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Donald Harrison Jr., "Hu Ta Nay"

Fri, 09/04/15
Authored by David Stafford
Donald Harrison Jr. does a version of "Hu Ta Nay" arranged by Joe Dyson, recorded by the WWOZ Video Crew at Basin Street Station. The cut originally appeared on Harrison's 1992 collaboration with Dr. John, Indian Blues. It also appeared in season 2 of Treme.  Read more

Roddie Romero & Yvette Landry, "I'm Leaving It Up To You"

Wed, 09/02/15
Authored by David Stafford
Contemporary Cajun/Creole artists Roddie Romero & Yvette Landry cover the early 1960s Dale & Grace hit "I'm Leaving It Up To You". This version was recorded in the same studio (La Louisianne Records) that Dale & Grace used, with the same microphones, drums, piano, etc.  Read more

New music spotlight: Nicholas Payton

Tue, 09/01/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Nicholas Payton has a new double album out on his own label, Paytone Records, titled "Letters." In the 26 tracks within, Payton truly runs the gamut from A to Z-- literally, as each track is named after a letter of the alphabet. The talented trumpeter hops instruments on th... Read more

Aurora Nealand and the Gordon Webster Sextet, "A Kiss To Build A Dream On"

Mon, 08/31/15
Authored by David Stafford
Aurora Nealand and the Gordon Webster Sextet do the Louis Armstrong standard "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" at L'Astral during the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July 2015. Along with Gordon Webster, the other musicians are Rob Garcia, Danny Ziemann, Dan Reitz, Danny... Read more

Gracias Latinos Event 8/29

Fri, 08/28/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
A free celebration will be held outside Casa Borrega on Saturday, August 29 from 3-11p to thank the many Hispanic immigrants who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The day will be filled with music, food, drinks, and dancing to honor the workers who cleaned... Read more

Glen David Andrews, "Bad By Myself"

Fri, 08/28/15
Authored by David Stafford
Glen David Andrews, the Treme Prince, does "Bad By Myself" from his 2014 album Redemption. This performance was recorded by the WWOZ Video Crew at Basin Street Station. With Walter Lundy on drums, James Martin on sax, Jesse Smith on guitar, and Ron Williams on bass.  Read more

Honey Island Swamp Band, "How Do You Feel?"

Wed, 08/26/15
Authored by David Stafford
The Honey Island Swamp Band brings its Bayou Americana to Jam in the Van with "How Do You Feel?" recorded outside the Lennon Rehearsal Studios in San Francisco.  Read more

New music spotlight: The Bridge Trio

Tue, 08/25/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Late last spring, the Bridge Trio released their second album The Search: Departure. Modern, electric, and eclectic the Bridge Trio succeeds where many others fail as this is a true full album rather than simply a collection of songs released together. The album flows withi... Read more

Keeping the Beat Alive

Mon, 08/24/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new video from the Tzu Chi Foundation takes a look at the great work being done by the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic to serve and aid the health of musicains around New Orleans. The episode opens with a visit in the studio with Tuesday's "Morning Set" show host Mark LaMai... Read more

Postmodern Jukebox ft. Sara Niemietz, "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"

Mon, 08/24/15
Authored by David Stafford
Postmodern Jukebox, Scott Bradlee's rotating group of musicians who cover pop songs in styles like jazz, ragtime, and swing, offers this very cool vintage 1940s swing cover of the Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" featuring vocalist Sara Niemietz.  Read more

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