Mardi Gras is Tomorrow!

If you’re looking for a way to get in the mood for Fat Tuesday, head over to WWOZ New Orleans! They have a wonderful “playlist” and are currently re-airing historic Mardi Gras specials.

WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station, a community radio station currently operating out of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Our governance board is appointed by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation.

We are a listener-supported, volunteer-programmed radio station. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States. We also broadcast live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually.

WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.

Preservation Hall Foundation Unveils Database Of Free Music Lessons For K–12 Students

The Preservation Hall Foundation has unveiled Preservation Hall Lessons, a free series of online music lessons for K–12 students co-created by the foundation and members of the Preservation Hall community of musicians.

The Preservation Hall Foundation has unveiled Preservation Hall Lessons, a free series of online music lessons for K–12 students co-created by the foundation and members of the Preservation Hall community of musicians. Click below to visit their site and learn more.

LJS Response to Breonna Taylor Decision

The decision reached in the Breonna Taylor case is one in a long line of cases where justice has eluded Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the US. The Louisville Jazz Society (LJS) recognizes these injustices, aches in pain and dismay that needless deaths like Ms. Taylor’s continue to occur, and stand committed to supporting and fighting for true justice and equity for all. No matter how often our judicial, economic, and health systems fail our BIPOC sisters and brothers, the LJS is committed to doing our part in actively promoting truth, justice, and healing for all. We stand with our BIPOC brothers and sisters in proclaiming, “Black Lives Matter”!!

Since its inception, Jazz has served as a sounding board for the expression of the African American experience, the relaying of injustices, a declaration of humanity and as a tonic for healing of the human soul. Charlie Parker stated, “Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” Let us strive to hear the experiences, thoughts, and wisdom of jazz and commit to erasing the boundary lines of injustice that currently exist in our collective humanity. In that spirit, we humbly offer this playlist—which is by no means exhaustive—but may be used as a starting point to learn about injustices experienced by BIPOC, seek context of those injustices, and receive the healing that is so central in our great music, Jazz.

Have a Joyful, Jazz Filled Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Singers Unlimited on WBGO

For those who love vocal jazz, these four hours of jazz and broadway singers from the 30s to today with informed commentary are a treat. Every Sunday, 10 to 2.

Happy Birthday Fats Navarro and Wayne Henderson

Happy Birthday Sammy Price and Mark Whitfield

Happy Birthday Jimmy Blanton and Clifton Anderson

Happy Birthday Eddie Gomez, Leon Thomas and Steve Swallow