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Johnny Adams with George Porter Jr, Circa 1990

Mon, 05/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
In his 1998 obituary, OffBeat noted that Johnny Adams was "regarded by fans, critics and musicians throughout the world as one of the finest singers associated with New Orleans R&B and jazz". Check him out in these videos from the Lone Star Roadhouse in New York, with accom... Read more

Stanton Moore Drum Clinic Solo

Mon, 05/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Founding member of Galactic (and Garage A Trois, Dragon Smoke, and his eponymous Trio, etc), Met'ry's own Stanton Moore is also a teacher who "travels around the world teaching New Orleans drumming, writes a regular column for drumming magazines, and releases instructional ... Read more

Hurray For The Riff Raff at Lincoln Center

Sun, 05/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
If you missed their set at Jazz Fest, check out his hour-and-ten minute performance by Hurray For The Riff Raff in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on April 3, 2014, part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook.   Read more

Essentially Ellington 2014 Winners!

Fri, 05/16/14
Authored by Jelly Roll Justice
On May 10th, the Tucson Jazz Institute's Ellington Big Band has won Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition for the second straight year. After a packed three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops, EE culminated with a fi... Read more

Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth, "Oh, New Orleans Here I Come!"

Thu, 05/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
Really enjoyed this beautifully produced new video by filmmaker James DeMaria, the title track of Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth's Oh New Orleans, Here I Come!  According to DeMaria, the song is about Tricia's yearly pilgrimage home from Norway for FQF, Jazz Fest, and to... Read more

The Original Tuxedo Jazzband, 4 songs, 1964

Tue, 05/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a little trad jazz gem: a set of songs by the Original Tuxedo Jazzband, recorded in 1964 in Baden Baden, Germany. That's bandleader Albert "Papa" French on banjo; clarinetist Joseph "Cornbread" Thomas also handles vocals. Per the video's YouTube page, here's the rest... Read more

Mississippi John Hurt, "Lonesome Valley"

Mon, 05/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
The legendary bluesman John Smith Hurt, AKA Mississippi John Hurt (~1892-1966), left sharecropping for a brief recording career with Okeh Records in 1928, cutting 78s like "Frankie" and "Avalon Blues". The records didn't sell, and Hurt eventually returned to farming. Decade... Read more

Congratulations Team 'OZ!

Sat, 05/10/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
Team WWOZ Rollicks On! Team 'OZ raised $14,075 through participation in this year’s Crescent City Classic on April 19! This is almost twice our 2013 total. The After-Party! Wednesday, April 23, four days after Team WWOZ rolled into its record-setting totals for participants ... Read more

Mia Borders, "Forget My Name"

Fri, 05/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
Brand new for your Friday viewing pleasure: Mia Borders on the Cabrini Bridge over Bayou St John in Mid-City.   Read more

Sasha Masakowski and Cliff Hines, Three Songs at the Kennedy Center

Wed, 05/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
Sasha Masakowski sang on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in DC last November, with guitarist Cliff Hines in the art-rock project "Cliff & Sasha". According to Masakowski's web site, they have recorded an album to be released in the fall of 2014.   "A to Z":   "Sa... Read more

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