his latest band, Jazalsa, live from the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street on Saturday, February 27, and 'OZ will be there! The broadcast is sponsored by LetsBeTotallyClear.org, so the show will be totally smoke-free, providing a healthy environment for the musicians, staff and audience.
In addition to being a founding member of Los Hombres Calientes with Irvin Mayfield and a member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, percussionist Bill Summers has worked with Quincy Jones on the musical score for Roots and the soundtrack to The Color Purple. Summers plays everything from traditional African instruments to soda bottles, bringing diverse people and ideas together.
We'll broadcast live starting at 10:30 p.m., so mark your calendars and tune in to WWOZ 90.7 FM or listen on the web at WWOZ.org.
WWOZ is teaming up with the Grammy Awards for a live broadcast of "A Night of Louisiana Music" from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on January 30 at 11pm CST.
The event celebrates America's Louisiana-based musical roots and features performances by Louisiana musicians who've been nominated for Grammy awards, including The Magnolia Sisters, Cedric Watson, Zachary Richard, and C.C. Adcock — all of whom we'll be broadcasting live on air and online!
11:15-11:40 p.m. The Magnolia Sisters
11:50 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Zachary Richard
12:25-12:55 a.m. C.C. Adcock
1:15-2:45 a.m. Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
(Times are Central and subject to change.)
This live broadcast is sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureaus of Louisiana, through the courtesy of Republic Beverage. The event will also be broadcast live on several affiliated public radio stations in California.For more info, visit the Grammy Museum Web site.
On Tuesday, January 26, WWOZ will broadcast a performance by trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard and the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Ensemble live from Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro in New Orleans.
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a nonprofit education organization, was founded in 1986 by the Monk family along with the late Maria Fisher, an opera singer and lifelong devotee of music. Its mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by America's jazz masters and to present public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world. All of these programs are offered free of charge to the students and schools.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning composer and world-renowned trumpet player Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation. Currently signed to Blue Note Records, Terence belongs to a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today, stretching back to 1939 and including formative albums by one of Blanchard's mentors, the legendary drummer and bandleader Art Blakey.
This excellent ensemble will be broadcast live from Snug Harbor. Mark your calendar and be sure to listen!