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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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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of (but who directly influenced the rock and roll pioneers that we all heard - over and ov...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2016
  • Length: 02:48:52
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That music that pioneered rock and roll and popular music but that never sold well enough to be a "hit." The music that influenced Dylan, Elvis, T...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 02:47:01
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of ...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 02:39:48
Caption: Mike Marley with his old friend Muhammad Ali and Mike's former employer Don King.
Interrupting my Saturday night music radio show with some words about Muhammad Ali who passed earlier in the day. Ali's impact on me as an 8th gra...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 46:15
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Popular music could have evolved very differently and it wasn't apparent which route it would take then and in hindsight it's still a bit amazing h...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 02:50:43
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Hold your nose, Jamie Dell'Apa is on the radio.

  • Added: May 27, 2016
  • Length: 02:49:18
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Sheesh - it's Saturday night in the French Quarter.

  • Added: May 25, 2016
  • Length: 02:48:11

  • Added: May 25, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:24
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Back when America had only a couple TV networks and movies to provide a perspective on foreign lands, shows such as Tarzan, King Kong and Daktari i...

  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:16
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A show about that small step, the stumble from being an artist to being homelessness and helplessness. Music and readings by those folks who lived...

  • Added: May 09, 2016
  • Length: 02:57:43
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JazzFest edition with a focus on Louisiana music - just in case you don't get any of that at the fairgrounds.

  • Added: May 01, 2016
  • Length: 02:55:48
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Classic New Orleans music from the 1950s to the 1960s to complete the gaps in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's exploration of ... us. ...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2016
  • Length: 05:53:16
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All New Orleans music tonight. A live broadcast from a New Orleans music club that is soooo New Orleans.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:01
Caption: Steve, Libby Rae, Bill and Wes
The Jericho Road Show stops into Peggy Lou''s Show for a live broadcast of Americana as deep and as long as the Mississippi River. Featuring: htt...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:50:48
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Saturday midnight? It's driving song with the radio on but "no particular place to go." Might as well make it down to New Orleans where the sight...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:37
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The night before Easter and there are many more songs about rabbits than Easter so I only cobbled together a set of music. Usually it is a rabbit...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 02:47:27
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From the 1950s to 1970s - the golden era of American music. Collectors music for non-collectors who simply enjoy the joy of discovering the musica...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 02:50:07
  • Purchases: 1
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With daylight savings time taking the last hour of my show, I figured I would build a time machine during the show. Give it a test at 2am to see i...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:42
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Music from the golden age of Americana, the 1950s to the 70s. Every Saturday night it's the music you've never heard by musicians you've never hea...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2016
  • Length: 02:53:53
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A rebroadcast of the unusual December 2012 show on American music that imitates... Well it's a 1960s Americana perspective on what we thought Chin...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:29