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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At its heart, my show is about presenting music absent its racial components. For instance, we focus on music from the 1950s to 1979s when musicia...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
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Collectors music from the golden era of Americana music. That music just before the first rock and roll record. Tonight's show features the auth...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the time just before rock and roll became a commercial commodity. A time when m...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of because it is the music just before the first rock and roll record that is the unvarnis...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Songs from the golden era of Americana, the 1950-70s when the modern era of pop mu...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of." All the music that came just before the first rock and roll record. Collector's m...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2014
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A magical community radio hour. Late Saturday night, musicians from around the globe and New Orleans drop in for a jam session as part of their tr...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2014
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of - From the golden era of Americana, the 1950s - 1970s when popular music and race recor...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2014
  • Length: 02:50:35
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Music that came just before rock and roll became a formula. Not the hits but music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. And may...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2014
  • Length: 02:55:22
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Music from the 1950s to 1970s but with a twist - only the non-hit and only the songs before the rock and roll became a boring formula for making mo...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:54:18
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As always, collector's music from the 1950s to 70s.but this time with a focus on Australian bands. Their sound fit into the a typical Saturday Nig...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2014
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The music that made rock and roll but that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the 1950s to 1970s, a time just before the ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:22
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Yeah, sure there are thousands of songs that mention jukeboxes but you don't care to count them nor listen to them. No, you're more specialized. ...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2014
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from a radio studio in the WWOZ bathroom. Plus market testing my new pledge drive prem...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2014
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Collector's music from the golden age of Americana - the 1950s to 1970s. All the music from just before the first rock and roll song because once ...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2014
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The music created just before the first rock and roll song is the music that created America's most lasting cultural impact. Collector's music bec...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:48:11
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the time just before the first rock and roll record. From where rock and roll beg...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2014
  • Length: 02:50:49
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Of course the title doesn't make sense. None of my titles make sense as the titles and my shows all parse cultural esoterica. Collector's music i...

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  • Added: May 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:57:39
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Music from the golden era of Americana music, the 1950s-70s. That music that birthed rock and roll. Yep, this is the music that influenced today'...

  • Added: May 18, 2014
  • Length: 03:00:36
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And they're good songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of... Music from the 1950s to 70s that influenced the music and musician...

  • Added: May 14, 2014
  • Length: 03:00:27