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Fats Waller, "Honeysuckle Rose" 1941

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by David Stafford
In the video below, made in 1941, Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (1904-1943) performs "Honeysuckle Rose," one of his best known compositions. It's an example of a "soundie," which are "three-minute American musical 16mm films, produced ... between 1940 and 1946, each containin... Read more

WWOZ at the Movies: Jazz Fest Edition

Thu, 04/16/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ and Indywood Movie Theater present three special music-themed films to coincide with Jazz Fest. Collectively, the films reveal a great variety of cinematic approaches to exploring musicians and their music, and showcase a variety of genres. The films are "The Harder They ... Read more

Andrew Duhon, "Feelin' Low Down"

Tue, 04/14/15
Authored by David Stafford
New Orleans singer-songwriter Andrew Duhon does "Feelin' Low Down" from his album The Mooringsin a Bloody Sunday Sessions video, so named because bloody marys helped generate the idea for "a web-based video series of stripped down musical performances occurring in the back ... Read more

Louisiana Busker Festival

Mon, 04/13/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Abita Springs Busker Festival (née Louisiana Busker Festival) is taking place this year on Sunday, April 19 just north of the lake in downtown Abita Springs. This free festival features some of the best local talent that you can catch on the streets of the French Quarter a... Read more

Ornette: Made in America; April 12 at Indywood

Sat, 04/11/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ has partnered with local independent movie theater Indywood for a series of screenings. Coming this Sunday, April 12 at 7pm, is "Ornette: Made in America," a documentary about free jazz pioneer and Pulitzer Prize winner Ornette Coleman. The film features wonderful live... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 04/10/15

Sat, 04/11/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Play Count Start Time 1 Chicken Gumbo Preston Love 02:08 Preston Love's Omaha Bar-B-Q 3 2015/4/10 22:01:32 2 I Earned Mine Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens 03:00 Cold World 2 ... Read more

Robert Glasper Experiment, Tiny Desk Concert

Thu, 04/09/15
Authored by David Stafford
Grammy winner and 2015 WWOZ Piano Night artist the Robert Glasper Experiment have released two terrific albums fusing jazz, hip-hop, R&B, soul, and rock. The set list for this Tiny Desk Concert includes "Trust," "NPR Tiny Desk Jam," and "F.T.B. (Gonna Be Alright)." Marsha A... Read more

Mahalia's New Orleans: Excerpts

Wed, 04/08/15
Authored by David Stafford
On March 7, the Newcomb College Institute’s Skau Art and Music fund sponsored Mahalia's New Orleans: A Concert and Conference in Honor of Mahalia Jackson. This 9-minute video summary of the event deftly interweaves discussion of Jackson's work with performance clips. Partic... Read more

Warren Zevon, "A Certain Girl"

Mon, 04/06/15
Authored by David Stafford
Warren Zevon covers "A Certain Girl", originally an Ernie K-Doe track recorded by Allen Toussaint. It appeared on Zevon's 1980 album Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School; the version below was recorded live on October 1, 1982 at Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ.  And as a little... Read more

French Quarter Fest: Facts & Tips

Sun, 04/05/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
French Quarter Fest is rapidly approaching; this year's festival will be happening from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday April 12. WWOZ will be there broadcasting live for those of you who can't make it in person. With less than three weeks to go, check out these lesser-known fa... Read more

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