Author Archives: Tim Sweeney

About Tim Sweeney

Volunteer deejay for community radio station KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia, Washington -- www.kaosradio.org. Host of Sweeney's Gumbo YaYa - a two-hour radio show featuring the music of New Orleans -- every Thursday starting at 10 a.m. (PST)

Bandleader gets inspiration from New Orleans Rhythm & Blues

No one needs to convince Taylor Smith of the ability of radio to perpetuate musical traditions and nurture new ones. As the bandleader and composer for The Roamin’ Jasmine, Smith has become well acquainted, as do most successful New Orleans … Continue reading

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Louis Armstrong Park is a walk through jazz history

New Orleans does not have a comprehensive museum that tells the city’s story as the birthplace of jazz. In a way, the whole city is a museum. However, Louis Armstrong Park offers a few opportunities to touch the history of … Continue reading

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What’s Happening Today on Gumbo YaYa

Today would be Cosimo Matassa’s 91st birthday. While not a professional musician, it would be difficult to imagine New Orleans music history without his J&M studio on Rampart Street, and later on Governor Nichols, where Fats Domino, Little Richard, Lee … Continue reading

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New Orleans blues a mix of mystery and minstrel

If you’re a sucker for a good mystery like I am, then you might appreciate the story of Kid Stormy Weather. That is, what little of the story we know. (Here’s the podcast of my radio show that goes with … Continue reading

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Your 2016 New Orleans Music Buying Guide – Part Two

So much great music, I couldn’t put it all in one post so here’s part two. (Check out 2016 Part 1)  As you will quickly notice, there is no order to my lists. The only rule is I only list … Continue reading

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Your 2016 New Orleans Music Buying Guide – Part One

Here’s this year’s survey of New Orleans music releases that deserve your attention. This is music I played on my radio show Sweeney’s Gumbo YaYa.  (By the way, so many release, here’s Part Two ) Eric Lindell – When I listen … Continue reading

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New Hub City All-Stars CD looks nationally but is deeply rooted

It seems that when a band is ready to push for a bigger audience, the music tends to embrace a broader footprint than what was played when building a local following. But in the case of Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, … Continue reading

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What music will the Louisiana Flood of 2016 inspire?

The pain isn’t over for Baton Rouge and surrounding communities. Even after this once-in-a-millennium flood, the region continues to be hammered by thunderous afternoon storms dumping inches of water followed by the usual tropical heat blast that Louisiana is famous for in late … Continue reading

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K-Doe and Quintron — Another example of New Orleans musical gumbo

Politics may make strange bedfellows but strange bedfellows can make for some awesome and unique music. For proof, check out “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” or one of my favorite events, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival … Continue reading

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Pete Fountain brought a little hipness into the 50’s living room

Say what you want about the old Lawrence Welk show but from the mid 1950’s until 1982, it delivered musical performances weekly into the living rooms of folks who probably wouldn’t otherwise catch a live performance. And some of the hippest … Continue reading

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