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La decima de Wila

Perez, Irvan - Musical Recording - “La decima de Wila”

Irvan Perez recorded and sung this Spanish Decima in 1988. Listen »

Setesientos Setentaisiete

Perez, Irvan - Musical Recording - “Setesientos Setentaisiete’

Irvan Perez recorded and sung this Spanish Decima in 1988. Listen »

Louisiana's 'Islenos' Torn Apart by Katrina

Perez, Irvan - Streaming Audio - NPR Morning Edition

A 2005 story by John Burnett about Islenos in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Listen »

Pine Leaf Boys: Keeping Cajun Music Alive

Pine Leaf Boys - Streaming Audio - “Pine Leaf Boys: Keeping Cajun Music Alive” Morning Edition, National Public Radio

Pine Leaf Boys: Keeping Cajun Music Alive - A 2007, NPR, Morning Edition Story about the Pine Leaf Boys, Cajun Music, and culture. Listen »

Basin Street Blues

Prima, Louis - Musical Recording - “Basin Street Blues” (clip)

Duke Darnell announces this clip of colorful New Orleans performer Louis Prima performing 'Basin Street Blues' on a radio broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz Club. Listen »

Bald Head

Professor Longhair - Musical Recording - “Bald Head”

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Big Chief

Professor Longhair - Musical Recording - “Big Chief”

Professor Longhair recorded this version of Big Chief during his revival period in 1979. Listen »

John Scott Interview 1

Scott, John - Recorded Interview - WWNO Interview 1

Part 1 of an interview with New Orleans artist John Scott, recorded by Fred Kasten for WWNO FM, New Orleans. Listen »

John Scott Interview 2

Scott, John - Recorded Interview - WWNO Interview 2

Part 2 of an interview with New Orleans artist John Scott, recorded by Fred Kasten for WWNO FM, New Orleans. Listen »

Sharecropping - Eleanor Robertson - Natchitoches/Cane River Oral History

Sharecropping - Oral History - Recording of Eleanor Robertson by the Natchitoches/Cane River Oral History Collection

Eleanor Robertson Talks about family history and explains economics of the sharecropping system. Listen »

Le Blues de Port Arthur

Soileau, Leo - Musical Recording - “Le Blues de Port Arthur”

Le Blues de Port Arthur by Leo Soileau, one of the many Cajun songs about leaving Louisiana for Texas. Listen »

Black Bottom Stomp

St. Louis Ragtimers - Musical Recording - “Black Bottom Stomp”

The St. Louis Ragtimers performing "Black Bottom Stomp,” originally composed by Jelly Roll Morton in 1926. Listen »

Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom

Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers - Musical Recording - “Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom”

An audio recording of Taylor Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers performing Where the Sweet Magnolias Bloom. Listen »

Allen Toussaint Interview

Toussaint, Alan - Interview - Allen Toussaint Interview

An interview with Allen Toussaint recorded for WWNO FM, New Orleans. Listen »

Toussaint, Allen - Streaming Audio - “Songwriter Allen Toussaint, a Hitmaker” National Public Radio

Allen Toussaint, evacuated from New Orleans after the floods hit, is a songwriter best known for the hit "Working in the Coal Mine." He wrote songs for The Meters, Dr. John, Patti LaBelle and many others, and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. (This interview was first broadcast on Jan. 6, 1988.) Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 1

Toussaint, Allen -Interview and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 1

New Orleans writer and musician Ben Sandmel interviews famed producer, arranger, singer-songwriter, performer and Allen Toussaint on Saturday May 2, 2009, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In this first segment, Mr. Sandmel introduces Mr. Toussaint who performs "Singing' the Blues", a song off his 2009 release "The Bright Mississippi". Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 2

Toussaint, Allen -Interview and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 2

New Orleans writer and musician Ben Sandmel interviews famed producer, arranger, singer-songwriter, performer and Allen Toussaint on Saturday May 2, 2009, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In this second segment, Mr. Toussaint discusses his many influences and performs a short medley of Professor Longhair songs. Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 3

Toussaint, Allen -Interview and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 3

New Orleans writer and musician Ben Sandmel interviews famed producer, arranger, singer-songwriter, performer and Allen Toussaint on Saturday May 2, 2009, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In this third segment, Mr. Toussaint discusses Gospel, performs Jelly Rolls Morton's Winin' Boy Blues, and talks about the importance of musical genres. Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 4

Toussaint, Allen -Interview and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 4

New Orleans writer and musician Ben Sandmel interviews famed producer, arranger, singer-songwriter, performer and Allen Toussaint on Saturday May 2, 2009, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In this fourth segment, Mr. Toussaint discusses piano strides, reminisces about a former mentor a performs the song "St. James Infirmary". Listen »

Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 5

Toussaint, Allen -Interview and Musical Recording -Ben Sandmel Interview With Allen Toussaint -Part 5

New Orleans writer and musician Ben Sandmel interviews famed producer, arranger, singer-songwriter, performer and Allen Toussaint on Saturday May 2, 2009, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In this fifth segment, Mr. Toussaint discusses his "Hurricane Katrina" experience. Listen »