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Satchmo Fest Photo Preview

Wed, 07/29/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The festival happens in New Orleans the first weekend of each August, coinciding with the anniversary of Louis Armstrong's birthday (August 4). This year, the festival... Read more

New music spotlight: Colin Lake

Tue, 07/28/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The satisfying blues/roots/soul sound of Colin Lake shines through on his new album, One Thing That's For Sure. Released July 10 on Louisiana Red Hot Records, the album includes many guest appearances, including Luther Dickenson of the North Mississippi All-Stars, Maggie Ko... Read more

Nina Simone, "Mississippi Goddam"

Mon, 07/27/15
Authored by David Stafford
Nina Simone does one of her most famous protest songs, "Mississippi Goddam," in Holland in 1965. The civil rights era anthem, first performed in March 1964, is a response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and the murder of Medgar Evers. There's real tension in the j... Read more

The Renaissance Project

Fri, 07/24/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Renaissance Project is a New Orleans area non-profit that works to improve the quality of life in low-income communities of color by increasing access to fresh, healthy food; improving education opportunities; catalyzing economic development and celebrating arts and cul... Read more

New music spotlight: The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

Thu, 07/23/15
Authored by Nita Ketner
Alto saxophonist Joe Braun soaked up New Orleans jazz for years while busking on Jackson Square with the likes of Tuba Fats, Benny Jones, Uncle Lionel Batiste, and even a young Trumpet Black before forming his own acoustic swing band, The Jazz Vipers, and becoming a fixture... Read more

Fats Domino on French TV, 1962

Wed, 07/22/15
Authored by David Stafford
Two songs by Fats Domino from a 1962 performance on French TV: "When I Get To New Orleans" and "Ain't That Just Like A Woman". "RTF" on the curtain stands for Radiodiffusion Télévision Française, an early version of French public TV. The band includes Dave Bartholomew, Herb... Read more

Burn K-Doe Burn

Wed, 07/22/15
Tune in Wednesday night July 22nd from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight (central time) for an "Encore Edition" of the Ernie K-Doe Radio Show originally broadcasted on July 25, 1985. We like to share at least one show a year with everyone and were not able to play on his Birthday on ... Read more

Songhoy Blues: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 07/20/15
Authored by David Stafford
Songhoy Blues are a "desert blues" band from Timbuktu, Mali. The songs presented here are from a record call Music in Exile, which is literally true: the members of the band were driven from their homes by Islamists bent on a strict interpretation of sharia law, which inclu... Read more

Behind-the-sounds of a WWOZ live broadcast

Sun, 07/19/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ brings the sounds of New Orleans to the world through our live broadcasts. Our festival broadcasts are some of the most popular programming we have, and bringing you to the big festivals like Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest require a lot of moving parts, a focused te... Read more

New Orleans at Newport Folk Fest

Sat, 07/18/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island is one of the longest-running and most famous festivals in the country. Founded in 1959 by Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, and Albert Grossman, Newport has served as a launching pad for the careers of many greats, includin... Read more

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