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Katrina Remembered: New Orleans Week 2010

Katrina Remembered:
New Orleans Special Programming
August 23-29, 2010

[Program Schedule]

Dear Listeners,

Who’s d’at playin’ that N’awlins music?

Yes, they’ve been celebrating since the Saints won the Super Bowl and now we’re celebrating our 5th annual New Orleans Week. Faced with ongoing challenges, from rebuilding after Katrina to the current oil spill devastation, the spirit that is New Orleans refuses to stay down. Join the jazz department along with others as we celebrate the birthplace of jazz and praise the resiliency of spirit that is the Big Easy.

Tom Morgan (aka "The Bartender"), a former WTJU DJ and current resident of New Orleans, has provided a few heartfelt thoughts about what it is like living in there today.

Tom writes:

Tom Morgan “It has now been five years since Katrina hit New Orleans and the surrounding area. The effects of the Federal Flood, as many of us refer to this disaster, have diminished over the years. New buildings are being built, houses are still being raised up off the ground and people are still moving back into renovated family homes.

We've had much to cheer about this last year with the beloved Saints winning the Super Bowl, new leadership with our new mayor and a fine HBO television series based on a New Orleans neighborhood called Treme. Yet it all hasn't been good. The Gulf oil spill has been as devastating as the flooding with many people out of jobs and many of our seafood specialties either gone or in short supply. Our new hospital, to replace Charity Hospital lost in the storm, is now more than four years away from completion.

Our music and culture still are strong and we all realize how important that is to our mental health and well being. So celebrate our music with this fine tribute put together by my old radio station WTJU. Listen and enjoy, then plan a trip to come down and see us, we're still America's most unique city and darn proud of it.”

In closing, we personally recommend daily doses of New Orleans music and a trip to the French Quarter whenever possible.

Our special New Orleans Week schedule of programming is listed below, and if you feel the urge to support this great cultural resource we have here in central Virginia, just click the “DONATE NOW” button, and enjoy the music!

Red beans & ricely yours,

David Eisenman
Jazz & Blues Director

 
 

Monday, August 23
Nick at Nine
That Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixieland
When: 
Monday, August 23 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Nick & Emily Page
Category: 
Jazz

From New Orleans to Chicago and on to both coasts, in the early 1900’s, jazz was developing and musicians were beginning to take risks with improvisation. At the forefront of early improvisational jazz was Dixieland music, with its toe-tapping rhythms and joyful melodies. In celebration of New Orleans, we’ll feature some of the best recordings of Dixieland jazz on That Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixieland.
Funhouse
Essential Spirit
When: 
Monday, August 23 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Gerald Watts & Chris Schmitt
Category: 
Jazz

Five years ago Katrina imposed her will. Now it's the giant oil spill. Every time, it seems Armageddon's near. The people of New Orleans persevere. Join us, Chris and Gerald, as we celebrate the best of the Crescent City, the passion, the verve and the wonderment. Yeah, you right!
Soulful Situation
Wardell Quezergue: The “Creole Beethoven”
When: 
Monday, August 23 Noon
Hosted by: 
The Rumcove
Category: 
Blues

The Rumcove will feature music produced by the New Orleans arranger and bandleader, Wardell Quezergue, known among Crescent City musicians as the “Creole Beethoven.” Featuring hits by Robert Parker, Eddie Bo, Willie Tee, Jean Knight, and others from the Big Easy.
Anything Goes
I Wish I Was in New Orleans
When: 
Monday, August 23 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Sean Grzegorczyk & Steve Huff
Category: 
Jazz

While not synonymous with New Orleans, there are many Tom Waits tunes that resonate with the "Big Easy" culture.  Much of Tom's early work in the 70s was heavily influenced by jazz and you can hear the blues in most of his diverse catalog, not to mention his distinctive growl.  Tom's use of percussion, the clarinet and horn sections is reminiscent of brass bands in New Orleans.  Recently, Tom demonstrated his love for the city by making a trip to New Orleans to perform on a benefit record with Preservation Hall Jazz Band.   So "Step Right Up" and join Sean and Steve as we explore the musical stories of this unique songwriter, performer and "frog-throated" singer. 
Tuesday, August 24Back to Top
Flashin' Lights
Louisiana Hip-Hop Beyond Lil Wayne
When: 
Tuesday, August 24 1:00AM
Hosted by: 
DJ Charles Marx
Category: 
Rock

Hip-hop songs commenting on, commemorating, or protesting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; other Louisiana hip-hop.
All That Jazz
Kermit Ruffins
When: 
Tuesday, August 24 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Koli Cutler
Category: 
Jazz

The consummate entertainer seems to embody the spirit of the city – laid back, swinging and joyous all at once. The trumpeter and bandleader’s sets feature classics from his idol, Louis Armstrong, and his own free-spirited, be-bopping original material. On stage, Ruffins could be decked out in a suit or a T-shirt but always has a fedora on his head and a smile on his face. He was a founder of the Rebirth Brass Band, an ever-changing amalgamation of young musicians who since the 1980s have helped revive the city’s vital street music and introduce it to a worldwide audience. Ruffins plays with his band, the Barbecue Swingers, all over town, often playing several gigs in a day. Classic brassic in this cutting edge show, don't miss it!
Rhythm and Romance
Rhythm & Romance Goes to New Orleans
When: 
Tuesday, August 24 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Charles Peale
Category: 
Jazz

Charles will feature the music of Louis Prima, the Wildest, including Keely Smith and Sam Butera.
Walk Right In
Walk Right In and Get the Blues
When: 
Tuesday, August 24 Noon
Hosted by: 
Rebecca Foster
Category: 
Folk

The Louisiana Blues, that is.  The perfect response to hard, hard times, like Hurricane Katrina and so many other ways the people of the Gulf Coast have been challenged.  Rebecca will do a loose survey of the blues (mostly acoustic) and blues-influenced music by people like Snooks Eaglin, Leadbelly, Terrance Simien, Clifton Chenier (the King of Zydeco, who called himself a bluesman), prisoners of Angola Penitentiary, and more recent artists like Tab Benoit and the Red Stick Ramblers.
Loose Threads
The Marsalis Family
When: 
Tuesday, August 24 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 25Back to Top
Left of Cool
Jon Lohman & New Orleans
When: 
Wednesday, August 25 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Larry Minnick
Category: 
Jazz

Larry will have 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.
Radio Tropicale
African Roots of New Orleans
When: 
Wednesday, August 25 Noon
Hosted by: 
Bruce Penner and guest Darrell Rose
Category: 
World

Bruce and Darrell will play and talk about the African roots of New Orleans music, and how New Orleans musicians explore their roots in their music.  They will feature music from Old Mali and from such New Orleans artists as the Neville Brothers.
Straight No Chaser
Donald Harrison, Jr
When: 
Wednesday, August 25 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Charlie Curtis
Category: 
Jazz

Join Charlie Curtis for an extensive exploration of New Orleans saxophone musician Donald Harrison, Jr., who mixes the Mardi Gras Indian traditions with the modern in his jazz presentation.
Thursday, August 26Back to Top
Jazz Songline
Never Ever Freeze A Chicken
When: 
Thursday, August 26 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Marilyn Wright & Janet King
Category: 
Jazz

"Never ever freeze a chicken" and "Smells like Fema" were the words often seen printed on tee-shirts and spray painted on refrigerators all over New Orleans post-Katrina. Join Marilyn and Janet as they revisit what New Orleans was like 8 months after Katrina for the first post-Katrina Jazz Fest, the one that was sponsored by Shell Oil (hey at least it wasn't BP). New Orleans was just getting back on it's feet and music was the great healer. They'll play everything from the old to the new, from the jazz to the blues and everything in between. It's sure to be a "Par-ty-gras".
Folk and Beyond
Zydecajun Conspiracy
When: 
Thursday, August 26 5:00PM
Hosted by: 
Aer Stephen
Category: 
Folk

The Zydecajun Conspiracy returns to Folk & Beyond for a very special edition on Thursday, August 26, 5-7 pm, as part of the New Orleans Week special programming. Aer Stephen will round up all the suspects, and be lockin' it in and crankin' it up!
The Eclectic Woman
The Eclectic New Orleans Women
When: 
Thursday, August 26 7:00PM
Hosted by: 
Sandy Snyder
Category: 
Specialty

If by "New Orleans" you mean "Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee," we hope you will tune in for our special "Katrina Week" edition of The Eclectic Woman Show.
Induced to Judder
Allen Toussaint
When: 
Thursday, August 26 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Dusty Garwood
Category: 
Jazz

Producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist, solo artist — Allen Toussaint has worn all these hats over the course of his lengthy and prolific career, and his behind-the-scenes work alone would have been enough to make him a legend of New Orleans R&B. Join Dusty as he explores the music of the great one.
Friday, August 27Back to Top
Stef-o-scope
Louis Armstrong & Friends
When: 
Friday, August 27 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 more.
The Jazz Messenger
NOLA Piano Professors
When: 
Friday, August 27 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Brian Keena
Category: 
Jazz

Check out the Jazz Messenger for a special edition of New Orleans Piano Professors. Celebrate the sounds of Fats Domino, James Booker, Davell Crawford, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, Champion Jack Dupree and of course, Professor Longhair. More piano wizardry and boogie woogieness than your radio can handle! Be there!
Nothin' But the Blues
Ace Records
When: 
Friday, August 27 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Peter Welch
Category: 
Blues

Johnny Vincent’s Ace Records was based in Jackson, Mississippi but it was also one of the most prominent labels recording New Orleans blues, R&B, and rock & roll from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. Many of Ace’s artists were recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s legendary studio in New Orleans. Tune in to hear lots of classic New Orleans blues & R&B by artists such as Huey Smith & The Clowns, Earl King, Joe Tex, Bobby Marchan, Mac Rebennack, Sam Myers and many more.
Professor Bebop
Classic New Orleans Rhythm'n'Blues: The House That Dave Bartholomew Built
When: 
Friday, August 27 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Professor Bebop
Category: 
Blues

Bandleader, composer, performer and producer Dave Bartholomew defined the sound of pre-rock 'n' roll New Orleans rhythm'n'blues. Based on big band boogie woogie with a Big Easy rhumba influence, Bartholomew molded the classic sounds of Joe Turner, Smiley Lewis, and Fats Domino into a dominant force in the world of R&B. Join Professor Bebop for a two-hour exposition and celebration of the best New Orleans vibrations before the second line took over in the early 60's.
Saturday, August 28Back to Top
Leftover Biscuits
The Classic Sounds of New Orleans on Leftover Biscuits
When: 
Saturday, August 28 6:30AM
Hosted by: 
Peter Jones
Category: 
Folk

From street parades to nightclubs, from church houses to dance halls, music is key to New Orleans' uniqueness.  With a new release from the Smithsonian Folkways repository of classic New Orleans sounds, Peter will draw from that and other early recordings to display just a taste of New Orleans' musical history.  The Eureka Brass Band, Lonnie Johnson, Snooks Eaglin, Billie and De De Pierce, the first commercial recordings of Mardi Gras Indians, Champion Jack Dupree, Baby Dodds and other signature artists will remind us why this musical city is admired around the world.  Peter will offer copies of the new Smithsonian release (SFW40183) as giveaways throughout the program.
Sunshine Daydream
Wake of the Flood
When: 
Saturday, August 28 Noon
Hosted by: 
Bill Tetzeli
Category: 
Folk

Songs of the dreadful wind and rain, commemorating the fifth anniversary of Katrina. Join Sunshine Daydream host Bill Tetzeli as he plays music of the Grateful Dead highlighting the history, sorrow and rebirth of New Orleans.
Jumpin' on the Bed
Jumpin’ On New Orleans R&B
When: 
Saturday, August 28 4:00PM
Hosted by: 
Jay Hertel
Category: 
Folk

Tune in for this special edition of Jumpin’ On The Bed as Jay explores the best of New Orleans’ rhythm and blues scene from the 1950’s and 60’s. We’ll hear from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Lloyd Price, Dave Bartholomew, and Allen Toussaint, as well as regional stars like Sugar Boy Crawford, Eddie Bo, Earl King, Jesse Hill, and Irma Thomas. This show is sure to make you jump, jive, and wail!
Vagabond Shoes
Vagabond Shoes Strolls to New Orleans 
When: 
Saturday, August 28 6:00PM
Hosted by: 
David Soyka
Category: 
World

Tom Waits once crooned, "I wish I was in New Orleans" in a song that didn't sound like anything vaguely Cajun. But it was kind of boozy.  So it qualifies as New Orleans music. Join Vagabond Shoes on a journey through songs that mention New Orleans, from the aforementioned Waits to Paul Thorn to Terrence Blanchard to Randy Newman and whoever else gives a shout out to the Crescent City.   What you hear may not be strictly New Orleans music, but these days we're all from New Orleans in one way or another as WTJU brings you New Orleans Week to honor the birthplace of jazz and celebrate the rebuilding of the city during the 5th anniversary of the Katrina hurricane.
Living Time
Gary's N'awlins Favorites 
When: 
Saturday, August 28 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Gary Funston
Category: 
Jazz

Dance your Saturday night away to a swampy, funky, swinging melange of New Orleans sounds, from Satchmo on through the Dirty Dozen, Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Astral Project, the Marsalis family, and too many more to mention.
Sunday, August 29Back to Top
In the Spirit
Gulf Coast Gospel Traditions
When: 
Sunday, August 29 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Rebecca Foster
Category: 
Blues

Katrina couldn’t wipe out the gospel and spiritual heritage of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Rebecca will host a special version of In the Spirit featuring old favorites like “Down By the Riverside,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as well as less known but equally inspired songs. Performers will include King Oliver, Snooks Eaglin, Mahalia Jackson, the Crescent City Gospel Singers, the New Orleans Humming Four, Aaron Neville and more.
Jazzmania
Favorite New Orleans
When: 
Sunday, August 29 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Aaron Zatcoff
Category: 
Jazz

An eclectic mix of tunes from N.O. musicians to include Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, the Marsalis family and others.
Just a Few Friends
Louis Gottschalk: A New Orleans Classical Composer
When: 
Sunday, August 29 7:00PM
Hosted by: 
Penelope
Category: 
Classical

Music composed by Louis Gottschalk for small groups.
Walkin' Blues
Zombie Shrimp Blues
When: 
Sunday, August 29 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Bill Adams
Category: 
Blues

Songs for the resilient culture, people and wildlife of the Gulf Coast.

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