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On Continuum this week will be a special program devoted the Gregorian Chant, from a ten-CD set of the History of Music.

Specifically, this volume covers musical Europe in the era of Gregorian unification. Performers included Anonymous 4, The Deller Consort, Ensemble Organum, and The Theatre of Voices.

The recording used is Harmonia Mundi Volume 3 of the Century Collection (no catalog number given).

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For immersive music and sound experiences, New Orleans offers any number of clubs and festivals. There’s also The Music Box. It’s a collection of eccentric little houses, each one a sort of musical instrument.

This roving village will be at its City Park installation through Sunday, May 10 (this Mother's Day weekend) with performances conducted by Arto Lindsay the evenings of May 8 and 9. It’s the creation of art collective New Orleans Airlift.

This week on Continuum you'll hear two very different performances of the earliest known song cycle, Cantigas de Amigo, by the mid 13th century composer Martin Codax.

Tonight on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) – An extended conversation with bass great Christian McBride, our Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week” – and will play Jazz Fest with his Big Band, featuring vocalists Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, on Sunday, May 3.

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Onstage, they don’t look like a traditional rock ‘n roll band. Sure, the seven members of Sweet Crude are kinda young and kinda scrawny and their clothes suggest a GAP-meets-Garanimals flare.

But they carry no guitars. Five of them play percussion. And yes, there’s a glockenspiel in the mix.

Sweet Crude sounds different too. They produce a sophisticated mixture of rhythm, classical strings, and musical theater that’s highly danceable and even educational. That’s because the band sings in English and Louisiana French – a language they’re learning on the job.

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New Orleans is right in the middle of Jazz Fest, which features plenty of live music.

But there is also an associated event called the Sync Up Conference, now in its eighth year, designed for independent artists to learn more about the business of music.

WWNO’s Paul Maassen spoke with Scott Aiges, Programs Director for the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, about the conference.

The "La, La, La, La"  name of this week's Continuum program is based on the names of the four CDs featured on the program, all beginning with "La."

These are four very different selections of early music, each with a different early music ensemble. The CDs used are: La Folia (Jordi Savall et al) - Alia Vox AV 9805; La Messe  des Fous (Barry Hayward Consort) - BNL BNL112746; La Dolce Vita (King's Singers & Tragicomedia) - EMI CDC  7 541 91 2; and La Bele Marie (Anonymous 4) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907312.

One of Lafayette’s rising stars, blues rocker Lane Mack, released his self-titled debut earlier this month, and it hit No. 2 on the iTunes blues charts.

After his son was born, Mack says he wanted to record a collection of his own songs rooted in the blues and Cajun music he was raised on.


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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.

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays from 8–10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) — 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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