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In Memoriam: Bennie Pete

Tue, 09/07/21
Bennie Pete, sousaphone player and Hot 8 Brass Band co-founder, died on Monday, September 6, 2021 at New Orleans East Hospital of complications of sarcoidosis and covid-19. He was 45. Pete was respected by everyone in the New Orleans community and was well-known for his ge... Read more

In Memoriam: Carol Fran

Sat, 09/04/21
Blues singer and pianist Carol Fran died September 1, 2021 at the age of 87. Her distinctive voice and piano-playing style afforded her a musical career spanning more than six decades. Fran was associated with Excello Records and the “swamp blues” genre, characterized by a ... Read more

In Memoriam: J.D. Hill

Mon, 08/16/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans musician J.D. Hill died of cancer at the age of 65 on August 8, 2021. Hill was a harmonica player and vocalist who loved to play and was known for his willingness to share the stage with anybody, as long as they had the groove. Hill was born on November 8, 1955... Read more

In Memoriam: Norman Batiste

Sun, 08/15/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Norman Batiste, a member of the famous New Orleans Batiste family, has died. On Thursday, August 12, his family and friends celebrated his life with prayer and song in Treme. WWOZ was there to capture some of the commemoration. Dr. Brice Miller on the passing of Norman Bat... Read more

Rhythm Room 08/13/21

Sat, 08/14/21
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Cry My Baby The Anchors 02:20 Soul Upstairs 2 It Was Written Down Toots & The Maytals 03:06 Slatyam Stoot 3 Dipped In The Water (featuring Syleena Thompson) Syl Johnson 04:28 Back In The Game 4 1 - show and tell al wilson 03:15 show and tell 5 Put Yourself in My Place Ann P... Read more

French Quarter Fest cancels for October; to return April 21-24, 2022

Fri, 08/13/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announces that plans to host the French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron, scheduled for September 30 - October 2, will no longer be moving forward.  In a press release, the festival shared, "As the state of Louisiana and our natio... Read more

In Memoriam: Charles "Action" Jackson

Sun, 08/08/21
Charles "Action" Jackson has become an ancestor at the age of 59. Action was a beloved long-time WWOZ show host best known for his work on Takin' It To The Streets, WWOZ's multi-platform program celebrating New Orleans' social aid & pleasure clubs, second lines, Black Maski... Read more

Photos: Satchmo SummerFest 2021

Sat, 08/07/21
Satchmo SummerFest took place in and around the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1! WWOZ volunteer photographer Michele Goldfarb was on hand to capture some of the action. Check it out below and tune in to the Trad Jazz shows on WWOZ's archive... Read more

Rhythm Room 08/06/21

Sat, 08/07/21
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 e.t. special impact all stars 02:53 java java java java (instrumentals, dubwise & versions) 2 mighty die young Joy Oladokun 02:19 in defense of my own happiness 3 We Shall Not Be Moved Mavis Staples 04:34 We'll Never Turn Back 4 Miles & Miles From Nowhere Arthur Alexander 0... Read more

Video: Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns 2021

Fri, 08/06/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Here's Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns performing live for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's "Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music" concert series on May 9, 2021!  Read more

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