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In Memoriam: 5th Ward Weebie

Thu, 01/09/20
New Orleans rapper, producer, and actor Jerome Cosey, better known as 5th Ward Weebie, has died from complications after a heart attack at the age of 42. He was a prominent part of the first wave of bounce musicians in New Orleans in the 1990s and went on to have a fluorish... Read more

Video: David Torkanowsky and Evan Christopher at WWOZ

Thu, 01/09/20
David Torkanowsky and Evan Christopher joined us in the studio on Jazz From The French Market this afternoon! Check out their performance below. Read more

Video: Twelfth Night 2020

Wed, 01/08/20
WWOZ video was in the streets for Twelfth Night, the official start of the 2020 Carnival season, on Monday, January 6! Check out this video featuring festivities at the Bywater Bakery's king cake kickoff, the Big Chief Tootie Montana celebration at Congo Square, Joan of Arc... Read more

Video: honoring Big Chief Tootie Montana

Mon, 01/06/20
Earlier today, Black Masking Indians chanted in honor of Big Chief Tootie Montana, the "Chief of Chiefs," in front of his statue in Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park. His family invited the public to this celebration of his life and the opening of Carnival season. Read more

Interview: Slick Leo

Sat, 01/04/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson sits down with Slick Leo to discuss Super Sunday with the Bucket Men back in the day, skeleton men, the time when "everyday looked like a second line" in the 6th Ward, the importance of looking nice, Jerome "Big Duck" Sm... Read more

Rhythm Room 01/03/19 Favorite Tracks 2019

Sat, 01/04/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Chili Mac Preston Love 03:39 Preston Love's Omaha Bar-B-Q 2 It Was Written Down Toots & The Maytals 03:06 Slatyam Stoot 3 Rockgospeltime Reverend C. Coleman 03:36 Rock Gospel Time 4 Nobody Wins Maxin Weldon 02:34 Inside Out Of Country Soul 5 Baby Turn Your Head Jimmy Dotson ... Read more

In Memoriam: Jerry Jumonville

Tue, 12/31/19
Saxophonist Jerry Jumonville passed away December 7, 2019, at Passages Hospice in New Orleans. He was 78. He was born December 5, 1941 and grew up in Carrollton. In high school, he formed The Matadors. Jumonville moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles in the late 1960s on t... Read more

50 Years: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 12/31/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
As we close out our Jazz Fest at 50 photo series, we're cheating just a bit: here are eight final wrap-up photos, all taken at the 50th Jazz Fest in 2019, both inside and outside of the Fairgrounds gates. The "50" logo was everywhere this year on official Jazz Fest items, s... Read more

In Memoriam: Clancy "Blues Boy" Lewis

Mon, 12/30/19
Clancy "Blues Boy" Lewis died on December 1, 2019 at the age of 83. A New Orleans native, Lewis was active in the local blues community for decades. Lewis began playing blues after he constructed an amplifier from a radio as a teenager. He performed at every Jazz Fest from ... Read more

Jambalaya Cajun Band: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Mon, 12/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Jambalaya Cajun Band in front of the Fais Do Do Stage ca. 2000. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here,... Read more

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