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Tipitina's "Free Friday" series for Summer 2024

Wed, 06/12/24
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tipitina's is back with their Free Fridays summer concert series! Doors are open to everyone 21+ at this weekly Friday event, happening May 24 through August 30. Doors are 8pm; show at 9pm. Here's the schedule: May 24: Soul Brass Band w/Le Trainiump May 31: Flow Tribe w/M... Read more

Video: Cyril Neville's tribute to the Wild Tchoupitoulas

Wed, 06/12/24
Earlier this year, Cyril Neville produced a tribute concert to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indian tribe by his uncle Big Chief Jolly (George Landry) in 1974 — and the eponymous Wild Tchoupitoulas album recorded in 1976. Ou... Read more

In Memoriam: David Freedman

Tue, 06/11/24
David Freedman, who served as General Manager of New Orleans radio station WWOZ from 1992 to 2016, has passed away at the age of 80. David was instrumental in the station’s growth and evolution over the years. During his quarter-century with the station, WWOZ transformed fr... Read more

Murf's show recap 6.10.24

Mon, 06/10/24
Hello Guardians of the Groove,  I have been wanting to do this for awhile, recapping my show, so I do not forget any awesomeness that may have happened.  I started with a tribute to Dr. John.  The good doctor passed away June 6th 2019 and I missed last Thursday so I settle... Read more

An Oasis in the Bayous

Mon, 06/10/24
--Written by Melissa Milton Twice a week, on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, the leader of the Original Tuxedo Band, drummer Gerald French, cozies up to the microphone in the WWOZ studio and brings us, as he says, "more platter, less chatter." If you’re tuning in ... Read more

Thank you, Mary Cornelius

Fri, 06/07/24
WWOZ is deeply grateful for the generous bequest left by Guardian of the Groove Mary Cornelius, Ph.D., who passed away in December following a long illness. Mary spent her professional career finding ways to naturally control pests like termites without harming the planet.... Read more

Video: Bob Dylan Tribute on his 83rd birthday

Tue, 05/28/24
Authored by Carrie Booher
Happy birthday, Bob Dylan!!! On his 83rd birthday (Friday, May 24, 2024), WWOZ video streamed live from the Bob Dylan tribute show at the Broadside. Check out the full show in the player above!  Performers include Brian Stoltz, Papa Mali, Johnny Sansone, Alex McMurray, Bil... Read more

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Rolls Out Staggered Grant Program; Starts with Education Grants for Schools and Nonprofit Organizations

Thu, 05/23/24
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is excited to announce the opening of its Community Partnership Grant program. The Foundation begins its grant application season with a staggered opening date. Open today are the Education In-School and Education After-School cate... Read more

Home Is Where The Groove Is

Tue, 05/07/24
Today, on GiveNOLA Day, as WWOZ is packing up and preparing to move to our new home up to the fifth floor of the Jax Brewery buiding, we are reflecting on WWOZ's past, present, and what's to come. Like well seasoned cast iron skillet, WWOZ is what it is today thanks to hun... Read more

Colombia at Jazz Fest 2024

Fri, 05/03/24
Jazz Fest takes a deep dive into the Latin culture powerhouse by dedicating its 2024 Cultural Exchange to Colombia’s incredible musical and cultural diversity! This year’s Cultural Exchange is the Festival’s largest country celebration to date, with close to 200 Colombian a... Read more

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