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Jazz New Orleans
7:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Jazz New Orleans Helps You Plan For Jazz Fest

Legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders.

This week on Jazz New Orleans, the first of three Jazz Fest previews, each featuring great music by artists appearing at this year's 45th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

This week's preview includes music by Chick Corea and his new band, The Vigil; Pharoah Sanders; Rene Marie; Al Jarreau; Allen Toussaint; Henry Butler; Germaine Bazzle and more... Plus an extended conversation with Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" — and Jazz Journalists Association "Jazz Hero" — Harold Battiste.

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Out To Lunch
8:05 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cork 'N Leather

Julie Araujo, Amanda Dailey, Peter Ricchiuti and Alexander Bourne.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"Do something you're passionate about" is tossed about so often as the key to starting up an entrepreneurial business that it's become all but a cliché. This episode of Out to Lunch will restore your faith in the place of passion in business. And if you've ever thought about starting up your own business, after this 30 minutes you'll be inspired to run out and do it!

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:40 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Music Inside Out With Givonna Joseph & OperaCréole

OperaCréole: Wilfred Delphin, pianist; Valerie Jones Francis, soprano; Tyrone Chambers, tenor; Crystal Morris, soprano; Givonna Joseph, mezzo soprano; Brandon Richardson, baritone; Aria Mason, mezzo soprano. Not pictured: Ivan Griffin, bass.
Credit Illinois State University

When John Boutté invited OperaCréole to join him on stage at last year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Boutté knew he'd hit on the right mix for yet another history-making performance. OperaCréole, which appears on Boutté's latest CD, All About Everything, is a new and formidable force in the area's musical pantheon.

Givonna Joseph is the founder of the group and knows the power and the glory of good music. This week, Joseph joins the mix at Music Inside Out for yet another history-making show.

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Inside the Arts
12:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Chita Rivera Makes A Rare Stop In New Orleans, And Glen David Andrews Is Back With 'Redemption'

Chita Rivera
Credit Laura Marie Duncan

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with the legendary Chita Rivera. She's in town this week for a rare performance at Le Petit Théatre.

Then, we sit down with the Prince of Tremé, Glen David Andrews. His latest release, Redemption, tells the story of his personal journey following a major storm in his life.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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The Reading Life
2:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Reading Life With Richard Sexton, Justin Go, Beth Ann Fennelly And Tom Franklin

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Richard Sexton, whose new book is Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere.

 We'll also hear from debut novelist Justin Go, whose book is The Steady Running of the Hour, and we'll visit with novelists Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin, authors of The Tilted World, about the 1927 Mississippi flood.

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NolaVie
5:11 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Sarah Vowell Riffs On Satchmo, 'The Incredibles' And Andrew Jackson

Sarah Vowell signing books after a lecture at Lamar Univ. in Beaumont, Texas
Credit Loren-zo / wikimedia commons

Noted writer, historian and former This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell will be in town to speak at Tulane’s Freeman Auditorium on Wednesday, April 16. And while she’s in town, the author of books like The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes will likely pay a visit to the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). She might also check out some of Louis Armstrong’s old haunts. 

But don’t count on Vowell to spend any time in Jackson Square.

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Out To Lunch
1:04 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Out To Lunch: Bevolo & Beignets

Burt Benrud and Drew Bevolo.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Two icons that say New Orleans: the gas lamp and the beignet. Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Café du Monde, started up in the 1860's.

These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:08 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Pfabulous Pfister Sisters On Music Inside Out

The Pfister Sisters.

Harmony, thy name is Pfister!

This week, the Pfister Sisters sing out and occasionally act out during a rollicking hour spent on jazz vocal harmonies.

The Pfisters pay homage to the Boswell Sisters — one of the finest singing groups to ever come from New Orleans. In their day, the Boswells sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

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WRKF
4:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Lil Buck Sinegal: 'With the Blues, You Can Express Yourself'

Lil Buck Senegal

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 9:35 am

Lil Buck Sinegal, a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer, started playing as a kid in Lafayette on a Harmony box guitar before his father, a cement finisher, bought him an electric guitar -- paid for in installments of $10 a week.

Buck played in zydeco legend Clifton Chenier's band for 17 years, and he says it was Chenier who taught him the blues.


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3:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

An Interview With 'Along Saint Claude' Producer Eve Abrams

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Dave Walker of Nola.Com | The Times-Picayune interviews WWNO producer Eve Abrams about her documentary "Along Saint Claude" and the reaction from the community. The documentary will re-air in seven weekly installments on All Things New Orleans (1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays).
WWNO FM-89.9 will re-air " Along Saint Claude," Eve Abrams' radio documentary, in installments starting Thursday (April 10) on "All Things New Orleans," which airs at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The seven-part documentary, which explores the rapidly changing neighborhoods downriver from the French Quarter, premiered Feb.

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