Fred Kasten

Germaine Bazzle: Great Singer and Revered Teacher

Jan 22, 2013

Germaine Bazzle is one of New Orleans' most accomplished musicians — a musician whose instrument of choice is her voice. She has also exercised a profound effect on youngsters in Southeast Louisiana as a teacher, through a dozen years in Thibodeaux and an even longer tenure at Xavier Prep in New Orleans.

Germaine Bazzle recently sat down with WWNO's Fred Kasten for the "Talkin' Jazz" interview series at the Old U.S. Mint, and talked about some of her musical influences and the place that teaching has occupied in her life.

Guitarist Steve Masakowski is one of New Orleans' finest instrumentalists, a creative player with virtuoso technique and a sensibility that is both modern and deeply informed by the New Orleans tradition. He's also a first-rate composer; a longtime member of one of the great New Orleans bands, Astral Project; and an outstanding educator with a two-decade-plus tenure on the faculty at UNO.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by journalist and bestselling author James Mann: The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Tracy Chevalier — The Last Runaway.

The pantheon of great New Orleans musicians is an extensive one, and there is no doubt that pianist Ellis Marsalis holds a richly deserved place in its upper echelons. His accomplishments as a musician and educator are of the highest order.

WWNO's Fred Kasten recently interviewed Marsalis for the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park's new "Talkin' Jazz" live interview series at the Old U.S. Mint, touching on topics such as his formative experiences growing up in New Orleans and the Jefferson Parish community of Shrewsbury.

The Yat Dictionary

Dec 18, 2012

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new volume from New Orleans poet and satirist Chris Champagne — The Yat Dictionary.  

New in New Orleans Architecture

Dec 5, 2012

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Tulane architecture professor John Klingman: New in New Orleans Architecture.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Cay Johnston — The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed new book from New York Times bestselling author Tanner Colby — Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed debut novel by David R. Gillham:  City of Women.

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