We've just completed our first full year of New Orleans Calling here at WWOZ! And we're thrilled at our success over the last twelve months, bringing the music, sounds, people, and life of New Orleans to listeners around the country and the world, in a program only WWOZ could produce.
To celebrate, and as a special thank-you to our listeners, we've assembled a program of some of the very best moments from this past year, including a little R&B, a little jazz, a couple of secret New Orleans recipes, and a visit with a Mardi Gras Indian. Plus a special bonus, or "lagniappe" as we like to say in the Crescent City -- some new and unreleased music, recorded just for New Orleans Calling at the historic Basin Street Station. And in the words of trumpeter Leroy Jones, this is "Mo Cream From The Crop!"
Here's a brief list of what's included in this week's show, with links to pages where you can hear the full episodes these highlights were taken from.
We heard from trumpeter James Andrews, talking about the longevity of his grandfather Jessie Hill's hit "Ooh Poo Pah Doo," from our episode titled "A Visit To The Ooh Poo Pah Doo," which featured a look at the extended family of musicians connected to the Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar, including James, Trombone Shorty, and Glen David Andrews.
Allen Toussaint and Benny Spellman spoke about the beginnings of their R&B careers in the 1950s and 1960s, from our episode titled "Lipstick Traces."
Sharon Martin and her band First Take performed "Take The A Train" just for New Orleans Calling, at the historic Basin Street Station. For more from Sharon's set, check out our episode "Fish Fries and Green Gumbo."
Evan Christopher led is through the history of jazz slarinet in New Orleans, from the episode "Rampart Street Ramble."
Frank Brigtsen described the seasonal specialty Green Gumbo, or Gumbo Z'Herbes, also from our episode "Fish Fries and Green Gumbo."
Our closer look at Dr John's "Litanie Des Saints" is from our episode "The Piano Player."
Leroy Jones' okra recipe and John Besh's description of New Orleans cooking traditions are from the episode "Born In A Cast Iron Pot."
And the highlights from the Boudin stories are from our episode "Boudin: The New Orleans Music Stories."
THIS WEEK'S TRACK LISTING:
Jessie Hill - "Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Part 2" (bed) -
Jessie Hill - "Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Part 1" - Jessie Hill
Trombone Shorty and James Andrews - "Ooh Poo Pah Doo"
Dr. John - "Sahara" (bed)
Allen Toussaint - "Whirlaway"
Allen Toussaint - "Bono" (bed) - Allen Toussaint
Benny Spellman - "Lipstick Traces"
AFO Executives - "Old Wine"
Sharon Martin and First Take - "Take the A Train" recorded live at Basin Street Station
Edmond Hall - "Clarinet Marmalade" (music bed)
Edmond Hall - "Adam and Evie"
The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Oscar 'Papa' Celestin (Alphonse Picou) - "High Society" (music bed)
Clarinet Summit (Alvin Batiste) - "Creole Love Call" (music bed)
George Lewis - "Hindustan"
Cyril Neville - "Shake Your Gumbo" (music bed)
Tom McDermott - "Rebennackin' (For Mac Rebennackin; B-Flat Minor)" (Bed)
Ian Hobson (composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk) - "Souvenir de Porto Rico" (Bed)
Dr. John - "Litanie des Saints"
[field recording of Mardi Gras Indians recorded by George Ingmire]
Fi Yi Yi & The Mandingo Warriors - "Who Got The Fire" (bed)
Breno Mello - "Batterie De Cappela" (bed)
Earthdance - "Maculelê Maracatu" (bed)
[Mardi Indian Practice recorded by George Ingmire]
Leroy Jones - "Mo' Cream From The Crop" (bed)
John Rankin - "Chicken Gumbo"
9th Ward Marching Band - "Drum Cadence / Burnin' For You"
Jay-Ray and Gee - "Proud Mary"
NEW ORLEANS CALLING is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City.
Your host, writer, editor, interviewer, audio engineer, and co-producer is George Ingmire.
Dave Ankers is the producer.
Melanie Merz is the supervising producer.
Additional production by Jorge Fuentes.
National distribution is managed by Russell Shelton and Carmen Connor Post.
Web support by David Stafford.
Executive Producer is WWOZ’s General Manager David Freedman.
Live From Basin St. Station is made possible by a partnership between WWOZ and the historic Basin St. Station. Live recording produced by Damond Jacob. Special thanks to Michael, Bubby, and Jay Valentino, Laura Tennyson, and Khalid Hafiz.
Special thanks to:
Sally Young and Melanie Merz, for their voice talents; WWOZ's Maryse Dejean, Scott Borne, Dee Lindsey, Lauren Del Rio, Leslie Molson, Beau Royster, and Dwayne Breashears.