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Take Five
5:02 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Take Five: For Filmmaker, 'Tradition Is A Temple'

Shannon Powell, Jason Marsalis and Roland Guerin performing 'Powell's Place'.
Image by Darren Hoffman, James Laxton and Ryland Jones

People come from all over the world to experience traditional New Orleans music. But not everyone has that privilege. For those who can't make the trip, a new documentary may be the next best thing.  

When Darren Hoffman heard the song "Discipline Strikes Again" by Jason Marsalis, something clicked in his mind.

“When I heard this, it was one of the first times in many years that I was inspired to create a music video,” says Hoffman.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square
Credit Gregg Goldman

If this week's show doesn't bring out the animal in you, consult a doctor. You may be a vegetable... or a mineral... or a big block of cheese.

This is the time of year when pet lovers take their animals to church, when Lions and Tigers and Cardinals and Falcons take to the field, and when we turn to Louisiana songs about animals.

We've got birds, bees, a monkey, a horse, and even a cheetah. Yes, there are cheetahs in Louisiana. But the potholes slow them down.

So mark your territory and pick up our scent. Click LISTEN and enjoy.

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Music
1:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:33 pm

In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.

The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.

"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.

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WRKF
6:04 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Louisiana Gospel Tradition

Tim Muffitt is in his 15th season as Conductor and Music Director of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 9:26 am

This Friday the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will take on Louisiana’s gospel music history for the very first time.

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Jazz New Orleans
9:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

October 4, 2013 Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten

New Orleans singer and bandleader Banu Gibson

Featuring Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Wess Anderson - plus Banu Gibson, Johnny Adams, Ray Brown,  Tom McDermott, Dianne Reeves and Chick Corea...

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Artistic Director Influenced By Popularity Of Vampires

Marschner’s "The Vampire," was written in 1827 and gained popularity among many notable composers, including Wagner.
Credit creative commons/wikipedia

Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.

It's opera time in New Orleans again. But Robert Lyall, artistic director of the New Orleans Opera Association, says he's decided to give this season's audiences a new twist.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to him about the very different musical works he's chosen in the upcoming season that begins October 11. 

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Jazz New Orleans
12:57 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten — September 27, 2013

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Sonny Rollins

Featuring music from Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Harris, Paquito d'Rivera, Susannah McCorkle, Tommy Flanagan, Dave Frishberg - and an extended conversation with Sonny Rollins...

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Jason Patterson Discusses The Upcoming Jazz At The Sandbar Season

A Jazz at the Sandbar performance from 2012.
UNO Music Department

Jason Patterson returns to the WWNO studio to discuss upcoming plans for this season’s Jazz at the Sandbar.

Most may know Patterson for the managerial work he does at Snug Harbor, but he is also a part of a few non-profit organizations in New Orleans — including lending his talents to the New Orleans Jazz Celebration; a non-profit organization that he says acts as an umbrella organization helping to produce jazz series like A Nickel a Day and Jazz at the Sandbar.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Music Inside Out: Food Songs

Credit Jamallac / Flickr

Food may be the most popular subject on the planet. In fact, scientists have long said that men and women think about food more often than almost anything else: more often than global warming or world peace, more than super heroes, more often, even, than sex.

We can't beat those odds, so this week on Music Inside Out we make a grocery list and dedicate the show to Louisiana songs about food.

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Inside the Arts
12:18 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Cuban Pianist Roberto Fonseca Makes Rare Stop In New Orleans

Cuban Pianist Roberto Fonseca

Coming up on Inside the Arts, we hear from rising Cuban star Roberto Fonseca. Yo, his latest CD, is just out on the Concord Jazz label.

The jazz pianist will make a rare concert stop in New Orleans at The House of Blues for a Jazz & Heritage Foundation Jazz Journeys Concert — October 1 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.

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