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WTJU Special Katrina Programming: 2 Years Later
Program Schedule
Katrina Week

Congratulations to the Jazz Department, which is remembering the devastation wrought on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In addition to the physical devastation, the arts community of New Orleans, perhaps unique in the whole country, has been dealt a blow from which it may never entirely recover.

I lived and worked in Southwest Louisiana, and we still have many friends and colleagues in and around New Orleans. I spent a long working weekend in New Orleans over the Fourth of July this year. Much of the commercial area of the city, plus the French Quarter and the Garden District, has been restored, since they suffered relatively minor damage. Many residential areas are quite another matter. The Lakeside neighborhood bordering the 17th Street Canal, which failed during Katrina, is still largely uninhabited. The areas to the east and south of New Orleans are only in the early stages of restoration, if they are ever restored. From a pre-storm population of about 550,000, perhaps 235,000 residents have returned. The commercial life of the city may never recover. Many of the business enterprises necessary to sustain life in New Orleans have moved to Baton Rouge, Houston, and other locations, perhaps never to return. One bright spot is that there appears to be a renewed commitment to restore Louisiana's wetlands, which represent perhaps the best defense the coastal areas have against another hurricane.

The New Orleans Opera, which was the leading French-language opera company in the country 100 or so years ago, will have a season this year. The administrative offices were heavily damaged by the storm, but performances will be held at McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane campus. The New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra is said to be in precarious financial condition, but it is planning to conduct a season at various venues around town. The jazz and blues scene is recovering somewhat, but many club and concert venues have been damaged or destroyed. It is very difficult for musicians and other artists to survive. The visual arts and the theater have barely begun to recover.

An important component of our unique American cultural heritage was dealt a severe blow by Hurricane Katrina. Those of us who love New Orleans and its unique heritage mourn the loss the city, its people, and the country have suffered. Maybe New Orleans can preserve its cultural heritage, but much of its vibrancy may have been lost forever. We can enjoy some of that heritage on the radio through the efforts of our Jazz Department. We all hope that New Orleans will rise again, not just as a tourist destination, but as a living, vibrant cultural force for the enjoyment and inspiration of the whole world.

Tim Snider
WTJU Classical Music Director



Monday, August 27Back to Top
Nick @ Nine
The Dixieland Show
When: 
Monday, August 27 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Nick Page
Category: 
Specialty

The Dukes of Dixieland, The Firehouse Five Plus Two, Louis Ford, Satchmo, The New Orleans Jazz Vipers. Join your host, Nick Page for a romp through the best of the jazz that made New Orleans famous. Monday, August 27 at 9:00AM. So long Blue Monday.
In the Pocket
New Orleans: All Funked Up
When: 
Monday, August 27 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Gerald Watts
Category: 
Specialty

A celebration of the rhythmic invention born and bred in the Big Easy -- from Professor Longhair through The Meters to Dr. John and beyond.
Soulful Situaton
Great NOLA Producers
When: 
Monday, August 27 Noon
Hosted by: 
Robin Tomlin
Category: 
Blues

The two greatest New Orleans music producers: Wardell Quezerque & Allen Toussaint, featuring the music of Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Danny White, Johnny Adams, and many more.
Anything Goes
New Orleans at Montreux
When: 
Monday, August 27 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Steve Huff
Category: 
Specialty

The Anything Goes team remembers N'awlins and Katrina by playing excerpts from the rarely heard, "30 Years of Montreux Jazz Festival," with performances by Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Meters, Professor Longhair, concluding in a jam with Allen Toussaint and the Meters. Then it's off to jazz that alludes to voodoo conjuring up the spirit of the Big Easy....
Tuesday, August 28Back to Top
All That Jazz
Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Jelly Roll Morton
When: 
Tuesday, August 28 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Frank Testa
Category: 
Specialty

Frank Testa will play the music of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Jelly Roll Morton. Music will be from the 1920's and 1930's.
Rhythm & Romance
Dixieland!
When: 
Tuesday, August 28 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Charles Peale
Category: 
Specialty

Charles "Crawfish" Peale will feature music by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Pete Fountain, Tiny Little & Al Hirt, all NewOrleans music.
Loose Threads
Modern Jazz of New Orleans
When: 
Tuesday, August 28 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Tim Beeghly
Category: 
Specialty

Tim Beeghly will feature the modern jazz sounds of the crescent city featuring the music of the Marsalis family, Los Hombres Calientes, Irvin Mayfield, and many others.
Wednesday, August 29Back to Top
Left of Cool
Jon Lohman & New Orleans
When: 
Wednesday, August 29 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Larry Minnick
Category: 
Specialty

Larry will have special guest Jon Lohman, Program Director of the Virginia Folk Life Program & the Folk Life Festival. He & Larry will discuss John's experiences in New Orleans and play their favorite crescent city tunes.
Straight No Chaser
Funkify Your Life
When: 
Wednesday, August 29 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Dusty Garwood
Category: 
Specialty

Dusty Garwood will present music from New Orleans that will bridge jazz, blues, and the funky side of R&B, featuring the music of Tab Benoit, Sonny Landreth, Popa Grows Funk, and many others.
Thursday, August 30Back to Top
Jazz Songline
Marie Leaveau Meets Coochie Molly
When: 
Thursday, August 30 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Marilyn Wright & Janet King
Category: 
Specialty

Need to adjust your Mojo? Looking to get into a funk? Let us put a spell on you! Come on down to the Crescent City and get your Voodoo Boogie workin'. You'll hear our favorite funk, voodoo and Mardi Indian songs. Marie Leaveau and Coochie Molly will be waitin' for ya!
Induced to Judder
New Orleans Food Songs#2
When: 
Thursday, August 30 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
David Eisenman
Category: 
Specialty

David Eisenman will be serving up his 2nd annual all New Orleans' musical menu of food songs?from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's "Grape Jelly" to Danny Barker's "Ham & Eggs"?from Lloyd Price's "Frog Legs" to Louie Prima's "Chop Suey Chow Mein". A horn of plenty tunes featuring food from the artists of the crescent city.
Friday, August 31Back to Top
Stef-o-Scope
Singing and Swinging in the N.O. Tradition
When: 
Friday, August 31 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Stephanie Nakasian
Category: 
Specialty

From Connee Boswell to Jim Cullum to Terry Blaine to Ken Peplowski -- In the In the Tradition - then and now - singers and swingers
The Jazz Messenger
New Orleans Piano Professors
When: 
Friday, August 31 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Brian Keena
Category: 
Specialty

A retrospective of the piano professors of the crescent city from Allen Toussaint to Professor Longhair, Dr John to Huey "Piano" Smith, James Booker, and many others
Nothing But The Blues
The Big Beat: The Music of Dave Bartholomew
When: 
Friday, August 31 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Peter Welch
Category: 
Blues

Trumpeter, singer, songwriter, bandleader, arranger, producer and talent scout Dave Bartholomew is one of the most important figures in New Orleans R&B and Rock & Roll. Join Peter Welch as he samples some of Bartholomew's classic songs.
Professor Bebop
Bebop's Crescent City Wax Devoid of Cracks
When: 
Friday, August 31 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Professor Bebop
Category: 
Blues

Two hours of classic, spicy R'n'B from New Orleans guaranteed to keep your ground-smashers jumpin' and your heart thumpin'! This backbeat brings enough bounce to make Spanish moss get up with the lowdown!
Saturday, September 01Back to Top
Living Time
Mississippi Gulf Coast Jazz and Blues
When: 
Saturday, September 01 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Gary Funston
Category: 
Specialty

While most post-Katrina musical tributes rightly focus on New Orleans and its incredibly rich cultural heritage, Mississippi, hit equally hard by Katrina's barrage, spawned its own long list of jazz and blues greats. Living Time will focus on a handful of these to help remember the ongoing need for both financial and hands-on support in the recovery effort. Featured Mississippi born artists will include Mose Allison, Olu Dara, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, BB and Albert King, and Mississippi John Hurt and Fred McDowell.
Sunday, September 02Back to Top
In The Spirit
At the Gospel Tent
When: 
Sunday, September 02 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Rebecca Foster
Category: 
Blues

Join Rebecca Foster for a trip down to a New Orleans' Gospel Revival featuring music from crescent city favorites Mahalia Jackson, Aaron Neville and the New Orleans Chosen Five.
Jazzmania
The New Orleans' Brass Traditions
When: 
Sunday, September 02 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Eric Angevine
Category: 
Specialty

Join Eric Angevine for a two hour look at the history of the New Orleans brass band including music by Paul Barbarin, the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, the Eureka Brass Band to the contempoary sounds of the Rebirth and Dirty Dozen Brass Bands.
Walking Blues
Acoustic Blues
When: 
Sunday, September 02 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Bill Adams
Category: 
Blues

Acoustic blues from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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