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Interview: Lady Wales' president Shantrell Simms

Wed, 11/18/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Shantrell Simms, president of Lady Wales Social & Pleasure Club. She shares how she first started second lining, why it's important for clubs and groups to work together, the parade years that real... Read more

Get your own Jazz Fest-style sign to benefit the Music Relief Fund & WWOZ

Mon, 11/16/20
Jazz Fest sign writer Nan Parati is back at it, and this time for you! As all the festivals she does in a year have been cancelled due to COVID in 2020, she's making her hand-written sign services available for the general public! Nan has been Jazz Fest's sign writer since ... Read more

Video: Katie Ray's second line and send-off

Mon, 11/16/20
A few weeks ago, WWOZ's video director happened upon friends and family celebrating the life of New Orleans artist Katie Ray with her second line and sendoff on the levee at the End of the World in the Bywater. RIP Katie Ray. Read more

Rhythm Room 11/13/20

Sat, 11/14/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 styler man vin gordon 04:01 african shores 2 Joy In Resistance (feat. Abena Koomson-Davis) Resistance Revival Chorus 02:27 This Joy 3 Give God the Blues Shemekia Copeland 03:48 Uncivil War 4 (Man Oh Man) I Want to Go Back The Impressions 03:13 ABC Rarities 5 Don't You Ever ... Read more

Interview: Scully Well of Uptown Swingers

Wed, 11/11/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Scully Well of the Uptown Swingers. This is one of the most emotional and passionate Takin' It To The Streets interviews to date as Scully discusses the recent passing of Uptown Swingers president ... Read more

Johnny Vidacovich wins Gambit's Lifetime Achievement Award

Mon, 11/09/20
Congratulations to Johnny Vidacovich on being awarded the "Lifetime Achievement in Music" at the Gambit's Big Easy Awards! "Johnny Vidacovich, in his more than 50 years performing, has drummed with Mose Allison, Chet Baker, James Booker, Joe Henderson, Professor Longhair, ... Read more

Volunteer Profile: Branden Daniel Kempt

Mon, 11/09/20
Volunteer at WWOZ   WWOZ Volunteers: Where are you from and what inspired you to move to New Orleans? I am a native of Seattle, WA. My wife is from Louisiana and made New Orleans her home before moving to Seattle for work. I’ve been a musician and American music history ... Read more

Interview: Good Fellas' Raynold Fenelon

Sat, 11/07/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Good Fellas' Raynold Fenelon to talk about how floats and modern music are impacting second line culture, how it feels to cancel this year's parade, why he's willing to spend a lot of his own money... Read more

Rhythm Room 11/06/20

Sat, 11/07/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Arabesque Breakin Suite The Mighty Mocambos 03:05 2 Children Don't Get Weary Booker T. & The MG's 03:38 Up Tight 3 Higher & Higher Erma Franklin 02:47 Super Soul Sister 4 Standing In For Jody Johnnie Taylor 04:03 Lifetime: A Retrospective 1956-1999 - [Disc 3 of 3] 5 I've Ne... Read more

2020 New Orleans Film Festival: Nov. 6-22

Wed, 11/04/20
The 2020 New Orleans Film Festival is happening November 6-22! The film fest is one of the few festivals that will feature in-person events this year, as the New Orleans Film Society has created a combination festival involving outdoor open air cinemas and at-home streaming... Read more

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