music

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:15 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Highlights: Music For The Last Days Of Carnival

Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

There’s plenty of music in the streets of New Orleans this week, so why should the airwaves be any different? (Or the internet, for that matter.)

We’ve put together a Highlights show with some of our favorite moments from recent programs: hand-picked, home-cured, house-made audio wonderfulness.

Sit back, click play, and enjoy. Oh, you can hear much more from each of the featured artists by following the links.  

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Professor Longhair
11:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Major Renovations To Professor Longhair's House Provide Home To Family, Fans

People filled the streets to celebrate the renovation of Professor Longhair's house. The Central City home will house Longhair's family, as well as a place for fans to celebrate the pianist.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The descendants of New Orleans’ renowned rhythm and blues pianist Professor Longhair will soon be back in their Central City house again. A major renovation has made it possible for his family and fans to have a permanent home.

The Stooges Brass Band welcomed dozens of people attending the unveiling of Professor Longhair’s house.

The one and only home ever purchased by the music legend has been renovated. His daughter, Pat Byrd, and grandson Ardell, are moving back in this week.

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Mardi Gras
9:07 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Combined Landry-Walker High School Marching Into Mardi Gras

Landry–Walker High School students practicing for their first combined Mardi Gras parading season.
Nina Feldman WWNO

In August of last year, O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry High Schools combined to form one larger school in a state-of-the-art facility.

The merger of the two Algiers high schools, now called L.B. Landry–O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, was controversial among residents and alumni: public debate raged over everything from student uniforms to the school's official name.

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Red River Radio
8:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cliburn memorial concert marks anniversary of pianist's death

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn died. Tonight in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute by performing at a free, outdoor concert.

A month ago, Cliburn Foundation President and CEO Jacques Marquis says the emails went out to all past finalists of the competition. It was an invitation to play for tonight’s anniversary.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Trumpeters: 'Gritty City' Triumphs With Child-Centered Perspective

A scene from The Whole Gritty City, a new documentary on New Orleans school marching bands.
CBS

A new documentary called The Whole Gritty City zeroes in on New Orleans’ youngest musicians, many of whom haven’t yet lost all of their baby teeth. The film follows three school marching bands as they prepare to perform during Mardi Gras.

In this commentary, education writer Sarah Carr argues that The Whole Gritty City offers us a different kind of look at New Orleans schoolchildren.

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Inside the Arts
6:06 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Music Legend's Home Renovated; Dr. Michael White Jazzes Up Worship Service; Leslie Castay Unscripted

Dr. Michael White.
Courtesty of the artist.

This week on Inside the Arts, the family home of music legend Professor Longhair gets a facelift.

St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church is gearing up for a packed house with a unique Mardi Gras tradition, as it celebrates the 20th Annual Jazz Service with renowned clarinetist Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band.

And Broadway veteran and Big Easy Award-winner Leslie Castay reprises her acclaimed cabaret show, Leslie Castay, Unscripted.

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

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Song Travels
11:03 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Allen Toussaint On 'Song Travels'

Allen Toussaint.
Glade Bilby II Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:27 pm

Pianist, singer, composer and producer Allen Toussaint is one of the leading figures of New Orleans R&B.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
4:21 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Professor Longhair's Legacy

Credit Shanna Riley

The name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.

Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we’re spreading the joy.

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Inside the Arts
11:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Jazz Composer Jerome Theriot Celebrates New Release; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Hurray For The Riff Raff

This week on Inside the Arts, we'll celebrate the music of jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Theriot.

Then, the Anthony Bean Community Theater opens its season with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We talk with members of the cast.
 
And, the local folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff gets national attention. We talk with singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra.
 
Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Music
4:49 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

Advocates are pushing for the virtues of music education that can't be measured numerically.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 6:58 pm

In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.

"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."

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