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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An imaginary live broadcast from a New Orleans music club.

  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:38
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Songs about that melancholy late night in New Orleans and then too many songs about lollipops ... Oh just try listening, it works.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:35:55
Caption: Amos Milburn
The overwhelming and world-wide social contagion of playing and listening to Americana music in the 1950s to 1970s belongs in the context of Americ...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2019
  • Length: 02:55:34
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A couple sets originating out of the tropics via Miami and Hawaii but other than that, it's the same old dreck.

  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:51:42
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New Orleans music and Mardi Gras is a reflection of us. We who are New Orleans.

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 02:50:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Ramping up to Mardi Gras, a burst of Louisiana music. In the third hour a twist on familiar songs where a cover version of them is made from the p...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2019
  • Length: 04:03:25

  • Added: Feb 03, 2019
  • Length: 03:32:02
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With Mardi Gras in the air, here's Louisiana music on the air.

  • Added: Feb 03, 2019
  • Length: 02:54:07
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It feels like Mardi Gras is in the air. Folks thinking about their costumes and thinking of their subversion of the orthodoxy. It's what makes us...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2019
  • Length: 02:57:29
Caption: McHales Navy Sing Papa Oom Mow Wow
The usual dreck but with some special added dreck.

  • Added: Jan 21, 2019
  • Length: 02:56:24
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Look, if you've heard the show you know the title and these descriptions are at best tangentially related to the magic that happens during these sh...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2019
  • Length: 03:00:25
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It's part of my war on Christmas and my war on Halloween - I'm not going to play three boring hours of songs about Christmas. Consider it the most...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 02:46:46
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This nameless show is actually pretty good. Plenty of topical interstitials and some of my favorite songs.

  • Added: Dec 28, 2018
  • Length: 02:53:18
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Long title and a winding story that includes mushroom farms, shotguns, and plenty of electrified land mines all leads to Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered ...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 02:59:27
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Songs about Alaska and the Frozen North plus that girl, Ginny.

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 02:31:47
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A story from my neighborhood about how to play Russian Roulette surrounded by the usual dreck.

  • Added: Nov 30, 2018
  • Length: 02:50:28
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The music and radio mentors who taught me to listen to the emotions and communications behind the notes and words. To the friends who went onto li...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 03:20:36
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The Upsetters were Little Richard and so many other's go-to bands for creating that driving R&B sound of the late 1950s and early 1960s. They also...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2018
  • Length: 04:05:20
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A handful of sound-a-like musics that have a New Orleans origination and the usual dreck.

  • Added: Nov 03, 2018
  • Length: 02:51:11
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It worked last weekend, the weekend before, the month before and the year before so why not do it again? Ok, that settles it. More of the same for...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:52:17