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Lady Rollers with Hot 8 on Christmas Day

Wed, 12/28/16
Lady & Men Rollers stepped out on Sunday, December 25 for their annual second line parade and WWOZ was there to catch the scene. Christmas in New Orleans, baby! Read more

New music spotlight: Thomas Pol

Tue, 12/27/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
University of New Orleans Distinguished Musical Scholarship recipient and bassist Thomas Pol features a collection of original compositions and collaboration on his new release, In America. The album features three different groups that engage the listener in a well thought... Read more

Michael Torregano, Sr. 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'

Sat, 12/24/16
Michael Torregano, Sr. stopped by our studio with some festive cheer on December 15. See his lively performance of the holiday classic, 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.' Merry Christmas! Read more

Mahalia Jackson 'Silent Night'

Sat, 12/24/16
No one does 'Silent Night' better than the Queen of Gospel. Check out this incredibly moving performance of 'Silent Night.' Read more

Calvin Johnson + Albinas Prizgintas 'Christmastime Is Here'

Fri, 12/23/16
On Thursday, December 15, we welcomed a number of musicians into our studio to perform live on the air between 7 and 10p. Calvin Johnson and Albinas Prizgintas presented a lovely short Christmas set in anticipation of their Christmas concert at Trinity Church the following ... Read more

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 'Please Come Home For Christmas'

Thu, 12/22/16
Daptone Records released a new holiday video this week starring a claymation Sharon Jones, a soul star for the modern era. Jones passed away on November 18. Watch this heart-warming video for 'Please Come Home For Christmas,' off of It's A Holiday Soul Party. Read more

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

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