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In Memoriam: Ara Porter

Sat, 12/02/17
Aralean Delores Hawkins Porter has passed away after a vibrant and loving lifetime on November 27, 2017 at the age of 71. Ara was George Porter, Jr.'s partner of more than 50 years and wife of 33 years, as well as friend and auntie to many. She was also a mother, grandmothe... Read more

Best of 'OZ 2017: 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue' at Danny Barker Festival

Sat, 12/02/17
Over the coming weeks, we're featuring WWOZ's top videos of 2017! This one is from back in January at the Danny Barker Festival's opening night at Snug Harbor. The song, 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue,' was first recorded by Louis Armstrong in Chicago in 1927 with his Hot Fi... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 12/01//17

Sat, 12/02/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1     Hector     Makala Jazz Funk Band     03:38     Xake! 2     looking back     chambers brothers     02:24     unbonded 3     Pick Myself Up     Peter Tosh     03:57     Bush Doctor 4     Higher And Higher     Queen Esther Marrow     03:47     feat. The Harlem Gospel Singe... Read more

Norman Robinson joins WWOZ Board of Directors

Fri, 12/01/17
Norman Robinson has been a part of the journalistic landscape in New Orleans since 1976. In June of 2014 he began a well deserved retirement, after 38 years on television in the Crescent City. He spent the past 24 years anchoring the 6pm & 10pm newscasts at the NBC affiliat... Read more

5 things to know for 12/1 - 12/7

Thu, 11/30/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) LUNA Fête returns to Lafayette Square on Wednesday, December 6 for a three day run. This visionary initiative was created by the Arts Council New Orleans in 2014 to utilize our city's iconic landscape as the canvas for outdoor, public artworks created with light and tech... Read more

Video: Annie Ellicott 'Blue Skies'

Thu, 11/30/17
Annie Ellicott joined David Torkanowsky and James Singleton in the WWOZ studio last summer for a short performance and a chat with New Orleans Music Show host Michael Dominici. Check out their performance of 'Blues Skies' below.  Read more

2018 Louisiana-based Grammy Award nominees

Tue, 11/28/17
The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards are out and many Louisiana artists are up to receive big honors. Nominees with Louisiana ties include Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers for Top of the Mountain (Best Regional Roots Music Album), Lost Bayou Ramblers for Kalenda... Read more

WWOZ-inspired listener photos

Mon, 11/27/17
We're featuring your photos on social media and web! Thanks to everyone who's used our hashtag, #WWOZ, lately. These are your pictures, captured everywhere from the WWOZ studio to Tokyo, Japan, with more to come! Post your WWOZ inspired pics and use #WWOZ to help us find t... Read more

An interactive map of every record store on Earth

Sun, 11/26/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
The good people at Discogs have put together an interactive map featuring EVERY brick-and-mortar record store on the planet. This is truly an impressive feat, and helps cross the language barrier that arises during travel.  Next time you're in another domestic city and jon... Read more

Video: Twerk Thomson 'Midnight Blues'

Sun, 11/26/17
Twerk Thomson came in to promote Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs at WWOZ earlier this year. Unpopular Songs is a different type of traditional jazz album. Instead of polished and pristine, the cuts are gritty and accompanied by the pops and hisses that give vinyl record... Read more

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