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Jon Cleary on the history of New Orleans piano

Sun, 04/22/18
We are happy to welcome Jon Cleary back to the WWOZ Piano Night stage this year on Monday, April 30! Here's a fascinating preview as he breaks down the New Orleans piano sound, its many influences, and how it has a "a common denominator, a thread that runs through it. You c... Read more

Hezekiah Walker headlines the Johnny Jackson, Jr. Gospel Is Alive! concert on April 30, 2018

Sat, 04/21/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation presents the 29th annual Johnny Jackson, Jr., Gospel Is Alive! Celebration, a free community concert featuring gospel star Bishop Hesekiah Walker plus Tyrone Foster & The Arc Singers and the Council on Aging Community ... Read more

Video: French Quarter Fest 2018

Sat, 04/21/18
Over half a million people attended French Quarter Fest this year, even with the Saturday cancelation. WWOZ's video team hit nearly all of the 23 stages-- check it out below! Read more

5 things to know for 4/20 - 4/26

Fri, 04/20/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) Abita Springs Busker Fest is happening this Sunday, April 22. Performers at the trailhead this year include Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band, Deslondes, Dr. Bird and the Beak Division, and Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses. Keep up to date on any changes due to weather at their Fac... Read more

New video from Hot 8: 'Get Up'

Wed, 04/18/18
Check out the new video from Hot 8! They'll be on the Acura Stage at Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 28.  Read more

34 free concerts at Louisiana Music Factory during Jazz Fest

Tue, 04/17/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
Check out the 2018 "Factory Fest" schedule! What a lineup. All shows take place at Louisiana Music Factory (421 Frenchmen).  Thursday, April 26 12p Anrew Duhon 1p Cha Wa 2p Jason Marsalis 3p Gal Holiday 4p Billy Iuso 5p Chris Thomas King 6p Brass-A-Holics Monday, April 30 ... Read more

John Goodman on Brass Passes

Tue, 04/17/18

Video: KIPP Morial Wolfpack Brass Band on School Groove

Tue, 04/17/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
We were happy to welcome the students of the KIPP Morial Wolfpack Brass Band into our studio for the April edition of School Groove this afternoon! These are middle school students led by Mr. Kelvin Harrison Sr and Mr. Alan Dejan. Check out their performance below. Read more

Joe Krown at WWOZ for French Quarter Fest 2018

Mon, 04/16/18
Joe Krown joined host Leslie Cooper in the studio on Sunday as part of our French Quarter Fest broadcast! He also spoke about some special features coming up at the upcoming WWOZ Piano Night-- our 30th Annual! Check it out below. Read more

Photo highlights from Day 4 of French Quarter Fest 2018

Mon, 04/16/18
Day 3 was rained out but we were back in business for the final day of French Quarter Fest 2018! The sounds of New Orleans music traveled through the Quarter on this sunny, breezy, and cool day. Check out some photo highlights from photographers Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Michel... Read more

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