The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV last night (February 27). Cherice Harrison-Nelson, known to many in the Crescent City as Queen Reesie, sat down with WWOZ show host Maryse DéJean. Her father is Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr.; she talks about making those beautiful suits and masking on Mardi Gras Day.
About "Guardians of the Groove": WWOZ has partnered with WWL-TV to recognize the work of the city's Guardians of the Groove with a monthly television series of profiles and interviews. Whether they're musicians, business owners or community leaders, Guardians of the Groove play a significant role in preserving and enhancing the culture of New Orleans. They share a dedication to their craft and a belief in the importance of cultural expression. Profiled Guardians combine a respect for those who came before them with hard and essential work to pass the tradition and culture on to its future champions.
The first segment aired on September 18, 2013 and featured Benny Jones, Sr. of the Treme Brass Band, interviewed by WWOZ show host Bill DeTurk on location at the Candlelight Lounge.
The second segment aired on October 16, 2013 and featured Donald Harrison Jr, interviewed by WWOZ show host TR Johnson on location at the Prime Example on Broad Street.
The third segment aired on December 3, 2013. WWOZ's Action Jackson talked with Landry Walker High School Band Director Wilbert Rawlins Jr. about the challenges of music education in New Orleans.
The forth segment aired on January 16, 2014. WWOZ's Jellyroll Justice talked with master teacher and legendary jazz singer Germaine Bazzle about the origins of her singing style and the joy of teaching students.