Believe it or not, the season of Mardi Gras is upon us and today we celebrate it in a big way. We’ll listen to music from New Orleans, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Crowley and other Louisiana bastions of groove. And, we’ll celebrate Allen Toussaint’s 72nd birthday. During the 7 o’clock hour, we’ll pause to remember the remarkable legacy of Teddy Pendergrass who left us yesterday at the age of 59.
Following Haiti’s huge earthquake on Monday we go to Haitian music for the first hour of Global Beat today. Later we celebrate the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of his birth, with classics played by his partner from the ’30’s, Stephane Grappelli.