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Monday, May 2, 2016

Tuba Fats Tuesday Festival in Treme

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Tuba Fats Tuesday Fest
  • Deb (Big Red) Cotton
  • Tuba Fats Tuesday Fest

SEVENTH ANNUAL TUBA FATS TUESDAY FESTIVAL
5 p.m. MAY 3, 2016
Tuba Fats square c/o St. Philip and Robertson

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Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Sunday, May 1

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:12 AM


Rains lingered on the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, though acts including folk Legend Arlo Guthrie touring on the 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant, Grammy award-nominee and Austin Hall of Fame inductee Marcia Ball, gospel great Mavis Staples and others played though it on Sunday, May 1.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rains dampen Jazz Fest on Saturday

Posted By on Sun, May 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Midnite Disturbers perform on the Jazz & Heritage Stage.
  • Midnite Disturbers perform on the Jazz & Heritage Stage.
Thunder and heavy rains caused Jazz Fest to close at roughly 5 p.m. Saturday, canceling sets by headliners including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Beck. The festival announced that tickets used for entry Saturday, April 30, will be honored for entry today. Details are here. The festival also announced that Jazz Fest shuttle will operate from downtown pickup locations only.

Crowds braved light rain for a host of performers before thundershowers set in. At the Jazz & Heritage Stage, the annual Midnite Disturbers set was true to form, with more than 10 horn players backed by drummers Stanton Moore and Kevin O'Day. The supergroup of Galactic members and brass band players included saxophonist Ben Ellman, trombonist Big Sam Williams, trumpeter Shamarr Allen, saxophonist Skerik, trombonist Corey Henry, tuba player Edward Lee and others. The group turned songs like Henry's "Buck It Like a Horse" into extended romps, which at times soared with group playing, got loose during trombone duels between Henry and Williams and on tuba solos, and had interludes with Allen exhorting the large crowd to step up its dancing. "We're not going to Buck it all by ourselves," Allen said.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rain cancels Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Jazz Festers wade through the Fairgrounds for a bite before leaving after bad weather and rough conditions at the festival canceled the remainder of the afternoon's performances.
  • Jazz Festers wade through the Fairgrounds for a bite before leaving after bad weather and rough conditions at the festival canceled the remainder of the afternoon's performances.
Stevie Wonder's Saturday morning soundcheck included Prince's "Purple Rain," seemingly setting up his headlining set at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one of the biggest tributes to the late artist over the two festival weekends.

Instead, Wonder sang it with the crowd through a megaphone from the Acura Stage after announcing his 5 p.m. show had been canceled. So were all other stages for the rest of the day — including sets from Beck and Snoop Dogg and the second half of sets from Dr. John and Hurray for the Riff Raff, among others — after heavy downpours formed shin-deep pools and winds sent water onto stage equipment. Jazz Fest last shut down early during an anticipated but lightning-filled Wilco set in 2015.

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More from Friday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Nicholas Payton performs at Jazz Fest. - NATHAN MATTISE
  • NATHAN MATTISE
  • Nicholas Payton performs at Jazz Fest.

Even the most strident Jazz Fest supporter would admit seeing legends can be a mixed bag. Last year, Elton John proved every bit the showman and pianist, but his high register had long faded and that changed songs like “Levon.” Last weekend, Van Morrison’s performance came across differently depending on who you asked.
But while Paul Simon has visibly aged, his abilities haven’t. During an 90-minute set, he remained every bit the musician of memory. Simon never backed away from an iconic musical snippet, and he immersed himself in the set even when away from the mic. Simon frequently turned to conduct his band, calling for phrasings or instruments to come to the forefront. A subdued whistling verse in “Me and Julio” aside, Simon strummed the well-knows riffs, gracefully handled high note choruses like in “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and sustained in-sync multipart harmonies including an acapella opening to “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.”

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Friday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 12:57 PM

The Creole String Beans perform at Jazz Fest. - FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • The Creole String Beans perform at Jazz Fest.
Steady breezes and a merciful late-afternoon cloud cover kept things pleasant Friday at Jazz Fest.

Dressed in a vibrant-colored black kimono, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James showed why he’s among the best frontment in the business. Leading the band to wailing walls of crescendos, accented by the sinister step-out leads of guitarist Carl Broemel, James delivered on Jacket staples such as “Believe.” He welcomed frequent collaborator Ben Jaffe on tuba and other Preservation Hall players to crush two Prince covers: “Sign O the Times” and a deep grooving “Purple Rain,” which purple-shirt clad drummer closed delicately on the high hats. The band delivered an epic set-closing “One Big Holiday,” one of many monsters in the band’s considerable canon and one ripped up by James’ soaring vocals and shredding Gibson Flying V guitar play.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Thursday, April 28

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 8:11 AM

       

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:19 PM

Jazz Fest endured intermittent thunderstorms on Thursday
  • Jazz Fest endured intermittent thunderstorms on Thursday
Jazz Fest fans endured intermittent but hard thunderstorms Thursday at the Fair Grounds, but sunshine prevailed as light crowds enjoyed open spaces.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers started its set during a downpour but finished under sunny skies. After a few songs, Rickie Lee Jones came on stage wearing a clear plastic disposable poncho as the rain poured and sat down at the grand piano. It came as no surprise when she played one of the songs off her 2015 album The Other Side of Desire, named for street in her Bywater neighborhood. "Valtz de Mon Pere" was inspired by Ramblers fiddler Louis Michot, who plays on the album. She also played "J'a Connais Pas," a New Orleans R&B-inflected tune from the album.

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