Arts & Culture
3:34 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

46th Annual Jazz Fest Kicks Off In New Orleans

This year's Jazz Fest clothing print is a streetcar motif with buttons that look like fare tokens.
Eve Troeh WWNO

Crowds filled the Fairgrounds as the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival started its annual seven days of festing.

From a homegrown showcase for local talent, Jazz Fest has grown to include top national pop stars (which the festival officially calls “guest artists") alongside New Orleans' favorite jazz, blues, rock, gospel, hip hop, brass band and other talent. The nonprofit Jazz and Heritage Foundation has produced the festival in partnership with international production company AEG since 2004.

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Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten
11:52 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Jazz New Orleans Jazz Fest Preview — Part 2 Of 3

Great New Orleans songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays from 8–10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at — An extended conversation with pianist and composer Monty Alexander, the Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week.” Alexander will play Jazz Fest with his Harlem-Kingston Express on Thursday, April 30.

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6:00 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Pavans, Galliards And Almaynes: The 17th Century Dances Of Composer Anthony Holborne

The instrumental consort music of English 17th century composer Anthony Holborne will be featured this week on Continuum.

You'll hear many of his dances, including pavans, galliards and almaynes with interesting titles including "The Honeysuckle" and "The Fairie Round." The outstanding performances will be given by The King's Noyse under the director of David Douglas.

Recording used is: My Selfe - The Music of Anthony Holborne (The King's Noyse) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907238.

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Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten
6:21 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Jazz New Orleans' Jazz Fest Preview — Part 1 Of 3

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga play Jazz Fest on April 26th. Tony Bennett is the Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week."

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays, 8–10 p.m.

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Music Inside Out
2:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Scott Aiges Pulls Back The Curtain On The Music Business

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Consider the musicians.

After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.

You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.

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NOLA Life Stories
1:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: George Wein's Rocky Road To Jazz Fest

George Wein, seated, worked with different music experts to guarantee that the Jazz Fest lineup was stylistically diverse.
Credit Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.

Jazz Fest creator George Wein was a pianist and professor of jazz studies at Boston University when he organized the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. He scored another hit with the Newport Folk Festival and became a sought after concert promoter.

When officials from New Orleans wanted him to produce a festival in the Crescent City, George knew he wanted to do it, but encountered some obstacles along the way.

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In Memoriam
11:17 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dies

Singer Percy Sledge died Tuesday.
Taylor Hill Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:06 pm

Singer Percy Sledge, perhaps best known for his hit "When A Man Loves A Woman," has died, Artists International Management Inc., his talent agency, said.

Sledge died of natural causes a little after midnight at a hospice in East Baton Rouge, La., according to a coroner. The coroner said Sledge was 74, though the Encyclopedia of Music as well as his talent agency says Sledge was 73.

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6:00 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Continuum: The Medieval Tristan And Isolde

This week on Continuum you'll hear medieval music related to the 12th century Celtic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It is this legend that inspired Richard Wagner to write his monumental music drama.

This is a recording of a production of this legend given by The Boston Camerata. Selections will include related music of the troubadours and trouveres and the medieval Carmina Burana. Recordings used are Tristan & Iseult (The Boston Camerata) - Erato ECD 75528 and A L'Estampida (The Dufay Collective) - Continuum CCD 1042.

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Music Inside Out
2:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Terence Blanchard's Gift For Making Music

Terrence Blanchard.
Credit Bob Travis / Flickr

When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes.

Blanchard does some of his best thinking in front of a microphone and he’s impatient to get his ideas recorded. That might explain why he is so prolific and why he is so good.

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9:38 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Ramble Rolls With More Food, Music, and Culture

Brockman presents North Delta Ramble on Saturday

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:36 pm

A celebration of the food, music, and culture of the region is this weekend as part of the North Delta Ramble.

Event founder Alan Brockman say his ongoing passion is to promote and spotlight the area's unique sense of Americana through it's culture.  "We wanted to bring attention to great styles of music and share the story of the food and culture that make this region so special," says Brockman.

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