'OZone Email Newsletter for December 2023


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In the DECEMBER 2023 Issue of the 'OZone,
WWOZ's monthly newsletter:
Going Fast: The 2024 Brass Pass | End of Year Giving | Moving Day Photos | Livewire Music Calendar for the Holidays | Twelfth Night & Carnival 2024 | Video: A Very Vappie Christmas | Volunteer Profile: Johnny Mastro | Recipe: "Hot" Chocolate Cookies | Quick Links

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Brass Pass

The 2024 Brass Pass.

Going Fast: The 2024 Brass Pass

WWOZ Brass Passes are on sale now with early-bird pricing! Don't delay: we've sold 75% of our Brass Pass allotment for Jazz Fest 2024 in just a couple of weeks. A Brass Pass is your ticket to all eight days of the festival and allows unlimited access to the WWOZ Hospitality Tent, a source of fresh fruit, iced coffee, seating, WiFi, and restrooms. Your Brass Pass also allows same day re-entry for every day except May 2 which has been designated a special day because of The Rolling Stones.

» Get a Brass Pass for Jazz Fest 2024

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End of Year Giving

Please keep a place for WWOZ on your holiday gift list! For over four decades, your support has powered our mission to preserve New Orleans musical history and cultural heritage. With the 2023 tax season ending soon, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to WWOZ today. Your support allows us to bring you not only great radio, but live broadcasts & video streams, the two-week on-demand archive, the Livewire music calendar, Takin' It to the Streets, our annual Festing in Place broadcast, and all your other favorite WWOZ programming. Help us keep guarding the groove!

» Be a Guardian of the Groove

John Boutte & Amanda Shaw

John Boutte & Amanda Shaw at our 2nd line.
Photo by Michele Goldfarb

Moving Day Photos

We've moved to our new home at Jax Brewery! Our photography team was on hand to capture the many vibrant moments during our celebratory second line parade from our old home at the French Market Building to the new spot at Jax. Special thanks to photographers Kristen Derr, Eli Mergel, Michele Goldfarb, Louis Crispino, MJ Mastrogiovanni, Demian Roberts, and Black Mold.

» Moving Day Photos

Snug Harbor

Snug Harbor
Photo by Leon Morris

Livewire Music Calendar for the Holidays

Let the Livewire Music Calendar help with all your tuneful entertainment needs. We air highlights of the calendar at the top of odd-numbered hours, but you can always access the Livewire Music Calendar in its glorious entirety by visiting wwoz.org/livewire. For example, among this Saturday night's 100 or so shows at dozens and dozens venues: Betty Shirley at Dos Jefes, Kermit & the BBQ Swingers at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, Smoking Time Jazz Club at the Maison, ZydeFunk with Charlie Wooton at the Maple Leaf, Glen David Andrews at the Royal Frenchmen, Big Sam's Holiday Jam at Tips, and tons more.

» Livewire Music Calendar


Joan of Arc parade

Joan of Arc parade.
Photo by Stafford

Twelfth Night & Carnival 2024

Carnival season gets rolling on January 6 with Saturday evening Twelfth Night events, including walking parades in the French Quarter (Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc followed by Société Des Champs Elysées) and Saint Charles streetcar rides (Phunny Phorty Phellows and the Funky Uptown Krewe). Mardi Gras is February 13, which means a short king cake season, so plan to eat up!

» Photos of OZ staff in last year's Joan of Arc parade

Don Vappie

Don Vappie.
Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Video: A Very Vappie Christmas

If you didn't catch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's presentation of A Very Vappie Christmas featuring Don Vappie in concert last Friday, December 8 at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, never fear. Our video team was there, and you can see the video at the links below.

» WWOZ Facebook Video & Foundation YouTube

Johnny Mastro

Johnny Mastro.

Volunteer Profile: Johnny Mastro

Johnny Mastro is a substitute show host and leader of Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys, a New Orleans-based blues band with roots in that other LA: Los Angeles. The name "Mama's Boys" came from Laura Mae "Mama" Gross, longtime owner of the South Central blues club Babe's & Ricky’s Inn. "Mama taught us that you just gotta be yourself. But you also gotta put out and try and move people. If you can feel it, they can feel it." Following his sister Lauren Mastro, show host for our Sunday morning gospel show (brother Michael is an 'OZ volunteer photographer), Johnny and his wife moved to New Orleans in 2012 and jumped right into the music scene. They'd been coming to the Crescent City for years, having been married here before Katrina. On his approach to show hosting, Johnny says "It’s like guiding the ship. Having produced records for my band and others, that helps because you think about the order, groove, style and tempo of the songs you play and in what order. I envision it like trying to take the listener on a little trip and I’m the Captain!"

» Volunteer Profiles: Mastrogiovanni family

Chocolate Cookies


Recipe: "Hot" Chocolate Cookies

The combination of chocolate and chile (a pairing as old as the chocolate-chile drink that the Aztecs called xocolatl) makes these "cookies for grown-ups". Even if they're too intense for tender young palates, the combination of chocolaty richness and chile heat is a highly entertaining to adult tastes.

» Recipe: "Hot" Chocolate Cookies

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