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Mahalia Jackson 'Silent Night'

Sat, 12/24/16
No one does 'Silent Night' better than the Queen of Gospel. Check out this incredibly moving performance of 'Silent Night.' Read more

Calvin Johnson + Albinas Prizgintas 'Christmastime Is Here'

Fri, 12/23/16
On Thursday, December 15, we welcomed a number of musicians into our studio to perform live on the air between 7 and 10p. Calvin Johnson and Albinas Prizgintas presented a lovely short Christmas set in anticipation of their Christmas concert at Trinity Church the following ... Read more

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 'Please Come Home For Christmas'

Thu, 12/22/16
Daptone Records released a new holiday video this week starring a claymation Sharon Jones, a soul star for the modern era. Jones passed away on November 18. Watch this heart-warming video for 'Please Come Home For Christmas,' off of It's A Holiday Soul Party. Read more

Video: Shamarr Allen 'This Christmas'

Wed, 12/21/16
Shamarr Allen plays hard. Check out his spirited video for 'This Christmas,' released in 2015. Read more

Dr. John and Leon Redbone 'Frosty The Snowman'

Tue, 12/20/16
Ahhhh, a New Orleans holiday classic! It's Dr. John and Leon Redbone performing 'Frosty the Snowman,' a true product of its time. This is from the 1990 album Christmas Island. Read more

New music spotlight: 'Christmastime in New Orleans'

Tue, 12/20/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
Released earlier in September 2016, Christmastime in New Orleans captures some of New Orleans’ finest jazz musicians coming together with fresh swinging arrangements of these timeless holiday favorites. Christmastime in New Orleans includes such merry classics as 'Silver Be... Read more

In Memoriam: Edwin Harrison

Mon, 12/19/16
Edwin Harrison, Sr. passed away on October 13, 2016. He lived a remarkable life as a central figure in the Mardi Gras Indian and Social Aid & Pleasure Club communities and as a pioneering black taxicab driver. Harrison began masking in 1957 with the Creole Wild West and bec... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 12/16/16

Sat, 12/17/16
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    Superstition    Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers    06:17    The Hideout    2016/12/16 22:02:42 2    Higher And Higher    Queen Esther Marrow    03:47    feat. The Harlem Gospel Singers    2016/12/16 22:09:04 3    Come Free Your People    Curtis Mayfield    04:14    Love... Read more

5 things to know for 12/16-12/22

Fri, 12/16/16
Ho ho ho! Lots of spirited offerings coming up this week. 1) The Trombone Shorty Foundation is hosting their annual Tunes for Toys toy drive and concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart) on Sunday, December 18 at 7p. Wendell Brunious and ... Read more

New from Hot 8 'Working Together'

Wed, 12/14/16
Second line season is in full swing and New Orleans brass bands are in the streets! Check out the latest from Hot 8, featuring scenes from the parades, 'Working Together.' Read more

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