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Katrina Remembered: New Orleans Week 2011

  From Emmet Street to Frenchmen Street
WTJU's 6th Annual Soul of New Orleans Celebration
August 22-28, 2011

Join us, Monday August 22 through Sunday August 28, as we take a musical tour of the Crescent City showcasing its vibrant musical landscape, which continues to thrive despite all the adversities and challenges of the region in recent times. Long before Hurricane Katrina and HBO’s "Treme" made more people aware of its unique cultural heritage, New Orleans has always been in our musical hearts at WTJU. Our connection to the Big Easy is both personal and spiritual, and we’ve made it a practice to devote a special week of programming dedicated to the Crescent City every year since the hurricane struck in 2005.

For this year’s commemoration, we’ve asked our announcers to select their New Orleans musical faves and recommendations for your listening pleasure and edification. We’ve got a gumbo of styles and performers—Dixieland and Satchmo, Zydeco and Cajun, brass bands, clarinet and piano players, Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, gospel and soul and the big beat and the Caribbean roots of the New Orleans Style. It’s quite an intoxicating brew!

Also look for special guests, including:

  • Jon Lohman, Program Director of the Virginia Folklife Program and the Folklife Festival, on “Left of Cool”
  • Michael Gourrier, Jazz Director of Richmond’s WRIR who lost his home in the wake of Katrina, on “Induced to Judder”
  • Charles King Arthur, who’ll discuss and demonstrate boogie woogie piano on “The Bump”
  • LSU historian and chef David Shreve who’ll take you on a tour of Crescent City heritage on “Leftover Biscuits”

Remember, you don’t have to be tuned in at exactly the same time as a particular show you want to listen to, because you have up to two weeks to stream the show at your convenience. Just go to our website at wtju.net and click on the “Streaming” button, and then the “Tape Vault” button to select what you want to hear (and we know you’ll want to hear them all!).

By the way, although this isn’t a fundraising effort, if the music moves you, our guitar case is always open. You can always pledge your support to this great cultural resource of central Virginia by going to wtju.net and clicking on the “DONATE NOW” button.

So y’all come on down to the French Quarter and we’ll transport you from Emmet Street to Frenchmen Street as only WTJU can.

Red beans & ricely yours,
David Eisenman - Jazz & Blues Director

Program Schedule

 
 

Monday, August 22Back to Top
The Bump!
Rhythm & Blues From N'awlins to Central Virginia
When: 
Monday, August 22 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Charles King Arthur & Koli Cutler
Category: 
Jazz

Live in the studio, Charles King Arthur will illuminate the exactitudes of original Delta R&B into the modern sounds of working musicians in Central Virginia today. The NOLA pioneers who started rock and roll with rhythm and blues using boogie woogie piano like Pete Johnson, Fats Domino, Huey Piano Smith, and Professor Longhair will be featured in live demonstrations by Charles, playing and explaining the sounds that still infuse music in this region today. Charles will discuss the shuffle, the straight 4/4, the 'in between' and other sounds that influenced bands such as NRBQ, Dr. John and local faves like Skip Castro, The Good Humor band, and Charles himself. Hear Charles live as we jump Cajun style, gettin' down and dirty, nitty and gritty, funky and silly with N'awlins boogie woogie piano and its infusion into Central Virginia's rhythm and blues.
Funhouse
Where Y'at!
When: 
Monday, August 22 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Chris Schmitt & Gerald Watts
Category: 
Jazz

Six years later the recovery continues, questions remain and spirits soar. Post-Katrina New Orleans mystifies. Where are we headed? What will change? What will we look like? What will continue is the music. As it wends its way around the Garden District, up to Bucktown, through Mid-City, passing the CBD and warehouse district only to settle at Vieux Carre, Frenchman and Treme, it is the strength and the soul of this remarkable city. Join Chris and Gerald for a special New Orleans edition of Funhouse as we celebrate the future with sounds of now and the past. Yeah, you right.
Soulful Situation
New Orleans Invents Rock and Roll!!!
When: 
Monday, August 22 Noon
Hosted by: 
The Rum Cove
Category: 
Blues

Around about 1956 a reporter asked Elvis where his sound came from. His reply was, "I'm not doing anything Fats Domino hasn't been doing for years." That's right folks, the New Orleans 'Big Beat' got rollin' in the late 40's and by the early 50's it was beginning to replace the Jump Blues styles then in vogue. Join The Rum Cove for two whole hours of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues that will sound suspiciously like Rock and Roll! Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Roy Brown, Little Richard, Huey 'Piano' Smith and many more will be featured as we stroll down Rampart Street to J&M Studio where in the back room Cosimo Mattasa is recording some of the most exciting sounds heard since Lord knows when!
Anything Goes
Trumpets, Trombones and Tubas… Get your Brass On!
When: 
Monday, August 22 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Marilyn Wright & Janet King
Category: 
Jazz

Listen to New Orleans' finest horn players and brass bands. Check out cool cats Tuba Fats, Big Sam, and Bonerama. And young guns Trombone Shorty and Shamarr Allen. Groove on the riffs of brass bands like the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth.
Tuesday, August 23Back to Top
All That Jazz
Ooh Poo Pah Doo: N'awlins' Nonsensical Song Titles
When: 
Tuesday, August 23 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
David Eisenman
Category: 
Jazz

Maybe it was the Mardi Gras Indians' influence, but there are more great nonsensical song titles in the Crescent City R&B songbook than anywhere else, and the Juddermeister will be featuring all that can fit into an hour and a half with Big Easy artists such as Fats Domino, Chris Kenner, Lloyd Price, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe, and many more... great googa mooga you dinky doo!
Rhythm and Romance
Rhythm & Romance Visits New Orleans
When: 
Tuesday, August 23 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Charles Peale
Category: 
Jazz

Ninety minutes of music that reflects the sound of the Crescent City, featuring the great Johnny Dodds along with Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. We will be playing selections such as "The New Orleans Stomp" and "The Original Dixieland One-Step" by Miff Mole, as well as songs from Snooks Eaglin & Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers. So if you like "The Washboard Stomp" and "The Wolverine Blues," join Charles Peale for this extravaganza of syncopated melodies.
Walk Right In
Louisiana Waltz Right In
When: 
Tuesday, August 23 Noon
Hosted by: 
Rebecca Foster
Category: 
Folk

The French brought the waltz to Louisiana, an elegant, romantic dance. Join Rebecca to explore what has become of the Waltz in the musical evolution of Louisiana. Not exactly elegant when played by the likes of Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band or Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, but always intended to make you dance!
Loose Threads
Jammin' And Havin' Fun!!!
When: 
Tuesday, August 23 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Preston Palisades
Category: 
Jazz

HBO's series Treme is a celebration of New Orleans music and the spirit that gives the music strength and soul. Join Preston Palisades as we continue the celebration, featuring artists who play themselves on the show. We'll also explore some of the intentionally placed background music, and even play a few live performances that were recorded just for the show.
Wednesday, August 24Back to Top
Left of Cool
Jon Lohman & New Orleans
When: 
Wednesday, August 24 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Jon Lohman & Larry Minnick
Category: 
Jazz

Larry will be joined by special guest Jon Lohman, Program Director of the Virginia Folklife Program and the Folklife Festival. He and Larry will discuss Jon's experiences in New Orleans and play their favorite Crescent City tunes.
Radio Tropicale
New Orleans - Its Caribbean Roots
When: 
Wednesday, August 24 Noon
Hosted by: 
Bruce Penner
Category: 
World

Please join Bruce as he explores the Caribbean roots of New Orleans styles during this special Radio Tropicale, dedicated to those who survived Katrina and continue to practice the culture.
The Listening Room
The Katrina Ballads by Ted Hearne: An hour long, genre-defying song cycle
When: 
Wednesday, August 24 7:00PM
Hosted by: 
Thom Pease
Category: 
Classical

Part of this week's Listening Room will be devoted to a call to remembrance in the form of a 65-minute, ten-part composition for 11 instrumentalists and 5 singers, by American composer Ted Hearne. It is set entirely to primary-source texts from the week following Hurricane Katrina. The recipient of the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize for composition, the work was premiered at the 2007 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The Katrina Ballads was recorded and released in 2010 on the New Amsterdam Records label. Hearne conjures the words of politicans, media personalities, musicians, and those who suffered most, the residents of New Orleans, and creates a living monument to that fateful time. More information
The Summit
New Orleans Majestic
When: 
Wednesday, August 24 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
MichaelShelton
Category: 
Jazz

“The Summit” takes a ride on the high side, featuring the contributions of home grown New Orleanians innovating the straight-ahead while staying true to their roots. From the old cats to the young lions and a flow just a stone’s throw from Cajun & Zydeco, these guys and gals herald the future and enliven the present, while simultaneously honoring the past…
Thursday, August 25Back to Top
Pulse!
PulseFest!: Pulse! Celebrates Jazz Fests, Then and Now
When: 
Thursday, August 25 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
David Lee
Category: 
Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is where Nawlins shows off its best and brightest every year, in blues, jazz, R&B, and much more. Pulse! will celebrate the gifts of many of those Jazz Fest artists. You’ll hear live recordings of early Jazz Fests of artists who aren’t with us anymore; you’ll hear veterans who are still performing, and newcomers to the scene. It’s going to be a PulseFest!
Folk and Beyond
Bon Temps Rouler!
When: 
Thursday, August 25 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
Eclectic Women of the Gulf Coast
When: 
Thursday, August 25 7:00PM
Hosted by: 
Rebecca Foster
Category: 
Specialty

Two hours is hardly enough time to celebrate all the music that comes from the women of Louisiana and Texas, but Rebecca will offer up both hits and obscurities to give you some idea of the depth and breadth. Listen for Irma Thomas, Katie Webster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Marcia Ball and Ann Savoy, among many others. Fun and informative programming coming your way!
Induced to Judder
The Songs & The Stories
When: 
Thursday, August 25 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Michael "Mr Jazz" Gourrier & David Eisenman
Category: 
Jazz

My name is Michael Gourrier. I am currently in my thirty-fifth year of Jazz Broadcasting. A bulk of that (twenty-four years to be exact) was spent at WWOZ-FM in New Orleans. I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and lost my home and all my earthly possessions, including a massive music collection, in the calamity. I am currently the Jazz Director at WRIR-FM in Richmond where I have been broadcasting since March of 2006. I am pleased to accept the invitation to travel to Charlottesville to participate in WTJU's New Orleans Week. I have compiled a nice selection of material that I will share with the listening audience and add personal comments and anecdotes pertinent to the selections. Examples include the 1962 recording of the Nat Adderley Sextet recorded at Cosimo Matassa's Recording Studio with Nat, Cannonball, Sam Jones and New Orleanians Ellis Marsalis, Nat Perrillat and James Black. The great "Tan Canary," Johnny Adams' first Jazz Record and material from a young performer named Davell Crawford who is a scheduled performer at this year's Richmond Folk Festival. We will also include material from Alvin "Red" Tyler, Alvin Batiste, Nicholas Payton, and some Marsalis material to name a few-- with Guest Host, Mr. Jazz.
Friday, August 26Back to Top
Stef-o-scope
Louis Armstrong & Friends
When: 
Friday, August 26 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Stephanie Nakasian
Category: 
Jazz

All Satchmo plus the added bonus of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, The Mills Brothers and others.
The Jazz Messenger
New Orleans Piano Professors
When: 
Friday, August 26 10:30AM
Hosted by: 
Brian Keena
Category: 
Jazz

The Jazz Messenger will dive head-first into recordings of the piano playing professors of the Crescent City. Celebrate the sounds of Dr. John, Fats Domino, James Booker, Davell Crawford, Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Henry Butler, Champion Jack Dupree and of course, Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair. More piano wizardry and boogie woogieness than your radio, laptop or smart phone can handle!
Reggae Vibrations
A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen
When: 
Friday, August 26 2:00PM
Hosted by: 
Goldfinger
Category: 
World

Taken from the title of St. Lucian reggae artist Taj Weekes' most recent album (a tribute to the tenacity of the people of New Orleans, and condemnation of the inadequate government response), "Reggae Vibrations" revels in all facets of New Orleans/Jamaican cross-pollination. Tied by the umbilicus of radio waves from the Crescent city, Jazz and R&B begat Ska, Soul spawned Rocksteady, Funk informed Reggae... it's all here with two hours of the call-and-response across the Gulf.
Nothin' But the Blues
Hey Pocky Way - Songs from the Culture of the Mardi Gras Indians
When: 
Friday, August 26 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Peter Welch
Category: 
Blues

Join Peter Welch of Nothin' But the Blues for 2 hours of great music by Mardi Gras Indians as well as classic New Orleans R&B songs with references and phrases from the Mardi Gras Indian culture.
Professor Bebop
Neville - The Royalty of New Orleans
When: 
Friday, August 26 11:00PM
Hosted by: 
Professor Bebop
Category: 
Blues

The Crescent City has its Voodoo queens, hoodoo men, its zydecajuns, its jazz legends, and its Indian chiefs, but the real majesty of the city is its amazing music. The Professor will present the royal family Neville and music from the entire dynasty - Art, Aaron, Cyrille, Charles, Ivan, Ian and their many musical alliances, like the Meters, Neville Brothers, Hawkettes, Dumpstaphunk, and Voices from the Wilderness.
Saturday, August 27Back to Top
On The Edge
Follow Me to New Orleans
When: 
Saturday, August 27 3:00AM
Hosted by: 
Ponch McPhee
Category: 
Specialty

Listen up! Follow Me to New Orleans ~ We will travel to Old New Orleans with the music of an era ~ Hitting the shiny wet cobblestone with the "Bourbon Street Parade" and hustle on through the "Royal Street Blues" ~ Then we will get a real feel for those amazing "Saints Go Marching In" ~ We will travel deep and wide to "Down by the Riverside" with Papa Celestin's "Marie La Veau." ~ 'Follow Me to New Orleans' will leave an imprint on your very soul ~ To know New Orleans is to truly love its culture and appreciate its natural rhythm ~
Leftover Biscuits
Gumbo Ya-Ya Served Up on Leftover Biscuits
When: 
Saturday, August 27 6:30AM
Hosted by: 
David Shreve & Peter Jones
Category: 
Folk

On the second to last day of New Orleans week, Historian David Shreve, PhD (LSU) will mix a little Crescent City history with recordings from the Big Easy. Also a fine chef trained down in the Bayou State, Shreve will throw in a soupcon of the 1927 flood, a dash of 1965's Hurricane Betsy, and a handful of Katrina for a gumbo best served up on this special edition of Leftover Biscuits.
Jumpin' on the Bed
Meet Me on Frenchmen Street
When: 
Saturday, August 27 4:00PM
Hosted by: 
Jay Hertel
Category: 
Folk

The original music scene in New Orleans has left Bourbon Street and moved just outside the French Quarter to Frenchmen Street. Tune in to this special edition of Jumpin' On The Bed as your host, Jay Hertel, takes you on a tour of New Orleans contemporary music scene. There will be rock, country, blues, jazz, and hip hop, but genre labels don't matter on Frenchmen Street because it's all New Orleans music. Just listen to the drummer.
Vagabond Shoes
N'awlins Gumbo
When: 
Saturday, August 27 6:00PM
Hosted by: 
David Soyka
Category: 
World

Vagabond Shoes is polishing its footwear to travel down to La Nouvelle-Orléans to honor the birthplace of jazz and commemorate the continuing reconstruction of the Crescent City on what is now the 6th anniversary of Katrina. We'll play our usual gumbo of genres, with an emphasis on "N'awlins"-style, with our usual inspired detours to folks like Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams and Paul Thorn whose songs in one way or the other namecheck the Big Easy, as well as some of the music featured in the hit television series, Treme. As Tom Waits once crooned (and, yeah, you can bet you'll hear this one as well), "I wish I was in New Orleans." Tonight, we're going to take you there.
Living Time
New Orleans’ Own Barney Bigard
When: 
Saturday, August 27 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Rus Perry
Category: 
Jazz

Perhaps the only player to record with Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington AND Louis Armstrong, clarinetist Barney Bigard moved to Chicago with King Oliver in the jazz diaspora of the twenties and became NO’s most recorded clarinetist. His signature mellow tone and graceful fingering became characteristic of Ellington’s sound into the forties, during which time he co-authored Mood Indigo, among other releases. He continued recording through the sixties and participated in “The Great Summit” of Duke and Pops in 1961.
Sunday, August 28Back to Top
In the Spirit
The Storm is Passing Over
When: 
Sunday, August 28 9:00AM
Hosted by: 
Rebecca Foster
Category: 
Blues

Gospel Music has always offered storm warnings, storm stories and refuge from the storms of life. When we think about the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Gospel Music takes on extra meaning and can offer extra comfort and hope. Join Rebecca for an hour of Pre- and Post-Katrina Gospel music about storms and other disasters.
Jazzmania
New Orleans Sunday Brunch
When: 
Sunday, August 28 10:00AM
Hosted by: 
Dusty Garwood
Category: 
Jazz

An eclectic feast of tunes from New Orleans musicians to include Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins and others.
Walkin' Blues
Brass Roots
When: 
Sunday, August 28 9:00PM
Hosted by: 
Joe Oddo
Category: 
Blues

Come explore the origins of New Orleans Brass Bands and their influence on modern jazz and R&B. Celebrating the traditions of our great American musical city, from second-line brass band music to Mardi Gras Indian music, we'll explore the common thread. The funky musical attitude that identifies this music that is from no other place on the planet but New Orleans. Listen in to the soul and spirit of a city that will never die: Brass Roots with host Jus' Jo!

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