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Michael Doucet, Aly Bain, and Ricky Skaggs, "Jolie Blonde"

Thu, 09/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
BeauSoleil founder Michael Doucet, Aly Bain, and Ricky Skaggs do "Jolie Blonde", arguably the most famous Cajun song of all time. The video dates from 1998 and second of the Transatlantic Sessions, a British production of collaborative live performances by folk and country ... Read more

Jazz In the Park, Season 6

Tue, 09/16/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
This week will wrap up the sixth season of Jazz In the Park on Thursday, October 30, from 4-8pm. Featured artists include Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and Joseph S. Clark High School Marching Band. Read more

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & the Del McCoury Band, "I'll Fly Away"

Tue, 09/16/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a felicitous mix of jazz and bluegrass: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band perform the gospel standard "I'll Fly Away" on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2011. The track appeared on the album American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band ... Read more

Cosimo Matassa Within New Orleans' History

Mon, 09/15/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
Cosimo Matassa was born in the US in 1926, a single generation after a vigilante mob stormed the parish prison to lynch and shoot eleven Italians prisoners to death.  The mob violence was a message to the rising political power of the newly immigrated Italian community; “ge... Read more

Cosimo Matassa at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Fri, 09/12/14
Authored by WWOZ Editors
by Nita Ketner, WWOZ Show Host In 2004, New Orleans music legends Cosimo Matassa, Earl Palmer, Dr John, and Deacon John appeared at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. I was lucky enough to be there, and was able to report on the events for   For anyon... Read more

Celebrating the Life of Cosimo Matassa

Fri, 09/12/14
Authored by Carrie Hadler
WWOZ has been celebrating the life of Cosimo Matassa, legendary studio owner and recording engineer, since receiving word of his passing yesterday afternoon at age 88. He is survived by his three sons, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Matassa was one of t... Read more


Thu, 09/11/14
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  Good Morning Music Lovers! It is game day and you have all the “stuff” together that you need. Perhaps you have even had that first eye-opening beverage. But you do not have everything; in addition to the food, booze, and goodfellowship, a successful Tailgate – especially... Read more

Steve Earle, "This City"

Wed, 09/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
In HBO's Treme, singer-songwriter Steve Earle played a street singer named Harley Watt ("Me, if I'd never gotten a record deal", says Earle). He also wrote and performed "This City", the song that closed the show's first season. He performs it live at KEXP in the video belo... Read more

WWOZ Video: Lazy Lester Live in Lafayette

Wed, 09/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
We're proud to share this, the first effort of WWOZ's brand-spanking new video production unit: Lazy Lester sounding great at 81, doing "They Call Me Lazy" backed by the Lil' Buck Sinegal Band, recorded at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, LA on August 15. Props to videograph... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 9/19/14

Wed, 09/10/14
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Label Start Time 1 Don't Turn Your Heater Down Albert King,Steve Cropper,Pop Staples 03:19 Jammed Together   2014/9/19 22:00:04 2 I Shall Be Released Nina Simone 03:56 To Love Some... Read more

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