Last week, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) held its annual conference in New Orleans. In his keynote speech, Representative John Conyers unveiled the outlines of a new National Jazz Initiative, calling for legislation to provide for the preservation of jazz and the implementation of jazz education programs. During our interview with Congressman Conyers on WWOZ, we suggested additions to enhance his bill, including support for the 30+ public radio stations that feature jazz as a major programming element.
On a related note, our live coverage from the JEN conference included the spontaneous voices of six or seven students singing a delightful jazz interlude a capella; it came through the airways as they practiced in the corridor. This was a reminder that part of WWOZ's mission is to keep our music alive for the next generation.
Another recent WWOZ Magic Moment occurred during our 2010 Spring Membership Drive, when bass player and composer Roland Guerin played three solos that he created extemporaneously during an on-air interview with "Jazz from the French Market" host T.R. Johnson. It was a virtuoso performance leaving everyone in awe. Then in December, at an "After Hours" performance by Roland at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the discussion turned to these on-air improvisations months earlier. Roland asked if it were possible to get a copy of those three tunes so he might revisit them. Operations Manager Jorge Fuentes and T.R. hunted down the segment and now Roland can further develop the inspiration that came to him while performing at WWOZ. Who knows? Perhaps you'll be hearing these songs on forthcoming releases.
These are just a few of the ways that WWOZ brings the creativity and genius of New Orleans' music to the world.
The Jazz Fest 2011 lineup of performers has been announced. It includes acts such as Lucinda Williams, Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Arcade Fire and so much more. Check it out and start planning your Jazz Fest 2011.
Don't forget to buy your brass pass now. They're still your best ticket to Jazz Fest and now they're fully transferable, so you can share a brass pass with your family, friends and co-workers.
Look back with us as we remember the events of 2010, including our 30th birthday, the release of our smart phone applications, Jazz Fest, the Saints Superbowl win, live event broadcasts, membership drives, and more festivals than we can count on both hands. If you missed out, or would just like to reminisce, flip through our photos, videos, and blog posts.
WWOZ honors the fallen heroes of New Orleans music who passed away in 2010, including Herman Leonard, Brandon Franklin, Albert "June" Gardner, Walter Payton, and many more that are sorely missed. During their lives, they made New Orleans and jazz music better for their dedicated work and love. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with WWOZ. Carnival season began on January 6th, but we've got lots of events to keep the parade rolling all the way until March 8th. Visit our Mardi Gras page to find schedules, the history of the Mardi Gras Indians, king cakes, special Mardi Gras related events and more. Check back often to find out about special WWOZ Mardi Gras events.
One year ago, a horrific magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and today, the hard work and struggle isn't over for this Carribean nation. Just like New Orleanians, who always extend a helping hand to their neighbors in need, please consider helping our Gulf neighbors in Haiti. Keep an eye on our updated list of benefit events right here in the Greater New Orleans area for Haiti relief efforts, and check out our online resources to find out how you can help.
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