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Video: Shamarr Allen 'This Christmas'

Wed, 12/21/16
Shamarr Allen plays hard. Check out his spirited video for 'This Christmas,' released in 2015. Read more

Dr. John and Leon Redbone 'Frosty The Snowman'

Tue, 12/20/16
Ahhhh, a New Orleans holiday classic! It's Dr. John and Leon Redbone performing 'Frosty the Snowman,' a true product of its time. This is from the 1990 album Christmas Island. Read more

New music spotlight: 'Christmastime in New Orleans'

Tue, 12/20/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
Released earlier in September 2016, Christmastime in New Orleans captures some of New Orleans’ finest jazz musicians coming together with fresh swinging arrangements of these timeless holiday favorites. Christmastime in New Orleans includes such merry classics as 'Silver Be... Read more

In Memoriam: Edwin Harrison

Mon, 12/19/16
Edwin Harrison, Sr. passed away on October 13, 2016. He lived a remarkable life as a central figure in the Mardi Gras Indian and Social Aid & Pleasure Club communities and as a pioneering black taxicab driver. Harrison began masking in 1957 with the Creole Wild West and bec... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 12/16/16

Sat, 12/17/16
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1    Superstition    Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers    06:17    The Hideout    2016/12/16 22:02:42 2    Higher And Higher    Queen Esther Marrow    03:47    feat. The Harlem Gospel Singers    2016/12/16 22:09:04 3    Come Free Your People    Curtis Mayfield    04:14    Love... Read more

5 things to know for 12/16-12/22

Fri, 12/16/16
Ho ho ho! Lots of spirited offerings coming up this week. 1) The Trombone Shorty Foundation is hosting their annual Tunes for Toys toy drive and concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart) on Sunday, December 18 at 7p. Wendell Brunious and ... Read more

New from Hot 8 'Working Together'

Wed, 12/14/16
Second line season is in full swing and New Orleans brass bands are in the streets! Check out the latest from Hot 8, featuring scenes from the parades, 'Working Together.' Read more

#TisTheSeason to make a year-end donation to 'OZ

Wed, 12/14/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
With the holidays just around the corner, we hope that you'll consider giving an additional gift to 'OZ. Your support allows us to continue preserving New Orleans music, history, culture and heritage for many years to come. #TisTheSeason to help us keep on guarding the groo... Read more

New music spotlight: Gravy

Tue, 12/13/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
Gravy has created their own original sound with their latest album Get Busy Living. A mixture of neo-soul, indie rock, and “a whole bunch of New Orleans funk” on top of it all comes through with Gravy. Get Busy Living is produced by founding member of Galactic, Robert Mercu... Read more

Video: Vasti Jackson 'Standing On The Corner'

Mon, 12/12/16
Mississippi bluesman Vasti Jackson was recently announced as a nominee for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for his latest release, The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers. We were happy to have Vasti back in our studio in October as he shared some tracks from this f... Read more

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