New Orleans Roots & More
Bill Thomson | Sunday 9 - 11am
Jazz is "America's Classical Music" and New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Despite the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, NOLA remains a vibrant cultural epicenter, providing the world with a unique musical gumbo that continues to evolve and inspire. During this two-hour program we feature a spectrum of jazz from the Crescent City, focusing on classic performances from jazz greats ... tracks from contemporary artists ... and exciting new music including various jazz-related collaborations and projects. With its focus on jazz -- an urban music genre -- New Orleans Roots & More is a nice counterpoint to WRIR's Louisiana Dance Hall, which highlights Louisiana's various "country" music forms: Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and Swamp Pop.
While the cultural significance of jazz is undisputed, this music is not commercially viable on radio -- so, as part of our effort to fulfill WRIR's mission and broadcast underrepresented music, we highlight a wide range of jazz artists from the Crescent City ... and beyond. Much of this music comes from small, independent labels or self-released CDs from the artists. New Orleans Roots & More also features selected jazz tracks from new releases we've received at the station, by musicians who are not necessarily based in New Orleans but are still worth hearing.
I believe this music is perfectly suited for a Sunday morning, and welcome the opportunity to share it with you. As always, we appreciate your comments and suggestions. Thanks for listening!
Recent Blog Entries
5/6/13 NOLA on a rainy evening ...
Greetings, and let's settle on in for a couple of hours in the Crescent City as the rain rolls in ..... thanks for listening, as always, and please click below for a complete playlist ....
4/22/13 NOLA Spring Jam!
Tonight's mix is my version of a Crescent City jam ..... enjoy the sounds, and TURN IT UP !!!!!
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Welcome to springtime here in Richmond, and way down in the Crescent City!
Let's enjoy some sounds of spirit and renewal as we bid goodbye to a winter that's dragged on for too long ... farewell to the snow, and a warm welcome to the daffodils.
Please click below for today's complete playlist ....
3/25/13 LIVE and more!
Welcome to our first post-fund-drive show! Thanks for your support! We couldn't do it without YOU!
Let's start tonight with some great live recordings, and then we'll move into another "musical mix-up" straight from the Crescent City!
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3/11/13 NOLA Fund Drive Jam!!!
WELCOME TO THE SHOW!!!! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND ENJOY THE MUSIC .....