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2:15 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

A Hero At Home, Deacon John Moore Is New Orleans' Best-Kept Secret

New Orleans bandleader John Moore chose his "Deacon" nickname at the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. At 73, he's one of the city's most beloved musicians.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 1:04 pm

Deacon John does it all. The veteran New Orleans bandleader plays weddings, birthdays, proms, debutante parties. He holds his own at Jazz Fest and at carnival balls. He'll play 1950s R&B, rock, jazz, gospel, soul and disco — whatever the people want to hear. But when it's up to him, he chooses the blues.

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Continuum
6:00 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Continuum: The Play Of Robin And Marion

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

Excerpts from the medieval musical, "The Play of Robin and Marion", will be featured on this week's Continuum. Composed by the 13th century trouvère Adam de la Halle, this pastoral work is considered by some to be one of the first operas written.

The recording is an historic live performance given in 1984 by musicians of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the famous early music school in Basel, Switzerland. CD is "Le Jeu de Robin et Marion", Focus 913.

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Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten
4:39 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Jazz New Orleans Celebrates Carnival Time

Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr.
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Continuum
6:00 am
Sun February 8, 2015

Continuum: A Voice Still Heard

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

This week on Continuum you'll hear recording of a live New Orleans Musica da Camera concert from October 5, 2014.

It is A Voice Still Heard — Medieval Sephardic Song, recorded at Ursuline Chapel in New Orleans.

This is a repeat of a concert give by Musica da Camera in 1990 at Gates of Prayer Synagogue in New Orleans and broadcast nationally over American Public Radio. The recording is on the CD, A Voice Still Heard - Belle Alliance BA 011.

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Continuum
6:00 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Continuum: La Folia Revisited

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

La Folia is one of the most important anonymous melodies of the 15th & 16th centuries. It has been reported to have variations composed for it by over 400 composers over the years.

Probably the most notable variation of the La Folia is by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). This week on Continuum you'll hear this composition and others from a few notable composers extending into the present day.

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Music
4:36 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Louisiana Philharmonic Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto On 'New Orleans And The Spanish World'

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto.
Credit Intermusica

WWNO2 classical host Farrar Hudkins talks with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto about this year's collaboration with the Historic New Orleans Collection, a concert called "New Orleans and the Spanish World."

Catch the free concert at St. Louis Cathedral on Wed., Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and streaming live on 89.9 WWNO and WWNO.org.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

David Egan: Unabashedly Experienced

Credit Denny Culbert via John Sellards Design

Songwriters talk about a song being “honest.” And according to David Egan, that’s all about telling the truth about our battles and our triumphs — our loves and losses.

“We write music for grownup people,” he says. “Grownup music for grown-ass people.”

They’re the people you might see at the gas station, or in the grocery store. Or in the mirror.

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Continuum
6:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Continuum: Renaissance Sacred Music

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

A program of Renaissance sacred music is featured this week on Continuum.

A few of the composers that you will hear from are Josquin des Prez, Clement Janequin, Thomas Tallis, Gesualdo, and Cipriano de Rore.

The music is from the Century CD collection, History of Early Music. Various performers are on this Volume 8 of the complete Century CD ten volume set.

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Music
12:25 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

New Orleans music didn't do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story today.

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Music Inside Out
6:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Fats Domino: The Founding Father Of Rock 'N' Roll

Fats Domino plays on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in February, 1962.
Credit Music Inside Out

At first, there wasn’t a name for the kind of music that Fats Domino played.

He called it rhythm and blues. But Domino’s songs stretched beyond that category.

In the late 1940s, Domino was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. He’d just gotten married… and both his waistline and fan base were expanding. That’s when the bandleader Billy Diamond first called him “Fats” — and predicted he’d have an outsized career.

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