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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Listening And Learning With Germaine Bazzle

New Orleans jazz singer Germaine Bazzle.
Credit Elliott Hammer / Flickr

Great New Orleans jazz singer Germaine Bazzle’s formal music education began at the Xavier Junior School of Music under the tutelage of the accomplished and very demanding Sister Mary Latitia.

“She is the one, when you hear that little sound that I make, she is the one that demonstrated that to the orchestra when we were playing as she wanted something done,” Bazzle explained. “She wanted to show the trumpets or trombones, the brass people, how to do a certain thing. And when I started doing gigs I found myself doing that.”

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WRKF
12:39 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Interviews: Seafood Marketer Chris Nelson, Author Victoria Sweet

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:20 am

Jim talks with Chris Nelson, with the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition, about the state of his industry--three years after the BP oil spill.

Journalist and political blogger Tom Aswell, of "Louisiana Voice", talks about his ongoing battle with Jindal Administration department heads over transparency.

Author Victoria Sweet discusses her latest book, "God's Hotel"


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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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Out To Lunch
2:18 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

From Coasts To Coats — Righteous Nutria On Out To Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti, Cree McCree and an unnamed nutria pelt.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

A beaver with Cajun accent makes a fashion statement this week on Out to Lunch! Cree McCree takes the nutria, the rodent that is eating the Louisiana wetlands, and turns the nasty-looking pests into fab-looking fur fashion.

Cree talks to Peter Ricchiuti about feeling good about wearing fur again in her Righteous Fur.

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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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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WRKF
11:14 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Interviews: Writer Rod Dreher And Activist John Hightower

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:32 pm

Jim chats with noted write Rod Dreher, about his return to Louisiana and his book, "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming"

Community activist John Hightower discusses some of the many philanthropic ventures he's involved with, including an upcoming summit on diabetes at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, hosted by the Environment and Health Council of Louisiana, of which Hightower is a member.


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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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WRKF
1:32 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Interviews: State Treasurer Kohn Kennedy

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:26 am

Jim chats with state Treasurer John Kennedy about the legislative session and money matters in Louisiana.

Journalist Maxine Crump and Lisa Teer, with LA Delta Service Corps, discuss this week's Dialog On Race, with a focus on race in education.

Jim visits with legendary photographer Bob Adelman, known for visually documenting much of the American civil rights movement, and his iconic shots of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Shannon Powell & His Drums

Credit Ron Weinstock / Flickr

The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? "I'm happy," Powell tells Music Inside Out. "I was a happy child. I'm a happy spirit."

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