'OZone Email Newsletter for March 2019

 Steve Lands

In the MARCH 2019 Issue of the 'OZone,
WWOZ's monthly newsletter:
Jazz Fest at 50 | Join the Guardians of the Groove | WWOZ Piano Night 2019 | Jazz Fest 50th Box Set from Smithsonian Folkways | Congo Square Rhythms Fest: March 30-31 | Brass Pass Pickup Information | Takin' It to the Streets: Uptown Super Sunday & more | Recipe: Shrimp Étouffée | Quick Links

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Dr John

Dr John on the Acura Stage.
Photo by Leon Morris

Jazz Fest at 50

Thus far in 2019, we've posted nearly 100 pieces of content in honor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's 50th birthday. Check out all the WWOZ Jazz Fest Time Capsules, Flashbacks, historic photos, videos, and much more. For their support of this avalanche of content, we're grateful to our sponsors: The Helis Foundation, The Goldring Family Foundation, The Remedy Room, The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, The Derbes Foundation, Goldfarb Financial, The National World War II Museum, and special thanks to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

» All Jazz Fest at 50 content

Snare drum

Join our brass band!

Join the Guardians of the Groove

Tune in March 21-29 for our Spring Membership Drive, during which we'll dazzle the airwaves (and our live video stream) with singular performances from the brightest stars in the New Orleans music universe. Show your support and commitment by joining the Guardians of the Groove Brass Band and help us keep sweet and funky tunes flowing around the globe.

» Join our brass band!


Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary.
Photo by Michael E McAndrew

WWOZ Piano Night 2019

Piano Night, the flagship benefit for WWOZ, happens on April 29, the Monday night between Jazz Fest weekends. In addition to its usual stellar lineup showcasing the New Orleans Piano Tradition (Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary, Joe Krown, Tom McDermott and many more), Piano Night 2019 has a new feature: "The Byrd's Nest Lounge Patron Party," an intimate showcase and patron party in the House of Blues Foundation Room, named for the beneficiary of the very first Piano Night: Mr. Henry Byrd, AKA Professor Longhair.

» Piano Night tickets

JF 50th box set

Jazz Fest 50th Box Set from Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways will be releasing a 5-disc box set entitled "Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" later this year, including unreleased material spanning the years 1974 to 2016. Featured artists include Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Big Freedia, Professor Longhair, the Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Pres Hall Jazz Band, and many more. The box set is filled with archival photos and essays annotated by Robert H. Cataliotti, plus in-depth notes from Jeff Place and Huib Schippers of Smithsonian Folkways; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation archivist Rachel Lyons; WWOZ's Director of Content, Dave Ankers; and Jon Pareles of the New York Times.

» Preview track: Trombone Shorty, 'One Night Only (The March)'

Nayo Jones

Nayo Jones plays Sat, Mar 30.
Photo by Michele Goldfarb

Congo Square Rhythms Fest: March 30-31

Mardi Gras Indians, African dance, brass bands, luscious jazz, soul-funk, Garifuna music from Honduras and West African highlife–all these are in store for music fans at the 12th annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation March 30-31 in Armstrong Park. A celebration of the New Orleans traditions springing from the African diaspora, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival brings a joyful noise to the birthplace of American music.

» Congo Square Rhythms Fest

Groove Gala Print  

Brass Passes

2019 Brass Passes.
Photo by KaTrina Griffin

Brass Pass Pickup Information

If you bought a Brass Pass for Jazz Fest 2019 (thanks much!), you can pick it up according to the instructions at the link below. Also, note that we will not be doing pick up at the station this year; instead, the last distributions before Jazz Fest will be held at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation on North Rampart, a much more accessible location.

» Pick Up Your Brass Pass

Mohawk Hunters

Mohawk Hunters at Super Sunday.
Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Takin' It to the Streets: Uptown Super Sunday & more

Check out one of four big Takin' It to the Streets events during the next week. On Saturday, March 16, the New Orleans Original Brass Fest happens from 11a-8p in Armstrong Park. Sunday, March 17 is Uptown Super Sunday around A.L. Davis Park at Washington and LaSalle in Central City starting around noon. Also on Sunday, the Single Men Second Line rolls at 2p. Finally, Tuesday, March 19 is St. Joseph's Night.

» Get route sheets & more from Takin' It to the Streets

Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp Étouffée

Recipe: Shrimp Étouffée

Here's a classic version of this Creole favorite, just in time for Lent. Similar to the crawfish variety, shrimp étouffée is generally lighter.

» Recipe: Shrimp Étouffée


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