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New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr 

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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A bunch of mini sets of music including girl groups (without that irritating Phil Spector sound) and girl groups from Detroit (without that pretent...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 02:51:01
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Why instrumental songs with any American Indian tribe other than "Cherokee" seem more authentic than songs with "Cherokee" in the song title. Plus...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 02:50:25
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Music that incorporates mechanical noises into the rhythm, gunslinger songs (including a psychological analysis of a gunslinger) and my Jerry Samue...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 02:24:40
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Substituting for Peggy Lou after I cancelled Hurricane Nate. Trying to mimic her light touch and California sensibilities ...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:31:37
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Band Box Records was a 1950's rarity, a woman-owned recording business. More exceptional, Vicki Morosan was a Romanian immigrant making a daily be...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 02:39:22
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Band Box Records was a 1950's rarity, a woman-owned recording business. More exceptional, Vicki Morosan was a Romanian immigrant making a daily bet...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 03:56:19
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The reciprocal of a "theatrical musical" where music suddenly interrupts the story line, a "radio musical" has the story line suddenly interrupted ...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 20:55
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I think this show worked as a deep dive into late Saturday night radio. Starting the night with the novelties of me juggling chopsticks and shoes ...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 05:50:33
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After Fats Domino and Little Richard records completely changed the recording industry. New Orleans music was "gold" and the equivalent of the Cal...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 04:36:13
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It's a traditional rural dirty ditty known primarily to the African American community but it is based on the traditional song, "Froggy Goes A Cour...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 14:14
Caption: From the Theater District (of Your Mind)
In a theatrical musical, songs break out during the story line. In a radio musical, a story line breaks out during a set of music. In the radio...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 29:38
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Long sets of Louisiana music and music about names like "Bud, Shorty and Irma. Bud as in "Uncle Bud" the dirty ditty that is based on Froggy Goes ...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2017
  • Length: 02:52:04
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The burst of musical creativity from the 1950s to 70s and how the British band successfully marketed Americana to Americans.

  • Added: Aug 30, 2017
  • Length: 02:48:30
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An economic history of New Orleans doesn't involve military statues or big men to build a mythological story and capture the romantic's view of her...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 03:45:50
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A WWOZ show host's French Quarter experience with The Band. Music by Renato Telles Sbeghen

  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 05:29
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Broadening the Saturday night sound but keeping the connections to the theme of foundational music. Tonight including Sun Ra's doo wop phase, musi...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 03:45:58
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Trying to find the roots of "Roots Music" by avoiding the overwhelming commercial aspects of music. It's an interesting exploration. Come along f...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 04:47:38
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. The roots of rock and roll from before "rock and roll" decayed into another commercia...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 03:50:15
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Louisiana musicians and songs you've never heard plus songs about monkeys! What else could anyone want? How about sound-a-like songs and a radio...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 03:41:39