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Video: Vasti Jackson 'Standing On The Corner'

Mon, 12/12/16
Mississippi bluesman Vasti Jackson was recently announced as a nominee for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for his latest release, The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers. We were happy to have Vasti back in our studio in October as he shared some tracks from this f... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 12/09/16

Sat, 12/10/16
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
2    Shaft In Africa (Addis)    Johnny Pate    03:04    Shaft In Africa    2016/12/9 22:00:45 3    i'll keep my light in my window    Free Life    04:03    Free Life    2016/12/9 22:03:59 4    The Best You Can    Bill Withers    02:24    Making Music    2016/12/9 22:07:48 5... Read more

5 things to know for 12/9-12/15

Fri, 12/09/16
1) The Bywater is bustling with independent merchants this weekend. The 15th Annual New Orleans Book Fair is going down in Clouet Gardens on Saturday, December 10. Independent authors, publishers, zinesters and other literary riff-raff ply their trades and hawk their wares,... Read more

New video from Hurray for the Riff Raff

Thu, 12/08/16
A new video from the New Orleans-based Hurray for the Riff Raff has been released in anticipation of their upcoming album, The Navigator, due out March 10, 2017 on ATO Records. In a quote to Pitchfork, Hurray for the Riff Raff's creative force, Alynda Lee Segarra, shared, ... Read more

Eisenhower Academy Middle School Brass Band

Thu, 12/08/16
The students from Eisenhower Academy Middle School Brass Band opened the 2016-17 season of Cuttin' Class with a bang on September 8! Watch as show host Bill Taylor sits down with Eisenhower's band director and young people to find out what they feel is important for the nex... Read more

Official playlist from The Soul Ride Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Tue, 12/06/16
6:04am Ray Charles, Crazy Love, duet With Van Morrison from “Genius Loves Company” 6:09am Van Morrison and Georgie Fame, Sack O' Woe from “How Long Has This Been Going On” 6:15am Jeff Beck Freeway Jam from “Blow By Blow” 6:22am Ben Webster Our Love Is Here To Stay from “S... Read more

Playlist for The Soul Ride, 11/25/2016

Tue, 12/06/16
6:01am Ray Charles A SongForYou (LeonRussell) from “MyWorld” 6:06am Allen Toussaint – The Optimism Blues from “Songbook” [Deluxe Edition] 6:09am Lorraine Feather Making It Up As We Go Along from “Language” 6:13am Jaco Pastorius “Amerika” from Punk Jazz:  The Jaco Pastorius ... Read more

New music spotlight: Margie Perez

Tue, 12/06/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
The latest release from Margie Perez, Love Is All, is a collection of dynamic and versatile songs with funk, blues, pop, and Latin influences. Released on November 4, 2016, Love Is All features an impressive and varied lineup of New Orleans musicians giving each song a dist... Read more

In Memoriam: Carol Solomon

Mon, 12/05/16
Carol Solomon, a highly successful businesswoman and longtime WWOZ ally, passed away over the weekend at age 72. As CEO of Peoples Health since 1997, Carol built the company into a regional health care powerhouse with more than 55,000 beneficiaries. Carol was a vocal champ... Read more

Morning Set 12/06/16

Mon, 12/05/16
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    The Times They Are A-Changin'    Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood    03:41    Juice    2016/12/5 06:01:55 2    Someone to Watch over Me    Etta James    06:04    Time After Time    2016/12/5 06:05:41 3    Dag Nab It    Ray Bryant    03:33    Up Above the Rock    2016/12/... Read more

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