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Events honoring Allen Toussaint across the U.S.

Thu, 11/19/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Love for Allen Toussaint and his music runs deep throughout the world. People in a few other cities in the U.S. have been in contact to let us know that they are hosting events to honor his life and legacy. These are unofficial events organized by loving fans and open to al... Read more

Allen Toussaint: Gentleman Genius of New Orleans Music

Thu, 11/19/15
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  I remember the very first time I saw Allen Toussaint in person. While we did not actually meet until many years later, it is a New Orleans music memory I will never forget. It was probably the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at which I worked. The grandstand a... Read more

New music spotlight: The Session

Tue, 11/17/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Session, a New Orleans-based contemporary jazz quintet, released their sophomore album, Live from Snug Harbor, earlier this year. The group decided that the best representation of their sound would be captured by recording live and, based on this album, it seems they we... Read more

Colin Lake, "The World Alive"

Mon, 11/16/15
Authored by David Stafford
New Video, set in City Park: "The World Alive," written and performed by Colin Lake, from the album One Thing That's for Sure, recently featured in our New Music Spotlight.  Read more

New music spotlight: Haruka Kikuchi

Mon, 11/16/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Trombonist Haruka Kikuchi and her band landed in the WWOZ studios last Friday morning for an electrifying set on Keith Hill's Traditional jazz show and had the whole staff dancing. Kikuchi shared three songs from her brand new CD, Music Granola, with the WWOZ audience. Kik... Read more

New Orleans Musicians Say: "Support WWOZ!"

Thu, 11/12/15
Authored by David Stafford
Last Day of the WWOZ Pledge Drive from WWOZ New Orleans on Vimeo. In this short video, a whole bunch of members of the New Orleans musical community share their thought on why WWOZ deserves your support. We hear from Davell Crawford, James Singleton, Doreen Ketchens, Kenny ... Read more

2015 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Wed, 11/11/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The 8th annual Treme Creole Gumbo Fest returns to Armstrong Park in the historic Treme for the weekend of November 14-15. This free festival runs from 11a-7p each day and will feature great live, local music from brass bands, jazz, and R&B performers. The food at this festival... Read more

In Memoriam: Allen Toussaint

Tue, 11/10/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint passed away at the age of seventy-seven on Monday, November 9. A true performer to the end, Toussaint was on tour in Spain at the time of his death. Toussaint is fondly recalled as a humble and elegant man and as a supremely talented musician. Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 11/13/15

Tue, 11/10/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Either Allen Toussaint 02:55 What Is Success: The Scepter And Bell Recordings 2015/11/13 22:00:59 2 Out of the City (Into Country Life) Allen Toussaint 03:37 Life, Love and ... Read more

Where Yat?: Fall Pledge Party Edition

Thu, 11/05/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
One of the coolest things about the Fall Pledge Party for those of us who are here at WWOZ day in and day out is the interaction we get with our regular listeners. We love to hear from members, new and renewing, and find out where you're from and what you love about WWOZ. ... Read more

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