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Interview: Derrick Tabb

Sat, 04/25/20
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Derrick Tabb, formerly of Rebirth Brass Band, gets on the phone with Action Jackson to talk about what it was like to play in the group, what it felt like to win a Grammy, his non-profit organization The Roots of Music, and much more! ... Read more

Hats of Jazz Fest

Sat, 04/25/20
Hats have reached a new level of personal expression and representation at Jazz Fest in recent years. WWOZ volunteer photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee scours the crowd each year to look for the best ones. Check out some of the best he's spotted in recent years, below. Read more

Rhythm Room 04/24/20

Fri, 04/24/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Funky Washing Machine World Wonders 02:09 2 People Get Ready Pat Kelly 04:19 Sly And Robbie Present - The Best Of Lovers Rock Vol. 1 3 Back Road Into Town Willie Hightower 03:49 The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973 (cd 3) 4 Statue of Soul George Jackson 02:46 Don't Count Me Ou... Read more

Somethin' Else: A Tribute to Eddie Cochran

Tue, 04/21/20
Authored by Neil Pellegrin
On this week's '50s R&B Show (Tuesdays, 7-10pm), hear "Somethin' Else: A Tribute to Eddie Cochran," as host Neil Pellegrin spotlights the brief but fruitful career of Eddie Cochran to mark the 60th anniversary of his death. It's available now on our 2-week archive. Much mo... Read more

Photo gallery: Festing In Place

Mon, 04/20/20
Submit your photo to to be featured in our gallery of OZilians all over the world getting their groove on to the sounds of Jazz Fest at home! Helping us stay together while we're apart. We wish we could be with you in the WWOZ Hospitality Tent at Jaz... Read more

Rhythm Room 04/17/20

Fri, 04/17/20
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Chicken Gumbo Preston Love 02:09 Preston Love's Omaha Bar-B-Q 2 Spirit In The Sky Dorothy Morrison 03:37 Brand New Day (Buddah LP) 3 Try to Love Somebody (Happy Tiger LP HT-1015) Paul Kelly 03:01 Cryin' For My Baby (Singles & Stuff 1963-78) 4 Nobody But Me Ella Washington 0... Read more

In Memoriam: Counsel Chief Joe Jenkins

Thu, 04/16/20
Joe Jenkins, Counsel Chief of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, became an ancestor today, at the age of 90.  His passing was announced by Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians. It was not COVID-related. Chief Joe was one of the oldest living Mardi ... Read more

1 year anniversary of Draw Fo' Radio

Tue, 04/14/20
Usually, anniversaries with more tenure get more shine and attention. I, personally, feel a deep appreciation for and pride in Draw Fo' Radio's first year on the WWOZ airwaves. Not many people know but Draw Fo' Radio has been in the works for several years and to take an id... Read more

504LIFE: a PPE streaming benefit 4/11

Fri, 04/10/20
Authored by Carrie Booher
"504LIFE," a livestreamed telethon event, is happening Saturday, April 11 starting at 2pm.  The goal is to help doctors, nurses, and other essential workers in New Orleans on the front line of the COVID-19 epidemic by raising money to purchase and deliver lifesaving Person... Read more

Video: Reverend John Wilkins 'Walk With Me'

Thu, 04/09/20
Authored by DJ Swamp Boogie
Sending best wishes to Reverend John Wilkins as he battles COVID-19. His family recently shared this update on his illness via Facebook: This performance segment is from an interview with Rev. John Wilkins in Memphis, TN, filmed by DJ Swamp Boogie in December 2018. Read more

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