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Ooh! My Soul: Little Richard's Rise to Fame and Religious Awakening

Mon, 05/18/20
Authored by Neil Pellegrin
This week's '50s R&B Show will pick up where last week's left off -- with recordings made at a New Orleans session in July of '56. From there, we'll journey through the last recordings Little Richard made for Specialty in the '50s before a religious awakening coaxed him awa... Read more

Rhythm Room 05/15/20

Sat, 05/16/20
1 Hold It Willie Mitchell 02:25 Sunrise Serenade/Hold It!!! Here's Willie Mitchell 2 Morning Train The Campbell Brothers 03:42 Sacred Steele [Disc 2] 3 We The People Staple Singers 03:53 Be Altitude: Respect Yourself 4 We'll Meet Roy Panton & Millie Small 02:33 ska at the jam... Read more

Video: Jorge Luis Pacheco 'Silencio'

Sat, 05/16/20

Interview: Bennie Pete of Hot 8 Brass Band

Sat, 05/16/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Bennie Pete, a cofounder of the Hot 8 Brass Band, talks to Action Jackson about how the band was formed, countries they've gotten to perform in, what they love about playing at Jazz Fest, and more. Read more

Rhythm Room 05/08/20

Sat, 05/09/20
1 Time Is Tight Booker T. & The MG's 04:57 Up Tight 2 Climbing Higher Mountains ARETHA FRANKLIN 02:54 Amazing Grace - DISC 2 3 The Last Mile Of The Way (Take 2 Alternate) Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers 02:57 The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 2] 4 Stand the storm Shirle... Read more

2020 French Quarter Fest, Satchmo SummerFest canceled

Thu, 05/07/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
This morning, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announced that plans to host French Quarter Festival in October are no longer moving forward. At the City's direction and out of caution for the safety of fans, musicians, staff, and partners, French Quarter Festival and S... Read more

In Memoriam: Dwight Miller

Tue, 05/05/20
Dwight Miller, one of the  co-founders of the Pinstripe Brass Band, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at the age of 70. Miller was born Uptown on December 15, 1949. As a student at James Durham Junior High School, he played trumpet in the school band before switching to saxopho... Read more

Mother's Day with Irma Thomas, Sun. 12-2pm

Tue, 05/05/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
This Sunday would've been Irma Thomas's 37th annual Mother's Day performance at the Audubon Zoo. Since it can't happen this year, WWOZ will be broadcasting an archived concert of hers to keep up the longstanding tradition for all the moms out there. Listen in to this speci... Read more

In Memoriam: Alfred "Uganda" Roberts

Tue, 05/05/20
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts died this morning at the age of 77. Roberts first came to prominence in New Orleans music as the percussionist with Professor Longhair.  Roberts was born and raised in Treme where, due to the close proximity of sailors, he took an interest in calyps... Read more

In Memoriam: Tony Allen

Sun, 05/03/20
Authored by Logan
On Thursday April 30, human music suffered a loss that was felt around the world. Tony Allen, the source of afrobeat rhythm, passed away at his home in Paris. Tony grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and spent his years as a young man immersed in a thriving live music scene. Having... Read more

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