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Friday, April 29, 2016

Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Thursday, April 28

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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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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

More from Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 3:46 PM



Members of the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association parade at Jazz Fest.
  • Members of the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association parade at Jazz Fest.

Headliners including Pearl Jam and Van Morrison drew huge crowds Saturday at Jazz Fest, but even Sunday's more moderate draw left few seats or patches of grass open at tents and smaller stages.

The crowd had plenty of time to build in the Blues Tent for Rhiannon Giddens' set. Problems with sound delayed the beginning by 20 minutes (though the crowd eventually got the full 70-minute set). It's no small trick to microphone the arsenal of stringed instruments in Giddens' band — multiple violins and banjos, mandolins, stand-up bass, cello, etc., plus an accordion. But Giddens quickly won over the crowd, opening with Bob Dylan's song "Spanish Mary," followed by Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind," which Giddens drains of any country twang or over-pronounced rhyming, delivering a plaintive account of a woman who is sad but firm in shedding a partner who no longer loves her. Giddens offered a similarly earnest and heartfelt version of "She's Got You," made famous by Patsy Cline.

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Y@ Speak: dearly beloved

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 2:52 PM

New Orleans mourns the loss of The Purple One.

Also: nude dudes at Jazz Fest, which goes to peoples' heads on #NOLAscanner, 

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Jazz Fest 2016: Sunday styles

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 2:09 PM

KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST

Yes, there were the usual shirtless, sunburned dudes at the Fair Grounds on Sunday for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but plenty of other festivalgoers kept their (stylish) clothes on.

Using prints, retro-90s looks, and a fanny pack shaped like a watermelon, attendees did their part to create a Jazz Fest style that went beyond the "festival" section of fringed tops and cut-offs at H&M.

Much like New Orleans, the looks in this slideshow are colorful, eccentric and a little off-balance — but in a good way.

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Jazz Fest: Sunday Styles
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Jazz Fest: Sunday Styles

Yes, there were the usual shirtless, sunburned dudes at the Fair Grounds on Sunday for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but plenty of other festival-goers kept their (stylish) clothes on.


Using prints, retro-90s looks, and a fanny pack shaped like a watermelon, attendees did their part to create a Jazz Fest style that went beyond the "festival" section of fringed tops and cut-offs at H&M.

Much like New Orleans, the looks in this slideshow are colorful, eccentric and a little off-balance — but in a good way.


By Kat Stromquist

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PHOTOS BY KAT STROMQUIST

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Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter perform at Jazz Fest. - NATHAN MATTISE
  • NATHAN MATTISE
  • Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter perform at Jazz Fest.


Jazz Fest's weekend was full of rock and pop stars, but the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent also featured some legends. Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter's performance also was among the highlights Sunday at the festival.

By the fourth time festival staff made the announcement, the over-stuffed  Jazz Tent crowd could likely repeat it word-for-word: “There’s this thing in New Orleans called fire regulations...” The congestion had amassed during the last few tunes of the previous set by the Herlin Riley Quintet. But the anticipation made sense: Shorter and Hancock are modern jazz royalty, having played in Miles Davis' band before going on to craft their own notable discographies. Still, anyone seeing Hancock on the schedule and expecting to hear “Watermelon Man” or “Rockit” received a reality check.


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Van Morrison closes out Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Van Morrison at sunset at the packed Gentilly Stage on April 23.
  • Van Morrison at sunset at the packed Gentilly Stage on April 23.
Ever year New Orleans pretends Jazz Fest is the center of the universe, a big ass magnet bringing the stars to us because it's New Orleans and why else. We forget there are a billion music festivals and all of them have morphed into versions of the same thing, with bands hopping from festival to festival or adding a few to their spring and summer tours, and Jazz Fest is one of them. Yes, Jazz Fest is set apart with a generous local lineup and focus and lots of citywide stuff supporting New Orleans music and culture. But most of the time, it's another tour stop. And most of the time, those audience expectations don't match the artist's ambitions.

Van Morrison arrived on the Gentilly Stage with a small band (organs and keyboards, drums, a background vocalist, bass and guitar, with Morrison also playing sax and harmonica) fit more for a twilight amphitheater or intimate jazz club rather than a late afternoon, sun-beaten crowd of thousands. But he was game to try, and to those paying attention, Morrison and his band delivered nuance, prayers and a weird-but-satisfying rendering of jazz and blues.

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Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison perform in the Zatarain's/ WWOZ Jazz Tent. - JENNIFER ODELL
  • JENNIFER ODELL
  • Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison perform in the Zatarain's/ WWOZ Jazz Tent.

After a cool and breezy opening day at Jazz Fest, crowds enjoyed sunshine all day Saturday at the Fair Grounds.

As the heat bore down on the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, Warren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress enticed a willing crowd to dance during the first half of a set that featured Tee’s rock-inspired sax solos and a red and black-clad Storm crooning his way through a string of classics. The band’s rendition of “Lucille” had plenty of fire and the shimmering guitar work on “Baby Come Back Home” elevated the set., Although still a powerhouse drummer, Storm struggled to hit the high notes, causing some of his more plaintive heartbreak numbers to fall flat.

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