New Orleans Public Radio

Friday morning at 9:00, Classical New Orleans will present a full hour of music from the 1930s.

You'll hear the first orchestral composition by Samuel Barber (1931); an early piano trio by Leonard Bernstein (1937); a famous "sequel" by George Gershwin (1931); and, the Piano Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel (1931-32).

James Arey is your host for sounds from the 1930s • Friday, July 17 • 9am-10am • Classical 104.9 FM & WWNO HD-2

In the 1920s, when George Gershwin completed the musical components of a new song, he'd pass the music along to his brother, Ira, for the lyrics. One particular song, though, was giving Ira fits. The rhymes he'd come up with didn't suit the music. Ira eventually decided on a prose approach, with interior rhymes that matched the bounce of the song more closely. That song , "I Got Rhythm" -- in a slower version -- became part of a musical called "Treasure Girl". The song was then adapted for 1930's "Girl Crazy" in the faster version known today.

Music Inside Out

By his count, Wendell Brunious knows more than 2,000 songs. Some are from the Great American Songbook, some are traditional, swing and bebop jazz gems and many are from the golden era of New Orleans rhythm and blues. A goodly few are homemade. Wendell’s father, John “Picket” Brunious, Sr. was a composer and arranger, as was his brother John, Jr. Wendell says he plays their music to keep them ever-present, but he has his own of stock of originals. Over a more than 50 year-career in the business, he says his number one rule remains, “Keep it simple, stupid.”

Treme's Petit Jazz Museum

Take a walk through the Treme on any day and you might find a slice of history and something new to learn. It might be on Governor Nicholls Street, where Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum is located. NolaVie’s David Benedetto paid a visit and caught up with the museum’s founder, who offered a lesson in jazz history for the eyes and the ears.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by David Benedetto.

Robin Barnes
Robin Barnes

Robin Barnes was born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, shuttling between her parents’ and grandparents’ houses and singing the songs they liked to hear. Armed with a tambourine at the age of six, she charmed her way into her father’s cover band. Since then, she’s grown into a commanding vocalist with a repertoire of gospel, soul and r&b classics, jazz, funk and pop songs, opera and her own compositions. Her 2016 EP Songbird Sessions reached the top five on the Billboard jazz chart. But jazz may be a confining genre for Barnes.