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Mardi Gras 1956 & 1941

Tue, 02/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
Two weeks until Fat Tuesday and counting. Here's a look back to Mardi Gras in the middle of the last century, with videos from 1956 and 1941. 1956. This video combines footage by an unknown shooter with a batch of excellent still photos taken by the late John W. Mizenko, fat... Read more

Trombone Shorty at Tip's: Full Concert from Liveset

Sat, 02/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a treat for fans of Troy Andrews: a two-hour-and-fifteen-minute long Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue live show, originally streamed live from Tipitina's in September 2011 by Liveset. In full HD, it's bursting with full-screen goodness. According to Liveset, this "... Read more

"Sweet Child O' Mine", Trad Jazz Style

Thu, 02/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
If you've ever wondered (and really, who among us hasn't?), what a trad jazz cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" would sound like, have we got a video for you! It's from the album Twist is the New Twerk by Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox (see more about them be... Read more

Saturday Night: The Whole Gritty City on Network TV

Wed, 02/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Whole Gritty City is a feature-length documentary, in which the directors of three New Orleans high school marching bands steer their students around the lures and dangers of the streets. It debuted last fall at the New Orleans Film Festival, and now it will have its na... Read more

Brothers Hypnotic, New Award-Winning Documentary about Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, to Screen at CAC, February 19

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by Soul Sister
Fellow lovers of soulful music and movies about soulful music, don't miss this New Orleans screening of the new, award-winning documentary Brothers Hypnotic (2013), directed by Reuben Atlas. Brothers Hypnotic Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center (C... Read more

Revelation #2 from the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival--Lionel Louéké and Trio

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
In Part Two of our piece about Lionel Loue'ke' and his Trio at the 2014 Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, we get three treats. First, the Trio with Michael Olatuja on electric bass and John Davis on drums takes off on an improvisation in which Lionel digs deep into... Read more

Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, "Carnival Time" & "Mardi Gras Strut"

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Three weeks from Fat Tuesday and counting. Here's Al "Carnival Time" Johnson at his 2007 Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame induction performance in Mandeville, performaning clips from his classic "Carnival Time" and the more recent"Mardi Gras Strut". And FWIW: while the giant wa... Read more

Year of the Horse

Mon, 02/10/14
Authored by Christy
February 7, 2014: The village of Versailles in New Orleans East rings in the lunar Vietnamese New Year with a spectacular three-day festival featuring dragon dances, Vietnamese cuisine, customary games, folk music and dance. Check out these scenes from Friday's opening cere... Read more

Chubby Carrier, "Zydeco Junkie"

Sun, 02/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
"I want it, I want it! I need it, I need it!" Here's WWOZ Cookbook contributor Roy "Chubby" Carrier of Church Point in Acadia Parish, with "Zydeco Junkie", the title song from his 2010 Grammy-winning album.     Carrier is a third generation of zydeco artist. He learned acco... Read more

Soul Rebels Brass Band and WWOZ's Soul Sister Represent NOLA in 'Finding the Funk" Documentary

Thu, 02/06/14
Authored by Soul Sister
On February 4, 2014, the VH1 cable network aired the television premiere of Nelson George's Finding the Funk documentary, which has been making the film fest circuit since its 2013 release. The televised version of the film, edited down to 62 minutes from the longer directo... Read more

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