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Rising Star Drum & Fife at Koindu: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 12/08/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Rising Star Drum & Fife Corps at Koindu, mid-1980s. Photo by Laura Fanguy 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, and at ou... Read more

Highlights from WWOZ's 39th birthday

Sat, 12/07/19
WWOZ turned 39 on Wednesday, December 4 and we celebrated on the airwaves with some special programming! From 9a-7pm, current and former members of the WWOZ community shared their stories, experiences, and memories of the station since 1980. Hear it now on our 2-week archiv... Read more

More historic WWOZ programming Monday

Sat, 12/07/19
We hope you enjoyed the special programming on Wednesday for our 39th birthday! We welcomed a number of special guests back into the studio to share stories about WWOZ's past, shared very rare performances recorded or broadcast live by WWOZ, and much more. There were so man... Read more

Stage 4: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 12/07/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
The scene at Stage 4 ca. 1980. Photo by Laura Fanguy 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, and at our Jazz Fest 50 page,... Read more

Rhythm Room 12/06/19

Sat, 12/07/19
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Cosa Nostra The Pasito Allstars 03:49 Black Feeling: Volume Two 2 Stronger Mavis Staples 03:15 We Get By 3 I Shall Be Released The Mighty Diamonds 03:57 Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan 4 I'll Be Doggone SOLOMON BURKE 02:56 Proud Mary 5 Fancy Irma Thomas 04:45 Full Time Woman: Th... Read more

Jamie Lynn Vessels: Louisiana Artists Spotlight

Fri, 12/06/19
The Folk Alliance International Conference is coming to New Orleans this year and WWOZ is partnering with the good people at the conference to give a special shoutout to the Louisiana-based Official Showcase artists and the work they’re doing to strengthen the arts communit... Read more

WWOZ live from Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio, Dec. 10

Fri, 12/06/19
Authored by Neil Pellegrin
Between 1947 and 1956, the music that was laid down at Cosimo Matassa's modest J&M Recording Studio on the corner of N. Rampart and Dumaine became the music of the world. From Roy Brown's 1947 chart-topper 'Good Rockin' Tonight' to Fats Domino's 'Going to the River' and 'My... Read more

Samantha Fish partners with New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival for 2020

Fri, 12/06/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival has some big news this year-- it's now in partnership with one of the most prominent cigar box guitar players performing today-- Samantha Fish! The rebranded Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a cultural and musical celebrat... Read more

1980 Parade: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 12/06/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
A second line parade at the Fairgrounds ca. 1980. Photo by Laura Fanguy 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, and at our ... Read more

Jazz Fest at 30: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 12/05/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Food booths before opening at Jazz Fest 1999 (30 years!). Photo by Owen Murphy 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, and ... Read more

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