'OZone Email Newsletter for August, 2011

'OZone Newsletter

Dear Listener,

In an interesting change of pace I’ve been asked to share a few thoughts to warm you up to the latest OZone. Here goes.
In the thirteen plus years that I’ve been with WWOZ I’ve seen the station grow in ways that I never imagined possible. Once upon a time we had to go the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation offices three blocks away to send or receive faxes (remember those?), office space was so cramped that even the rodents were looking for a way out, and half-pigs were given away during our fund drives (don’t ask). What kept us going was the knowledge that WWOZ was doing its best to celebrate and promote the music and culture of New Orleans and the region. This was never more evident than in the weeks following August 29, 2005.
A lot has happened since the Thing-That-Shall-Remain-Nameless six years ago. WWOZ has relocated, gained national and international recognition, and shows no signs of slowing down. Our music library has been digitized and is now accessible for the first time in years, real-time playlists are on the verge of being shared on our website, and our family of volunteers and supporters increases every day.
We’re not going anywhere and hope you aren’t either. Keep listening.


Dwayne Breashears
Program Director

Live Broadcast of the Jazz Journey Concert: Dr. Lonnie Smith + Herlin Riley

Dr. Lonnie Smith at Piano Night 2011. Photo by Danielle Small

If you didn't catch him at Piano Night 2011, you can listen to legendary organ player, Dr. Lonnie Smith, along with drummer Herlin Riley, live over the air or online from the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, August 27, 7:30 10:30 PM. The Jazz Journey concert series is a regular event hosted by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, bringing in jazz luminaries to play with New Orleans musicians.

» Tune in to the groove

Live Broadcast of the Love Sessions: The Roy Hargrove Quintet + The Irvin Mayfield Band

Irvin Mayfield

Listen to WWOZ broadcast live from the brand new Irvin Mayfield I Club in the JW Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. The Irvin Mayfield Band will be playing with The Roy Hargrove Quintet, as part of the Love Sessions, a fundraiser for twelve different charitable organizations. Tune in at 90.7fm in New Orleans or online!

» Turn up the trumpet

Hurricane Katrina: Six Years Later

Hurricane Katrina

WWOZ looks forward as we commemorate the sixth anniversary of Katrina. We've compiled Katrina-related community events, along with a feature report by our community partner The Lens and audio documentaries by show host George Ingmire that pay homage to New Orleans cultural figures and icons that passed in the aftermath of Katrina.

» Marking six years ago


Insight New Orleans - Tell Us What You Know!

The Lens salon

WWOZ has partnered with The Lens, an investigative news source for the Greater New Orleans region, to bring you Insight New Orleans. Insight New Orleans is a collaborative project that solicits the expertise of everyday citizens on issues near and dear to our hearts. You have something to say about second line culture? On music education? The struggle of music venues post-Katrina? On charter schools? Shout out about it!

» Learn more about Insight New Orleans

» Come to The Lens salon on charter schools TONIGHT


Takin' It To the Streets: Second Line Season Starts Up

Perfect Gentleman Parade 2011. Photo by Christy Grimes.

It's that time of year again, when even though it may feel like it's 108 degrees outside, social aid and pleasure clubs take to the streets to celebrate our neighborhoods. This season begins with The Valley of the Silent Men parading on August 28. Keep up to date with DJ Action Jackson's interviews, parade route sheets and other events surrounding the social aid and pleasure club community.

» Show us how you second line


Show Host Profile: Maryse Dejean

Maryse introduces the 2010 Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium. Photo by Nicholas Asher Istas.

Maryse Dejean is the volunteer coordinator for WWOZ and current host of Wednesday afternoons' "Jazz from the French Market" from 4-7PM. A native of Haiti, Maryse moved to New Orleans in the early 1980s and began her career at WWOZ in 1991. She has enriched and preserved the musical heritage of the city ever since as a WWOZ volunteer, staff member, and as host of several programs, including Sunday nights' "What's New," "The Kitchen Sink" of new releases.

» Read more about Maryse and other show hosts

Call for Volunteers - Fall Membership Drive

Phone Bank Volunteer Jan at the 2010 Fall Membership Drive. Photo by Jennifer Leslie.

WWOZ's Fall Membership Drive is right around the corner, and we need your help to make it a success! We are looking for phone bank volunteers to help us sign up new and renewing members at the studio. The drive starts on Tuesday, September 27 and runs through Thursday, October 6. With lots of food, fun and live music, the phone bank is the place to be during the pledge drive!

» Read more about volunteering for the drive

Swamp Shop Contest Ends August 31

Rocking an 'OZ "Music to the Bone" shirt at Jazz Fest. Photo by Stafford.

Last call for photos of you rocking your 'OZ gear! Whether it's our newest baseball cap or your own homemade t-shirt from the '80s, send us photos of yourself, wherever you may be, for a chance to win a $25 credit in the WWOZ Swamp Shop. After the contest is over, we'll post our favorite photos up on the WWOZ website, so we can show off all of our awesome, dedicated fans.

» Details about the contest

Dark Chocolate Mousse with Citrus and Grand Marnier

A favorite combination of orange and chocolate.

Impress your friends with a fancy dessert from one of our favorite soul food restaurants in New Orleans, Dooky Chase. Dooky Chase may be better known for its homestyle fried chicken and lunchtime buffets, but this is something worth whipping up just for the "oohs" and "ahhs." If you like the recipe, then visit Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2011, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.

» This month's recipe

WWOZ Quick Links

Playlists Online

Interested in an artist we played on-air? View playlists posted by our show hosts; use the Search tab to search by song title, band name, CD title or label.


The Swamp Shop is open and chock full of WWOZ gear.

New Orleans Music Calendar

Live music is the life-blood of New Orleans. Check out our online music calendar to find out who's playing where!

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