Music

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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Music
1:27 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

50 Years For 'Chapel of Love', The Dixie Cups' #1 Hit

The original Dixie Cups: Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins with Joan Marie Johnson.
Courtesy of Barbara Hawkins

Fifty years ago the Beatles crossed over to America, and it seemed no one could unseat them from the top of the charts. But three girls from New Orleans' Calliope housing project did just that, edging out the Fab Four in 1964 to score a #1 Billboard hit.

The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" featured the harmonies of sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, along with their cousin Joan Marie Johnson. Though Hurricane Katrina took them from New Orleans, they’re back to play French Quarter Fest this Saturday at 2 p.m. This is the story of their enduring hit.

 

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Jazz New Orleans
3:53 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

March 14, 2014 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Cindy Scott

This week's Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten features an extended conversation with "Player of the Week" - singer Cindy Scott - whose new cd "Historia" is highly recommended - plus - music from Horace Silver, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Supersax, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Shirley Horn, Dr. Michael White, Tom McDermott, Tommy Flanagan, Paquito d'Rivera, Ray Brown - and more.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:52 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Music Inside Out With Luke Winslow-King

Credit Matt Robinson / Elephant Quilt Productions

What do you get when you combine modern jazz, the music of Woody Guthrie, Delta blues, and Antonín Dvořák's "American" String Quartet?

You get Luke Winslow-King.

Born and raised in Michigan, a crime landed him in New Orleans. But, ever the optimist, Winslow-King decided to stay. And yet, the road has been more of a home in recent years. Winslow-King is spending the final months of 2013 on a European tour.

“I play for people who still feel like there is something positive and exciting left out in the world to experience.”

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Music Interviews
12:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Emerging Musicians: Clarinetist Gregory Agid

Clarinetist Gregory Agid.

WWNO, in partnership with NOLA Art House Music and NolaVie, presents the first in a series of interviews hosted by trumpeter Dr. Edward Anderson, focused on some of the best emerging musicians in the New Orleans arts community.

In the first installment, Dr. Anderson talks with clarinetist Gregory Agid.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:49 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band: Feel Like Funkin' It Up

Rebirth Brass Band at Underground Arts 1.11.14
Credit Wendy McCardle / wendymccardle.com

This is not John Philip Sousa's band music.

Don't get us wrong, Sousa is in the pantheon of them-who-haul-brass-through-the-streets, but we suspect the maestro might be surprised by the music today. Which, if you think about it, is good.

Otherwise, there would only be the old-timey brass band idiom and the genre would have lost touch with the people. Which is precisely where this music has always lived. With military bands and civic orchestras and parades and funerals and weddings, brass band music has always been popular music.

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Jazz Fest 2014
12:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

2014 Jazz Fest Schedule Announced

The full 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival schedule was released today.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell

The full schedule for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell — commonly referred to as "the cubes" — was released Tuesday morning.

Highlights of this year's Jazz Fest include Eric Clapton, Phish, Arcade Fire, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty and many, many more:

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:49 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Music Inside Out: The Zion Harmonizers

Credit Zack Smith

      

They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For nearly the half a century, the Zion Harmonizers have enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.

In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.

Thank God. It’s wonderful.

 

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:45 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert

Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Jim Tuttle/NPR NPR

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:12 pm

It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
12:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Irma Thomas And The 'Irma Sound'

Credit Rick Diamond / Flickr

Listen

More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

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