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'High Society' Changes Jazz: Tricentennial Music Moment

Sat, 12/15/18
If you play clarinet, the one song you have to master is ‘High Society,’ because there’s a solo that proves you can call yourself a clarinet player in the New Orleans style. Read more

Rhythm Room 12/14/18

Sat, 12/15/18
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 more scorcher Coyabalites 4 "Unhinged" 03:22 2 I Shall Be Released Nina Simone 6 To Love Somebody 03:56 3 You've Got To Save Me Laura Lee 19 The Hot Wax-Invictus Anthology 03:17 4 More Than A Heart Can Stand Jimmy Ruffin 16 The Ultimate Motown Collection 03:29 5 Baby Please... Read more

5 things to know for 12/14 - 12/20

Thu, 12/13/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) Tune into our live video stream from the Ellis Marsalis concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday starting at 8p! Watch here or on our Facebook page.  2) Brother Martin High School Jazz Band will be joining us live in the studio on Thursday... Read more

2018 in 150 Photos

Tue, 12/11/18
What a year it's been! Check out WWOZ's 2018 in 150 photos below, or see them all at once at this link. You might be in there!  Big thanks to all the volunteer photographers whose work is represented in this amazing set. Read more

Interview: Big Chief Kito of Seminole Mardi Gras Indians

Sat, 12/08/18
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, hear Action Jackson's interview with Big Chief Kito of the Seminole Mardi Gras Indians. Find out why he steps out alone, what it's like coming out of a limousine on St. Joseph's Night, what it was like masking in the 1980s, and much mo... Read more

2019 Louisiana-based Grammy Award nominees

Sat, 12/08/18
The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards are out and many Louisiana artists are up to receive big honors. Nominees with Louisiana ties include Cha Wa, PJ Morton, Terence Blanchard, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. PJ Morton is up for best R&B album for Gumbo Unplugged (... Read more

Photo highlights from our 38th birthday celebration

Fri, 12/07/18
Tuesday, December 4 was a very special day at WWOZ-- our 38th birthday! We hope you enjoyed the day of wild programming. We welcomed more than 30 musicians into our studio (the small one!) to perform a song each for the audience. It was a great day full of songs, greetings,... Read more

5 things to know for 12/7 - 12/13

Fri, 12/07/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) LUNA Fête is back with a whole new show against the backdrop of Gallier Hall for a 4-night run ending Sunday, December 9. Watch the beauty unfold from Lafayette Square each night starting at 6p.  2) Davell Crawford will be performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage F... Read more

Buku Broux: Busker Blog

Sun, 12/02/18
Our video team was back in the streets (or, more accurately, the square, this time) to talk to the musicians who make their living outdoors in the French Quarter. This time, we talk with Buku Broux.  Read more

Video: Courtney Bryan at Jazz & Heritage Center

Sat, 12/01/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
On Saturday, Dec. 1, we live video streamed from pianist and composer Courtney Bryan's performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free concert series. The event was a collaboration with Improvisation: New Orleans’s Gift to the Modern World, A Tricentennial ... Read more

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