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Dirk Powell: Louisiana Artists Spotlight

Sat, 01/11/20
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

Rhythm Room 01/10/20

Sat, 01/11/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Ain't It Funky Now Jimmy McGriff 03:40 If You're Ready 2 O-O-H Child Angie Stone 03:06 Covered in Soul 3 The Same Love That Made Me Laugh Bill Withers 03:25 +'Justments 4 You'll Be Lonely Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 03:46 Give the People What They Want 5 Heavy Metal Blues ... Read more

2020 Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Fest on WWOZ

Thu, 01/09/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tune into WWOZ over the coming days as we celebrate the life and legacy of the great Danny Barker in conjunction with the 6th annual Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival! Here's what's on tap (subject to change): Monday, Jan. 13 9-11am Trad Jazz show host Dan Meyer will be... Read more

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

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