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Missing New Orleans: Popular Music Remembers a City

From: WXXI
Length: 57:22

A special musical tribute to the city of New Orleans Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-2 To assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, WXXI in Rochester, New York is offering a special musical tribute to the city of New Orleans. This one-hour program, produced by Fascinatin Rhythm host Michael Lasser, is available free of charge to all stations. Missing New Orleans: Popular Music Remembers a City includes several brief announcements asking listeners to help disaster victims by donating to hurricane relief. Stations may insert local announcements, or run the program without interruption. Here are the timings, cues, and content for Missing New Orleans: Popular Music Remembers a City Total Time: 57:30 Segment 1 (10:36) In: Music Out: … and give now. Song: Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Singer(s): Turner Layton, Henry Creamer Album: Sunshine Boys Gulfcoast Blues Carol Leigh You've Got To Give Me Some River Stay Away from My Door Ethel Waters Greatest Hits 1 Segment 2 (14:03) In: The blues grew up… Out: … and give now. Saint James Infirmary Louis Armstrong Complete Recordings, Hot 5 & 7, v4 I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl Bessie Smith Essential Bessie Smith, v2 Darktown Strutters Ball Alberta Hunter Downhearted Blues Jambalaya Fontenot Private Collection Segment 3 (10:03) In: Jazz began in New Orleans… Out: … and give now. New Orleans Stomp King Oliver Private Collection King Porter Stomp Jelly Roll Morton Private Collection Muskrat Ramble Louis Armstrong Complete Recordings, Hot 5 & 7, v1 Segment 4 (22:33 – optional outcue at 21:29 … and give now) In: The songs about New Orleans Out: Music ends House of the Rising Sun Leadbelly Private Collection Papa De-Da-Da Louis Armstrong, Eva Taylor Private Collection Do You Know What Means Miss New Orleans Louis Armstrong Sixteen Songs Just a Closer Walk with Thee Magnificent 7th's Brass Band Jazz Funeral Didn't He Ramble Magnificent 7th's Brass Band Jazz Funeral

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To assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, WXXI in Rochester, New York is offering a special musical tribute to the city of New Orleans. This one-hour program, produced by Fascinatin Rhythm host Michael Lasser, is available free of charge to all stations. Missing New Orleans: Popular Music Remembers a City includes several brief announcements asking listeners to help disaster victims by donating to hurricane relief. Stations may insert local announcements, or run the program without interruption. Here are the timings, cues, and content for Missing New Orleans: Popular Music Remembers a City Total Time: 57:30 Segment 1 (10:36) In: Music Out: … and give now. Song: Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Singer(s): Turner Layton, Henry Creamer Album: Sunshine Boys Gulfcoast Blues Carol Leigh You've Got To Give Me Some River Stay Away from My Door Ethel Waters Greatest Hits 1 Segment 2 (14:03) In: The blues grew up… Out: … and give now. Saint James Infirmary Louis Armstrong Complete Recordings, Hot 5 & 7, v4 I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl Bessie Smith Essential Bessie Smith, v2 Darktown Strutters Ball Alberta Hunter Downhearted Blues Jambalaya Fontenot Private Collection Segment 3 (10:03) In: Jazz began in New Orleans… Out: … and give now. New Orleans Stomp King Oliver Private Collection King Porter Stomp Jelly Roll Morton Private Collection Muskrat Ramble Louis Armstrong Complete Recordings, Hot 5 & 7, v1 Segment 4 (22:33 – optional outcue at 21:29 … and give now) In: The songs about New Orleans Out: Music ends House of the Rising Sun Leadbelly Private Collection Papa De-Da-Da Louis Armstrong, Eva Taylor Private Collection Do You Know What Means Miss New Orleans Louis Armstrong Sixteen Songs Just a Closer Walk with Thee Magnificent 7th's Brass Band Jazz Funeral Didn't He Ramble Magnificent 7th's Brass Band Jazz Funeral

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Review of Missing New Orleans: Popular Music Remembers a City

We’re all devastated by the tragedy suffered in New Orleans. We all want to help. And that is the amazing thing about radio…we can help and we can react quickly. Speed is our strength and time is our enemy. In this piece we see a bit of both.

Essentially a laser drop show to encourage contributions to help survivors (can we make it a rule not to call them Victims?) It’s sincere, concerned and conveys a sense of urgency. The music is historical, recordings that I have to be impressed by the ability to get them all in one place. I am sure when this show was first aired, it captured the emotional state of many folks and succeeded in creating action to support the relief efforts.

But time is not on this piece’s side. It’s a few months later, the situation in New Orleans evolved and we’re confronted with a different set of circumstances. The call for contributions is not as urgent, and the sincerity of this piece now comes off a bit over the top. The historical nature of the recordings now seem a bit confined…after all, New Orleans music is a wide and long list. This piece now seems like n the producer pulling out their own deep, and significant, collection, rather than a concerted effort to bring all of New Orleans music to life.

So I think this piece has passed it’s life span, but could be recreated into a more evergreen show about the early days of New Orleans Jazz, Dixie Land and Blues. The production values of the show are great, no surprise, WXXI is a leading station in the system.