Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson is currently the Special Projects Producer at WBGO-Newark, where he is the station's blogger-in-chief and leading caffeine consumer. Josh hosts Live at the Village Vanguard, a monthly concert series from the legendary New York jazz club. He is also the creator and host of Living With Music, a multimedia riff about jazz, discovery and other big ideas.

He started with a full-time gig and volunteer host position at WWOZ in New Orleans, landed a temporary production assistant job at American Routes and attended public radio boot camp at Murray Street Productions in New York. He has produced award-winning documentaries and more than 250 live concert recordings while at WBGO.

He still believes that radio is a legitimate career path. No one has the heart to tell him the truth.

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A Blog Supreme
2:14 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits

The Lambreaux family meets with New Orleans city planners concerning a national jazz center.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

At the end of Treme's season three, with only an abbreviated season four to come, we find many characters walking away from opportunities. Spoiler alert for what follows.

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A Blog Supreme
5:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 27: Fat Tuesday 2008

Aaron Neville performs with The Neville Brothers in Treme.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

The three seasons of Treme have all found their way to Mardi Gras; appropriately, the day is always depicted with all the spectacle, vice and musical mayhem you might expect. Josh Jackson of WBGO returns to break down the many musical scenes in this year's go-round.


Patrick Jarenwattananon: So many flashes of live music this episode. Let's start at the beginning. Did you recognize the band where Lieut. Colson and his fellow officer are talking, and there are (clothed) women on poles in the French Quarter?

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A Blog Supreme
10:31 am
Mon October 29, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 27: The Fat Man

DJ Davis (Steve Zahn) gains an audience with Fats Domino and his many gold records.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Born in 1928, Fats Domino enjoyed the first of his many hits — almost all of which were created in New Orleans — when "The Fat Man" rose up the R&B charts all the way to No. 2. That was in 1950. Which explains all the records on the wall at his house, and the regal status he is afforded.

That, and other musical explainers, are in our latest Treme music recap, with WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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A Blog Supreme
5:45 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 26: That's What Buddy Bolden Said

The Lambreaux men protest the demolition of housing projects.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Certain episodes of Treme seem to wear their ideological hearts on their sleeves, and this was one. You open with Desiree's mother's house getting torn down in a city mix-up; you have Davis throwing around phrases like "preservation through neglect"; you see housing projects torn down amid protest with the implication of a corrupt deal; you get protagonists like the Bernette family being harassed by police; you witness clueless developers trying to build a national jazz center while waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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A Blog Supreme
4:41 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Philip Dizack: What You Learn When You're Older

Philip Dizack at WBGO, with saxophonist Jake Saslow in the background.
Josh Jackson WBGO

A lot can happen in six years. For Milwaukee-bred trumpeter Philip Dizack, it marked the passage of an era worth documenting in his own artistic chronology.

"End of an Era represents a moment when what you had is gone," he says about his new album during this session from WBGO's The Checkout. "For me, it's specific things like family relationships that ended. Both of my grandparents passed away. All those things were very personal, but I saw that everyone goes through something. And it's all the same."

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A Blog Supreme
1:31 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 25: Sugar Boy's Salute

Big Chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters, center) has his Mardi Gras Indian practice interrupted by a visit from members of the Creole Wild West tribe.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 2:41 pm

If you're one of the few viewers still confused about what Treme is saying about art, do note this episode's "play-within-a-play" staging of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The existentialist play revolves around two characters, Vladimir (nicknamed Didi) and Estragon (called Gogo), who wait interminably for a mysterious "Godot" by a desolate country road. It's clearly meant to parallel New Orleans residents' wait for essential social services, complete with the barren backdrop of the city post-Katrina.

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A Blog Supreme
4:33 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 24: Like Donkeys To Water

The actor Michiel Huisman has actually moved to New Orleans from Amsterdam, much like his character Sonny.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 5:18 pm

We've reached episode three of Treme's third season and things are starting to get interesting. Through the Everett, Lt. Colson, Toni Bernette and Nelson storylines, we begin to see how deep police and government corruption runs in New Orleans. Davis is funding his next scheme; Janette is funding her next restaurant; Annie is funding her next musical adventure. The possible endgame for Chief Lambreaux (and by extension, his son) draws near. And a lot of dudes get laid.

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A Blog Supreme
1:33 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines

DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) interviews John Boutte about an unreleased recording of his.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

For all the plot development in the series' infancy, last Sunday's episode of Treme was unusually saturated in live performances. The second half of the episode, especially, seemed like one concert after another. Here with me to recap the musical goings-on is WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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A Blog Supreme
5:34 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 22: 'Dem Songs Is Gonna Stand, Son'

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) plays in a tribute to tuba player Kerwin James.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 6:42 pm

If you've been watching the HBO series Treme with us, welcome back.

If you're new here, welcome in the first place. WBGO's Josh Jackson, a New Orleans native, and I have been watching the music-saturated program set in post-Katrina New Orleans for two years now. After every episode, we try to establish some context for the many musical references and live performances the show features.

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Favorite Sessions
2:52 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

Jazz musician Daniel Freedman on drums performing at WBGO studio sessions in Newark, NJ on June 22, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:30 pm

The itinerant path of a touring musician is nothing new. Drummer Daniel Freedman has walked that walk with New York jazz groups, salsa units, forro bands and on international tours with Angelique Kidjo. He has also taken the road less travelled – by bus.

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