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5:56 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited

New Orleans pianist Henry Butler (left) and arranger and trumpeter Steven Bernstein will release their collaborative record, Viper's Drag, in the U.S. on July 15.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 10:47 am

Impulse Records is the legendary label that proudly delivered the "new thing" in jazz in the 1960s: avant-garde records from the likes of John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. It also helped jazz cross over to a larger audience; quite a few flower children bought Impulse albums.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:29 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Three Movies & A Trumpeter

Credit Seán Collins (photo illustration)

Chances are good that you’ve got a little time on your hands these days and you may just find yourself in front of the DVR. We’ve picked three holiday films we like — for no other reason than we’d watch them again if you made the popcorn.

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Jazz New Orleans
2:37 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jazz New Orleans Christmas Party

trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:55 am
Sat October 26, 2013

John Boutté: An Irrepressible Voice

John Boutté is hard to intimidate. He may be the only guy who has ever told Stevie Wonder that his singing was flat. Boutté's observation, during a chance encounter with Wonder, changed his life for good. What's more, it made our lives better.

For more than 20 years, Boutté has built a career writing and performing his own songs, as well as re-interpreting the signature work of others. This week, Boutté tells Music Inside Out how he got so good at finding lyrics to suit his voice, his tenderness, his outrage and his legendary sass.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Jason Patterson Discusses The Upcoming Jazz At The Sandbar Season

A Jazz at the Sandbar performance from 2012.
UNO Music Department

Jason Patterson returns to the WWNO studio to discuss upcoming plans for this season’s Jazz at the Sandbar.

Most may know Patterson for the managerial work he does at Snug Harbor, but he is also a part of a few non-profit organizations in New Orleans — including lending his talents to the New Orleans Jazz Celebration; a non-profit organization that he says acts as an umbrella organization helping to produce jazz series like A Nickel a Day and Jazz at the Sandbar.

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Inside the Arts
12:18 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Cuban Pianist Roberto Fonseca Makes Rare Stop In New Orleans

Cuban Pianist Roberto Fonseca

Coming up on Inside the Arts, we hear from rising Cuban star Roberto Fonseca. Yo, his latest CD, is just out on the Concord Jazz label.

The jazz pianist will make a rare concert stop in New Orleans at The House of Blues for a Jazz & Heritage Foundation Jazz Journeys Concert — October 1 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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Talkin' Jazz with Fred Kasten
12:11 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

'Talkin' Jazz' With Great Alto Saxophonist Wessell Anderson

Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson

Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson is one of the top alto saxophonists in jazz today.

A member of Wynton Marsalis's great late-1980s/early-90s septet — and longtime featured artist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — Anderson recently sat down with WWNO's Fred Kasten for a "Talkin' Jazz" interview at the Old U.S. Mint.

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Jazz New Orleans
11:46 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten — September 13, 2013

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Tom McDermott with Jon Cleary and Fats Domino
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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Tom McDermott's Piano

Credit Gregg Goldman / Music Inside Out

The day we visited Tom McDermott’s home, the sound of James Booker’s “Classified” greeted us. It was a sweet gesture: walking into a man’s home to the sound of your radio show’s theme music.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Terence Blanchard: A Voice For The Trumpet

Credit Bob Travis / Flickr

When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes. 

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