WWOZ Live Event Broadcasts

WWOZ's live broadcasts take you to local festivals, clubs, churches and the very streets of New Orleans. We also broadcast live from music festivals and other special performances across the U.S. and around the world. Schedule is subject to change.

Jazz Fest 2016

Fri, Apr 22, 2016
through Sun, May 1, 2016

April 22-24 and
April 28-May 1

Our annual live broadcast from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 22-May 1, is shaping up. Among the acts we anticipate broadcasting live or recording for playback include, so far:

Friday, April 22, Shannon Powell; Aya Takazawa, Alvin Youngblood Hart; Aya Takazawa; Jason Marsalis; Matt Lemmler presents Music of Stevie Wonder with Brian Blade; Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

Saturday, April 23, Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs; Dr. Brice Miller & Mahagony Brass Band; Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with Henry Butler, Butch Thompson & Dr. Michael White; Pocket Aces Brass Band.

Sunday, April 24, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble; The Woodshed Trombones with Stephen Walker & Michael Watson; Herlin Riley Quintet; The Garifuna Collective Of Belize; New Breed Brass Band; Terrence Blanchard with the New Collective

Thursday, April 28, Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers; Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns; Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band; Tuba Skinny.

Friday, April 29, Derek Douget; Lillian Boutte & Gumbo; John Boutte; PresHall Brass; Joe Lovano US Five; Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses; Jesse McBride Big Band.

Saturday, April 30, Treme Brass Band; Gregory Porter; Arturo Sandoval.

Sunday, May 1, The Mashup with Ike Stubblefield, Terence Higgins, Grant Green, Jr.; Bobby Lounge

We'll be adding to the above list as we get more releases in from acts.


Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70119
Herlin Riley
Herlin Riley at WWOZ. Photo by Marc PoKempner.
Meschiya Lake, photo by Kichea S. Burt.
John Boutte, photo by Leon Morris


Fri, Apr 22, 2016
through Sat, Apr 30, 2016

April 22-24 and April 29-30
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day

WWOZ will live video stream the Sync Up Music Conference, April 22-24 and April 29-30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, from the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street. 

Sync Up is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s entertainment industry conference during Jazz Fest. The conference brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for educational and networking events to help independent artists navigate the ever-changing landscape of new media.

With panel discussions and interviews in the mornings before Jazz Fest, Sync Up explores various aspects of a career in music: recording, touring, distribution, crowdfunding and more – all from the perspective of an independent artist.

This year, Sync Up digs deep into jazz and hip-hop. Suppose you’re a young jazz musician – say, one who just graduated from a prestigious conservatory. Now what? Who’s got the inside scoop on building a sustainable career? Ditto for aspiring rappers. Where’s the secret sauce for career lift-off? Come to Sync Up to find out, or watch the video stream if you're not able to be there in person.

Highlights of the 2016 edition of Sync Up include:

• Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad, manager of platinum rap artist J. Cole, in our first-ever Sunday Sync Up session – interviewed by New Orleans rapper Dee-1.
Geri Allen, ground-breaking, genre-busting jazz pianist and educator, on how to establish a career in music.
Brian Camelio, founder and CEO of the oldest crowdfunding platform – and the one with the most Grammy wins and nominations: ArtistShare.
Ghazi Shami, founder and CEO of Empire Distribution, on selling records without a label deal (hint: he distributed Kendrick Lamar’s first release).
• Inside the rise of New Orleans-born rapper Pell, with his manager, Chris Cajoleas.
The Suffers: A close look at how a 10-piece soul band from Houston catapulted to national acclaim without a record deal.
• Successfully selling albums in this digital age, with Jana Herzen, founder and CEO of Motema Music, which gets more Grammy nominations than most other indie jazz labels - interviewed by Newport Jazz Festival producer Danny Melnick.
• The business of gospel music, featuring producers, agents and artists in a genre that’s often overlooked but full of opportunity.
Newport Revived: An interview with Jay Sweet, the talent booker who helped restore the Newport Folk Festival's reputation as an event that can launch an indie act's career.

Full schedule of events and keynote speakers


Jazz & Heritage Center
Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Cuttin' Class at WWOZ with KIPP 15 Middle School

Thu, May 12, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
 KIPP 15 Middle School performs in the WWOZ studio in the next installment of Cuttin Class on THURSDAY, MAY 12th. KIPP placed 2nd in this year's Class Got Brass competition.


Live from the WWOZ Studio
WWOZ 90.7 FM
1008 N. Peters
New Orleans, LA