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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Trumpeter And Vocalist Gregg Stafford

Trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford.

Great New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford spent much of his childhood in the Central City neighborhood. He saw lots of parades, often sang in church, and developed a real love of music.

When it came time for high school, Stafford had the chance to join the school band — if his mother approved. So he told her, “I don’t have an elective at the moment, so the band instructor asked me, would I be interested in music? ‘Oh no, no, no, no; I don’t have no money to pay for no horn, so you can just scratch that,’” she told him.

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Community Impact Series
8:26 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Local Nonprofit Helps Cultivate Film Community

As film production work pours into Louisiana, a nonprofit media arts group is helping locals access jobs and cultivating a more robust local film community. 


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Sports
6:02 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

From Hornets To Pelicans: Animal Behavior Experts On New Orleans' New NBA Mascot

Hugo had the wiggle, says expert from the Audubon Nature Institute.
Jason Saul WWNO

The Hornets have played their last game under that team name. Next season they become the Pelicans. The change is meant to tie the team more closely to New Orleans, but it also means the team has a whole new brand, and a new feel to it.

WWNO’s Eve Troeh sat down with two animal experts to take a literal approach to the change from Hornets to Pelicans. Carolyn Atherton is assistant curator of birds at Audubon Zoo. Zach Lemann directs programs at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Hitting The High Notes With Saxophonist Joshua Redman

Saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman grew up in Berkeley, California, a very high achiever academically who turned to music for fun.

“I loved music, and I loved listening to it and I loved playing it, but I wasn’t serious about it. Music was kind of an escape, it was kind of a relief for me from the more rigorous aspects, the more studious aspects, of academics,” Redman says. “That was kind of how I let myself go and have fun.”

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Orleans Group Marks National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Silence Is Violence Executive Director Tamara Jackson on National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Today marks the start of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. A New Orleans non-profit is taking part in the Justice Department project.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
5:36 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Pianist And Composer George Cables

Pianist and composer George Cables.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

George Cables is a superb pianist, an outstanding composer with a real gift for melody. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Queens. He started piano in grade school, and liked taking traditional lessons and studying classical music right away.

“I did like the piano. I had a crush on my piano teacher,” he said.

Cables studied classical piano at the Manhattan High School for the Performing Arts, and found a way to incorporate jazz into his afternoon commute home.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:54 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Meeting the Diverse Needs of Learners

I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to education. Remember when former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum branded President Obama a snob for wanting everyone in America to go to college? Well, I constantly build schools in the air resembling ivy covered college campuses fashioned after antiquity’s trivium and quadrivium.

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Education
6:26 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Limited-English Students Lack Services At New Orleans Schools

In a report out today, New Orleans students from Vietnamese and Latino families say they are not getting the resources they need at school. The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) surveyed 100 students across six schools and collected stories from students and their families. It found a lack of services for Limited-English speakers.

Students describe being placed in English as a Second Language classes below their skill level. Juan Fortanel, 17, says his middle school ESL classes did not feel serious.

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Food
4:34 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Meals With A Mission At Nonprofit Cafés

Café Reconcile has recently finished a major overhaul of its cafe.
Courtesy of Café Reconcile

At a clutch of nonprofit restaurants, the notion of service extends far beyond waiting tables.

Meals With A Mission At Nonprofit Cafés

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:26 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Johnette Downing's Call To Perform

Singer-songwriter Johnette Downing.

Johnette Downing is an award-winning singer and songwriter of music for kids. A New Orleans native, and the daughter of musical parents, Downing felt the call to perform since she was in kindergarten.

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