New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

Caption: That's Me!  The Invisible Show Host
That's Me! The Invisible Show Host 

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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Somethings you can't take for granted - roots music and gravity. Both are down to earth but ignored. Music you've never heard by musicians you've...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 03:18:32
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Some call it R&B or early R&R. I'm looking for those songs from the 1950s to 70s ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 02:53:39
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Music from the 1950s to 70s that fits just between rock and roll and rhythm and blues. From musicians you've never heard of, music you wished you ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:40
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 02, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:19
  • Purchases: 1
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Cryptic titles of these shows come from the highly effective Sales Prevention Department. It's more music you've never heard by musicians you've n...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:30
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Two hours of music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of, all stuffed into a three hour show. Lousy farmers and their daylight sav...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:53:20
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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of."

  • Added: Mar 03, 2014
  • Length: 02:51:32
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Topical sets of music about Russia and a return to the WWOZ kitchen/sound effects department where I found the makings of my own Prairie Home Compa...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2014
  • Length: 02:49:58
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I'm parading with a lime green tail at Krewe du Vieux while Christy takes over the show.

  • Added: Feb 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:48:21
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Parading with Krewe du Vieux so Christy Grimes did the show. Next week, more of the same slop. Until then, an old show (without edits).

  • Added: Feb 17, 2014
  • Length: 01:59:39
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"It's music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of" and like a Lays potato chip, one listen and you'll wonder why this music isn't p...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 03:02:39
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Tonight I collected a few music collectors to present collector's music.

  • Added: Feb 02, 2014
  • Length: 03:02:40
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Collectors music from the 1950s-70s, the golden age of Americana. Our sweet spot, the non-hits that crossed the segregation line between race reco...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2014
  • Length: 03:08:28
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Music from the 1950s to 1970. A time when race and popular records crossed the then-impassible barriers of segregated America to create the golden...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2014
  • Length: 03:00:15
Caption: From a record trading shop - the dreck that can't even be given away., Credit: WFMU at WFMU.org home of my favorite radio show - Seven Second Delay
Collectors music from the era just before rock and roll established a formulaic sound. "Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard o...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2014
  • Length: 02:55:15
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More music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Tonight, sets of music about bubble gum (very different from bubble gum music) a...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2014
  • Length: 02:53:56
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Plus I stubbed my toe, more songs about green stamps than you ever cared to hear and songs by people who's first name is, "Baby."

  • Added: Dec 29, 2013
  • Length: 02:52:15
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Collector's music without the pedantic lecturing about the music's provenance. Tonig...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:49:25
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"Music you've never heard and can't fathom a good reason why not." A highlight of the night are a handful of melodic songs of Bo Diddley that don...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 15, 2013
  • Length: 02:50:10
  • Purchases: 1
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Part one of the "other music of Bo Diddley" and black pioneers of rock and roll. This is a draft version awaiting the recovery of a backup recordi...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2013
  • Length: 02:04:32