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Katrina Remembered: New Orleans Week 2009

Katrina Remembered:
New Orleans Special Programming
August 24-30, 2009

[Program Schedule]

Dear Listeners,

It is hard to believe that it has been four years since the world saw the first images and reports of the devastation in New Orleans suffered at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. While the daily reminders of the tragedy have continually diminished, it is imperative not to forget that the rebuilding is still ongoing and to celebrate the very things that make New Orleans the undeniable treasure that it is - the passion, resiliency and spirit of the people and the music they make. Join us, August 24 - August 30, as the Jazz Department along with many other hosts at WTJU showcase the performers and sounds from the birthplace of jazz as they continue to move forward and restore the soul of New Orleans.

Keeping the plight of the city and its musical community in the forefront of our minds is as important now as it was in the days immediately after Katrina hit. And for us here at WTJU, it's personal. My friend, Michael Gourrier, a former DJ at New Orleans' station WWOZ and current jazz director of WRIR in Richmond, has personal experiences to share in his letter below.

I highly recommend daily doses of New Orleans music and a trip to the French Quarter whenever possible. Please be generous and support those in need wherever they may be.

Most of all enjoy the music.

Red beans & ricely yours,

David Eisenman
Jazz & Blues Director
WTJU FM

As I celebrate my upcoming fourth anniversary of being a Virginian, it is with much nostalgia that I look forward to the WTJU-FM New Orleans Week. Having just returned to Richmond from the ninth annual Satchmo Summerfest where I was the Seminar Coordinator, I am pleased to say : "New Orleans is alive and coming along." Much work remains to be done to bring the city back to it's former grandeur, however; it is a slow and arduous process.

There is still a vibrant music scene, although some former venues are no more. There were some nineteen venues hosting live performances last weekend for the Club Strut that was part of the Satchmofest. This was in the Frenchman/Marigny neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter. As a sign of ongoing progress, the seminal performance venue "Rock & Bowl" has relocated to a new and permanent venue in its same neighborhood.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation had a successful run this year. This will ensure continued support of all the great programs they established and supported over the years. This includes, to mention just a few: WWOZ-FM, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, and the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series. The Foundation sponsors Festivals throughout the year, all around the city. It is especially important that in these hard financial times, where we see Festivals going out of business and economic cutbacks to the Arts, that there is a beacon of Light & Support in the Birthplace of Jazz.

The WTJU-FM New Orleans Week is a showcase saluting the diverse musical heritage that evolved from that fabled City. It is all inclusive and very thorough in its salute to a city that is so important in the origin and development of so many musical styles. Kudos go out to the management, staff and volunteers that have come together to bring this great project to fruition. My sincere thanks for your acknowledgement of the city of my birth in such a great way. Best regards, and keep up the great work.

MICHAEL "MR. JAZZ" GOURRIER
JAZZ DIRECTOR WRIR-FM
RICHMOND, VA
Michael Gourrier


Program Schedule
 
 
Monday, August 24
Nick at Nine
Dixieland & Other "Feel-Good" Music
When:
Monday, August 24 9:00AM
Hosted by:
Nick Page
Category:
Jazz

If New Orleans is defined by anything other than Katrina, it's Dixieland jazz. From King Oliver to Preservation Hall to the Firehouse Five and the Dukes of Dixieland, nothing makes the crowded club patrons happier than the ultimate feel-good music. On Monday at nine I'll play all my favorite Dixie tunes along with some Kermit Ruffins & Louis Prima. You might just leave with a smile.

Funhouse...
Essential Spirit
When:
Monday, August 24 10:30AM
Hosted by:
Gerald Watts & Chris Schmitt
Category:
Jazz

Four years post-Katrina New Orleans remains a vital music gateway to our nation. While the city struggles to rebuild, life sprouts like the sunflowers growing in the sidewalk cracks in the lower 9th Ward. With a rich gumbo of cultural influences, no other American city looks, smells, tastes, feels or sounds like the Crescent City. Join Gerald and Nawlins aficionado Chris Schmitt as we explore the aural vitality that is New Orleans on this very special edition of Funhouse.

Soulful Situation
New Orleans Rhythm & Blues
When:
Monday, August 24 Noon
Hosted by:
The Rum Cove
Category:
Blues

Down in the Crescent City the influence of Fats Domino was all persuasive in the 1950's leading to a musical explosion in the late 50's and early 60's known as "New Orleans Rhythm & Blues". The show will explore such artists as Ernie K-Doe, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Chris Kenner & Benny Spellman, and their influence on the British Invasion bands who come after. Join the Rum Cove down on Rampart Street.

Anything Goes
Galactic
When:
Monday, August 24 9:00PM
Hosted by:
Preston Palisades & Sean Grzegorczyk
Category:
Jazz

It's time for the Tiger Roll! Join us as we celebrate Galactic's 15 years of funk, jazz, and everything in between. We'll play cuts from their studio albums, dig deep for some live tracks, and feature some of their side projects. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, August 25Back to Top
All That Jazz
Young Louis
When:
Tuesday, August 25 9:00AM
Hosted by:
Frank Testa
Category:
Jazz

All That Jazz will feature the music of Louis Armstrong, arguably New Orleans' most famous musical son. We'll concentrate on the music of the young Louis, with recordings principally from the 1920's and 1930's.

Rhythm and Romance
Weary City Blues
When:
Tuesday, August 25 10:30AM
Hosted by:
Charles Peale
Category:
Jazz

The show will feature the music of Johnny Dodds and Luis Russell's great old-time jazz from the 1920's & 1930's.

Walk Right In
The Savoy Family of Louisiana
When:
Tuesday, August 25 Noon
Hosted by:
Rebecca Foster
Category:
Folk

Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson play traditional Cajun music together as a family. And they all have side projects with the likes of Michael Doucet, The Magnolia Sisters, Linda Ronstadt, John Fogerty, Richard and Linda Thompson, Nick Lowe, Rodney Crowell, The Red Stick Ramblers, the Boxed Wine Ramblers and the White Mule Boys. Celebrate the music and culture of Cajun Louisiana as represented by one talented family on Walk Right In, August 25, noon to 2.

Loose Threads
The Marsalis Family
When:
Tuesday, August 25 9:00PM
Hosted by:
Tim Beeghly
Category:
Jazz

Father Ellis on piano with sons Branford on tenor & soprano saxophones, Wynton on trumpet, Defeayo on trombone and Jason on drums have put an irreplaceable stamp on the world of Jazz. Join Tim Beeghly in a jazz celebration of the First Family of Jazz.

Wednesday, August 26Back to Top
Left of Cool
Jon Lohman & New Orleans
When:
Wednesday, August 26 9:00AM
Hosted by:
Larry Minnick
Category:
Jazz

Larry will have as his special guest Jon Lohman, Program Director of the Virginia Folk Life Program & the Folk Life Festival. He & Larry will discuss Jon's experiences in New Orleans and play their favorite Crescent City tunes.

Straight No Chaser
Funky Funky New Orleans
When:
Wednesday, August 26 9:00PM
Hosted by:
Dusty Garwood
Category:
Jazz

Two hours of the most obscure R & B ever recorded in New Orleans including the Meters, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Eddie Bo, and many others.

Thursday, August 27Back to Top
Jazz Songline
They All Ask'd for You
When:
Thursday, August 27 9:00AM
Hosted by:
Marilyn Wright & Janet King
Category:
Jazz

Animal songs from New Orleans-related artists including the Meters, Dr. John, BeauSoleil, Dirty Dozen, and Snooks Eaglin, among many others.

Folk and Beyond
Bon Temps Rouler!
When:
Thursday, August 27 5:00PM
Hosted by:
Aer Stephen
Category:
Folk

The Zydecajun Conspiracy joins the celebration and tribute. Aer will spin the gumbo from south of I-10 (and maybe even add some flavors from around the country) - Zydeco, Cajun, Swamp Pop, Mardi Gras, Brass Band... it's a conspiracy, so anything goes!

The Eclectic Woman
Ms. New Orleans
When:
Thursday, August 27 7:00PM
Hosted by:
Blue O'Connell
Category:
Specialty

Tune in to the Eclectic Woman tribute in memory of Hurricane Katrina. Featuring music from the women of New Orleans as well as songs about hard rain, hurricanes and healing. We'll hear from Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Marcia Ball and many more.

Induced to Judder
The Chickenhead Blues Band LIVE in the Studio
When:
Thursday, August 27 9:00PM
Hosted by:
David Eisenman
Category:
Jazz

The Juddermeister will start out with a live in-studio performance by the renowned local favorite Chickenhead Blues Band. They'll be playing a set of New Orleans tunes guaranteed to sound great thanks to the engineering skills of Morgan McLeod! In the second hour he'll air a special program from WWOZ host George Ingmire titled, "New Orleans All the Way Live." It will feature the blues of Little Freddie King, whose music is a blend of New Orleans boogie, Texas shuffle, and the hypnotic hook of North Mississippi. And to tie it all together… both Little Freddie King and the Chickenhead Blues Band will be performing on Friday, September 18th, at the Veritas Vineyard & Winery in Afton, VA.

Friday, August 28Back to Top
Stef-o-scope
Louis Armstrong Duets
When:
Friday, August 28 9:00AM
Hosted by:
Stephanie Nakasian
Category:
Jazz

All Satchmo plus the added bonus of others such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, The Mills Brothers and others.

The Jazz Messenger
The Centennial Celebration of Champion Jack Dupree
When:
Friday, August 28 10:30AM
Hosted by:
Brian Keena
Category:
Jazz

Brian will feature NOLA piano blues master Champion Jack Dupree, who would have been 100 years old this July 23rd.   His show will wrap up with a short in-the-studio interview with guitarist Charlie Barnett and vocalist Marilyn Older, two members of the Washington DC jazz group Chaise Lounge who are performing that evening at Bel Rio in Charlottesville.  This will be a nice introduction to their music and live performance that evening.

Nothin' But the Blues
Smiley Lewis & Fats Domino
When:
Friday, August 28 9:00PM
Hosted by:
Peter Welch
Category:
Blues

New Orleans R & B pioneers Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis were contemporaries who both recorded dozens of great songs for Imperial Records in the 1950s often working with bandleader/producer/songwriter Dave Bartholomew. Tune in to hear such classics as "Blue Monday", "I Hear You Knocking", "Ain't That a Shame", "One Night", "Goin' Home", "Tee Nah Nah", "I'm Walkin'", "Walking to New Orleans", "Ain't Gonna Do It", and many more.

Professor Bebop
Professor Bebop's Crescent City Gumbo Extraordinaire
When:
Friday, August 28 11:00PM
Hosted by:
Professor Bebop
Category:
Blues

The professor cooks up a special brew of his New Orleans Wax Devoid of Cracks, a taste test of essential servings from the likes of Professor Longhair, Henry Butler, Huey Smith, Allen Toussaint, the Meters, the Nevilles, Dr. John, and some relatively unknown ingredients that will put a dip in your hip, a glide in your slide, and keep you ankling right down that second line!

Saturday, August 29Back to Top
Leftover Biscuits
Didn't He Ramble!
When:
Saturday, August 29 6:00AM
Hosted by:
Emmett Boaz
Category:
Folk

High life among the lowlifes, New Orleans style. A party every night, and a fresh corpse every morning, down where six months ain't no sentence and one year ain't no time.

Jumpin' on the Bed
Jumpin' on the Bayou
When:
Saturday, August 29 4:00PM
Hosted by:
Jay Hertel
Category:
Folk

Two hours of contemporary roots rock, blues, zydeco and brass band music by artists from New Orleans and South Louisiana.

Living Time
Brass Bands in Modern Jazz
When:
Saturday, August 29 9:00PM
Hosted by:
Gary Funston
Category:
Jazz

In the 1980's The Dirty Dozen Brass Band revitalized a great New Orleans tradition. Since then, many groups have used the trumpet, trombone, tuba and drum lineup to express new musical ideas. On this special edition of Living Time we will explore the music of The Dirty Dozen and other innovative New Orleans bands, as well as groups that extend the tradition, such as Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass Band, and Dave Douglas' new group, Brass Ecstasy.

Sunday, August 30Back to Top
In the Spirit
Storms and Other Disasters in Gospel: Remembering Katrina
When:
Sunday, August 30 9:00AM
Hosted by:
Rebecca Foster
Category:
Blues

Lots of rain, storms and water everywhere. Sinking ships and motherless children. People make sense and find comfort in gospel music especially when there's massive destruction like Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast.

Jazzmania
The Spirit of Satchmo
When:
Sunday, August 30 10:00AM
Hosted by:
Eric Angevine
Category:
Jazz

The spirit of Louis Armstrong is alive and well in New Orleans today, where it seems like every young instrumentalist also knows how to swing vocally. Join Eric Angevine for two hours of double threats from the Crescent City from 10-noon on Sunday, August 30th. It's New Orleans week on WTJU!

Walkin' Blues
Walking Two-Step
When:
Sunday, August 30 9:00PM
Hosted by:
Bill Adams
Category:
Blues

Two-Step your blues away listening to the early Cajun recordings. Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux, Dennis McGee and Amede Ardoin and others from the pre-war era. And from the early post-war era, Harry Choates, the Hackberry Ramblers, and David Doucet bring in the Texas influence.

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