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New music spotlight: Marcello Benetti

Tue, 04/25/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Marcello Benetti is a busy individual, whether he’s working on his own compositions, playing with New Orleans’ finest, or even co-producing his own music festival, Benetti still finds the time to release Il Vizio! Released March 4, Il Vizio! or “the vice” is comprised of co... Read more

Joey Alexander Trio 'Soul Dreamer'

Tue, 04/25/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Jazz Fest starts on Friday and one of the most anticipated acts in the WWOZ/Zatarain's Jazz Tent this year is young Joey Alexander, a pianist with skills well beyond his years. Alexander performed at WWOZ's Piano Night in 2015 when he was just 12. He's back in New Orleans ... Read more

Greensky Bluegrass at New Orleans’ House of Blues

Mon, 04/24/17
Authored by Sharon Armstrong
One of the most wonderful things about the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival  is the depth and breadth of musical talent that it brings to the Crescent City over two glorious weeks of music, food, and fun – and not just out at the Fairgrounds. This Jazz Fest season, a... Read more

Ooh Poo Pah Doo tribute

Sun, 04/23/17
Since it opened 3 1/2 years ago, Ooh Poo Pah Doo has been more than a bar and music venue-- it's served as a community center for residents, musicians, and other cultural bearers of the 6th Ward but owner Judy Hill had to close it down last week. “It was everything to me,”... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 04/21/17

Sat, 04/22/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    Grab a handful    Art Jerry Miller    02:08    Stax of Funk Vol.1 2    Come Free Your People    Curtis Mayfield    04:14    Love Is the Place 3    Dipped In The Water (featuring Syleena Thompson)    Syl Johnson    04:27    Back In The Game 4    Too experienced    Bob A... Read more

5 things to know for 4/21 - 4/27

Fri, 04/21/17
1) The annual Abita Springs Busker Festival is hitting the north shore on Sunday, April 23 and we'll be there video streaming live from 11:45a-7p. Check out the video streaming schedule.  2) The 20th Annual French Film Festival will be running at the Prytania Theatre from ... Read more

Alan Lomax's Global Jukebox

Thu, 04/20/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Alan Lomax is generally not associated with digital technology as most of his famous work and recordings were done before the digital technology became common-- but that dissociation may be about to change. Lomax died in 2002 but the final years of his life were spent envis... Read more

Tom Worrell live at 'OZ

Thu, 04/20/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tom Worrell stopped into the studio this afternoon to give us a taste of his upcoming set at WWOZ Piano Night 2017. He also talks about what's different about this year's Piano Night as we go "Back To The Roots" with a stripped down setup onstage and individual performers p... Read more

Tom Worrell: Piano Night special feature

Wed, 04/19/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ Piano Night is coming Monday, May 1! The 29th edition of Piano Night is subtitled "Back to the Roots" and for good reason. This Piano Night will be a return to the original concept: solo pianists, playing one at a time on the main stage at the House of Blues. Get your ... Read more

The Deslondes at Abita Springs Busker Fest

Wed, 04/19/17
WWOZ's video team has been on hand to capture some great performances at the last couple years of the Abita Springs Busker Festival. This year, we'll be live video streaming from the Fest on Sunday, April 23. Check out the 2017 lineup here. Here's a highlight from The Desl... Read more

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