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NOLAxNO Cover! A day of free music on Frenchmen Street, 10/8

Fri, 10/06/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
To close out the final day of the third annual NOLAxNOLA, an 11-day celebration at over 50 New Orleans venues with 300 shows and hundreds of musicsians, NOLAxNOLA presents "NOLAxNO Cover" on Sunday, October 8! Venues throughout Frenchmen Street will open their doors and pre... Read more

Get an authentic Jazz Fest-style sign from artist Nan Parati

Wed, 10/04/23
Y’all!  Let’s do this again! Support WWOZ AND make your living room (or your best friend, or your kids, parents, boss, backyard, dog, or favorite musician) happy with a genuine, bonafide Jazz Fest sign, the very kind artist Nan Parati has been making for the festival since... Read more

Dr. Courtney Bryan awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Wed, 10/04/23
Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Bryan as she was named a MacArthur Fellow today! Courtney is a composer and pianist who melds elements of jazz, classical, and sacred music in works that reverberate with social and political issues of our time. Courtney has been a regular p... Read more

In Memoriam: Russell Batiste, Jr.

Mon, 10/02/23
Drummer Russell Batiste, Jr. has died of a heart attack at the age of 57. Russell grew up in one of New Orleans’ most famous musical families, performing from the age of seven with his father David Batiste, Sr. and his brother Damon Batiste. He went on to earn fame as a dru... Read more

Reel to Real: The Early Airwaves of WWOZ

Mon, 10/02/23
On Wednesday, September 20, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presented the Allison Miner Series: Featuring Research from the Jazz & Heritage Archive at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street. The inaugural lecture featured George ... Read more

Rhythm Room 09/29/23

Sat, 09/30/23
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 PIMP Bacao Rhythm 03:15 55 2 Nothing But Love The Blind Boys of Alabama 03:26 Echoes of the South 3 Religion PJ Morton 03:23 Gumbo 4 Love Is Overdue Gregory Isaacs 02:29 Reggae Chartbusters Volume 5 5 Everyday I Have To Cry Arthur Alexander 02:45 More Dirty Laundry 6 The Jea... Read more

The soundtrack to all of our lives

Fri, 09/29/23
Authored by Bill DeTurk
WWOZ has given me the opportunity to meet and share the stories of hundreds of amazing artists of all kinds over the last 28 years. I am most gratified that their stories, in most cases, would never have been told without WWOZ. The time I spend at my favorite Louisiana Musi... Read more

Support WWOZ and support the local music community

Wed, 09/27/23
Authored by Tom Saunders
I came to New Orleans in 1984 when I was in my 20s. A young musician pursuing my dream. At that time, OZ was young too, but the traditional jazz show hosts were very knowledgeable, and I learned a lot from listening to their shows. It was a very valuable resource for me as ... Read more

Planting seeds in the community

Tue, 09/26/23
Authored by Cole Williams
As a recording artist, musician, activist and DJ on WWOZ, music is not something I do, it’s my lifestyle. Being a member of the WWOZ family gives me an outlet to support the New Orleans music community with the community radio station that does it best. Volunteering with ‘O... Read more

"WWOZ is so amazing and nurturing"

Mon, 09/25/23
Authored by Murf Reeves
WWOZ is so amazing and nurturing because WWOZ encourages me to be myself and share my perspective of the culture and music of New Orleans. WWOZ believes in me and how I hear the music, whether it is in the clubs, on the streets or at the festivals, WWOZ has placed her trust... Read more

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