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Welcome to the WWOZ Blog! This is where 'OZ staff and beloved show hosts post news, thoughts, information, and of course, music.

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Photos: WWOZ Piano Night 2023

Wed, 05/03/23
Check out these wonderful pictures from a sold out WWOZ Piano Night on Monday, May 1, 2023 at House of Blues! Thank you to everyone who came out to support WWOZ at our flagship annual fundraiser. Very special thanks to our volunteer photographers Marc PoKempner, Sarah Kehoe... Read more

Celebrating Arhoolie Records on WWOZ & at Jazz Fest

Mon, 05/01/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ and Jazz Fest are celebrating Arhoolie Records this week! Both 'OZ and the festival have a long association with Arhoolie. This weekend, check out the photo exhibit in Grandstand at Jazz Fest highlighting the work of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Scrachwitz. On Frida... Read more

Photos: Jazz Fest 2023 first weekend

Sat, 04/29/23
Just a few photo highlights from the first weekend of Jazz Fest 2023! More photos to come as the festival continues. Special thanks to our volunteer photographers, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Michele Goldfarb, Louis Crispino, Bill Sasser, Demian Roberts, Tom Pumphret, MJ Mastrog... Read more

WWOZ picks for Jazz Fest 2023

Fri, 04/28/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
It can be a challenge to choose who to see or what to eat with so many amazing options at Jazz Fest and in New Orleans! Whether you're new to the Fest or just looking for something new, WWOZ's show hosts have some recommendations on how to feed your mind, soul, and body ove... Read more

Sober space available at Jazz Fest 2023

Tue, 04/25/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
For the first time, 1 Million Strong will partner with Jazz Fest to include a free, sober-supportive space at the festival for attendees to cool down, recharge, and enjoy the music of Jazz Fest and alcohol-free cocktails in a relaxing environment.  "Having 1 Million Strong... Read more

'OZilians at & around Jazz Fest 2023

Mon, 04/24/23
WWOZ's show hosts and volunteers are a talented group of people! Lots of us will be appearing at Jazz Fest, the days between, or nighttime shows around the city. Check out where you can catch these WWOZ folks during the next couple weeks below! Derrick Freeman (sub) Satur... Read more

Johnny Jackson, Jr. Gospel Is Alive! celebration to be held May 1

Sun, 04/16/23
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive! Celebration presented by Peoples Health will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 from 9-11am at the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (2515 Franklin Avenue). The concert is free and open to the public.... Read more

Photos: French Quarter Fest 2023

Thu, 04/13/23
Just a few photo highlights from a temperate first day of French Quarter Fest's 40th anniversary year! Come down for more music, food, and fun Friday through Sunday, 11am-8pm. Full lineup can be found at WWOZ's live broadcast schedule from French Quar... Read more

Show Host Profile: Sakura "D Rootzmaster" Kone

Sun, 04/09/23
While most of New Orleans sleeps through the wee hours of every Wednesday, D Rootzmaster sits at the board in the WWOZ studio, connecting listeners, musicians, and poets from all over the world. For the past 13 years, from midnight to 6 am, his show, Overnight Music and Inf... Read more

In Memoriam: Kidd Jordan

Fri, 04/07/23
Legendary avant-garde saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan died on April 7, 2023 at the age of 87. Jordan was a highly accomplished and committed improv performer and educator. Throughout his career, he collaborated with an impressive array of musicians, including Alvin Batist... Read more

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