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


333 Pieces

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Took a tour of early 1970s rock from the western half of the US at the end of the third hour.

  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 04:54:15
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Pepper songs and the usual dreck you've never heard y musicians you've never hear of.

  • Added: Sep 17, 2018
  • Length: 02:37:49

  • Added: Sep 10, 2018
  • Length: 02:54:04

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:08:00
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The same old dreck with a radio musical thrown in for the single theater-minded listener out there.

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:11:18
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Super powers that cause others to shrug and think, "who cares." The super power to move clouds with your eyes, to turn oxygen into carbon dioxide...

  • Added: Sep 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:32:49
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The third hour has girl groups. First couple hours is the price you pay.

  • Added: Aug 18, 2018
  • Length: 03:00:43
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Back to the Saturday night sound of, "Up-tempo, music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of..." Radio from a time long ago before ...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 02:52:05
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The river and the mystery of New Orleans in music and words.

  • Added: Aug 10, 2018
  • Length: 02:50:52
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A live broadcast from after the future floods and disasters of New Orleans. Yeah, I know a bit too cryptic but it works on radio.

  • Added: Jul 30, 2018
  • Length: 02:54:07
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Musings on the musical muse in you and I.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2018
  • Length: 02:57:08
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An imaginary beginning of a romance. It begins with a dance... Starts about half way through the show.

  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 02:54:54
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A faux live broadcast from your prom. As you can imagine, it didn't go well for me.

  • Added: Jul 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:49:54

  • Added: Jun 18, 2018
  • Length: 02:46:38
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of (and with my usual dreck).

  • Added: Jun 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:24:46
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Regretfully, I traveled outside the levees and into the Forbidden Zone. I felt like Kurtz descending into the hellish desert of commercialism, co...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 02:55:19
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It wasn't until the 1980s that music featured anger. Some would say that introduction was liberating and progressive. That the anti-war music was...

  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:39:09
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The regular listeners to Saturday night radio meet at a New Orleans music club for the music, drinks, food and each other in this live broadcast.

  • Added: May 28, 2018
  • Length: 02:56:14
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
Forgive my sentimentality on Mother's Day...

  • Added: May 14, 2018
  • Length: 02:59:48
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Calling out a large number of listener's names on this broadcast from a New Orleans music club.

  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:00:13