Sweeney’s Gumbo YaYa airs live on KAOS, every Monday 10 a.m. to noon (PST). We stream the show and most shows now are edited and posted on MixCloud.
Here are descriptions of the show by date aired, and links to playlists, recordings and the related blog post.
December 21 Recorded Show – Holiday music including spins of songs from most of these videos.
December 7 Recorded Show – Goes deep into blues and country 2015 releases from New Orleans. (not a complete recording of the show. Here’s the full playlist. )
November 30 Recorded Show – Goes deep into four New Orleans 2015 releases and highlights others as I prepare to select my favorites for the year.
November 23 Recorded Show – Dr. John turns 75, Craig Klein turns 55 and The Fat Man enters the Grammy Hall of Fame.
November 16 Recorded Show – Honoring the great Allen Toussaint.
November 9 Show – Playlist – An adventure into Swamp Rock.
November 2 Recorded Show – An All Souls Day special that gets inside the tradition of a Funeral with Music (Jazz Funeral). Accompanying post.
October 26 Recorded Show – A Halloween special featuring a segment on Morgus the Magnificent, other Halloween treats and several birthday celebrations of New Orleans musicians.
October 19 Recorded Show – In honor of Jelly Roll Morton’s 130th birthday, the show explores what Morton described as the “Spanish Tinge” in music from New Orleans. From jazz to rock. Blog post.
October 12 Recorded Show – Not what you consider traditional New Orleans music. Lead Belly, Galactic, Pee Way Crayton, Anders Osborne, Flow Tribe and more.
October 5 Recorded Show – Traditional New Orleans jazz by the old guard and new bands.
September 28 Playlist – Pledge drive. Playing our favorites
September 21 Recorded Show – Show features female vocalists and musicians from New Orleans. Blog post that goes with it.
September 14 Show – Playlist No theme. Just great music.
September 7 Show – Sweet Playlist. Songs about Sugar or at least using the word sugar. Accompanying blog post.
August 31 Recorded Show – Remembering Katrina and honoring survivors (part 2).
August 24 Recorded Show – Remembering Katrina (10-year anniversary) and honoring the survivors, particularly those who made it back and rebuilt.
August 17 Recorded Show – A free form mix of a wide range of music from New Orleans. Happy Summer!
August 10 Recorded Show – We return to the Dew Drop Inn (second post) to talk with Frank Painia’s grandson about the future of the fabled, but closed, business. More R&B plus funk, soul and brass bands.
August 3 Recorded Show – We check out the Dew Drop Inn (blog post) in New Orleans by way of music and an interview with the grandson of Frank Painia who founded the lounge, restaurant and hotel that played such a key role in supporting the R&B sound in the 50’s.
July 27 Recorded Show – New Orleans music has no risk of being frozen in amber with the steady influx of talented musicians who migrate from all over the world to be part of the community’s diverse music scene. This week’s show focuses on some of those newcomers.
July 2o Recorded Show – I honor Isidore Tuts Washington with a couple early Smiley Lewis tunes and a wonderful trio with Tuts, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint.
July 13 Recorded Show – Show gets into a mellow groove and honors the birthdays of Stanton Moore and Corey Henry.
July 6 Recorded Show – Focus on performers at the Portland Blues Festival as well much more.
June 22 Recorded Show – In honor of Father’s Day, I play music my Dad loved and would have loved had he had the chance. Playlist.
June 15 Partially Recorded Show – Celebrating summer and graduations with dancing music. Only recorded half the show this week but here’s the full two-hour playlist.
June 8 Show – In honor of New Orleans bars and nightclubs going smoke free, I play smoking songs and songs that take you back to those smoke-filled dive bars of yore. Playlist.
June 1 Recorded Show – We dive into the New Orleans’ standard, Little Liza Jane with five different versions as well as my usual mix of funk, R&B, jazz and rock.
May 25 Recorded Show – We remember the great Professor Longhair and honor his music. Playlist.
May 18 Recorded Show – We go to the bayou this week and listen music inspired by Louisiana Delta. Tab Benoit, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Bonerama, Neville Brothers etc.
May 11 Recorded Show – A focus on the clarinet with Sidney Bechet, Pete Fountain, Dr. Michael White and many others.
May 4 Show (Playlist only) – Kick it off with the Radiators and finish with the Revivalists and Sophie Lee. A total Gumbo YaYa of New Orleans music.
April 27 Recorded Show – A mix of stuff including a new Jello Biafra CD with New Orleans musicians.
First few of weeks April were covered by other DJs while I was in New Orleans.
March 30 Recorded Show – Playlist – Featured Preservation Hall and its jazz band along with a nice mix of Americana New Orleans music.
March 23 Show (Playlist only) – Featured tuba-playing David Moseley as the guest host.
March 16 Recorded Show – Playlist. In this show, I play mostly music written and/or performed by the multi-talented Allen Toussaint
March 9 Recorded Show – Playlist and theme focuses on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
March 2 Show – A mix of New Orleans music for first hour followed by a live in-studio performance by Vaudeville Etiquette (Seattle group)
February 23 Show (Playlist only) – Features birthday boys Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, Bobby Charles and Leroy Jones. I also play as much Galactic as guidelines allow in advance their tour through the area.
February 16 Recorded Show – Features Mardi Gras and Carnival music. A little background on my experience with Mardi Gras.
February 9 Show – Featuring songs about love and in particular “Careless Love.” Full show on Mixcloud.
February 2 Show – Featuring early Rock n’ Roll artists with an emphasis the African American significance. Recorded Show.
January 26 Show – Featuring music by and inspired by the Black Indians of Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Indians)
January 19 Show – Featuring Snooks Eaglin tribute, Jazzfest preview, brass bands and new music.
January 12 Show – Featuring the music of James Booker and honoring Allen Toussaint who turned 77 that week.
January 5, 2015 Show – Featuring New Orleans piano players.