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Jazz Fest Day 2 live broadcast previews

Fri, 04/27/18
It's going to be another stellar day from the Fairgrounds as WWOZ broadcasts live from Day 2 of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival! Here's our schedule for Day 2 (subject to change), plus some video previews of the acts who will be hitting our airwaves on Saturda... Read more

Live broadcast spotlight: Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns

Fri, 04/27/18
We're kicking off Jazz Fest 2018 with a set from Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, coming to you live from the Blues Tent! Meschiya and her band have grown from the Lagniappe Stage to packing the Blues Tent, and were on the Acura Stage last year. Check out their perform... Read more

5 things to know for 4/27 - 5/3

Thu, 04/26/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) It's Jazz Fest time! WWOZ will be coming to you from the 49th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for all 7 days of the fest! We've got sets from stages across the festival hitting our airwaves, plus interviews with Jazz Fest artists on-site. Listen in 11a-7p!  ... Read more

In Memoriam: Charles Neville

Thu, 04/26/18
Saxophonist Charles Neville has passed away at the age of 79. He was born December 28, 1938 in New Orleans. Charles was an important player in New Orleans music for more than 60 years. Though he may be best known internationally for his work with the Neville Brothers, his s... Read more

Marcia Ball: Piano Night 2018 special feature

Thu, 04/26/18
WWOZ's Piano Night has paid tribute to the greatest in the New Orleans piano tradition. This year, we honor the recently deceased Fats Domino. In 2016, pianists took the stage to pay tribute to the recently deceased Allen Toussaint. Here's Marcia Ball doing Toussaint's 'Hol... Read more

Jazz Fest begins on the S.S. President: April 22, 1970

Tue, 04/24/18
Most people think of Congo Square when they think of the first Jazz Fest. But the first event of the first Jazz Fest was actually somewhere else— on the last sidewheel steamboat in America, on the Mississippi, the night of April 22, 1970. Read more

Davell Crawford: Piano Night special feature

Tue, 04/24/18
We are happy to welcome Davell Crawford back to the Piano Night stage this year! Check out his performance of 'Please Send Me Someone To Love' for Jam In The Van outside the House of Blues a few years ago.  Acclaimed as the "Piano Prince of New Orleans," Crawford brings equ... Read more

Jon Cleary on the history of New Orleans piano

Sun, 04/22/18
We are happy to welcome Jon Cleary back to the WWOZ Piano Night stage this year on Monday, April 30! Here's a fascinating preview as he breaks down the New Orleans piano sound, its many influences, and how it has a "a common denominator, a thread that runs through it. You c... Read more

Wild Opelousas: a new Mardi Gras Indian tribe grows out of a Westbank charter school

Sat, 04/21/18
Authored by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
Wild Opelousas of Martin Behrman Charter School created their first Mardi Gras Indian suits in 2016. Students are able to take a class to about this important New Orleans cultural tradition and share in making the suits. Read more

Hezekiah Walker headlines the Johnny Jackson, Jr. Gospel Is Alive! concert on April 30, 2018

Sat, 04/21/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation presents the 29th annual Johnny Jackson, Jr., Gospel Is Alive! Celebration, a free community concert featuring gospel star Bishop Hesekiah Walker plus Tyrone Foster & The Arc Singers and the Council on Aging Community ... Read more

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