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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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
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Dennis Roberts drops in program an hour of his favorite radio show hosts and the music they unfurled for him. Dennis is a long time radio show ho...

  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 01:55:53
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The worst song ever - Burt Ward (Robin of 1960's Batman fame) singing "Boy Wonder I Love You." Plus a bunch of doo wop along with the usual dreck ...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 02:50:05
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Songs about oil and drilling for oil plus "Going Home to ...." Plus a bunch of music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Oh y...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 03:34:04
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We successfully broke the radio sound barrier by playing more than one song a minute for over one hour. (For no other reason that it's an after mi...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:01:15
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Shirley Songs, Domestic Abuse Songs, Stagger Lee Answer Songs and then we successfully break the radio sound barrier of playing one song per minute...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:51:03
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Shirley, You Mean the Heartbreaker?

  • Added: Apr 11, 2018
  • Length: 02:48:05
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Starting off with answer songs done by New Orleans musicians then the roots songs covered by Commander Cody and Barrence Whitfield. The rest is my...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:11:08
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To stay in New Orleans is to abandon health, wealth and reasonableness in favor of enjoying the moment. Living the non-commercial life of quality ...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:23
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Songs that seem like audio derivations of others. From Ellington and Chick Webb to the LIght Crust Dough Boys. From Ernie Vincent's Dap sound to ...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:33:09
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I always equated boxing with "manhood" until the boxer Emile Griffith proved that decency is the path to "manhood." Emile had a more dramatic stor...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 02:49:23
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Short Version - To the teenage me, boxing and hunting were both the (1) ideal types and (2) complete mysteries of male adulthood. When I learned ...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 11:40
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Starting with Richard Berry Sound-Alikes and some of the lesser known Larry Williams songs with a stop for one of the more unusual Louisiana tra...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 02:54:41
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Lyrics made of lists, New Orleans music and mostly music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 03:04:01
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A Mardi Gras edition with songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Also, songs about shoes other than "Blue Suede Shoes," a bl...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:26:20
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Contemporary Mardi Gras music and what it means to me.

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 03:21:51
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Music referring to Africa plus Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Ra, Mingus and some others from my youth as an uninvited guest (more like a pest) at radio ...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 01:35:35
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Tonight featuring some of my all time favorite songs.

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: 02:52:42
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There is a tremendous amount of current culture that we now call "Americana" that came from the 1950s to 70s era. Something fundamental to definin...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2018
  • Length: 03:57:17