NOCCA Jazz Ensemble11:15 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentContemporary JazzOne of the truly inspiring post-K music stories of this spring, the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble has endured its own version of academic displacement to prepare for its annual performance, thanks to the guiding hands of instructors Michael Pellera and Alvin Batiste. (They had a little help from some big names, as well.)
Bamboula 200011:25 a.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageAfricanKeeping the centuries-old traditions of Congo Square and the ritual Òlove danceÓ alive in the new millennium, Bamboula 2000 draws on the syncopated rhythms of the Caribbean and West Africa to create an irresistible blend of reggae, calypso, jazz and funk. Under their leader, percussionist Luther Gray, the ensemble of dancers, singers and players has been a Jazz Fest regular for more than 10 years. www.bamboula2000.com
Imagination Movers11:30 a.m., Acura StagePopBeginning in 2003, the Imagination Movers quickly established themselves with that elusive and untapped demographic Ñ the under-12 set Ñ and have really taken off on satellite radio. Eight Feet, last yearÕs follow-up to 2004Õs Calling All Movers (Rec Room), showed that despite their connection to youth, Movers Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty have grown up musically. www.imaginationmovers.com
Joe Krown11:30 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageBluesThe ubiquitous Joe Krown, one of the hardest-working musicians in New Orleans show biz, really needs no introduction. On 2005Õs LivingÕ Large (Joe Krown Records), the Joe Krown Organ Combo continues to set the pace for smoothed-out, funky grooves with plenty of fat, tasty Hammond B-3 chops. www.joecrown.com
Chris Clifton & His Allstars11:40 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional JazzTrumpeter/vocalist Chris Clifton manages to impart his music with the essence of Louis Armstrong, and thatÕs no small feat. Clifton sings and plays in a style that reveals a deep admiration of Satch, while standing nicely on its own. He is joined by a group of top-notch players, who effortlessly weave their way through a set of familiar standards and spirited originals.
Pine Leaf Boys11:40 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageCajunSouthwest LouisianaÕs Pine Leaf Boys are hot off the release of their debut album, La Musique, released in March on roots mainstay label, Arhoolie. The young, energetic group of multi-instrumentalists gets things going with hot two-steps, lovely waltzes and bluesy ballads, sung in French and English. www.pineleafboys.com
Friendly Five Gospel Singers11:45 a.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelTogether since the 1960s, this group performs spirited renditions of traditional praise songs.
New Orleans NightCrawlers Brass Band12:20 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentJazz/FunkThis all-star unit, featuring members from other local groups such as the Dukes of Dixieland and Dr. John, has established itself as one of the most inventive groups in the brass band scene. They keep the main elements of the genre in place, while layering on sounds like freaky, low-end vocals and eastern European-flavored clarinet. Members include Jason Mingledorf (tenor, clarinet), Matt Perrine (sousaphone), Barney Floyd (trumpet, fluglehorn) and Rick Trolson (trombone). www.neworleansnightcrawlers.com
Gregg Martinez12:35 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThe Cajun-born Martinez began as a secular singer, but was born again in the late 1980s and went on to record eight albums of spiritual soul, including the latest, Big Bad Daddy, on Seaul Records. He also recently wrote and recorded ÒKatrina,Ó a tribute song.
Wayne Toups & Zydecajun12:40 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageCajunAcadiana whirlwind Wayne Toups storms the stage with his high-octane brand of Cajun dance music. With his hair flying, Toups pummels the accordion and whips the crowd into a two-stepping frenzy. His first release, Zydecajun (Mercury), is from 1985 and his latest release, 2005Õs Reflections of the Past (D&R), continues the tradition of flying fiddles and fast, pumping accordions, with songs such as ÒCajun Stomp,Ó ÒReno WaltzÓ and ÒWafus Two-Step.Ó www.waynetoups.com
Otra12:40 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageLatinOtra insists on keeping its sound true to its Afro-Cuban roots instead of watering it down by attempting to blend in other elements like rock or hip-hop. The result is an inventive collective of rooted instrumentalists and soloists that features solid, original songwriting and tight ensemble playing. Their latest CD is titled Todo La Gente. www.otramusic.com
Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section12:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageMardi Gras IndianThese guys have been renegades coming to Uptown and downtown Indian practices for years. They have paraded with the Golden Arrows, the Wild Magnolias and others. Yeddi Boudreaux, Big Chief Monk BoudreauxÕs brother, has been known to pick up a cowbell with this group.
Kim Carson & the Casualties12:45 p.m., Acura StageCountry/RockTexas native and local favorite Kim Carson brings her ÒtonkabillyÓ sound (part honky-tonk, part rockabilly), earning her the undisputed title ÒQueen of Louisiana Honky-Tonk MusicÓ Ñ featuring a unique style thatÕs part Loretta Lynn, part Wanda Jackson and part Emmylou Harris. Carson is riding high from her fifth CD release, 2005Õs Buffalo Speedway, named for the street in Houston where she currently resides. www.kimcarson.com
Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz1 p.m., Economy Hall Tent JazzGuitarist Tony Green, a disciple of Gypsy guitar master Django Reinhardt, is as well-known for his local mural painting as for his lyrical guitar work. The New Orleans native has been on the art and music scene for more than 30 years. A sometime resident of Venice, Italy, Green recently appeared on Italian National TV, in a special discussing post-Katrina New Orleans and its music scene. www.tonygreen.net
Savoy Family Band1:05 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageCajunMarc and Ann Savoy continue their family music tradition that started in 1977 with the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. Their current incarnation as the Savoy Family Band features sons Joel (fiddle) and Wilson (accordion). The group describes its sound as Òhoned-down, hard-core Cajun music with an earthy sensuality.Ó The family group has released five albums on Arhoolie, the latest of which is Savoy Family Album (2003). www.savoymusiccenter.com
Brooks Family Project1:30 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentJazzDetroit (guitar), Mark (bass) and Juanita (vocals) form the local Brooks Family Project, which plays New Orleans-style jazz and R&B. Mark Brooks has played bass with the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino and appeared in the film RAY. Juanita Brooks recently performed at Columbia UniversityÕs Center for Jazz Studies. Detroit Brooks also performs with the Charmaine Neville Band.
Coolie Family Gospel Singers1:25 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThis nine-piece family group from the Carrollton area, led by Eloise Coolie, features three generations singing onstage. The Coolie Family Gospel Singers write the majority of their songs and have been performing them at Jazz Fest for nearly 30 years. Their two albums are 1993Õs I Believe in God and 1999Õs Try Jesus.
Nii Tettey Tetteh & the Kusun Ensemble of Ghana1:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageAfricanThis troupe from Ghana, featuring the popular percussionist Nii Tettey Tetteh, is well known for melding traditional rhythms of its native land with contemporary jazz. Its most recent CD, Nokoko, is sung in a variety of the many Ghanaian languages, punctuated by loud African drums Ñ most notably the ÒkpanlogoÓ and ÒgomeÓ drums. www.kusunensemble.com
Mem Shannon & the Membership1:55 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageBluesNew Orleans native Mem Shannon is a lifelong student of blues, rock ÕnÕ roll, gospel, funk and jazz. The former cabbie has released four albums, most recently IÕm From Phunkville (Northern Blues, 2005). The Membership includes Shannon (guitar, vocals), Robert ÒRhockÓ Dabon (keyboards), Jeff Heber (drums), and Angelo Nocentelli (bass). www.memshannon.com
Marcia Ball2:05 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageBluesBarrelhouse piano player and honorary New Orleanian Marcia Ball brings her live attack back to the Fest. Ball, a native of Vinton, La., right on the Texas border, has been pounding out her boogie-woogie piano style since the late 1970s. SheÕs recorded a string of albums for the Rounder and Alligator labels, among others, including most recently So Many Rivers (Alligator, 2003) and Live! Down the Road (Alligator, 2005). The latter gave her devoted following the live album theyÕve been clamoring for for years. www.rosebudus.com/ball/
Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel2:15 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelLyle Henderson, whoÕs been performing secular and gospel music since the age of 5, has shared stages with local luminaries including Marva Wright and Davell Crawford. The band, Emmanuel, takes its name from the Hebrew phrase meaning ÒGod is with us.Ó
Doug Kershaw2:15 p.m., Acura StageCajunDoug Kershaw, the RaginÕ Cajun, has performed traditional Cajun music for more than 50 years. His first single, ÒSo Lovely Baby,Ó recorded with his brother Rusty, was released in 1955. Their million-selling, top-10 hit from 1961, ÒLouisiana Man,Ó has been covered by more than 800 artists. Kershaw has released a steady stream of new recordings in recent years, starting with 1999Õs French-language Two Step Fever (Era), and continuing through 2002Õs Easy (Spin Art). www.dougkershaw.com
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra2:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional JazzThis phenomenal 20-piece ensemble pays tribute to the jazz sounds of the 1920s and 1930s, to the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Eubie Blake and to lesser-known New Orleans composers such as Larry Buck and Paul Sarebresole. Their 1977 album, Old King Tut (Camel Race) was reissued in 2001 amid renewed enthusiasm for the group, and more recently they released Burning Sands.
Red Stick Ramblers2:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageCajunThis Baton Rouge group melds the gypsy jazz sounds of the 1920s with western swing and traditional Cajun. The result is sort of like Django Reinhardt meets the Balfa Brothers meets Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. They formed in 1999 around the LSU party scene and quickly attracted a dance-hungry following in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. TheyÕve released three albums in that time, most recently Right Key, Wrong Keyhole (MerLess, 2005). www.redstickramblers.com
Jeremy Davenport3 p.m., BellSouth WWOZ Jazz StageJazzSince adopting New Orleans as his hometown in the Õ90s, St. Louis native Jeremy Davenport has established himself as one of the hippest, swingingest cats around. He took a cue as a trumpeter in Harry Connick Jr.Õs band and honed his own act with a regular gig at the Ritz-Carlton in the French Quarter. Recalling at times the moody, late-night quality of Chet Baker, Davenport adopts a more traditional stance than another contemporary Baker disciple, Vince Jones. Davenport returned to St. Louis to record his latest effort, Live at the Bistro (AAM Recordings, 2005). www.jeremydavenport.com
Smitty DeeÕs Brass Band3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageTraditional JazzFormer Olympia Brass Band member Dimitri Smith is the founder and leader of the Smitty Dee Brass Band. They play the traditional New Orleans style and mix it up a bit, too, with some funky breakdowns. They come complete with their own umbrella-toting grand marshall to create the second-line vibe wherever they roam.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians3:05 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageMardi Gras IndianMonk Boudreaux is an originator and an innovator on the Mardi Gras Indian scene. He was a founding member of the Wild Magnolias, and his Golden Eagles performed at the inaugural Jazz Fest in 1970. The 2003 release, Mr. Stranger Man (Shanachie), produced by Anders Osborne, featured the Big Chief in fine funky form, working through traditional Mardi Gras chants backed by gritty minimalist swamp-blues.
McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir3:15 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelMcDonogh No. 35Õs best and brightest have been singing in the gospel tent since the 1970s, as well as touring nationally. With the school year shortened by Katrina, choir director Veronica Downs-Dorsey had to think on her feet; this yearÕs choir is missing many still-evacuated students and features several new faces personally cherry-picked by Dorsey from the halls Ñ a great example of post-K improvisation.
Marva Wright & the BMWs3:30 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageBluesMarvelous Marva, the Louisiana Blues Queen, has been tearing up stages all over the world since she took her dynamic, gospel-rooted voice to the professional level in 1987. Her style is big and passionate, with plenty of gospel-style inspiration and joy in her voice. She made her first recording during a 1989 live set at TipitinaÕs and has released a string of albums since then, including Bluesiana Mama (Aim, 2000), and most recently Blues Queen of New Orleans (Mardi Gras, 2004) www.marvawright.com
Little Feat3:45 p.m., Acura StageRockLittle Feat burst out the L.A. scene in the early 1970s, with the sort of twisted, guitar-based, genre-busting Americana mayhem that contemporaries like Spirit, War and the Mothers of Invention were also unleashing on the unsuspecting masses. Original members Richie Hayward (drums) and Bill Payne (keys), along with second-incarnation mainstays Paul Barrere (guitar), Sam Clayton (percussion) and Kenny Gradney (bass), join latest-incarnation members Fred Tackett (guitar) and Shaun Murphy (vocals). www.littlefeat.net
Eric Lindell4 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageR&BNew Orleans via Northern California roots rocker Eric Lindell bring his easy-feeling, blue-eyed soul back to the Fest. The year 1999 was a huge year for Lindell: he won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition with ÒKelly Ann,Ó and relocated from NoCal to New Orleans, where heÕs flourished as a singer/songwriter/guitarist. He generated enough buzz to get the attention of Alligator Records, which released some of his previous recordings on 2006Õs Change in the Weather. The record is a mishmash of reggae/Caribbean sounds, Memphis soul, and New Orleans R&B. www.ericlindellband.com
Chris Owens Show4:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent VarietySomehow, Chris Owens keeps getting booked at Jazz Fest, and somehow, the crowds keep coming to see this bizarre Bourbon Street nightclub act. Maybe itÕs the heat. But Owens is relentless, pure and simple, spanning a wide range of numbers in her own inimitable style.
Wimberly Family4:15 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThe Wimberly Family has been performing gospel together for more than 30 years. The group includes the mother, father, three brothers and a sister-in-law who tour both in the United States and Europe. They do Òa little bit of everything,Ó Lula Wimberly says, including contemporary, urban and hard gospel. Their album, God Did It, was released in 1997.
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors Mardi Gras Indians4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageMardi Gras IndianThere is no mistaking when the Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors are in the house. The haunting repeated chant of ÒFi Yi YiÓ and hypnotic drum cadences attract people from far off. Big Chief Victor Harris started parading with the late, great Big Chief Tootie Montana of the Yellow Pochahontas, and his suits show the influence of MontanaÕs three-dimensional designs. However, Harris wears a full mask that shows the African influence in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition. His drummers vary their textures and beats more than most Mardi Gras Indian tribes as VictorÕs mysterious voice sings above them, weaving a most beguiling spell..
Ni Tettey Tetteh & the Kusun Ensemble of Ghana4:25 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageWorldGhanaian drummer Ni Tettey Tetteh is on a mission to preserve native Ghanaian music and prevent it from becoming spoiled by Western influences. His music celebrates the eternal connection between life and rhythm that is at the very heart of African drumming. He has appeared on stages all over the world, providing hypnotic, driving rhythms, that offer a glimpse of true, unspoiled Ghanaian culture.
Stephanie Jordan with special guest Doug Carn4:25 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentContemporary JazzVocalist Stephanie Jordan, from the talented Jordan Family (brothers Marlon and Kent, father Edward ÒKiddÓ Jordan and sister Rachel), comes from the controlled and precise vocal tradition of singers like Carmen McCrae and Shirley Horn. She is joined by Doug Carn, with whom she made her debut at the Takoma Station Jazz Club. Her latest release is as vocalist on brother MarlonÕs You DonÕt Know What Love Is (Louisiana Red Hot, 2005). www.stephaniejordan.com
Tab Benoit4:45 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageBluesTab Benoit pays his dues the old-school way, by playing his brand of East Texas/Louisiana swamp-blues anywhere and everywhere. His work ethic and prolific writing and recording certainly have paid off as many of his records have sold more than 50,000 copies; itÕs a nice feat without the aid of commercial airplay. His latest effort, Brother to the Blues (Telarc, 2006) features guest appearances Jim Lauderdale and Waylon Thibodeaux. www.tabbenoit.com
Little Freddie King Blues Band5:05 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage StageBluesLittle Freddie King plays raw, raunchy blues in the mold of Hound Dog Taylor, but with a distinctly country edge. He came to New Orleans from Mississippi in the 1950s and brought the sound of the Delta with him. King released Sing Sang Sung (Orleans) in 2000, with its gritty, electrified punch and swampy, voodoo allure that gets right to the guts of raw, real blues power.
Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers5:30 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelTyronne Foster has led the Arc Singers in harmonizing spirituals and rocking, joyful hymns in the New Orleans area for many years.
Keith Urban5:35 p.m., Acura StageCountryNew Zealand-born, Australian-raised Keith Urban has been tearing up the country music scene since his 2002 album, Golden Road, went double platinum. His 2004 follow-up, Be Here, has yielded four No. 1 and eight top-five country hits. He performed at the CMT Awards on April 10, where he was also nominated for three awards. In 2005 he released an anthology, Days Go By, and a live DVD, LivinÕ Right Now. www.keithurban.net.
Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band5:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional JazzNew OrleansÕs oldest, ongoing active band originally was organized in 1910, and its leadership was handed down from founder Oscar ÒPapaÓ Celestin to Edie Pierson to Albert ÒPapaÓ French to his son Ñ drummer and current leader Bob French. The group maintains the highest level of musicianship and showmanship, and features excellent vocalist Trisha ÒSista TeedyÓ Boutte, and trumpeter Leon ÒKid ChocolateÓ Brown.
LÕil Brian & the Zydeco Travellers5:40 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageZydecoLÕil Brian continues to turn new generations on to the sounds of accordion two-step with his unique blend of zydeco, funk and hip-hop. Houston native Brian Terry first gained notoriety in the early 1990s for his fast and furious accordion playing, and his band continues to sport some of the hottest zydeco players around. The group recorded its debut, Fresh, in 1994, and has released two albums since, Z-Funk (1997) and Funky Nation (2000).
Stooges Brass Band5:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageBrass BandOne of the cityÕs most popular and technically proficient brass bands, the Stooges blast out funk-infused, second-line jams in an all-around good-time style. The group takes great pride in its place in the evolution of the second-line, brass band tradition, and approaches the music with studied reverence (several members are NOCCA graduates). Their 2003 album, ItÕs About Time, sets the party off with the insanely funky ÒStooges PartyÓ and keeps things pumping all night with ÒWind it UpÓ and ÒCome Dance With Me.Ó
Angelique Kidjo5:45 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageWorldBorn in Benin in West Afrida, Paris-based vocalist Angelique Kidjo blends funk, reggae, jazz and salsa with African styles, Zairean rumba, zouk and makossa. The internationally known diva has been hailed as a link between African vocal styles and American rock and soul. Since her self-produced debut in 1988, Pretty, Kidjo has released seven albums, all acclaimed worldwide Ñ the most recent of which is 2004Õs Oyaya! (Sony), which features a trippy blend of African and Latin rhythms and instruments: horns, strings, maracas, and kora harp.
Roland Guerin with special guest Marcus Roberts5:45 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentContemporary JazzJazz bassist Roland Guerin, formerly of the Jazztronauts and the Mark Whitfield Band, teams up with former Winton Marsalis sideman pianist Marcus Roberts. The highly accomplished, innovative bassist and the trad-retro stylist have paired up in the past, and this is sure to be a groove-heavy, edgy and original set. Roberts is one of the most technically proficient pianists in contemporary jazz, continually mining the works of such legends as Scott Joplin.
Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine6:10 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageBluesKoko Taylor is a true legend of the blues, and undoubtedly one of the greatest female blues singers of the modern era, or any other era. Her million-selling 1964 hit, ÒWang Dang Doodle,Ó firmly put her on the map and provided a strong female counterpoint in the Chicago scene and on the Chess Records roster, which up until then was dominated by Muddy Waters and HowlinÕ Wolf. Her latest recordings, such as Royal Blue (Alligator, 2000), show her powerful pipes in vintage, down-and-dirty form. Her anthology Deluxe Edition (Alligator, 2002) is also a must. www.kokotaylor.com
SATURDAY, MAY 6
Mandeville High School Jazz Ensemble11:15 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentJazzThis Northshore high school band that has traveled to other parts of the country and marched during Mardi Gras performs here as a jazz ensemble. www.mandevillehighband.org
Susan Cowsill11:25 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageRootsFormerly a member of the popular 1960s iconic family pop group the Cowsills as a kid and of the Continental Drifters as an adult, Susan Cowsill has gone the solo route with her release of Just Believe It (Blue Corn Music). The album, released last October, is a roots-pop style that includes country, rock and some Louisiana groove. Cowsill and her band have come up with a novel live act: performing an entire classic albumof other artists (usually at Carrollton Station on the first Saturday of each month) to explore her musical influences. This week: the BeatlesÕ Rubber Soul. www.susancowsill.com
Nii Tettey Tetteh & the Kusun Ensemble11:25 a.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageWorldThis troupe from Ghana, featuring the popular percussionist Nii Tettey Tetteh, is well known for melding traditional rhythms of its native land with contemporary jazz. Its most recent CD, Nokoko, is sung in a variety of the many Ghanaian languages, punctuated by loud African drums Ñ most notably the ÒkpanlogoÓ and ÒgomeÓ drums. www.kusunensemble.com
Reggie Hall & the Twilighters11:30 a.m., Acura StageR&BThis Ninth Ward native who wrote songs like ÒYou Talk Too MuchÓ is joined by his R&B band, the Twilighters, which includes 10 pieces of horns, percussions and vocals.
June Gardner11:35 a.m., Economy Hall TentR&BThis New Orleans drummer toured with Sam Cooke and worked with James Booker in the 1970s. He brings a soulful, cool funk sound to the stage.
Driskill Mountain Boys11:35 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageBluegrassDriskill Mountain is the highest point of elevation in Louisiana Ñ 535 feet Ñ and itÕs also where this group drew its original inspiration. Completely acoustic, the group features a bluegrass and old-time country set with five members doing harmony singing and playing fiddles and standup basses.
Rev. Mark & the Gospel Stars11:45 a.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThis group brings a joyful noise that earns it a heavenly nomenclature.
Tornado Brass BandNoon, Jazz & Heritage StageBrass BandThis brass band originally was named the Hurricane Brass Band, and some of its members went on to form the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Formed during the renaissance period of second line music sparked by Danny Barker and the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band, the Tornado Brass brand has had an influence on the many brass bands that followed.
Germaine Bazzle12:25 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentJazzDuring the daytime she is known as a longtime music teacher at Xavier Prep here in the city, but when she enters the stage she is known as New OrleansÕ first lady of jazz for her old-time jazz singing. ItÕs been a decade since her All for One release, Standing Ovation, in which she put her own stamp on such classics as ÒMood IndigoÓ and ÒRoute 66,Ó and sheÕs still going strong at 74.
Fredy Omar con su Banda12:35 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageLatinBaila! A words you will often hear at a Fredy Omar show, which is a slew of latin dance tunes featuring the smooth crooning of this Honduran native. His banda is a full set of Latin rhythm players, brass and more. A mainstay of the bustling Frenchmen Street scene, Omar often holds court on Wednesday and Friday nights at Cafe Brasil but can be seen all over town. www.fredyomar.com
Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble12:35 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelZulu Male Ensemble features men affiliated with the venerable Mardi Gras krewe and local churches around the city. The roughly 25 members of the group range in age from 33 to 74, and are everything from lawyers and real estate brokers to retired postmen. The ensemble has performed at the now-dormant House of BluesÕ gospel brunch.
Theresa Andersson Group12:40 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageRock/FolkOriginally from a small island in Sweden, this singer/songwriter and violinist has engrained herself in the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years. She lights up the stage with a rock set with country and blues influences and some interesting new band members and guests. Andersson has just recorded a self-titled EP as well, a follow-up to her Basin Street debut release, 2004Õs Shine. www.theresaandersson.com
Frankie Ford12:55 p.m., Acura StageR&B One of New OrleansÕ all-time top R&B talents, Ford is most famous for the 1959 hit ÒSea Cruise,Ó better known by theÕs songÕs tag line: ÒOoh wee, ooh wee, baby.Ó Frankie Ford brings old-time rock and R&B piano playing to the stage. www.frankieford.com
Pfister Sisters1 p.m., Economy Hall TentJazzThe Pfister Sisters are three women who have modeled their jazz singing after another group of sister singers, the Boswell sisters, a 1930s trio of jazz singers that enjoyed much success during that time. The Pfisters Ñ Debbie Davis, Holley Bendtsen and Yvette Voelker Cuccia Ñ have the kind of chemistry that indeed says Òfamily affair,Ó and they bring a big band sound and use their wide voice ranges. Catch Õem at the Sunday brunch at Marigny Brasserie or at The Spotted CatÕs Wednesday happy hour. www.pfistersisters.com
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys1 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais-Do Do StageCajunIf ever there was a female Cajun artist who could break through to mainstream commercial success, it is this precocious teenager. Her fiddle playing seems to grow right along with her, and her capturing the Best Female Artist at last yearÕs Big Easy Entertainment Awards is but one signal that the word ÒemergingÓ might soon no longer apply. This multitalented Northshore performer released the defiantly titled IÕm Not a Bubble Gum Princess (Little Fiddle Music) in 2004. www.amandashaw.com
Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians1:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageMardi Gras IndianThe Mardi Gras Indian tribe, several members of whom evacuated to Houston post-K, returns to perform.
Second Nazarine Gospel Choir1:25 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThis 40-voice-strong choir from this Algiers-based church sings traditional gospel.
Patrice Fisher & Arpa with Black Man Soul Garifuna of Honduras1:40 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentJazzHarpist, flutist and composer Patrice Fisher is backed by Arpa. This interesting match-up features Black Man Soul Garifuna of Honduras, which spans the African Diaspora with its fusing African ritual into its traditional dances.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band2 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageBrass BandThis brass band is credited with reviving the brass band tradition in the late 1970s and since then has brought its particular brass band style around the world and collaborated with many other acclaimed artists like David Bowie, Dave Matthews, Dr. John and Elvis Costello, to name a few. (You could call the group the Memphis Horns of New Orleans considering the way performed on CDs by other artists.) They are currently working on a followup of their 2004 release, Funeral for a Friend (Artemis), a poignant homage to the late, great Tuba Fats. www.dirtydozenbrass.com
Warren Haynes2:05 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageRockThis guitar whiz and singer-songwriter is a founding member of the band GovÕt Mule and still claims membership in the legendary Allman Brothers Band and The Dead. Here he performs solo with his acoustic guitar and soulful voice. www.warrenhaynes.com
Deacon John2:15 p.m., Acura StageR&BBig Easy legend, Deacon John Moore, or as many call him simply ÒThe Deacon,Ó made a name for himself as a guitarist in the 1950s and Õ60s on many of the famous recordings that came out of Cosimo MatassaÕs studio. Once touted as one of New OrleansÕ best-kept secrets, Moore was featured in the live concert DVD, Deacon JohnÕs Jump Blues in 2004, and received a profile by ABC.
Winnsboro Easter Rockers2:15 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelEaster Rock is a little-known tradition performed in some African-American churches in the Winnsboro area in northeastern Louisiana. Taking place on the Saturday night before Easter Sunday, the ceremony involves church members taking rhythmic, rocking steps counterclockwise around long tables, depositing 12 cakes and 12 lighted candles on the table to represent the 12 disciples.
Mark Braud & the New Orleans Jazz Giants2:25 p.m., Economy Hall TentJazzThis New Orleans-born trumpet player comes from a family of jazz musicians. He started out playing with many of the cityÕs brass bands and has been a regular contributor to the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band and Dr. Michael WhiteÕs Original Liberty Jazz Band. Here, Braud will be joined by his band, the New Orleans Jazz Giants. www.markbraud.com
Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys2:25 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageRockabillyPerforming a combination of modern and swamp blues along with a bit of rockabilly, Jeremy Lyons and Deltabilly Boys hail from New Orleans by way of Ithaca, N.Y. LyonsÕguitar playing is accompanied by Paul Santopadre on the drums and Greg Schatz on the standup bass and accordion. The trio scattered after the storm but reunited for a few gigs up in the Boston area last month where Lyons has relocated, but this will be their first post-K New Orleans performance as a full, reunited lineup since the storm. www.deltabilly.com
Storyville Stompers Brass Band2:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageTraditional JazzThis traditional New Orleans jazz and brass band has been bringing its sound around Louisiana and all over the world since 1981. The band is led by Woody Penouilh Jr. www.storyvillestompers.com
Alvin Batiste & the Jazzstronauts2:50 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentJazzVeteran clarinetist Alvin Batiste taught many great New Orleans musicians at his own jazz institute at Southern University-Baton Rouge, including Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Donald Harrison Ñ and also performed with Ray Charles. This walking book of jazz history performs with his band, the Jazzstronauts. Their most recent release is 2000Õs Songs, Words & Messages Connection.
New Orleans Spiritualettes3:15 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelOne of New OrleansÕ legendary female-fronted gospel groups, the Spiritualettes have been led by Ruby Ray for half a century now. TheyÕre still going strong, performing and recording traditional gospel in the New Orleans area and throughout the country.
Robert Randolph & the Family Band3:40 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageBluesRobert Randolph makes his pedal guitar scream with fervor as this one-time church band rocks crowds with an intense combination of rock, gospel and soul. Randolph and his band, comprised of his cousin Danyel Morgan on the bass, his brother Marcus Randolph on the drums, and Jason Crosby on keyboards, have risen to stardom over the last three years with their feel good music. They plan to release their new album, Colorblind, in late June. www.robertrandolph.net
Buckwheat Zydeco3:45 p.m., Acura StageZydecoBuckwheat Zydeco, a Lafayette native, learned to play accordion in the 1970s from zydeco late great Clifton Chenier, and has been delivering rocking, stomping, zydeco dance music ever since. No other artist has done more to bring zydeco to the mainstream. His latest release, 2005Õs Jackpot! (Tomorrow Recordings) Ñ his first studio effort in eight years Ñ has all the zydeco party energy fans have come to expect as well as an R&B influence. www.buckwheatzydeco.com
La India3:45 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageLatinÒThe Princess of Salsa,Ó originally from Puerto Rico, has inspired many to proclaim her the Queen. She has done work that crosses over into the mainstream and also remains loyal to her salsa genre. Her latest release, Soy Diferente (Univision Music Groups) is exemplary of this combination.
Clive WilsonÕs New Orleans Serenaders3:55 p.m., Economy Hall TentTraditional JazzBritish expat and trumpeter Clive Wilson leads the New Orleans Seranaders.
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band3:55 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageCajunCredited with bringing Cajun music from south Louisiana to New Orleans, Bruce Daigrepont, his accordion and his Cajun Band have been mainstays at TipitinaÕs Sunday fais do do for about two decades. ItÕs been six years since his Rounder release, Paradis Ñ an excellent example of his tinkering with modern and traditional versions of Cajun music Ñ and Count Basin (TM) canÕt wait to hear a follow-up. www.brucedaigrepont.com
Nii Tettey Tetteh & the Kusun Ensemble of Ghana4 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageAfricanThis troupe from Ghana, featuring the popular percussionist Nii Tettey Tetteh, is well known for melding traditional rhythms of its native land with contemporary jazz. Its most recent CD, Nokoko, is sung in a variety of the many Ghanaian languages, punctuated by loud African drums Ñ most notably the ÒkpanlogoÓ and ÒgomeÓ drums. www.kusunensemble.com
Astral Project4:05 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentContemporary JazzNew OrleansÕ venerable modern jazz group has been playing its innovative style in the Big Easy and around the world since 1978. Featuring saxophonist Tony Dagradi, drummer Johnny Vidacovich, bassist James Singleton and guitarist Steve Masakowski (performing on his self-designed seven-string guitars), the house band for the on-hiatus radio show Crescent City has a new ÒProjectÓ: the recent release of its first-ever live recording, the CD/DVD Live in New Orleans. www.astralproject.com
The Johnson Extension4:15 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThe internationally acclaimed Johnson Extension is a family group that spans four generations. Together for almost 25 years under the leadership of Lois Dejean, it started when some family members Ñ choir directors themselves Ñ were trying to figure out how to bring the family together; now there are kids, grandkids and great-grandkids singing traditional and contemporary gospel with the older generation. Dejean can be seen singing in the funeral scene in the Ray Charles biopic, Ray.
Bobby Lounge5 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage Lagniappe StageR&B/RockabillyThis reclusive and enigmatic piano player and singer-songwriter from the Deep South models himself in the style of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Supposedly a house-party favorite in the 1970s before chronic fatigue sidelined him for decades, Lounge returned with a vengeance in 2005 with the critically worshiped debut release, I Remember the Night Your Trailer Burnt Down (Abitian 100). The album is fueled by his barrelhouse piano style and otherworldly songs such as ÒSlime WeaselÓ and ÒIf I Had Been Elvis.Ó A new CD is reportedly scheduled for release on Saturday, May 6. www.bobbylounge.com
Jimmy Buffett5:25 p.m., Acura StageFolk/RockThe Pascagoula, Miss., native claims New Orleans as the city that gave him his start in music (hence his Decatur Street club/restaurant). Very few artists have been able to achieve the kind of Òbrand recognitionÓ that Buffett has attained Ñ he truly has been able to live off his name Ñ but BuffettÕs early creative output remains vastly underrated in its songwriting and sense of mood and place. While heÕll never be mistaken for Hemingway, Buffett has received surprising if modest critical praise for literary works that include 2004Õs A Salty Piece of Land (Little, Brown). A Jazz Fest favorite, BuffettÕs most recent live releases are last NovemberÕs Live at Fenway Park and last springÕs Live in Hawaii (Mailboat) Ñ both complete with a DVD. www.margaritaville.com/
The Radiators5:25 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues StageRockA nearly three-decade veteran of the New Orleans and national music scene, the Radiators have toured incessantly throughout those years with their distinctive New Orleans rock ÕnÕ roll sound. A jam band when the term was a gleam in a rock criticÕs eye, the Rad are led by keyboardist/vocalist Ed Volker and guitarist Dave Malone, and combine just about everything from funk to blues to zydeco to roots rock and beyond Ñ yes, fishhead music Ñ to garner a well-earned live reputation. www.theradiators.org
Bonerama5:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage StageFunk/RockFive trombones make up this unusual ensemble of a brass band led by Mark Mullins and Craig Klein. ItÕs been a tough year for the band: Craig Klein lost his St. Bernard Parish home due to the flood from the failed levees, and in December charter member and ÒmentorÓ Brian OÕNeill died of a heart attack in November. On a positive note, the rebuilding of KleinÕs home was the subject of a recent Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC. www.bonerama.net
Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr. and the Greater St. Stephen Mass Choir5:30 p.m., AIG Gospel TentGospelThe Canadian-born Morton became the pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in 1975, and since then, membership has grown to more than 20,000. Since Katrina, Greater St. Stephens has set up satellite ministries in Atlanta and Baton Rouge for evacuated parishioners. www.greaterststephenfgbc.org
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with guest Thais Clark5:35 p.m., Economy Hall TentTraditional JazzLike many other New Orleans musicians, Dr. Michael White was displaced by Hurricane Katrina but, as his recent French Quarter Festival appearance showed, he and his Original Liberty Jazz Band are back and performing with a vengeance. He doesnÕt use his doctorate moniker capriciously, either, as White is truly a jazz educator through his work teaching African-American music at Xavier University. Here, the group performs with the ever-popular vocalist Thais Clark, who brings raunchy, 1920s blues-style singing. WhiteÕs most recent release as a solo artist: 2004Õs Dancing in the Sky (Basin Street).
Nathan & the Zydeco Chas Chas5:35 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do StageZydecoWith a 1966 Ford pickup that he painted himself and a borrowed accordion from his brother, Nathan Williams played his first gig at his brotherÕs club in Lafayette. Williams and his band, the Zydeco Cha Chas, perform some songs in Cajun French, continuing in the tradition influenced by Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco. HeÕs a master of the piano-key accordion who also delves into the triple-row. HeÕs out on tour celebrating the March release of Hang it High, Hang it Low (Rounder). www.nathanwilliams.crazygator.com
Ohio Players5:40 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageFunkIn the Stone Cold Funk Age of the 1970s, there were few ensembles as funky as the Ohio Players, who belonged in that rarified air that also hosted Parliament, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Commodores, War, the Bar-Kays and Con Funk Shun. Like their contemporaries, the Ohio Players Ñ who stared out in Dayton, Ohio, in the 1960s as the Ohio Untouchables Ñ appreciated the value of tight horn arrangements to complement their syncopated rhythms. This led to a furious charge of top R&B-chart hits compressed into a pretty brief period (1971-76), including ÒPain,Ó ÒLove Rollercoaster,Ó ÒSkin TightÓ and ÒWhoÕd She Coo.Ó Changing lineups have been an Ohio Players hallmark over the decades.
Donald Harrison Jr. with special guests Eddie Palmieri and George Coleman5:45 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz TentContemporary JazzFor a man known for his dapper attire and cool demeanor, itÕs fascinating to note that Donald Harrison Jr. hails from the rich street tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians. A tenor sax player who first garnered his acclaim alongside Terence Blanchard with Art BlakeyÕs Jazz Messengers, Harrison here teams up with legendary Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri and fellow tenor saxophonist George Coleman, once of the famous Miles Davis Quintet.
JumpinÕ Johnny Sansone6:10 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage Lagniappe StageBluesBlues harmonica man Johnny Sansone brings his signature feel good piano based blues to the stage to close out the fest. www.johnnysansone.com SUNDAY, MAY 7
Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers 11:15 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelThis family act brings harmony and spirit to traditional and contemporary gospel tunes.
The Batiste Brothers 11:30 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Stage FunkThe Batistes rank among the truly great New Orleans musical families. Started in 1976 and led by Paul A. Batiste on vocals/guitar/flute, the Batiste Brothers have been putting forth their family funk, folk, and other New Orleans sounds for years. www.batistebrothers.com
JD and the Straight Shot 11:30 a.m., Acura Stage BluesJim JD Dolan leads his five-piece band, the Straight Shot, for a set of slow-burning blues jams. Having cut their teeth on the New York City blues circuit, they recently released their first CD, Nothing to Hide, which shows a traditional-blues influence as well as an influence from groups like Little Feat and The Band. www.jdandthestraightshot.com
Amina Figarova Septet of the Netherlands 11:30 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent Contemporary JazzThis classically trained jazz composer and piano player, born in Azerbaijan and now residing in the Netherlands, demonstrates her worldview and training throughout her music. Her 2005 release, September Suite (215), was inspired by her account of being in New York City for a performance during the 9/11 attacks. On the album, she connects her skilled technique with subtle and powerful emotion. www.aminafigarova.com Zion Trinity11:50 a.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth StageWorldThree female vocalists comprise this a cappella group that spans the African Diaspora, pulling from traditional Yoruba chants as well as blues, jazz and reggae. Feufollet 11:35 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage Cajun FolkIn Cajun folklore, ÒfeufolletÓ is the word for will-o-the-wisps, the mysterious lights that can be seen hovering near the ground, usually in dark swamplands or marshes. La Band Feufollet aims to make its music just like these mysterious lights. This surprisingly young group has impressed many established veterans of its genre. www.feufollet.net
Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra 11:40 a.m., Economy Hall Tent RagtimeWhen jazz music was created in New Orleans near the beginning of the 20th century, ragtime music was one of several key influences, yet the music was somewhat absent after jazzÕs creation. Lars Edegran, a ragtime specialist who found his orchestra in 1967, helped reinvigorate interest in the music.
Leviticus Gospel Singers Noon, AIG Gospel Tent GospelSince 1978, the Leviticus Gospel Singers have been performing high-energy versions of traditional gospel songs.
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians 12:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Mardi Gras IndianThe Mardi Gras Indian tribe performs.
Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians 12:40 p.m., Acura Stage New OrleansLed by Chief Bo Dollis, a product of Central City, the Wild Magnolias are not only one of the most famous Mardi Gras Indian tribes but also one of the most flamboyant and colorful tribes. Dollis has been Big Chief since 1964. www.wildmagnolias.net
Golden Wings 12:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelThis Mid-City-based family band has been singing traditional gospel for so long, members donÕt remember exactly when they started up. Though in the traditional mode, many of the Golden WingsÕ songs are original.
Hot 8 Brass Band 1 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Stage Brass BandLed by Big Bennie Pete, Hot 8 Brass Band has been around since 1995. ItÕs one of the younger brass bands around; and is one of the first brass bands to put the pieces back together after the storm with several gigs around town. They pride themselves on marching in second lines all day, and playing gigs all night long. www.tipsevents.com/foundation/coop/hot8/
Michael Ward 1 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent Contemporary JazzOriginally from San Antonio, this jazz violinist started his musical career thinking he had to play the jazz guitar to make it. It was only after he went to study at Southern University-Baton Rouge under Alvin Batiste that he returned to his first love, the violin.
Geno Delafose & French RockinÕ Boogie 1 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage ZydecoHailing from Eunice in the bayou country of southwest Louisiana, Geno Delafose continues in the zydeco accordionist tradition just as his father, John Delafose, did. This self-proclaimed Creole cowboy breeds cattle and raises quarter horses when heÕs not with French RockinÕ Boogie performing traditional zydeco music in church halls and dance halls. He also may be zydecoÕs greatest sex symbol, with his trademark cowboy hat, spray-painted on jeans and poised stage presence. www.ritmoartists.com/Geno/delafose.htm
Nii Tettey Tetteh & the Kusun Ensemble of Ghana 1:05 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth Stage WorldThis troupe from Ghana, featuring the popular percussionist Nii Tettey Tetteh, is well known for melding traditional rhythms of its native land with contemporary jazz. Its most recent CD, Nokoko, is sung in a varity of the many Ghanaian languages, punctuated by loud African drums Ñ most notably the ÒkpanlogoÓ and ÒgomeÓ drums. www.kusunensemble.com
Treme Brass Band 1:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional Jazz The Treme is one of New OrleansÕ oldest and culturally richest neighborhoods. There are so many second lines and brass bands that have come from Treme. Here the storied brass band that bears the name of that neighborhood brings its full tradition and experience for classic brass band music, despite some members displaced by the storm. TheyÕre led by Benny Jones Sr. and ÒUncleÓ Lionel Batiste. www.tremebrassband.com
Rocks of Harmony 1:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelThis all-male group celebrates its 54th anniversary this year. Originally formed by seven brothers, it now features septuagenarian original member Albert Jackson, family members and friends all in snappy matching summer suits. Based in UptownÕs New Hope Baptist Church, Rocks of Harmony sing classic hymns, gospel and some of its own songs of praise.
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio 1:35 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage Lagniappe Stage BluesThe washboard is an instrument that reminds us that much to make sweet music can come from the most basic of instruments. The Washboard Chaz Blues Trio is a group that personifies the less-is-more theory throughout the group, with Chaz Leary leading on the washboard, Ben Maygarden on the harmonica and Robert Luti on slide guitar. New Orleans music aficionados may also know Washboard Chaz as a member of the Tin Men. www.washboardchaz.com
Highsteppers Brass Band 1:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Brass BandThe popular brass band performs.
Irma Thomas 2:05 p.m., Acura Stage R&BThe New Orleans queen of soul, born in Pontchatoula, sang in Baptist church choirs as a kid. She is best known for her collaborations with Allen Toussaint in the 1960s, which put her in the same breath as Aretha Franklin and Etta James among soul fans. She has a new release, After the Rain (Rounder), distributed in stores last week. The album features fiery pianist David Torkanowsky and Galactic drummer Stanton Moore and promises to be more than just a traditional R&B record. www.irmathomas.com
Rockin Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters 2:25 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Stage ZydecoThis singer and rubboard player learned at the tender age of 9 how to play the accordion from his father, RockinÕ Dopsie Sr. Ñ who first led the Zydeco Twisters. When Dopsie first discovered the rubboard, he had his ticket to create his own individuality abandoning the accordion to join his father and the Zydeco Twisters as their new rubboard player. The younger Dopsie took over the Zydeco Twisters with the passing of Dopsie Sr., and the foot-stomping zydeco continued. Junior brings a flamboyant style, which many recognize with his sunglasses, cowboy hat and rubboard. www.rockindopsie.com
John Boutt 2:30 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent Contemporary JazzThis famous New Orleans vocalist grew up in the Seventh Ward, in a Creole family with music all around him. His voice was once described by Stevie Wonder as Òincredible.Ó He played music with the marching bands in high school, as well as being an officer in the U.S. Army, where he led a gospel choir. Boutt showed his versatility on the Austin-produced New Orleans Social Club release, Sing Me Back Home, with his reworking of Annie LennoxÕs ÒWhy.Ó www.johnboutte.com
Lockport Chapter Mass Choir 2:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelThis 30-plus member choir and band from Lockport, Miss., blend traditional and contemporary gospel, and are regulars at the Gospel Tent.
Ladies of New Orleans R&B featuring the Dixie Cups & Wanda Rouzan 2:35 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth Stage R&BThis should be an exciting collaboration of some of LouisianaÕs best R&B voices that only happens at a festival like this one. The Dixie Cups originally were a girl group from the Calliope projects in 1960s, featuring Barbara and Rosa Hawkins, that had the hit ÒChapel of LoveÓ and ÒIko Iko.Ó (The latter opened the hit 1988 film Rain Man.) The colorful vocalist Wanda Rouzan, who also grew up singing during that same era, joins them.
Danza featuring Evan Christopher & Tom McDermott 2:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Latin JazzDanza is the collaborative work of clarinetist Evan Christopher (originally from Southern California before moving to New Orleans), and piano player Tom McDermott (originally from St. Louis before moving to New Orleans to explore ragtime and other roots music). The group, which has become an Economy Hall Tent favorite, explores the Latin influences that led to the development of jazz in New Orleans.
Yonder Mountain String Band 2:35 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage Experimental BluegrassComposed of banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar, the Yonder Mountain String Band features several Colorado transplants who took an interest in bluegrass music and experimenting with it. Some often call them a jam band but with folk instruments instead of the traditional electrical instruments. www.yondermountain.com
Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians 3:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Mardi Gras IndianThe Black Eagles feature Big Chief Roddy Lewis, a singer with a powerful voice and presence. At uptown practices at Bean Brothers Corner on Danneel Street, LewisÕ singing can fill the room. Roddy was featured on the rare Indians of the Nation CD, in which he more than held his own. No one knows where he goes when he starts doing Indian tunes, but he takes the audience with him.
Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers 3:35 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelThe Zion Harmonizers started as an a cappella gospel group in 1939. Sherman Washington, the coordinator for Gospel Tent booking, joined in 1942 and has the longest tenure in this storied group. TheyÕve added a band, but still sometimes sing a cappella.
Paul Simon 3:50 p.m., Acura Stage PopThe former half of the legendary Simon & Garfunkel that flourished in the folk heyday during the 1960s, and the Queens, N.Y., native long ago established a highly successful career as a singer-songwriter to earn him a spot in the Rock ÕnÕ Roll Hall of Fame. He did so by experimenting with several musical genres, including African (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Graceland) and Brazilian (with Rhythm of the Saints). He will release his first studio album in six years next week called Surprise, produced by Simon and super producer Brian Eno. www.paulsimon.com
Sam Moore 3:50 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Stage R&BSam Moore is the legend best known as one half of the Stax Records soul duo, Sam and Dave, the group responsible for ÒSoul ManÓ and ÒIÕm Coming.Ó Having worked with the legendary Stax Records and featured in many of the Blues Brothers projects, this soul singer performs solo here but is sure to include all of the Õ60s classics. His most recent appearance was in a soul medley during the Grammy Awards ceremony alongside Bruce Springsteen and Irma Thomas.
Jeff & Vida 3:50 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage Lagniappe Stage Roots/BluegrassThis duo of VidaÕs vocals and JeffÕs various string instruments has an acoustic, Appalachian bluegrass and alternative country type of sound. Their harmonies rise and fall from stomping dance tunes to meaningful ballads. TheyÕre most recent inspirations come from their constant road traveling, having relocated from New Orleans to Nashville post-Katrina. www.jeffandvida.com
Ellis Marsalis with special guest Lew Tabackin 3:55 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent JazzBorn in 1934, Ellis Marsalis is the elder statesman and patriarch of the Marsalis jazz family. He picked up the clarinet at age 9 and continued with his musical studies through college, but his first job was as an assistant manager for his fatherÕs motel business. He would later become a jazz stronghold and his six sons would carry on his legacy. His musicianship and education have a wide range, but he is best known as a highly regarded jazz piano player. His Friday night gig at Snug Harbor is a perennial favorite. The former head of UNOÕs Jazz Studies program, Marsalis today is joined by special guest, flutist and tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin. www.ellismarsalis.com
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars 4:05 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage Jewish FunkNew Orleans is known to be a melting pot of different styles that take into account all of the cultural influences that have impressed themselves upon the region Ñ but funky Jewish music? Yep, this band blends Jewish folk music and all of its worldly influences with New Orleans funk and a myriad of other styles producing great party music since 1991. www.klezmers.com
Pete Fountain 4:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent DixielandKnown as the current king of Dixieland, this New Orleans clarinet legend first honed his craft as a youngster on Bourbon Street. Indeed, when you listen to Pete Fountain, you experience what itÕs like entering the French quarter for the first time. Pete Fountain has become a pillar of New Orleans music and in many instances was the face for the music community for many years. HereÕs to a speedy recovery from his recent health issues.
Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, and Special Ed 4:15 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth Stage Hip-hopOld school is in the house with this exciting collaboration. All these lyricists came of age when hip-hop was entering what aficionados call the golden age during the late 1980s and early Õ90s. Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick created the hip-hop classic ÒLa Di Da DiÓ (later remade by Snoop Dogg), while Big Daddy Kane was known as the first ladies man in hip-hop with ÒPimpinÕ AinÕt Easy.Ó Special Ed was hip-hopÕs first young prodigy with his highly sampled hit, ÒIÕve Got it Made.Ó
Real Untouchables Brass Band 4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Brass BandOne of the youngest brass bands to grace the stage, the Real Untouchables started in 1999. They consist mostly of former Southern University students and are led by Wali Abdel-RaÕoof Jr.
Paulette Wright & Volume of Praise 4:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelNew Orleans-born Paulette Wright is now an internationally known gospel star who brings a contemporary sound to her traditional and original spiritual songs. Discovered by the flamboyant gospel great, the late Raymond Myles, sheÕs also performed in gospel-themed theatrical productions, playing the title role in Dillard UniversityÕs Tribute to Mahalia Jackson. CRITICÕS PICK Nicholas Payton Quintet 5:25 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent Contemporary JazzNicholas Payton is one of the great young jazz trumpeters to have emerged from the New Orleans tradition. He started sitting in with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band at 9 years old and went on to master his chops and fundamentals as a serious student of jazz history. Recently, he has shown not just traditional influences (see his Louis Armstrong tribute album, Dear Louis) but his own musical modern exploration on his most current offering, the jazz-funk fusion CD, Sonic Trance (Warner Bros.). www.nicholaspayton.com
Lionel Richie 5:30 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Stage R&BStarting out as the frontman for the Commodores and also writing hits for the Temptations, Lionel Richie shined even brighter as a solo artist in the 1980s with his distinct voice on such hits as ÒSay You, Say Me.Ó His resume includes more than 100 million albums sold and five Grammys to round out the top of the list. He brings his R&B origins and ballads to the stage for what should be an exciting closeout performance on the Southern Comfort Blues Stage. Question: Will daughter Nicole show up? www.lionelrichie.com
George French & the Original Storyville Jazz Band 5:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional JazzMost rhythm section players tend to shy away from the microphone, but not George French. This singing bassist with the Lou Rawls-like vocals is a New Orleans music veteran dating back to the 1960s, when he learned without any formal training how to play the bass. French is joined by the traditional Original Storyville Jazz Band, a combination that has produced several notable recordings.
Thomas ÒBig HatÓ Fields & His Foot-StompinÕ Zydeco Band 5:40 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage ZydecoThis former bouncer and bartender didnÕt become a music man until his 40s. After absorbing the nightlife and the music that kept it going in Rayne, Fields got some of the performers to teach him a thing or two, and with accordion in hand the music took off. He now brings French zydeco and his Foot Stomping Band to the stage to close out the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage.
Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries 5:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent GospelWatson Memorial Teaching Ministries began in Algiers, but it has grown to three locations, the biggest at the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles avenues. Their signature song is ÒJesus Is the Light of the World.Ó The church got some extra notoriety recently when Pastor Tom Watson made an unsuccessful run in the recent mayoral campaign. CRITICÕS PICK Fats Domino 5:50 p.m., Acura Stage R&BThe most celebrated artist of this yearÕs festival for more than one reason, Antoine ÒFatsÓ Domino is not only the image for this yearÕs festival poster but also the icon for music survival in post-Katrina New Orleans. He was rescued from his flooded home in the Lower Ninth Ward during the evacuation. Some credit him with the first rock ÕnÕ roll record in ÒThe Fat Man,Ó but his most famous songs are ÒAinÕt That a ShameÓ and ÒBlueberry Hill.Ó While bringing the New Orleans R&B sound to many around the world, he always kept New Orleans as his home. This is sure to be the signature performance of the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Nii Tettey Tetteh & the Kusun Ensemble of Ghana 5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage WorldThis troupe from Ghana, featuring the popular percussionist Nii Tettey Tetteh, is well known for melding traditional rhythms of its native land with contemporary jazz. Its most recent CD, Nokoko, is sung in a varity of the many Ghanaian languages, punctuated by loud African drums Ñ most notably the ÒkpanlogoÓ and ÒgomeÓ drums. www.kusunensemble.com
Ivan NevilleÕs Dumpstaphunk 5:55 p.m., Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth Stage FunkItÕs good to know that even though this will be the first time in a long time that the Neville Brothers wonÕt close out a Jazz Fest, they will still maintain a closing presence with keyboardist Ivan NevilleÕs Dumpstaphunk, which includes Ivan Neville and the young Ian Neville. Ivan has played as a touring member of several notable bands including Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones. He and Dumpstaphunk put forth pure, gritty New Orleans funk to close out the Congo Square Louisiana Rebirth Stage.