interviews

Jazz Fest Minutes
1:10 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Wayne Shorter — Connecting With The Beat

Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.
Credit Robert Ascroft

Wayne Shorter is one of the top saxophonists and composers in jazz. It was, strangely enough, getting caught at 15 years old playing hooky from school that put him on a path into music. His punishment: enrollment in the music theory course at his Newark, NJ arts high school.

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WRKF
11:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Interviews: Judge Darrell White, Libertarian Michael Wolf

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 10:07 am

Jim talks with Danny Bourgeois, with the Louisiana Marathon, who was at the Boston Marathon yesterday.

Conservative activist Judge Darrell White and Libertarian Michael Wolf discuss another attempt this year to repeal Louisiana's Science Education act, which allows teaching divine creation theory in public school science classes.

Local ophthalmologist Dr. Pam Williams, discusses proposed legislation (HB 527)that would allow optometrists to perform certain ophthalmological procedures. She is opposed.

Joe Chrest and Jason Bale,  actors appearing in LSU's Swine Palace production of "All The King's Men". 


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WRKF
12:41 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Interviews: LSU's Daphne Cain, Rev. Raymond Jetson, Former Journalism Professor Jay Perkins

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 10:07 am

A visit with former state lawmaker Reverend Raymond Jetson, to discuss efforts to repeal incomes taxes at the State Capitol, and the Reverend's grassroots efforts to improve public schools in Baton Rouge.

Former LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins talks about media coverage of Governor Bobby Jindal, and the state of modern journalism in general.

Jim chats with Dr. Daphne Cain, of the LSU School of Social Work.

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WRKF
9:04 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Interviews: LSU Greats Kevin Mawae & Michael Papajohn

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 11:00 am

A visit with former NFL great Kevin Mawae and actor Michael Papajohn; both former standouts at LSU, who'll be inducted into the university's Hall Of Distinction tonight. 

John Price, with Mayor Holden's office and Camille Manning Broome, with the Center for Planning Excellence, discuss the Better Block Baton Rouge Project and plans for Government Street, in the Mid-city area.

Local attorney Beau Jones, with Bike Baton Rouge, who advocates for initiatives like the Better Block BR Project, to make the city more bicycle friendly.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: The Legendary Del McCoury

Del McCoury and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will play Saturday, Jazz Fest May 5.

Bluegrass Hall of Famer Del McCoury’s folks came from the mountains of western North Carolina, but he grew up on a farm in York County, Pennsylvania, less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore.

“My dad and my older brother listened to the Grand Ol’ Opry every Saturday night,” McCoury said. It was before television, in the middle- to late-1940s.

“At a young age I heard Earl Scruggs, and that’s what got me into music.”

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Welcome to Alex McMurray's Strange World

Alex McMurray at the Bitter End in NYC, 2011
Credit Dino Perrucci

Listen to the conversation with Alex McMurray

As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. 

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French Quarter Festival
11:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Half-Million Expected To Flock To French Quarter Festival For 30th Anniversary

The French Quarter Festival in 2009.
Credit Mark Gstohl / Flickr

The Vieux Carré will become ground zero this week as the French Quarter Festival — the largest free music festival in the southeast — kicks off its 30th anniversary celebration with four days of music.

We sat down with Marci Schramm, the festival’s executive director, to learn more about what’s on tap for this year’s festivities.

Highlights from the interview:

On reaching the 30-year milestone:

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Words and Music with Donald Harrison, Jr.

Donald Harrison, Jr. — saxophonist and Mardi Gras Indian chief.

Saxophonist, composer and Mardi Gras Indian Chief Donald Harrison, Jr. started learning about Mardi Gras Indian culture firsthand and early.

“The first time I put on a suit was at two years old for the Creole Wild West," Harrison said. I was a little chief of the Creole Wild West. I had on a dark blue and white suit my father made for me. I remember them running and going fast up and down in feathers, flying and singing.”

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WRKF
11:33 am
Wed April 10, 2013

THURSDAY: Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Entergy's Morgan Stewart, Paige Gagliano

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:25 pm

Jim talks with Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon about property insurance concerns and insurance legislation before the 2013 State Legislature

Entergy's Morgan Stewart discusses effort to secure federal funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers help to the poor and elderly with their utility bills.

Local actress and performer Paige Gagliano, who's directing a production of "Les Miserables" at The Dunham School. 


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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: David Egan — 20 Years of Trouble

David Egan.

David Eagan is one of Louisiana's most recorded songwriters. A short list of artists covering his tunes includes Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples, John Mayall and Johnny Adams.

Egan grew up in the music-rich environments of 1960s Shreveport.

"You had the whole chitlins-circuit thing," Egan said. "You had the Bossier Strip, which was, of course, somebody's going to write a great book about that someday; just a hotbed of neon and music and vice. All those clubs and everything. And you had the Louisiana Hayride."

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