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New Orleans Calling: Springtime Reunion

Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.- 8 a.m., and you can also listen online to recent episodes at

Listen to this week’s episode of New Orleans Calling.

Jazz Fest, a Springtime Reunion

In a world filled with music festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is unique. Ever since the first Jazz Fest was held in New Orleans in 1970, musicians, artists, fans, festival volunteers, and even chefs have gathered for this springtime reunion in the Crescent City to celebrate the music, art, and food of New Orleans’ legendary culture.

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Dancing the Fais Do Do is a Jazz Fest pastime. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)
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Crawfish Monica is a perennial fan favorite at Jazz Fest. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This week, we look at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — including visiting the makers of some of the famous Jazz Fest dishes that fans wait all year for. The sheer variety of food at Jazz Fest can be a little overwhelming when you see it for the first time: crawfish bread and Cajun jambalaya, pecan catfish meuniere and tagine of lamb, Creole filé gumbo, Cajun duck po-boy, shrimp and grits, Yakamein, and rose-mint tea. Everyone has their favorites that they revisit every year while trying out new annual additions to the menu. (Check out the 2015 list of Jazz Fest foods.)

There’s also a wonderful Food Heritage Stage at Jazz Fest, where Louisiana cuisine is the star: local chefs, caterers, and food writers demonstrate the preparation of dishes ranging from home-cooked comfort food to fine dining.

We don’t have Fireman Mike’s recipe for alligator sauce piquante — but here’s a great interview with Fireman Mike from 2010.

Our special live set this week is Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, recorded live at the People’s Health Economy Hall Tent at Jazz Fest in 2014. 

Here’s a video of Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses performing “Ferry Man” while riding through beautiful New Orleans streets in a mule cart. She even chucks a football…

Nealand is one of the great multitalented stars in New Orleans today — she sings and also plays saxophone, clarinet, and accordion with many different musical projects.  Here’s but a partial list of her musical endeavors:

This Week’s Track Listing:

(music bed) Duke Ellington – “Blues for New Orleans”
Lightnin’ Hopkins – “Mojo Hand / Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Live at Jazz Fest 1976)
(music bed) Lou Donaldson – “Alligator Bogaloo”
Cedric Watson – “Cochon de Lait”
Joe Krown Organ Combo – “Bring Me BBQ Baby”
The Meters – “Jambalaya”
(music bed) Elvis Presley – “Crawfish”
(music bed) Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass – “Crawfish”
Allen Toussaint – “I Could Eat Crawfish Everyday”
(music bed) Panorama Jazz Band – “Sunny Side of the Street”
Panorama Jazz Band – “Dulgo Horo”
(music bed) Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses – “Porto Rico”
Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses – “Fort Worth Stomp” (Live at Jazz Fest 2014)
Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses – “If You See My Mother” (Live at Jazz Fest 2014)
Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses – “Ferry Man” (Live at Jazz Fest 2014)
(music bed) Duke Ellington – “Second Line”

NEW ORLEANS CALLING is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City.
Your host, writer, editor, interviewer, audio engineer, and co-producer is George Ingmire.
Dave Ankers is the producer.
Melanie Merz is the supervising producer.
Additional production by Jorge Fuentes.
National distribution is managed by Russell Shelton and Carmen Connor Post.
Web support by David Stafford.
Executive Producer is WWOZ’s General Manager David Freedman.

The producers of New Orleans Calling would like to give special thanks to Matthew Goldman of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, for making possible the exclusive live set by Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses.

Additional thanks to: 
Sally Young and Melanie Merz, for their voice talents;
WWOZ’s Maryse Dejean, Scott Borne, Dee Lindsey, Crystal Gross, Lauren Del Rio, Leslie Molson, Beau Royster, and Dwayne Breashears.

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