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Video: Jimmy "Duck" Holmes at Blues & BBQ Fest

Wed, 05/17/17
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, 69, is one of the last blues musicians known for what is labeled "the Bentonia sound" made most famous by Skip James. He is also the proprietor of one of the oldest juke joints in Mississippi, the Blue Front in Bentonia (population 440). In the mid-2000... Read more

Smoking Time Jazz Club at the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall

Tue, 05/16/17
The historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville has hosted another stellar spring lineup this season. Check out The Smoking Time Jazz Club performing 'Dear Old Southland' there in April below. One more date remains in the Dew Drop's spring schedule-- you can catch the Hot Clu... Read more

Video: Marrero Middle School Mustang Brass Band

Tue, 05/16/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Marrero Middle School Mustang Brass Band joined us in the studio for the May edition of Cuttin' Class earlier today! Check out these young musicians below, along with a short interview with their band director, Jeremy Williams, and two of ... Read more

Free Fridays at Tipitina's all summer

Tue, 05/16/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tipitina's is running its Free Fridays concert series with another stellar lineup again this summer. Shows are free (21+ only) but make sure to spend freely, too, as proceeds from drink and merchandise sales go to benefit the Tipitina's Foundation.  Here's the schedule as ... Read more

Digging in the Crates - Murf

Mon, 05/15/17
Rhiannon Giddens        A week has drifted by since the 2017 Jazz and Heritage festival. A 10-day musical interlude that derails most New Orleanians into a whirlwind of music, so getting back to the usual work week takes a little bit of time.  One of the highlights of Jaz... Read more

New music spotlight: Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson

Mon, 05/15/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
While he is not busy filling “the void of jazz music to students” of all ages, saxophonist Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson has teamed up with Mark Rapp (trumpet), David Ellington (organ), and Chris Burroughs (drums) for this swinging and energetic released Natural History. The Br... Read more

Put "A Closer Walk" on Your Home Screen

Mon, 05/15/17
Authored by Running Dog
  For easy, one-touch access to "A Closer Walk" (or any other mobile web site) from your device, add a bookmark icon to your home screen. It's an easy, quick process. Instructions for iOS are immediately below. Instructions for Android devices are here.   iOS Instructio... Read more

New from Flow Tribe w/Mannie Fresh

Sun, 05/14/17
Flow Tribe is all over in the last couple of years! They were able to hit the WWOZ airwaves with Irma Thomas at our studios in October 2016 and now have collaborated with another high profile artist of a different genre, Mannie Fresh, for the first single off their new albu... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 05/12/17

Sat, 05/13/17
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1     Wanaoh     Black Heat     03:55     What It Is!: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (Disc 4) 2     Move_Upstairs     Como Mamas     03:34     Move_Upstairs 3     Cryin' in the Streets      Zeshan B     04:16      4     Without My Love     Little Roy     03:32     Live On 5    ... Read more

5 things to know for 5/12 - 5/18

Fri, 05/12/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) It's Mother's Day weekend and two clubs are hosting events to celebrate all the special moms in your life. On Sunday, Original Big 7 will roll with their annual Mother's Day Second Line Parade-- get the route sheet from WWOZ's Takin' It To The Streets. Also on Sunday, D... Read more

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