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

Jazz Fest Minutes: Pianist And Composer George Cables

Pianist and composer George Cables.
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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

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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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Music
1:03 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Artists, New Sound, Still Authentically Louisiana

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:22 am

Festival season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to boogie down to Louisiana music - both old and new. Some new artists bringing a different sound to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year are Luke Winslow-King, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Alexis and the Samurai.

Alex Rawls, a New Orleans-based writer and editor who runs the music and culture website MySpiltMilk.com, was the guest editor of The Oxford American magazine’s 2012 Southern Music Issue, which was entirely dedicated to all things Louisiana music. He also helped put together its accompanying album.

And Rawls tells WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that even though this new music comes from a younger generation and may sound a little different - it is still authentically Louisiana.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:55 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: A Musical Journey With George Duke

George Duke, one of the most sought-after and accomplished players and producers in music.
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George Duke is one of the most sought-after and accomplished players and producers in music. He grew up in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

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WRKF
11:22 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Interviews: GOP Consultant Scott Wilfong and LA Progress's Bruce Parker

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 1:56 pm

Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong and Bruce Parker, of Louisiana Progress, debate a proposed bill that would ban lawsuits based upon gender identification or sexual orientation.

U.S. Army Col. Sherb Sintelle talks about the Army War College

Susan Hunt, with EBR Parish schools, on a collaborative school with the LSU Lab School.


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Jazz Fest Minutes
4:18 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Topsy Chapman And Solid Harmony

Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
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Topsy Chapman is one of New Orleans’ most engaging and soulful singers. Her mix of gospel, blues, traditional jazz and swing proves both captivating and uplifting. And, when Topsy Chapman blends her fine voice with those of her daughters Jolynda Phillips and Yolanda Windsay in the vocal trio Solid Harmony, it’s magic.

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