interviews

Jazz Fest Minutes
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Saxophonist And Astral Project Founder Tony Dagradi

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi.
Credit tonydagradi.com

Saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi grew up in Summit, New Jersey. By high school he knew what he wanted to do: play jazz.

“It was almost as if I didn’t have a choice,” he says. “I didn’t think about, well, how much money am I going to make or how do I get a gig. I was just — all I wanted to do was play.”

After a couple of years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Dagradi entered an intense period of jazz rehearsal and listening.

Read more
WRKF
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Interviews: DEQ's Michael Vince, Ornithologist David Sibley, Former Newsman Henry Brancher

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:36 pm

From the state Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Vince who talks about ozone levels and air quality in the Capital area.

A chat with Henry Bradsher, former Associated Press Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, who has retired in Baton Rouge. 

Ornithologist David Sibley, who'll be addressing the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.


Read more
Jazz Fest Minutes
12:32 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Banjoman Don Vappie

Don Vappie.
Credit vappielle.com

Don Vappie grew up in New Orleans with a yen for music he just couldn’t explain.

“My earliest memory, it must have been second grade, I always wanted to be a musician,” Vappie says. “I have no idea why, but that’s what I wanted to do.”

Unless it was those records.

Read more
WRKF
11:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Interviews: Food Critic Michael Pollan, Singer Phillip Manuel

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:32 pm

New Orleans jazz singer Phillip Manuel discusses his career and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Government watchdog and political blogger C.B. Forgotston (Forgotston.com) and Jim discuss goings on in the 2013 State Legislature.

Global thinker Dr. Keshore Mahbubani, with the University of Singapore, on his book, "The Global Convergence: Asia, The West And the Logic Of One World"

Jim talks with acclaimed food critic Michael Pollan about his book, "Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation".


Read more
Jazz Fest Minutes
4:27 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri

Pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri.
Credit Juan Cruz / eddiepalmierimusic.com

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is a great pianist, composer and bandleader. However, in his early teens Palmieri developed a yen to play timbales in his piano-playing older brother’s band.

Read more
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.”

Read more
WRKF
11:21 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Interviews: Baton Rouge Area Foundation's Erin Wesley

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:02 am

Erin Monroe Wesley, C.O.O. of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, discusses her group's legislative agenda for this year and other matters.

Local businessman Steve Myers and Paul Naquin, a resident concerned about occupants of some of Myers' rental properties in his neighborhood. Myers recently won a court case on the matter and they'll talk with Jim about it.

Read more
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"


Read more
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.

Read more
WRKF
2:31 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Interviews: Turkish Review's Kerim Balci, Author Mary Anne Sternberg

Turkish Review Chief Executive Editor Kerim Balci discusses the current dynamic in the Middle East.

Author Mary Ann Sternberg talks about her latest work, "River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler Along Louisiana's Historic Byway".

Audio should be posed by 11 am on Tuesday, April 23.

Pages