Friday, October 21, 2005
OZ is BACK!
In a Sept 23 post here about the effect of Katrina's devastation of New Orleans' music scene and in particular, the destruction of radio station WWOZ (known as OZ) to locals, I asked you to consider contributing to getting them back on the air. If you did, you did good, it helped! And even if you didn't, I'm overjoyed to report that WWOZ is Back On The Air!
You can listen online to OZ (sometimes, keep trying, it's worth it) at http://www.wwoz.org/exile.php Great jazz, blues and quirky deejays, wonderful community radio. Gumbo for the ears and spirit.
Listening right now to a tribute to Gatemouth Brown, who died this week. Deejay said, "doctors said he died of a heart attack, but we know he died of a broken heart seeing what that bitch Katrina did to New Orleans."
Louisiana-born, Texas-raised multi-instrumentalist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown has been dishing up his unique blend of blues, R&B, country, jazz, and Cajun music for more than 50 years. A virtuoso on guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin, viola, and even drums, Gatemouth has influenced performers as diverse as Albert Collins, Frank Zappa, Lonnie Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Joe Louis Walker. (excerpt from his bio on the website)I got to see Gatemouth at the one New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, better known as Jazzfest, that I went to, in 2002. Joseph and I made a wonder-full cross-country drive, from L.A. to N'awlins, coastal Mississippi and points between, to say goodbye to America just before we moved to China, the instigating event of which was Kim and M.C. Gainey's wedding at Jazzfest. So many memories...
The Fairgrounds site of Jazzfest, in the Gentilly section of New Orleans was hit hard. (Any excuse to type the name Gentilly.)
Let the good times and the good music rock and roll. Hao Hao New Orleans, it's coming back! Of course.
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