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Prince et al., "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", 2004

Fri, 07/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Prince, who's headlining the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this weekend, possesses many musical gifts, perhaps none greater than as a rock-star-style guitarist. Rolling Stone rated him 33rd of the 100 greatest ever while citing the performance in the video below as ... Read more

Clarence "Frogman" Henry, "Ain't Got No Home"

Wed, 07/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
Clarence "Frogman" Henry, a 2007 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee and a New Orleans legend, delivers an epic eight-plus minute of his 1956 debut single, "Ain't Got No Home" at the LMHOF Legends Live show.   Read more

Amazing Music Lineup at the new Live Oak Cafe

Tue, 07/01/14
Authored by Mark LaMaire
If you listen to WWOZ's Morning Set , you crave good music in the morning.  Oak Street cafe used to be one of the only places in town serving live music with breakfast.  It has recently been taken over by former staff members, and is now the Live Oak Cafe.  Charles Farmer,... Read more

Al Hirt on the Johnny Cash Show, 1970

Tue, 07/01/14
Authored by David Stafford
Check out New Orleanian Alois Maxwell "Al" Hirt (1922-1999), playing his horn during a December 16, 1970 episode of Johnny Cash's musical variety show. The pace here is brisk: Hirt does 3 songs in 4min, 21sec. First, there's a quick "I Walk the Line" with Cash, followed by ... Read more

Banu Gibson & the New Orleans Hot Jazz Orchestra, "Milenberg Joys"

Mon, 06/30/14
Authored by David Stafford
Banu Gibson & the New Orleans Hot Jazz Orchestra with a 1986 cover of Jellyroll Morton's "Milenberg Joys". The occasion was the Saint Louis National Ragtime and Classic Jazz Festival from the Goldenrod Showboat; KETC Channel 9 in Saint Louis shot the video.   Read more

Meet WWOZ's Interns

Mon, 06/30/14
Authored by Maryse Dejean
WWOZ is hosting six college interns this summer. These highly motivated young people are: Ishan Allen, James Bullard, Olivia Broslawsky, Benjamin Russell, Candace Crawford, and Lily Wasserman. The interns are acquiring hands-on experience in various aspects of radio, and thei... Read more

Guardians of the Groove 7: Asia Muhaimin and Nita Ketner

Sat, 06/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
The latest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" (see below for more on the series) aired on WWL-TV on May 27. Asia Muhaimin, band director at Warren Easton High, sat down with WWOZ's Nita Ketner.  About "Guardians of the Groove": WWOZ has partnered with WWL-TV to reco... Read more

Allen Toussaint, "It's A New Orleans Thing"

Thu, 06/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
Allen Toussaint performs "It's A New Orleans Thing", a cut from his 2013 album Songbook, on Sound Opinions, a public radio show from WBEZ in Chicago. At the end of an older video version of this song, he notes that it was "inspired by Professor Longhair", an influence that ... Read more

Sarah Quintana, "Riz Au Lait"

Wed, 06/25/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a video version of Sarah Quintana's humorous paean to riz au lait (AKA rice pudding, a classic French comfort food) from her 2012 album World Has Changed. In this version she's accompanied by "found" precussion instruments: pots and pans in the kitchen of Huh! Restau... Read more

Glen David Andrews, 3 songs with Jam in the Van

Mon, 06/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
From the intimate confines of the Jam in the Van vehicle, Glen David Andrews rips and rocks through three tracks: "I Can Do Bad All By Myself", "Guilded Splinters", and the Satchmo standard "What a Wonderful World". "I Can Do Bad All By Myself"   "Guilded Splinters"   "Wh... Read more

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