Seventh Annual New Orleans Week
Remember New Orleans... Moving Forward 2012
Monday, August 27th through Sunday, September 2nd
It's been seven years since Hurricane Katrina swept through the Big Easy, and for every year since we've dedicated a week of special programming, featuring the best of New Orleans jazz. From the piano professors to the roots of Louisiana blues, we'll be having a party…and you're invited!
- a showcase of New Orleans piano professors on "The Jazz Messenger"
- an investigative exploration into the music of The Meter Men on "Anything Goes"
- Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist and Program Director of the Virginia Folklife Program and the Folklife Festival, visits “Left of Cool”
- the legacy of Dave Batholomew, inventor of the 'Big Beat', on "Living Time"
- Red Stick Ramblers guitarist and vocalist Chas Justus will guest host "Folk & Beyond"
- Central Virginia's own Cajun band, Bayou Faux Pas, performing live on "Folk and Beyond"
- the songs and influences of Irma Thomas on "Live Wire"
The music of New Orleans is part of the heart and soul of the WTJU family. Let's get the celebration going as we here at the station and the folks in New Orleans move forward in 2012 to new achievements. You provide whatever libations you personally enjoy at home (but no drinking while driving, the music is inebriating enough), and we'll serve up a tasty gumbo of New Orleans styles and musicians. "Jazz Is Our Destination" at WTJU all year round, and from August 27th to September 2nd, that destination is New Orleans.
WTJU 2012 NEW ORLEANS WEEK SCHEDULE
8/25/12, 06:30 - 8:00 AM
Leftover Biscuits with host Paul Josey
Early Louisiana Sounds
To help get everyone ready for a great week of music, Paul Josey will look back at some of the early recordings from around Louisiana. It's early, but it's worth it.
8/27/12, 10:00 - noon
The Jazz Messenger with host Brian Keena
New Orleans Piano Professors
The Jazz Messenger kicks off New Orleans Week programming with two hours of the best of New Orleans Piano Professors. We'll feature such long-time favorites as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Art Neville, Champion Jack Dupree, Tuts Washington, Eddie Bo, Sugarboy Crawford, Davell Crawford, Huey Smith, and of course, The Professor Himself, Henry Roeland Byrd. We will also pay tribute to pianists not known for the New Orleans R&B/blues "sound" yet have been tremendously influential (to say the least!) in the development and performance of jazz, like Jelly Roll Morton and Ellis Marsalis. You'll be whistling "Big Chief" by the end of the show, we GUA-RAN-TEE it!!!
8/27/12, Noon - 2:00 PM
Soulful Situation with host Rum Cove
New Orleans Invents Rock and Roll!!!
The Rum Cove travels back in time to Rampart Street and J&M Studios where Cosimo Mattassa recorded early R&B which set the template for the Rock and Roll sounds that followed. Featuring Fats Domino, Little Richard, Huey 'Piano' Smith, Lloyd Price and cast of rockin' backup musicians, this two-hour show is bound to set your toes a-tappin' and your feet to jumpin'!
8/27/12, 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Anything Goes with hosts Marilyn Wright & Janet King
The Meter Men
An extended exploration of the essential funk ensemble of New Orleans along with their solo and other projects. We'll feature each of the members that include Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter, Jr., and Cyril Neville.
8/28/12, 10:00 - Noon
Rhythm & Romance with host Charles Peale
Songs of The Southland
Rhythm & Romance goes down south once again, with music featuring corn pone, crayfish, Basin Street, blackbirds and home cookin'. We will be getting sentimental and we will swing. Join us for two hours celebrating the graceful manner of the southland with singers from New Orleans and songs of the south.
8/28/12, Noon - 2:00 PM
Eclectic Woman with host Rebecca
Eclectic Women of Louisiana
Rebecca will feature old and new, acoustic and electric, rural and urban music from Cajun and Zydeco to Funk and gospel. All by women, all from Louisiana. Expect to hear the Magnolia Sisters, Mahalia Jackson, Irma Thomas, Rosie Ledet, Lucinda Williams and beloved New Orleans adoptees like Maria Muldaur and Marcia Ball.
8/28/12, 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Loose Threads with host Gerald Watts w/ guest Chris Schmitt
Man it's hot outside. Now things are about to heat up inside... inside your radio, that is. From the bayous to Bourbon Street we'll bring you everything that makes Louisiana sizzle. Join Gerald and Chris for some musical gumbo!
8/29/12, 10:00 - Noon
Left of Cool with host Larry Minnick w/ guest Jon Lohman
Jon Lohman & New Orleans
Larry will be joined by special guest Jon Lohman, Program Director of the Virginia Folklife Program & the Folklife Festival. He & Larry will discuss Jon's experiences in New Orleans and play their favorite Crescent City tunes.
8/29/12, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Cosmic American Jamboree with host Jay Hertel
Cosmic Louisiana Jamboree
Tune in for two hours of classic and contemporary country, Cajun, rockabillly, and roots rock from New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana.
8/29/12, 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Living Time with host David Eisenman
The Juddermeister sits in for a special edition of Living Time featuring the New Orleans singer, songwriter, producer, band leader, and trumpeter extraordinaire, Dave Bartholomew. He's the inventor of "The Big Beat" and producer of a multitude of New Orleans R&B artists including Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, and Smiley Lewis. Bartholomew has over 4,000 songs in his catalog and we'll feature as many as we can get in three hours.
8/30/12, 10:00 - Noon
Pulse! with host David Soyka
Touting the New Orleans Tooters
This week we take the pulse of New Orleans brass bands -- the Rebirth Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, well, you know, bands that feature brass instruments, including trumpets, trombones, saxophones and sousaphones, even marching drums made out of brass. Tune in to the finest Crescent City horn players tooting their own horns as we demonstrate how brassy can be tasteful (even if loud and exuberant).
8/30/12, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Folk & Beyond with guest host Chas Justus of the Red Stick Ramblers
Bayou Faux Pas & Beyond
Red Stick Ramblers guitarist and vocalist Chas Justus will guest host this special edition of Folk & Beyond, and will program some of his favorite music from around Louisiana. Also tune in for the LIVE sounds of Central Virginia's own Cajun band, Bayou Faux Pas. We'll also mix in some of our favorite Cajun and Zydeco recordings from the likes of the Mamou Playboys and Clifton Chenier. So clear the floors for two hours of dancing during "Bayou Faux Pas & Beyond"!
8/30/12, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Wild Women & Friends with hosts Sandy Snyder & Joyce Dudek
Wild Women Head Down South
Celebrate the women: Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, The Dixie Cups, Blue Lu Barker, Maria Muldaur, and more.
8/30/12, 9:00 - 11:00 PM
Induced to Judder with host Ruday Palisades
George Porter, Jr.
From the Meters to the Runnin' Pardners, let's celebrate the icon of soul and funk - bass player George Porter, Jr.
8/31/12, 10:00 - Noon
Jazz Essence with host Stephanie Nakasian
Louis Armstrong & Friends
All Satchmo plus the added bonus of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, The Mills Brothers and others.
8/31/12, 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Nothing But The Blues with host Peter Welch
Songs About New Orleans & Louisiana
There are many songs paying tribute to New Orleans and Louisiana. Join us for some favorites.
8/31/12, 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Professor Bebop with host Joe Oddo
Voodoo, Mojo and Other Funky Spells of New Orleans
Join 'Just Joe' down in Congo Square for two hours of Crescent City spells and incantations that are guaranteed to make you itch with a twitch and put a hole in your soul! With likely visitations from Marie Laveau and the Night Tripper, prepare to get a dip in your hip and a decided glide in your slide. Get your mojo hand and raise some sand.
9/1/12, 3:00 - 6:00 AM
On The Edge with host Ponch McPhee
Papa Celestin & the Dukes of Dixieland Band Blues
On The Edge will be having a New Orleans Week party and you're all invited! With the immortal Papa Celestin and the Dukes of Dixieland all the way down south, we'll be snapping off track after track to involve your soul. From Marie Laveau to Wolverine Blues... From Down by the Riverside to Sweet Georgia Brown... Yes sir, we're getting down!! Tune in and grab a glass of Dixie melodies.
9/1/12, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Jumpin' On the Bed with host The Monster of Happiness
Jumpin' On the Bayou
Join the Monster of Happiness for two hours of the best of Louisiana Americana. Tune in to hear Jumpin' favorites like Tab Benoit, Carol Fran, Sonny Landreth, Kevin Gordon, Lucinda Williams and plenty more as Jumpin' On the Bed goes Jumpin' On the Bayou during WTJU's celebration of the music of the Big Easy.
9/1/12, 9:00 - 11:00 PM
Live Wire with host Koli Cutler
Irma Thomas is a New Orleans native who won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for 'After the Rain,' her first Grammy in a career spanning over 50 years. By the age of 19 she had been married twice and had four children. Her influences include Mahalia Jackson, Pearl Bailey, Brooke Benton, John Lee Hooker, and Percy Mayfield. Join us for this celebration of Irma Thomas!
9/2/12, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
In The Spirit with host Rus Perry
New Orleans Gospel Quartets
Tune in for an hour of great singing from the fine tradition of inspired gospel groups including the New Orleans Humming Four, the Crescent City Gospel Singers, the Southern Harps and the Famous Soul Comforters on this special New Orleans Week edition of In The Spirit.
9/2/12, 10:00 AM - Noon
Jazzmania with host Aaron Zatcoff
JazzCzar's New Orleans Stars
Presenting a jazz cornucopia of New Orleans greats-- Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Marsalis Family, the Neville Brothers and others.
9/2/12, 9:00 - 11:00 PM
Walking Blues with host Bill Adams
Music from the various cultures of Louisiana reflecting a recent trip in search of family roots. Baton Rouge, Cajun, Zydeco, Creole and New Orleans Jazz.