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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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Similar to a theatrical musical where the story is interrupted with a song, a radio musical has the songs interrupted by a story. Tonight's radi...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 40:31
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A musical has a song break out inappropriately during a story. A radio musical has a story inappropriately break out during a music show. That's ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 03:29:48
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First half of the show dealt with Louie Louie sound in Bert Berns' music. I took a tortured path to tie this girl group second half into the Bert ...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:18:20
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The musician, song writer and music producer, Bert Berns, was another Brill Building character. Not loveable nor a scamp, he was more of a garden ...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:41:01
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Music from the 1950s to 1970s that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. All the non-hits and non-oldies that influenced America...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2017
  • Length: 04:24:49
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In the desolate wasteland of 1970s television were unexpected niches of ... something goofy. For me, it was Saturday mornings with Lancelot Link, ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 02:49:55
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With the end of Daylight Savings Time happening during the third hour of my show, The Little Red Corvette, Jennifer Brady, tells me that I will be ...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:50:57
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It was a classic New Orleans ad hoc lunch at the corner bar, three hours of talk, laugh, drink, eat and repeat. Bar owner, Donna and Charlie plus ...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:24:04
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Before rock and roll became a self-aware mush, its predecessor musics were about getting people to dance. The listener's attention was not on the ...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2017
  • Length: 02:52:43
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Flotsam with a bit of the Jetsons. Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. The music that inspired rock and roll. All the n...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 02:12:12
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First half hour includes the show's title about a musical news story. Unfortunately, I still need to get my recording of it. Let's call this epi...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2017
  • Length: 02:15:35
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of but are filed under "T" in my music library. First 20 minutes of the show are missing...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 02:25:57
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The 14-year-old in all of us believes that song lyrics uncover the hidden mysteries of life so that's where my limited investigative reporting budg...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2017
  • Length: 35:50
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Collector's music from the 1950 to 70s with the type of quirky presentation you might expect at midnight from the French Quarter of New Orleans. Y...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:03:32
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Rockabilly wasn't just a southern music. Wasn't just Elvis and Sun Studios. That's just marketing and you know Saturday Night New Orleans music i...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
  • Length: 02:51:31
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Plus I slap myself and hit my chest more than anyone else on the radio.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 02:51:47
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All the usual dreck. Third hour has Scooter Gil and Jimmy Donley - two very poignant song writers from Mississippi. Then more dreck.

  • Added: Dec 24, 2016
  • Length: 03:22:46
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Tonight's show, Mexican rocanrol from the 1950s and 60s plus a radio musical. You know, in a theatrical musical, a song springs up interrupting ...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:43
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In a theatrical musical, a song springs up interrupting the narrative. In a radio musical, a narrative springs up interrupting the music. Okay, s...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 43:56
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A retelling of the Shane Fenton story and a whiff of Mardi Gras is in the air down here in New Orleans.

  • Added: Dec 07, 2016
  • Length: 03:27:20