'OZone Email Newsletter for January, 2013

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Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup

It's Carnival Time!

Year in Review: Flashback 2012

Tipitina's 35th Anniversary

Live Broadcast: SFJAZZ Center Grand Opening

Hosts' top CDs of 2012

Recipe: Galette des Rois

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Dear Listener,

The Krewe of Groove has been on fire over the holidays and emerging from our den are some of the most exciting feats ever attempted by the little station that could-- and does! For example, next Wednesday, January 23, WWOZ will be premiering the launch of the SFJAZZ Center, a $54 million dollar facility representing a major investment in the resurgence of jazz in this country.

I leave it to you to chase the link to see how magnificent this thing really is. Suffice it to say the opening night broadcast, which we will be airing on WWOZ as well as feeding to stations around the country, includes Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Bill Frisell, Joshua Redmond, Joe Lovano, John Handy, Regina Carter, Bill Cosby host and a whole bunch more. WWOZ is co-hosting the broadcast with WBGO show host Josh Jackson (formerly of WWOZ!) and is partnering with NPR Music to provide a national video stream, also available at www.wwoz.org. This is one of the most ambitious projects 'OZ has ever undertaken and raises the station’s national prominence even higher. The costs of the broadcast are being underwritten by sponsors who support 'OZ and appreciate the importance of this event to the future of jazz.

Then, the following week, we’ll return to the Crescent City to fling ourselves into the height of the Super Bowl frenzy pulsing through the Football Zone. First, we’ll be joining the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation in their magnificent tent at Woldenberg Park the Thursday through Sunday of Super Bowl Weekend. Canal Plaza will be the site of a four-stage non-stop mini-fest produced by Quint Davis. 'OZ will be airing live interviews from the tent and live broadcasts of the performances from the stages.

On another front, WWOZ has been asked to create a special New Orleans edition three-day “pop-up” station for XM/Sirius’s Real Jazz Channel during Super Bowl weekend. It will give the station a chance to promote our local musicians on yet another national platform, while making some noise about WWOZ to folk who may not be familiar with the station.

And then, right back into Party Gras!

Yours in grace notes and Mardi Gras floats,

David Freedman

David Freedman
General Manager

Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup

Big Sam at Jazz Fest

Big Sam at Jazz Fest 2011.

Photo by Stafford

We're always fired up about Jazz Fest, so we're excited that the 2013 lineup has just been released. This year's fest happens April 26-May 5 (WWOZ's Piano Night will be on April 29) and some performances by caught our attention on first glance: B.B. King, The Del McCoury Band with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Treme Brass Band's Tribute to Uncle Lionel Batiste.

» See who's coming to Jazz Fest this year!

» Get a Brass Pass for 2013

It's Carnival Time!

Krewe d'Etat float

Krewe D'Etat Parade

Photo by Stafford

The 2013 season began on January 6, and a wave of purple, green, and gold is sweeping through South Louisiana. So finish up your costume (and the dog's too!), clean up those King Cake crumbs, boil up some crawfish and get ready to hit the streets.

» Mardi Gras 2013

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Year in Review: Fabulous 2012

Bob Andrews

Bob Andrews plays at Piano Night 2012

Photo by Bill Sasser

As we move into 2013, we wanted to take a last look back at 2012, the hottest year on record but one about which, thankfully, the Mayans were wrong. It was also another year ('OZ's 32nd!) of amazing music from the coolest city on the planet! Take a look back at some of the most memorable moments.

» Relive 'OZ's Fabulous 2012


Tipitina's 35th Anniversary

Nevilles at Tipitinas

Neville Brothers at Tipitina's 2003.

Photo Leon Morris.

A tip of the hat to Tipitina's! The legendary venue (and the birthplace of WWOZ) celebrates three-and-a-half decades at Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas this month. In the words of Professor Longhair "Tipitina, hoola malla walla dalla"!

» Find out why there's a banana in Tipitina's logo.

WWOZ cookbook titled That Sounds Good WWOZ License Plate.

Live Broadcast: SFJAZZ Center Grand Opening

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding (shown here at Jazz Fest 2009) is on the bill in SF.

Photo by Leon Morris.

WWOZ is thrilled to announce that we will be trucking across the country to broadcast live from Opening Night of the SFJAZZ Center on January 23rd. The lineup for this show is long and awe-inspiring.

» See more of the lineup for Opening Night at the SFJAZZ Center

Hosts' Top CDs of 2012

CDs on a rack


OZ's show hosts have made their lists (and checked them twice!) of the best CDs of 2012. Let those in the know help you fine-tune your collection of great New Orleans, Cajun, jazz or blues tunes.

»See 'OZ Hosts' favorites from 2012

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Recipe: Galette des Rois

King Cake

Galette des Rois: A French ancestor of King Cake

Galette des Rois is a French ancestor of the King Cakes we enjoy every Mardi Gras. In the northern part of France, carnival revelers eat Galette de Rois on Twelfth Night. It's made of puff pastry and a mixture of almond cream and pastry cream. Thanks to Stephanie Jane Carter, editor of Southern Food & Beverage's OKRA magazine.

» Recipe: Galette des Rois

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