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  • "Kokomo Kidd" Guy Davis on Afternoon Jazz: Interview and Performance

    November 23, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Guy Davis brings his electric presence- and his banjo- to WBGO's Afternoon Jazz with Michael Bourne, as he talks about his new record, "Kokomo Kidd", and plays a song or two with bassist Mark Murphy.

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  • Two PBS programs focus on Blues and the Jazz Age

    September 29, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    PBS has two programs in the coming week that focus on New Orleans Blues and the Jazz Age.  This Friday, September 30 at 9pm (Eastern), British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in a Great Performances episode filmed in New Orleans.  October 2-4, 8-10pm nightly, brings Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's Prohibition, about the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution and its effect on (or creation of) the Jazz Age.

    Laurie says he finds his greatest satisfaction and inspiration from the mixture of blues and jazz that grew out of New Orleans at the beginning of the last century. This Great Performances, "Let Them Talk," includes documentary and interview segments during Laurie's travels around the city.  The program features his performances with blues legends Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas, as well as a fellow countryman Sir Tom Jones. With concert sequences filmed at the historic Latrobe’s building in the French Quarter, the musical selections include New Orleans blues standards along with some forgotten and neglected gems.

    Versatile British actor Hugh Laurie, an American favorite for his role in the hit TV series “House,” showcases his musical side in an atmospheric special filmed in New Orleans. Photo courtesy Michael Wilson
    Versatile British actor Hugh Laurie, an American favorite for his role in the hit TV series “House,” showcases his musical side in an atmospheric special filmed in New Orleans. Photo courtesy Michael Wilson

    On Friday at 6:30pm, tune into WBGO for the WBGO Journal as TV Guide's Bruce Fretts stops by to preview Prohibition.  Ken Burns will also be a guest on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio on WBGO Jazz88.3FM on Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm.

    Female dancers performing the Charleston, 1926. Credit: ©Scherl / Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / The Image Works
    Female dancers performing the Charleston, 1926. Credit: ©Scherl / Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / The Image Works
  • WBGO Celebrates 100 Years of Robert Johnson

    May 5, 2011. Posted by Michael Downes.

    robertjohnsonMay 8th, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Robert Johnson's birth. According to legend, Johnson met the Devil at the crossroads of Routes 61 and 49, and promised him his soul in exchange for supernatural abilities on the guitar. The Devil got the best of him, though--during his lifetime, Johnson never did achieve fame outside the Mississippi Delta. Yet 100 years later, Robert Johnson's name is virtually synonymous with the blues. In a cruel twist of fate, his publishers, who own the rights to the 29 songs he recorded during his lifetime, have since earned millions of dollars re-releasing his material. The moral of the story, of course, is that the Devil is evil (except for the D).

    Take a listen to today's very special Blues Hour, which features Gary Walker, Bob Porter, and Michael Bourne discussing the life, legacy, and mythology of Robert Johnson.