This year, the name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.
Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we're spreading the joy.
Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Jazz Band play authentic New Orleans traditional jazz as well as any ensemble on the planet. Their combination of deep knowledge of the tradition, top-notch musicianship, spontaneity, contemporary relevance and passion makes for an exhilarating listening experience — whether live or recorded.
Witness Michael White's latest CD, "Adventures in New Orleans Jazz: Part 2" — which hit the jazz radio charts right out of the box this summer and eventually garnered airplay on over 100 stations. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...
Allen Toussaint — the New Orleans producer, arranger and songwriter — has given entertainers around the world something to sing about for a half-century.
The list of collaborations is impressive: R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And all those hours in the studio, with so many types of artists, has given Toussaint some insight into the creative process.
Mignon Faget is a brand as familiar to New Orleanians as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior — synonymous with sophisticated fashion. Like Vuitton and Dior, Mignon Faget is also a person.
Mignon is Peter’s guest on Out to Lunch, along with music industry revolutionary Brent McCrossen. Brent’s local company Audiosocket is rewriting how digital-age music gets licensed and musicians get paid.