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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It's an undefinable sound. Maybe just a feel or a whimsy that makes the Saturday night sound. I dove deep again this week to find it.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 02:55:54
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In music there are hard and fast categories between so many demographic populations all in the service of selling music to a specific population. ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2019
  • Length: 02:58:08
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Some of the best song of the past 12 years.

  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:59:20
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Same old dreck versus something else.

  • Added: Aug 04, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:37
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The usual dreck plus the third hour goes to the roots of zydeco music.

  • Added: Aug 03, 2019
  • Length: 03:53:42
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Starting with music from South Louisiana then inexplicably ending up in bubblegum land and other far far away places.

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 02:51:54

  • Added: Jul 17, 2019
  • Length: 02:58:41

  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 02:56:21

  • Added: Jun 03, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:18
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of but this time with just a Tony Chachere hint of swamp pop.

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:14
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Worse than the title of tonight's show, tonight we feature Pee musicians. I would like to say, "It's complicated" but it's not. It's more like, ...

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 03:07:00
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In trying to edit and post four of these shows at the same time, I've already forgotten what this show was supposed to be about. Let's just call ...

  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:49:19
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Oh sure, the title of tonight's show is a standard I'm never going to hit.

  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:52
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Show starts with songs that you've heard before but they haven't gotten scooped up by the "oldies" or "hits" title so they're not over-played by ra...

  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 02:56:14
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
Under construction

  • Added: Apr 27, 2019
  • Length: :16
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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