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Make Music New York: 350 Musicians Play "100+ BPM"

Fri, 07/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Each year at the summer soltice, the Make Music New York Festival happens, with some 1300 performances over all five boroughs. This year for one of those performances, NPR Music commissioned a new piece by Sunny Jain of Red Baraat called "100+ BPM". Then they invited any mu... Read more

Snooks Eaglin, "Drop the Bomb", 1985

Thu, 07/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
Storyville Records recently posted video of a 1985 performance of "Drop the Bomb" by the great New Orleans blues guitarist Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009). The song would later appear on his 1987 album Baby, You Can Get Your Gun, the first of his string of recordings for Black To... Read more

North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

Wed, 07/09/14
WWOZ's Jennifer Brady reports: Six hours north of New Orleans is a small town, population 84, called Waterford, MS.  Friday June 27th – Saturday June 28th at the crossroad of Highway 7 and Highway 310 was the 9th Annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic. Hill Country Bl... Read more

Check out some new music #3

Wed, 07/09/14
Authored by Murf Reeves
  What is up Ozillians, Djing a show on OZ is so much fun, to choose songs for 3 hours, it is like my birthday every Monday.  The show does have parameters, so, sometimes, I find an artist that I totally dig, but they don't fit the format, so I started doing these blogs to ... Read more

Learn the History of NOLA Jazz Standards w/Special In-Studio Guest

Wed, 07/09/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
I'll be in subbing for the Traditional Jazz show tomorrow, Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 9-11am. Joining me will be John Joyce, bassist for New Orleans favorites The Smoking Time Jazz Club. John is one of the most knowledgeable and committed jazz musicians I've had the ple... Read more

The Young Presidents with Ivan Neville, "Time"

Mon, 07/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
New York's The Young Presidents (Mitch Kaneff and Jake Hertzog) joined up with New Orleans icon Ivan Neville to shoot this "exuberant, fun video" of their original rock tune "Time" at various locations around town, including WWOZ. This is new stuff, just published on June 2... Read more

Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, 4 Songs Live

Sat, 07/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's a hot-off-the-presses, live-in-the studio performance by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns at KEXP in Seattle, recorded on May 29 and published yesterday. It's about 26 minutes long, and includes four songs: "Catch 'em Young", ... Read more

Prince et al., "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", 2004

Fri, 07/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Prince, who's headlining the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this weekend, possesses many musical gifts, perhaps none greater than as a rock-star-style guitarist. Rolling Stone rated him 33rd of the 100 greatest ever while citing the performance in the video below as ... Read more

Clarence "Frogman" Henry, "Ain't Got No Home"

Wed, 07/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
Clarence "Frogman" Henry, a 2007 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and a New Orleans legend, delivers an epic eight-plus minute of his 1956 debut single, "Ain't Got No Home" at the LMHOF Legends Live show.   Read more

Amazing Music Lineup at the new Live Oak Cafe

Tue, 07/01/14
Authored by Mark LaMaire
If you listen to WWOZ's Morning Set , you crave good music in the morning.  Oak Street cafe used to be one of the only places in town serving live music with breakfast.  It has recently been taken over by former staff members, and is now the Live Oak Cafe.  Charles Farmer,... Read more

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