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.

To follow us (and see playlists) on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saturday-Night-New-Orleans-Radio/625773220767239

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


382 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Tommy Lewis / Kid Thomas
Nursery rhyme songs, Louisiana music, Sunday afternoon at the park music, and a couple aging women songs to end the show.

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 03:04:49
Caption: Sleepy LaBeef in his movie role as a monster
It's topical theme night with songs about laughing and cigarettes. I've been playing with country and western songs that are swing jazz or boogie ...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 03:32:42
Caption: Rockin' Sidney Simien one of many you're hearing tonight!
And plenty of Louisiana music too. A good photo gallery of the musicians and music from the first hour of the show.

  • Added: Sep 29, 2019
  • Length: 02:54:17
Piece image
I went to music church during the fourth hour. Shuddering with my eyes closed and stomping my foot.

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:54:59

  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 03:02:48
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
The Writer talks about Russ Titelman, sound alikes, harmony, and she whinnies like her last half dozen fried horses.

  • Added: Sep 16, 2019
  • Length: 02:51:30

  • Added: Sep 14, 2019
  • Length: 03:00:27
Piece image
Rickie Lee Jones stops in to play radio with me.

  • Added: Sep 07, 2019
  • Length: 03:02:35

  • Added: Sep 01, 2019
  • Length: 03:57:44
Caption: Bobby Boyd Promo Photo!
Dreck, dreck, goose. I meant, dreck, dreck, Southern Soul

  • Added: Sep 01, 2019
  • Length: 02:54:49
Piece image
It's a primitive radio station so the usual background noise was replaced with out and out distortion. Unfortunately I only had 90 minutes of spac...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:01:58
Caption: This is who you're hearing tonight!
Last few weeks I've been trying to find the original "sound of Saturday Night." I think I'm always searching for this elusive muse but recently by...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 02:53:45
Piece image
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
Piece image
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
Piece image
Some of the best song of the past 12 years.

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

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

  • Added: Aug 03, 2019
  • Length: 03:53:42
Piece image
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