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Count Basin weighs in on all the performers of the first week of the 2002 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The countdown to Jazz Fest 2002 is over, and it's time for the Count to take over. It gives me, Count Basin, great pleasure to once again serve as your humble guide to all the music offerings served at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As has been customary at Gambit Weekly for more than a decade, the Count has gone to great lengths to ensure that music lovers can get the advance scoop on every artist, from solo acts and trios to blues bands and gospel choirs, in every musical genre under the sun.
This year, the Count is throwing in a little lagniappe, offering my "CRITIC'S PICKs" for each day, highlighting those musical sets that promise royal rewards for music aficionados. When you see my bowler derby attached to a band preview, know that you are destined to hear a set of superb musical stylings.
Let us not delay. Put your provisions in your backpack, slip on your most comfortable shoes, and come with me to the Fair Grounds as we take a tour of some of the most magical musical sounds in the universe -- all in Count Basin's hometown.


FRIDAY, APRIL 26

Today's parades at the Fair Grounds:
2 p.m.: Pilotland Rollers and Sugar Hill Gang SAPCs with Olympia Brass Band
4 p.m. Zulu Walking Warriors and the Original C.T.C. SAPCs with Chop's Thunderstorm Brass Band
Old Zion Missionary BC Choir

11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This New Orleans-based choir takes pride in its beautiful harmonies, rendered throughout a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel.

The Bucks
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage; 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage
These aren't the same Bucks that are falling like a stone from the NBA's Eastern Conference playoff race, but The Bucks do include Woodland tribal members from around Milwaukee. Hailing from the Ho-chuck, Ojibway, Oneida, Menominee and Winnebago tribes, The Bucks will perform from their latest CD, Quiet Storm.

Dillard University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Modern Jazz
This traditional early-morning set spotlights the students in Dillard's Jazz Studies program.

Casa Samba
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage, Latin
A full-scale Brazilian dance troupe, Casa Samba demonstrates a range of traditional Brazilian music and dance styles. In colorful, traditional dress, the 25-member dance ensemble recreates elements of Brazilian Carnival, including capoeira, maculele, and cafezal, as well as samba -- the national dance of Brazil -- with a 15-piece band to play the music.

LSU Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage, Modern Jazz
Big band and combo performances are expected from this collection of students in LSU's jazz studies program.

Ed Petersen
11:20 a.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Contemporary jazz saxophonist Petersen can be a fire-breathing bop monster or a tender balladeer with his horn, and he's apt to showcase both those sides on this set. Besides being a renowned educator with the University of New Orleans, Petersen's also recorded extensively, and his new album is Finger to the Universe, a freewheeling trio session with guitarist Brian Seeger and drummer Jason Marsalis.

Sweet Kathleen's No Cover Charge Band
11:20 a.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Named after its namesake Decatur Street club, this ensemble features a rotating cast of New Orleans players devoted to Dixieland and traditional jazz, led by bandleader Chuck Brackmann. The club is now for sale or open to a bidder for a long-time lease, so this might be one of the ensemble's last performances.

Bayou Healers with Southern Connection Drum
11:30 a.m. & 3:15 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Members of the United Houma Nation fill the ranks of this Native American dancing and drumming troupe.

Morning 40 Federation
11:30 a.m., Blues Tent, Rock
No band captures the gritty, boozy side of Ninth Ward bohemia quite like the rag-tag bunch that is the Morning 40 Federation. Making its Jazz Fest debut after capturing the Emerging Artist Award at least year's Big Easy Entertainment Awards, the 40s sing about drinking, late-night chili cheese fries and questionable dating practices shot through what they call "sleazy burlesque." They just released their self-produced sophomore (and sophomoric) CD, Trick Nasty (reviewed in this issue).
Red Stick Ramblers
11:30 a.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
The Red Stick Ramblers are sort of a Cajun version of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, paying tribute to music stylings of the past by re-charging them for the future. Expect bluegrass-style fiddle/guitar jams, swing standards, country stomps and Cajun two-steps delivered with raw talent and enthusiasm. On their debut eponymous album, the Ramblers' instrumentation includes banjo, mandolin and "boat chain."

Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This small vocal group features male and female vocal harmonies.

CRITIC'S PICK
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
12:20 p.m., Acura Stage, Zydeco
C.J. Chenier's singing and playing embraces funk, soul, blues and R&B on Alligator records such as the most recent Step It Up!, which includes originals such as "Zydeghost" alongside a new version of the Clifton Chenier standard "Johnny Can't Dance." Clifton, C.J.'s father, is regarded as the King of Zydeco, and C.J. is following in his father's steps as a powerful talent who doesn't shy from mixing new influences into his inherited music.
CRITIC'S PICK
New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band
12:20 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Brass
Streetwise rhythms supplemented by layered arrangements are the hallmark of this powerful brass ensemble. Besides its innovative original compositions, the band's apt to tackle songs ranging from the Doobie Brothers to Tito Puente, as heard on the covers of "Black Water" and "Oye Como Va" on its 2000 CD, Live at the Old Point Bar.

Sonny Bourg & the Bayou Blues Band
12:25 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Fest veteran and singing drummer Sonny Bourg is a masterful swamp-pop singer, supplying a funky beat while belting out vintage R&B and blues classics like "Linda Lou."

Cronk
12:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Funk
Cronk's appearance at Jazz Fest 2001 still has people buzzing. With tight grooves as its foundation, the six-piece funk and horn band draws influences from '70s soul, '80s rock, and '90s hip-hop, with jazz overtones and humorous lyrics of sexual distress. The product is an instantly recognizable sound that appeals to young, hard-partying hipsters.

Clyde Kerr Jr.

12:30 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Trumpeter Clyde Kerr Jr. is one of New Orleans jazz's invaluable resources, having mentored now-established titans such as Nicholas Payton, and up-and-coming trumpeter Christian Scott. Kerr is the jazz studies director at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), but he's an artist as well as educator, and his annual Jazz Fest shows are a chance to hear an underrecognized master in his hometown.

Lady Charlotte's Jazz Band
12:30 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent
Eighty-eight-year-old pianist Olivia Cook has played with a who's-who of the New Orleans music scene throughout her career, including the late legend Danny Barker and trad jazz brothers Bob and George French. Her Jazz Fest sets -- accompanied by a full band -- are a loving tour of traditional 20th century New Orleans music.

John Rankin
12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Folk/Blues
Rankin is another one of those underrecognized New Orleans veterans, a superb guitarist who knows his way around the folk and blues canon. His set not only offers a chance to hear personalized versions of classics like "Junko Partner," but hear them on Rankin's gorgeous custom guitars. Listen for selections from Rankin's new CD, Guitar Gumbo (reviewed in this issue), a primarily instrumental set that reflects his diverse influences.

Melvin Winfield & New Vision
12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Winfield and New Vision is a New Orleans choir with a membership numbering in the teens.

CRITIC'S PICK
Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band
12:40 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
Now, here's a Cajun supergroup. Marc Savoy is a renowned accordion builder. His wife, Ann, wrote the classic book Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People and produced the recent acclaimed Evangeline Made compilation. Michael Doucet is best known as the frontman of BeauSoleil. When they perform as a trio --Marc on accordion, Ann on guitar and Doucet on fiddle -- it's a grad-level course in how good Cajun music can sound.

Iron Mountain Native Dancers
12:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage; 3:05 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Native American
Expect a moving display of motion and color honoring Native American traditions from this visiting troupe.
Family & Friends Gospel Ensemble
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This New Orleans-based choir makes its Jazz Fest debut this year, with its 30-plus members culled from different local churches.

Robert "Barefootin'" Parker Band with Oliver "Who Shot the La La" Morgan
1:30 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, R&B
If you pine for the glory days of New Orleans rhythm and blues, here's a set for you. Both Robert Parker and Oliver Morgan had smash singles -- hence their nicknames -- that are Crescent City classics, and they've kept singing that time-honored genre of horn-driven shuffles with catchy lyrics ever since.

Tommy Wildcat
1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American Stage
Oklahoma's Wildcat plays traditional flute music, and his talents have landed him on numerous television productions such as the Discovery Channel's How the West Was Won.

Bamboula 2000
1:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Led by Luther Gray, one of New Orleans' premier percussionists, Bamboula 2000 celebrates the influence of Congo Square on New Orleans music with a multi-cultural music and dance approach. Traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms are especially prominent in the Bamboula sound, but the group can mix it up, too; its 2000 CD New Society features a fresh take on the Meters' "Hey Pocky A-Way."

Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland
1:35 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux blends a Joe Cocker growl with bayou mysticism, resulting in a trance-like Fat Possum Records aesthetic suited for the Louisiana swamps. Robicheaux's Jazz Fest appearances always feature his full band, adding color on fiddle and harmonica. Robicheaux's latest CD, Hoodoo Party, takes its name from the classic Tabby Thomas Excello hit.

Bonerama
1:40 p.m., BellSouth Fast Access/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Brass/funk
Trombonist Mark Mullins leads an all-trombone front-line in this unique New Orleans band that slides across the musical spectrum. Besides its original bottom-heavy brass compositions, the band features a funk rhythm section anchored by funky Meters' drummer Russell Batiste, who adds an extra oomph to diverse covers such as Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" and Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick." The band's sound is captured in all its glory on its 2001 CD, Live at Old Point Bar.

The funky Meters
1:40 p.m., Acura Stage, Funk
Classic New Orleans funk doesn't get any better than the funky Meters, as founding members George Porter Jr. (bass) and Art Neville (keyboards and vocals) helped create such syncopated instrumental classics as "Cissy Strut," and '70s anthems such as "People Say." Today's set should be spirited and emotional, as Art Neville returns to the Jazz Fest stage after battling back problems this year.

Hot Club of New Orleans
1:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Gypsy Jazz
This New Orleans ensemble keeps alive the grand gypsy jazz pioneered by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1920s. Regular gigs at the Circle bar have turned the relatively new Hot Club into a formidable, swinging outfit, and the band recently released its debut CD.

Speakeasy String Quartet
1:40 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Violist David Laurence leads this string quartet in gorgeous, meticulously performed versions of 1920s numbers from the likes of Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives, Bix Beiderbecke, Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. Gershwin standards also get loving treatment.

Jim McCormick
1:50 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Country/rock
McCormick's one of New Orleans' most active singer/songwriters, and this year he released a fine eponymous debut CD that captures his robust baritone voice on a set of rootsy, country-flavored material. The ex-Bingemen frontman often performs solo, but McCormick will have a full band today to flesh out his moving and literate compositions.

Morning Star MBC Mass Choir
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Approximately 40 members compose this traditional New Orleans choir.

Muskogee Nation Performers featuring Jonny Hawk
2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Sacred ceremonial rituals led by "Far Away Beaver" -- AKA Jonny Hawk -- are on tap from this Oklahoma troupe. Their 2001 performances featured friendship and social gathering dances, as well as a stomp dance.

Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
2:45 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Zydeco
The son of zydeco pioneer Rockin' Dopsie, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. combines flashy rubboard playing with zydeco versions of tunes ranging from Ernie K-Doe's classic "Mother In Law" to party hits like "Mustang Sally" -- both found on Dopsie's latest Mardi Gras Records album, Rockin' Zydeco Party.


Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band
2:45 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Shreveport's young gun blues-rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd was mentored by New Orleans blues veteran Bryan Lee, who's been a fixture on the Bourbon Street blues scene for more than a decade. The blind Lee -- who coined his own nickname, "the Braille Blues Daddy" -- is a versatile guitarist who travels from deep Albert King-style bends to more syncopated New Orleans-style funky blues.

Proclaimers of Christ Gospel Singers
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This small ensemble is dedicated to singing traditional gospel.


Quintology
2:50 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Hailed as the younger heir to New Orleans contemporary jazz supergroup Astral Project, Quintology has lived up to all the praise it's received since releasing its debut album in 1998. Each band member is a superb soloist --especially keyboardist Charlie Dennard and guitarist Brian Seeger -- and moonlights with a variety of side projects, but all find common ground in Quintology's diverse and hard-hitting contemporary jazz.

CRITIC'S PICK
Tim Laughlin & Jack Maheu
2:55 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Clarinetist Laughlin is one of the finest traditional jazz players in New Orleans, honoring the legacy of Sidney Bechet while carving out his own artistic territory. He's also recorded a string of superb albums, from the lyrical Blue Orleans to his latest effort, Straight Ahead, which finds Laughlin in a more straight-ahead jazz setting with similarly scintillating results. Today Laughlin duets with his mentor and friend Jack Maheu, another superb clarinetist.

Willie Tee
2:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage, R&B/Funk
Keyboardist Willie Tee is best known for his irresistible 1962 R&B smash "Teasin' You," but he's a multi-faceted musician who's capable of playing funk, jazz and soul, too. His early '70s recordings with the New Orleans funk band the Gaturs are prized by soul and funk collectors.

All That
3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Funk
With WWOZ deejay and personality DJ Davis at the helm, All That has pumped rump-shaking "sousaphonk" for eight years now. A motley crew of local cats, the band fuses brass band timbre with the basic funk format, playing New Orleans standards and contagious originals.

String Cheese Incident
3:25 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Acoustic quintet String Cheese Incident is one of the mainstays of the jam-band scene, riding its scruffy Colorado beginnings into constant touring and an international fan base. The vibe and good musicianship are hard to fault, but like its more famous brethren Phish, lackluster vocals and pedestrian original songs show that this Cheese could still use some seasoning.
The Holy Name Gospel Singers
3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Hailing from New Orleans, this large choir mixes traditional and contemporary gospel selections in its performances.

CRITIC'S PICK
David Murray's Creole II featuring Guy Konket and Klod Kiavue
4:05 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Jazz saxophonist David Murray is one of the genre's true innovators, a wandering musical spirit who's played in every setting from big bands to the World Saxophone Jazz Quartet, which he co-founded. These days, Murray often plays with Guadeloupeans Konket and Klod Kiavue, for a blend of contemporary jazz and indigenous gwo-ka music from Guadeloupe.

CRITIC'S PICK
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
4:15 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Cajun
Fronted by dynamic fiddler Michael Doucet, the Grammy-winning BeauSoleil recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with the live album Looking Back Tomorrow. With a line-up of consummate musicians, including guitarist David Doucet, BeauSoleil favors a roots-heavy acoustic-rock approach that translates to new fans, and explores and expands traditional Cajun music with both passion and talent.

Dukes of Dixieland
4:15 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
In 2002, this venerable ensemble celebrates 53 years of dedication to Dixieland jazz. Drummer Richard Taylor leads the band's current incarnation, which shines on the expected standards: "Dippermouth Blues," "Tiger Rag," "Maple Leaf Rag," and even the traditional gospel number "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."

Sergent Garcia
4:15 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
French-speaking singer/guitarist Sergent Garcia is a European sensation who's making waves this side of the Atlantic with his modern fusion of punk, rap, reggae, Cuban and underground dance music, all whipped up into a relentless rhythmic stew. He recently released his sophomore album, Sin Fronteras.

CRITIC'S PICK
Sonny Landreth
4:15 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues/Rock
It's not local hyperbole to say that south Louisiana's Sonny Landreth is one of the greatest slide guitar players in the world. His innovative technique, tone and atmospheric effects have made him the go-to guitarist for artists ranging from John Hiatt to Jimmy Buffett, and Landreth's a superb artist in his own right. His latest release is Levee Town, another love letter to south Louisiana with Landreth's signature slide work framing evocative lyrics.

Shondra & Great Jubilation
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This large choir hails from Thibodaux.

Creole Zydeco Farmers
4:20 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Zydeco
Originally the backing band for Fernest Arceneaux, the Farmers hoe the line by performing no-nonsense zydeco dance music with plenty of accordion-laced R&B. Blues guitarist Chester Chevalier and drummer Clarence "Jockey" Etienne keep the steady groove, which makes the Farmers equally popular with dance crowds at home and on the road.


Brian "Breeze" Cayolle
4:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, R&B/jazz
Saxophonist Cayolle is one of New Orleans' most in-demand sidemen, frequently featured with such artists as Allen Toussaint and Deacon John. As a bandleader, Cayolle incorporates elements of R&B, Latin jazz, folk and gospel into his powerful playing, and his new CD State of My Heart also spotlights his growling lead vocals, evoking Randy Newman on the title track, and Simply Red's Mick Hudnall on the soulful "Don't Burn Your Bridges."

CRITIC'S PICK
Slim & the Supreme Angels
5:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
People are still talking about last year's Gospel Tent performance by Slim and the Supreme Angels, and the Jimi Hendrix-like guitar work of Robert "Sugar" Hightower. Hightower's six-string pyrotechnics, coupled with the lead vocals of Howard Hunt -- AKA Slim -- and the heavenly harmonies of his fellow Angels had the aisles jumpin'. The ensemble's sound is captured on its 2000 disc, Blind Man, recorded live in Virginia.

Counting Crows
5:35 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Frontman Adam Duritz's band made a huge splash on the scene with its 1993 debut August and Everything After, offering melodic, introspective rock that seemed to come out of a late-60s time warp. They may not be the second reincarnation of The Band as they're so often pegged, but the Crows are still putting out mature rock 'n' roll with jangling guitars and Duritz's anguished vocals.

1920s Jazz & Blues Review featuring Juanita Brooks, Topsy Chapman and Barbara Shorts
5:45 p.m. XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Jazz/Blues
There's truth in advertising for this set, as three of New Orleans' esteemed female vocalists join forces for a tour through the jazz and blues songbooks of the roaring '20s.

CRITIC'S PICK
Legends of the Bandstand featuring David "Fathead" Newman, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and Louis Hayes
5:45 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
The name of this set says it all. Fathead Newman is one of the titans of the Texas tenor sax sound, having played with everyone from Ray Charles to Art Blakey. Pianist Cedar Walton and trombonist Curtis Fuller are hard-bop legends, and bassist Buster Williams and drummer Louis Hayes form one of the dominant rhythm sections in contemporary jazz. Individually, all these men are dynamos; the sky's the limit as a collective unit.

Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band
5:45 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Blues
Bluesman Taj Mahal has been making consistently superb acoustic and electric blues for more than three decades, and his wandering musical spirit has produced Caribbean- and Hawaiian-influenced blues albums as well. With his full electric band for this show, Mahal's apt to throw in some of the New Orleans songs he's covered through the years, such as Jessie Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Do" and Dave Bartholomew's "Let the Four Winds Blow."

CRITIC'S PICK
Balfa Toujours with Bois Sec Ardoin
5:50 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun/Creole
Born in rural Louisiana in 1916, Creole accordionist and singer Bois Sec Ardoin is a National Heritage Fellow and a living link to the formative years of Cajun and Creole music. He's also a soulful singer and musician, and records and performs with Balfa Toujours, the stellar traditional Cajun outfit fronted by husband-and-wife team Dirk Powell and Christine Balfa. Not to be missed.

Shemekia Copeland
5:50 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
The daughter of late legendary bluesman (and Louisiana native) Johnny Copeland, Shemekia doesn't play guitar like her father, but instead lets her thunderous voice carry the music. The 20-something singer has talent befitting the family name, and she's already drawn comparisons to veteran blues shouters like Koko Taylor. Her latest CD, Wicked, features a guest appearance by Ruth Brown.

CRITIC'S PICK
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
5:50 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Perhaps best known in America for their collaboration with Paul Simon on his 1985 Graceland album, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been dazzling audiences for more than 30 years with their indigenous South African vocal harmonies and dancing. Numbers utilizing mbube, the style of unaccompanied vocal harmonies, are wonderfully pure and moving.
Los Vecinos
6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Cuban
Los Vecinos, meaning "the neighbors," is a local Cuban music conglomerate featuring a rainbow of musicians from the Ninth Ward and Bywater neighborhoods. Known for its thriving Sunday night gigs at the now-shuttered Dragon's Den, the eight-piece acoustic outfit plays favorites from the Cuban songbook and originals in the son style.

Theo Bourgeois & Kennedy High School Gospel Choir
6:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
The choreography of this choir shines as brightly as its renditions of contemporary gospel numbers, under the direction of Theo Bourgeois.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

Today's parades at the Fair Grounds:
Noon Original Step-n-Style, Single Men, Valley of the Silent Men and Old & Nu Style Fellas SAPCs with Paulin Brothers Brass Band
1 p.m. Red, White & Blue, Geronimo Hunters and Trouble Nation Mardi Gras Indians
2 p.m. Devastation, Devastating Ladies, Felicity St. Steppers and Money Wasters SAPCs with Mahogany Brass Band
3 p.m. Golden Blades, Wild Tchoupitoulas, and Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
4 p.m. Lady Sequence, No Limit and Big Nine Steppers SAPCs with Chosen Few Brass Band
4:10 p.m. Lady Rollers SAPC (XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent)
Community MBC Choir
11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Kenner is home base for this traditional gospel choir.


Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
11:10 a.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
These students are part of the recently formed Juilliard Jazz Studies Department, in partnership with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program spearheaded by Wynton Marsalis. The Juilliard faculty includes New Orleanians Victor Goines and Wessell Andersson, so some New Orleans material could be on tap for this set.

Strawberry Jammers
11:10 a.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Variety
This mentally challenged community group from Hammond always offers an uplifting start to the day, with spirited versions of a diverse selection of popular songs.

Heritage School of Music Jazz Band
11:15 a.m., Lagniappe Stage, Modern Jazz
This band of grade school children is led by legendary New Orleans jazz educator Kidd Jordan, who directs these young students culled from across New Orleans.

Walter's Original Borderland Jazz Band of Germany
11:15 a.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
He may be from across the pond, but trombonist Walter Maasen knows his Dixieland; his band is a regular visitor to the Crescent City, and Maasen's also recorded with local clarinetist and saxophonist Sammy Rimington on the import album Sammy Rimington & Walter's Jazzmen -- Jazz With Heart.

White Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage, Mardi Gras Indian
Big Chief Jake Malone leads this venerable Mardi Gras Indian gang, whose brilliant costumes and reverent chants are a perfect eye-opener to start your Fest day.
Goldman Thibodeaux with D'Jalma Garnier
11:25 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
In 2000, traditional Creole accordionist Goldman Thibodeaux joined fiddler Calvin Carriere to record the lovely album Les Miseres dan le Coeur for Louisiana Radio Records. Carriere, who sadly passed away this March from lung cancer, was originally scheduled for this Jazz Fest show. Filling in is the talented D'Jalma Garnier of the band File. Garnier is faithful to the Creole fiddling stylings of masters such as Carriere and Canray Fontentot, and this set should be a heartfelt tribute to a vanishing music and a departed hero.

The Batiste Brothers
11:30 a.m., Congo Square Stage, Funk/R&B
The Batistes are another one of New Orleans' esteemed musical families and first made waves in the early '70s with their own brand of New Orleans funk. Three decades later, they can still throw down grooves with the authority of some of their better-known peers.

Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys
11:30 a.m., Blues Tent, Blues/Rockabilly
Guitarist Lyons can play deep blues, folksy fingerpicking, or raucous rockabilly -- sometimes all in the same song. He's got a wry wit and writes often-humorous songs that he sings with a Leon Redbone-like delivery. His rhythm section's got chops to spare, and Lyons and his cohorts pull out all the stops on their fourth and latest album, simply titled Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys.

Muskogee Nation Performers featuring Jonny Hawk
11:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Sacred ceremonial rituals led by "Far Away Beaver" -- AKA Jonny Hawk -- are on tap from this Oklahoma troupe. Their 2001 performances featured friendship and social gathering dances, as well as a stomp dance.

The Gospel Inspirationals
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This all-female vocal ensemble features a backing band for stirring versions of established gospel favorites.

Victor Goines
12:15 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
This multi-talented reedman plays tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet -- and he plays them all so well that he's been a featured member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He recently took a job with the Juilliard School of Music, so this gig is a Jazz Fest homecoming of sorts.


Michael Ward
12:15 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Modern Jazz
Violinist Ward is a true stylistic chameleon, playing syncopated lines one minute and melodic and lyrical passages the next. He's one of the more intriguing artists in the contemporary New Orleans jazz scene; his more recent CDs have moved more in the smooth jazz direction, but they're still highly listenable.

Lionel Ferbos with the Palm Court Jazz Band
12:20 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Ninety-year-old trumpeter Ferbos brings his regular Saturday-night gig at Decatur Street's Palm Court Jazz Cafe to the fairgrounds each year, offering a taste of the reverent trad jazz that the cafe and Ferbos are known for. Whether he's playing big band material or trad standards, Ferbos' joyous tone and warm vocals are a living history of New Orleans jazz.

Carlos Sanchez "Amanecer Flamenco"

12:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Flamenco
Spain native Sanchez is now a regular on the New Orleans circuit, bringing a taste of authentic flamenco guitar playing to the Crescent City.

The Bucks
12:30 p.m., Acura Stage; 3:15 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
These aren't the same Bucks that are falling like a stone from the NBA's Eastern Conference playoff race, but The Bucks do include Woodland tribal members from around Milwaukee. Hailing from the Ho-chuck, Ojibway, Oneida, Menominee and Winnebago tribes, The Bucks will perform from their latest CD, Quiet Storm.

Second Morning Star Mass BC Choir
12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Traditional gospel favorites are the specialty of this large choir.
CRITIC'S PICK
D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
12:45 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
D.L. Menard is beloved as "the Cajun Hank Williams," perhaps for his crooning voice and country stylings, but it's equally true that Menard tunes such as "The Back Door" and "Under a Green Oak Tree" combine the same good humor and pathos that are evident in Williams' best compositions. With former Hank Williams sideman Don Helms (who has recorded with Menard) on the Fairgrounds today, how can he resist stopping by this set?
SJ-Iron Mountain Native Dancers
12:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American

Mem Shannon & the Membership
12:55 p.m., Blues Tent, Funk/Blues
The funky bluesman and ex-cab driver just keeps rolling, and his latest CD, Memphis in the Morning, features guest appearances and horn charts by Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love, the legendary Memphis Horns. Besides his spunky jazz-inflected solos, Shannon's witty songwriting continues to flourish, and his song "S.U.V." is nominated as Song of the Year in the current W.C. Handy Awards competition.
Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots
1 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Blues/Zydeco
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is known for his blend of country-style blues -- he's a fine harp player -- and he straps on his accordion and deftly plays uptempo zydeco, too. Of late, Barnes has been incorporating more Caribbean and African influences into his sound, as heard on his 2001 CD, Sunpie.


Second Nazarine Gospel Singers
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Algiers is home base for this choir, with ranks that usually include 40 members.


Anders Osborne
1:25 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Rock
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Osborne is a blazing slide guitar player and constantly pushes the musical envelope with diverse instrumentation and open-ended jams. His current band features Osborne playing off tuba player Kirk Joseph and saxophonist Tim Green for a slide and brass funk/jazz combination. Osborne currently records for Shanachie, and last year released Ash Wednesday Blues.
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Matt Lemmler's Tribute to Stevie Wonder featuring Brian Blade, Leah Chase and George French
1:30 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Contemporary jazz pianist Lemmler earned a truckload of kudos for his innovative 2001 CD Portraits of Wonder, which recast gems from the Stevie Wonder songbook into elegant modern jazz showcases. Besides Lemmler's tasteful work on the ivories, superb horn arrangements and guest vocals from Leah Chase and George French -- reprised today -- made the CD a keeper.

Tommy Wildcat
1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Oklahoma's Wildcat plays traditional flute music, and his talents have landed him on numerous television productions such as the Discovery Channel's How the West Was Won.

Tommy Yetta's New Orleans Jazz Band
1:30 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Trumpeter and singer Yetta is a perennial Jazz Fest (and Bourbon Street) performer, thanks to his dedication to classic Dixieland, and he'll have a full ensemble backing him up today.

The Magnolia Sisters
1:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Cajun
This all-female Cajun quintet includes notables Ann Savoy and Christine Balfa, who lead the band through traditional Cajun favorites with reworked lyrics reflecting a woman's point of view. The band's recorded two albums, including the recent release Chers Ami.

Joyful!
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This popular New Orleans group delivers contemporary gospel with soulful R&B touches for a sound that's made it a favorite on the domestic and international gospel festival circuit.

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
2 p.m., Acura Stage, Funk
Legendary bassist George Porter Jr. of Meters fame is debuting a whole new band at this Jazz Fest set. The biggest news is that it will be a guitar-less version of the Pardners; the lead instruments (besides Porter's bass, of course) will be Brian "Breeze" Cayolle's saxophone and Leslie Martin's keyboards. With the new personnel, Porter's readying a batch of new songs.

Arigon Starr
2 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Self-professed Native American diva Arigon Starr's 2000 debut CD, Meet the Diva, won recording of the year at the second annual Native American Music Awards, and her song "Junior Frybread" was named Song of the Year at the 2001 awards. She's a member of the Kickapoo tribe of Oklahoma and sings a blend of pop, rock, country and funk.

Jambalaya Cajun Band with guests Don Helms & Hugh Harris
2:15 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
Given this Cajun mainstay's name, it's only fitting that they're joined today by Helms, who played steel guitar for Hank Williams. It was Williams, after all, who penned the Louisiana-themed hit "Jambalaya" and set it to a traditional Cajun tune. Jambalaya, the band, is fronted by fiddler Terry Huval and has been keeping south Louisiana dance floors packed for more than two decades. With country singer Hugh Harris along as well, today's show should provide plenty of musical surprises.

Robert Mirabal: Music from a Painted Cave
2:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage; 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage
New Mexico's Mirabal is an acclaimed flute player, both in a solo context and with a full band. His influences come together in Music From a Painted Cave, a multi-media production that features his band, Rare Tribal Mob, as well as Native American dancers. Special lighting effects create the illusion of a cavern housing the performance. (A documentary on his work will also be shown in the Grandstand.)

Kenny Neal with Deborah Coleman
2:20 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Guitarist/vocalist/harp man Kenny Neal is the best-known member of the Baton Rouge Neal blues family, thanks to his steady touring and a number of acclaimed albums for labels such as Alligator and Telarc. As a six-stringer, Neal can play greasy swamp grooves or intense Chicago-style deep blues, while his harp playing favors the country stylings of Lazy Lester. Coleman is a firebrand herself, a guitarslinger who's more than capable of keeping up with her male counterparts.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
2:45 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Tulane's Hogan Jazz Archives come alive through this ensemble, which transcribes and performs early jazz classics from innovators such as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Armand Piron.

Mighty Chariots of Fire
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This vocal group released an impressive eponymous CD in 2001, which showcases the rotating lead vocals of the Rev. Joseph Carter, Jermaine Hawkins, and Jessie Harvey. Songs like "I'm Paying My Dues" sport a funky contemporary groove as the underpinning for the ensemble's harmonies.

The Dixie Cups
2:50 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, R&B
One of the greatest girl groups ever to come out of New Orleans, the Dixie Cups scored with two unforgettable '60s singles -- a percussion and vocal-heavy version of "Iko Iko," and the lover's epic "Chapel of Love." Expect those two showsteppers and some classic R&B from their set.

Peter Martin
2:50 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Pianist Martin is another in a long line of fine contemporary New Orleans jazz pianists and recently released his debut MaxJazz CD, Something Unexpected, recorded live in St. Louis. The CD features accompaniment by esteemed peers such as Nicholas Payton, revealing Martin's intuitive way with Latin-, blues-, and New Orleans brass-influenced keyboard work.

Kim Prevost
2:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, R&B
Vocalist Prevost is known for her sultry jazz singing, but this set should be a radical departure, as Prevost's new CD, Talk to Me, is a mixture of smooth and uptempo urban R&B and funk that features the slinky rhythm section of bassist Donald Ramsey and drummer Raymond Weber and a few horn-driven songs. Her husband/collaborator Bill Solley still supplies the tasty guitar lines.

Galactic
3:30 p.m., Acura Stage, Funk
With its heavy touring schedule and steady stream of album releases, nouveau funk band Galactic has become one of New Orleans' most recognizable musical exports. Its members regularly share shows and stages with like-minded artists such as Charlie Hunter and Medeski, Martin & Wood, offering a brand of stomping, groove- and jazz-oriented funk. In 2001, the band released a live album recorded at Tipitina's.

Rejubilation Evangelical Community Choir
3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This large choir, a perennial Jazz Fest favorite, hails from Thibodaux.

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Mahotella Queens of South Africa
3:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Due to some unnecessary visa problems, South Africa's Mahotella Queens couldn't make last year's Jazz Fest, so consider this a triumphant return for Hilda Tloubatla, Mildred Mangxola and Nobesuthu Mbadu. Back in the '60s, the Queens were the backing group for South African pop artist Malathini, combining with guitarist West Nkosi for an infectious, socially conscious form of dance music called mbanqanga. Both Malathini and Nkosi have passed on, but the Mahotella Queens are as lively as ever as they showed on last year's release, Sebai Bai.
James Burton with Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics
4 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Roots Rock
Burton's arguably the greatest guitarist in rock 'n' roll, having played with Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dale Hawkins and Merle Haggard, and he's waxed seminal solos for everyone from Gram Parsons to Emmylou Harris. His signature chicken-pickin' style will be featured here on a set of feel-good blues, country and rockabilly numbers.

Astral Project
4:05 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
In case you didn't hear, keyboardist David Torkanowsky left Astral Project last year, and the remaining members of this New Orleans contemporary jazz supergroup are carrying on as a quartet. The streamlined sound is well-suited to more bluesy solo space for saxophonist Tony Dagradi and guitarist Steve Masakowski, as heard on the band's new CD, Big Shot.

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Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings
4:05 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Slide guitar wizard Roy Rogers is held in high esteem by his peers; he's produced and/or collaborated with John Lee Hooker, Santana, and Bonnie Raitt. Rogers is a bluesman at heart, but his mastery of tone and technique is apt to lead him down funk and country-flavored roads as well. His guitar genius is on full display on his new album Slideways, his first all-instrumental effort.

Executive Steel Band
4:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, World/Percussion
The Caribbean connection to New Orleans comes through loud and clear in the percussion in this spirited ensemble, which brings a taste of the islands to the Crescent City.


Young Tuxedo Brass Band
4:10 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
One of New Orleans' oldest and most revered brass bands, Young Tuxedo has been playing traditional brass band music -- dirges and spirituals played with passion and dignity --for more than half a century. It continues under the leadership of veteran trumpeter Gregg Stafford, and its dress remains as sharp as its repertoire.

The Iguanas
4:15 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Tex-Mex/R&B
The double-barrel saxophone front line of Derek Huston and Joe Cabral leads the Iguanas' sound, an intoxicating mix of south-of-the-border rhythms and indigenous songs coupled with classic New Orleans grooves and Rod Hodges' bluesy guitar playing. At press time, the band was readying a new live recording, which might be available by Jazz Fest.
Zulu Ensemble Male Chorus
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This chorus of 20-plus members from the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure club always draws high praise for its spirited renditions of traditional gospel.

Ricky Dillard & New Generation
5:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Chicago native Dillard has been leading his formidable choir for more than a decade -- and has a Grammy nomination and an appearance in the Steve Martin movie Leap of Faith to his credit. He's a prolific writer and arranger, and has recorded a number of albums for Mississippi's Malaco Records.

India.Arie
5:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage, R&B
The latest in the wave of neo-soul sisters, 25-year-old singer-songwriter India.Arie delivers "acoustic soul" with feminist force. An opening slot on tour with Sade fueled her rise to pop stardom, and Oprah's approval sealed the deal. Arie's warm, earthy voice slides around fluid guitar work and catchy dance beats on songs like "Video," her hit single and ultimate female anthem.

Lenny Kravitz
5:30 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Part-time New Orleanian Kravitz loves the city's laid-back vibe, which seems to suit his more soul- and groove-oriented songs like "Let Love Rule." Still, Kravitz is a rocker through and through, and this headline slot should afford him plenty of opportunity to show his debt to Jimi Hendrix on radio-ready scorchers like "Are You Gonna Go My Way?"

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Sam Butera & the Wildest
5:35 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Swing
Seventy-four-year-old saxophonist, New Orleans native and swing legend Butera makes his Jazz Fest debut, six days after winning the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music at the 2002 Big Easy Awards. Butera made his mark as the arranger and lead sax on all of Louis Prima's classics, including "Jump, Jive and Wail" and "Black Magic." Butera's a great showman in his own right, with a superb band, and this is a must-see set.

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Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Brian Blade, John Patitucci and Danilo Perez
5:35 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
Strap yourself in for this collection of jazz heavyweights. Legendary alto saxophonist Shorter is a Miles Davis alumni, and co-founded Weather Report, besides recording his own superb albums; longtime Chick Corea bassist John Patitucci is one of the most in-demand sidemen in contemporary jazz; drummer (and New Orleanian) Brian Blade has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to Emmylou Harris; and Danilo Perez is a remarkable Latin-jazz pianist who can play just about style of music.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown with Gate's Express
5:45 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Legendary guitarist Brown is almost 80 years old, but still plays with the fire of a young buck. After his sizzling seminal '50s guitar instrumental recordings like "Okie Dokie Stomp," Brown's recorded numerous albums that showcase all his musical loves: big band, swing, R&B, jazz, and even country and bluegrass. His full-band Jazz Fest sets are a primer on 20th century American music.

Egg Yolk Jubilee
5:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Brass/Eclectic
A principal member of the Ernie K-Doe court of downtown hipster bands, Egg Yolk Jubilee pumps a highly energetic mix of Dixieland jazz horns, punk guitar riffs, and wacky vocal humor for a completely unique product that will get even the most Fest-weary folks dancing with glee.

Lil' Brian & the Zydeco Travelers
5:45 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Zydeco
Lil' Brian is a Texas-born zydeco innovator who mixes plenty of funk and hip-hop into his accordion-based music, as he demonstrated in the mix of his Funky Nation album on Buckwheat Zydeco's Tomorrow Recordings label. Like Buckwheat (whose accordion is tattooed on Lil' Brian's bicep), this new-breed player is a proficient musician with the chops to back his innovative ideas.

Robert Mirabal: Music from a Painted Cave
2:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage; 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
New Mexico's Mirabal is an acclaimed flute player, both in a solo context and with a full band. His influences come together in Music From a Painted Cave, a multi-media production that features his band, Rare Tribal Mob, as well as Native American dancers. Special lighting effects create the illusion of a cavern housing the performance. (A documentary of his work will also be shown inside the Grandstand.)
Irma Thomas
5:45 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage
Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, possesses one of the most magnificent voices ever to come out of the Crescent City, and it's only gotten richer in the years since her glorious run of '60s anthems such as "It's Raining," "Time is on My Side," and "Ruler of My Heart." Thomas never fails to deliver those crowd-pleasers in her set, as well as material from her more recent albums for Rounder Records.
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Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Choir
6:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Under the direction of "Minister of Music" Byron Rene Johnson, this choir has grown into one of the largest in New Orleans, with more than 500 rotating singers and musicians who create a powerful unified sound. The choir released a 1998 live CD, which features 170 voices joined in unison on songs like "Blessed Jesus."

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Today's parades at the Fair Grounds:
Noon Olympia Aid, Uptowner's Hobo Clowns and New Look SAPCs with Pinstripe Brass Band
12:20 p.m. Calendar Girls SAPC (XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent)
1 p.m. Wild Apache and Yellow Jackets Mardi Gras Indians
2 p.m. Unknown Steppers, Original our and Avenue Steppers SAPCs with Lil' Stooges Brass Band
3 p.m. Comanche Hunter, Ninth Ward Hunter and Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians
4 p.m. Untouchables, Furious Five and Single Ladies SAPCS with Hot 8 Brass Band

Second Mt. Carmel Gospel Choir
11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This choir of 20-plus members sings a blend of traditional and contemporary gospel.

UNO Jazz Ensemble
11:10 a.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Modern Jazz
The UNO Jazz Ensemble has always been a young band to watch, but this year will be especially intriguing as we watch the handiwork of chair Terence Blanchard in his first year replacing the retired Ellis Marsalis. Regardless of who's at the helm, the jazz-studies students receive a weekly indoctrination from the greats in UNO's Sandbar series, featuring jazz musicians from around the city, the country and the world.

DJ Duck and Choppa
11:15 a.m., Congo Square, Hip-hop
The new golden boy of the ongoing New Orleans bounce craze, Choppa is the younger brother of Take Fo' records, and his hit single "Choppa Style" has ruled local rap radio waves since its release in late 2001. With do-rag on head, the boisterous Choppa packs a healthy dose of vocal power atop contagious beats supplied by DJ Duck.

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
11:15 a.m., Blues Tent, Blues
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone has established himself as one of New Orleans' most popular and proficient masters of the blues harmonica. But he's also shown his flair for zydeco and roots-rock and straps on an accordion, too. His harp mastery can be heard on his recent Bullseye Blues albums, Crescent City Moon and Watermelon Patch.

Kid Simmons' Local International Allstar Jazz Band
11:15 a.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Putting a whole new spin on the idea of international music, British-born trumpeter John "Kid" Simmons invites other expatriates from countries around the world to help him celebrate his love of New Orleans' traditional jazz.

Young Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage, Mardi Gras Indian
Big Chief "Bo" Dean Big of the Young Cheyenne is the grandson of retired Big Chief Ferdinand Bigard, who was immortalized by the Guardians of the Flame in their song, "Big Chief Donald Had a Heart of Steel."
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Traditional Jazz
Drummer Herman LeBeaux performs both modern and traditional jazz, but usually works in the straight-ahead variety with the Xavier ensemble.

Poncho Chavis & the Magic Sounds
11:20 a.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Zydeco
The son of late zydeco legend Boozoo Chavis carries on the family name and musical tradition, leading the band who accompanied his father in a career that spanned decades. Accordionist Poncho debuted at Jazz Fest last year in a tribute to Boozoo. He'll also be appearing with his mother, Leona, at 1 p.m. on the Music Heritage stage today, to discuss his father's legacy.


Poor Clares
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage, Celtic/Folk
They're poor in name only; the Poor Clares adhere to the rich tradition of Scottish and Irish folk music and storytelling, but also delve a little into gospel, jazz, Cajun and Latin music. Get set for New Orleans' version of reels, ballads and jigs.

Muskogee Nation Performers featuring Jonny Hawk
11:30 a.m. & 3:15 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Sacred ceremonial rituals led by "Far Away Beaver" -- AKA Jonny Hawk -- are on tap from this Oklahoma troupe. Their 2001 performances featured friendship and social gathering dances, as well as a stomp dance.

Nita Happy Trelle
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This trio of siblings features guitarist Benny Puckett and vocalists Trelle Lindon and Nita Whitener performing contemporary original gospel songs.


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Germaine Bazzle
12:20 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
In a city where female jazz singers are woefully under-appreciated, Germaine Bazzle reigns supreme, an active member of any combo with which she performs. No stranger to the classics, Bazzle lends her vocal wisdom to such standards as "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "When You're Smiling," gracing some with her trademark Ella-inspired scatting.

Onward Brass Band
12:20 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Brass
Every year, drummer and vocalist Placide Adams takes the brass band sound onward and upward in size with this large band that includes members of the famous Joseph family. Yes, that's Dirty Dozen/Anders Osborne mainstay Kirk Joseph on tuba.

Proud Marys
12:20 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Folk/Rock
The Proud Marys keep on burning; this female folk-rock trio led by former Isaac's Guns vocalist Whitney Ann McCray also adds a little blues to the mix as evident in its new CD, Clever Combination.

Charivari
12:25 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
Borrowing its name from the roughly translated Cajun term for a bust-out party, Charivari melds old and new Cajun music with a dash of Creole influences courtesy of bandleader and fiddler Mitchell Reed. Guitarist Randy Vidrine's high-pitched vocals hearken to the old days of Cajun and Creole music. Don't be surprised to see this group holding court at Mulate's Restaurant at night.

Frankie Ford
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage, R&B
HOOO-wee, HOOO-wee, baby. While everybody remembers Frankie Ford for his stirring rendition of Huey "Piano" Smith's classic single, "Sea Cruise," he filled Ace Records with plenty of other work in the '50s and '60s that include "Alimony" and "Roberta." Known almost as much for his showmanship, Ford still puts on a high-energy, irreverent set.
Lil' Buck Blues Band with Jerry McCain
12:25 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
From his swamp-blues recordings on Excello Records backing Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester to his zydeco work with Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco, Lil' Buck Sinegal has proven he is truly a Louisiana guitar master. His recent solo album, The Buck Starts Here, shows he's still cooking, and he'll be joined on this set by boogie harp legend Jerry McCain.

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
12:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Modern Jazz
Talk about your graduation ceremonies; this school has spawned such performers as the Marsalis brothers, Terence Blanchard and Harry Connick Jr. Hear the next generation at this set.

The Bester Singers
12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
The Bester family has sung the praises of God for more than two decades, under the leadership of Rose Bester. The family's grown in that time, and the next generation of Besters continues the mission of singing traditional gospel favorites.
Iron Mountain Native Dancers
12:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage; 2:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Native American
Expect a moving display of motion and color honoring Native American traditions from this visiting troupe.
La Banda Blanca of Honduras
12:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Latin
La Banda Blanca may have made its Jazz Fest debut in 2000, but this punta group has made its share of appearances in New Orleans over the years, including performances at House of Blues. this return speaks well of the group's 2000 performance, which showed punta's marriage of salsa and merengue.
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One A-Chord
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This talented, all-female gospel group has been on the same page since its founding in 1987, focusing on traditional gospel. Culled from local churches, Big Easy Award nominee One A-Chord is led by director Betty Wynn and has released two CDs: Shout Hallelujah and Bound for Glory.
Marlon Jordan
1:30 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Trumpeter Marlon Jordan, from one of the more famous New Orleans musical families, studied with Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard. The 31-year-old has recorded for Columbia Records and lately has been incorporating Cuban influences into his sound.

René Netto & Sounds of New Orleans
1:30 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Whether it's the familiar second-line sound or big band, saxophone player Rene Netto has been playing the sounds of New Orleans for more than four decades around the clubs in the French Quarter.
Tommy Wildcat
1:30 & 4 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Oklahoma's Wildcat plays traditional flute music, and his talents have landed him on numerous television productions such as the Discovery Channel's How the West Was Won.
Continental Drifters
1:35 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Rock
With the 2001 departure of longtime vocalist Susan Cowsill and drummer Russ Broussard, the Continental Drifters will debut yet another incarnation of their roots-rock supergroup at this set. Primary songwriters/vocalists Vicki Peterson and Peter Holsapple are still in the fold, and fans of Pat McLaughlin and Little Queenie & the Percolators might recognize a familiar face sitting in today.
Little Freddie King Blues Band
1:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Blues
One of the last of the electric country blues guitar masters, New Orleanian Little Freddie King has always played it down and dirty. His latest CD, Sing Sang Sung (Orleans), features "Bucket of Blood," an autobiographical tour through the rough-and-tumble local barroom where he once played.
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Eddie Bo
1:45 p.m., Blues Tent, R&B/Funk
Jazz Fest might want to consider a Funk Tent with the legendary Eddie Bo still going strong after all these years, always flying slightly below the popular radar that so often zeroes in on Professor Longhair, Dr. John and James Booker when checking this city's piano legends. Bo's map is tall and wide; all you have to do is listen to the '50s R&B sounds of "Check Mr. Popeye," or his rip-roaring '60s and '70s funk like "Hook and Sling." In recent years, he's been just as fearless, and last year teamed with Raful Neal and Tabby Thomas as The Hoodoo Kings for an eponymous release.


Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
1:45 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Cajun
One of the rising young stars of traditional Cajun music, accordionist Kevin Naquin showed he was the real deal when he won several of the top Cajun French Music Awards two years ago on the heels of his Swallow album Pour la Premiere Fois. Building on that momentum, Naquin last year released the solid Au Coup D'eclair. Expect old-school sounds delivered with enthusiasm and skill.


Allen Toussaint
1:45 p.m., Acura Stage, R&B
His 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only begins to describe Allen Toussaint's contribution to American pop music. His work as a songwriter ("Mother-in-Law," "Working on a Coal Mine," "Lipstick Traces") made stars of Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey and Bennie Spellman, respectively. His production work for everyone from the Meters to Dr. John makes him one of the godfathers of the New Orleans R&B sound, while his Professor Longhair-inspired piano playing makes him one of the most complete New Orleans artists ever. All this suggests his Jazz Fest performances are filled with guest surprises.

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Beacon Light BC Choir
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This superb choir usually boasts approximately 50 members, and its powerful singing invites comparison to its fellow renowned choir, the Greater St. Stephen ensemble.


The Bucks
2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
These aren't the same Bucks that are falling like a stone from the NBA's Eastern Conference playoff race, but The Bucks do include Woodland tribal members from around Milwaukee. Hailing from the Ho-chuck, Ojibway, Oneida, Menominee and Winnebago tribes, The Bucks will perform from their latest CD, Quiet Storm.

Cheikh Lô
2:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Cheikh Lô has been credited with making his native Senegalese dance-music form, mbalax, more accessible to Western ears by blending salsa, Zairian Congolese, rumba, folk and jazz into the mix. In the process, Lo has become one of the more popular Afro-pop recording artists. His most recent release, 2000's Bambay Gueej, was co-produced by South Africa's Youssou N'Dour, who recorded Lo's breakthrough 1989 album, Ne la Thiass.
Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band featuring Yolanda Windsay
2:40 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
The original salty dog, French hails from a familiar musical family. Quite the provocateur whether announcing on his shows on WWOZ 90.7 FM or hosting his popular Monday night "Bob French and Friends" gig at Donna's, French's knowledge of traditional New Orleans music is vast. The drummer's past two CDs, Livin' the Legacy and The Legacy Lives On (Royal Tuxedo Records), are a testament to that. Here he performs with guests including vocalist Yolanda "Peb" Windsay, daughter of Topsy Chapman.

Ellis Marsalis Quintet
2:40 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent
For Ellis Marsalis, retirement is a very relative thing. Last year, the father of Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Wynton stepped down as the chair of UNO's jazz-studies program (now held by Terence Blanchard) but still holds court for his weekly gig at Snug Harbor. So the teaching and playing carry on.
Jo "Cool" Davis
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Everybody who's passed through the doors at Tipitina's has probably heard a word or two (or three) from Jo "Cool" Davis, the club's house announcer. But when he hits the Gospel Tent, he's delivering a completely different message as he explores both traditional gospel and his own original material.
Robert Mirabal: Music from a Painted Cave
2:55 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage; 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
New Mexico's Mirabal is an acclaimed flute player, both in a solo context and with a full band. His influences come together in Music From a Painted Cave, a multi-media production that features his band, Rare Tribal Mob, as well as Native American dancers. Special lighting effects create the illusion of a cavern housing the performance. (A documentary of his work will also be shown inside the Grandstand.)
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Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
3:05 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Zydeco
With the passing in recent years of zydeco giants Beau Jocque and Boozoo Chavis, the focus of traditional zydeco sharpens even more tightly on Geno Delafose. The son of the late musician John Delafose, Geno is a mesmerizing performer who does a very good job of making it look very easy onstage, while playing single-row, triple-row and piano-key accordions. Geno Delafose is no longer the future of zydeco; he's the present.


Chris Thomas King
3:05 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues/Hip-hop
When blues guitarist Chris Thomas King last played Jazz Fest, he was just feeling the ripple that became the tidal wave of popularity crashing from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. King performed in the movie and on the album, which went on to win a Grammy, and he responded with a spin-off album based on his character, The Legend of Tommy Johnson.
Dr. John
3:15 p.m., Acura Stage, R&B/Funk
Has any other single artist done more for the sound of New Orleans music over the past few decades than Mac Rebennack, AKA Dr. John? More impressively, will he ever slow down? Dr. John's recent Jazz Fest appearances (or anywhere locally) have stunned fans with their energy, along with his explorations of blues, R&B, Mardi Gras Indians, funk, gris-gris, dashes of Dixieland and of course that ageless polyrhythmic New Orleans piano tradition. Dr. John followed his stirring tribute to Duke Ellington (Duke Elegant) with last year's brilliant Creole Moon, a triumphant return to his hoodoo roots.
Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir
3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
With Val Bemiss-Robertson leading the way, the Love Alive Fellowship Choir offers a blend of rhythm, harmony and awe-inspiring stage presence. A true Gospel Tent favorite.
The Heath Brothers featuring Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Jeb Patton

3:55 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Traditional Jazz

The Heath Brothers were finally able to get together when Percy became available as the Modern Jazz Project went on hiatus, leaving the brothers to create their own form of hard bop with the occasional flirtation with jazz-inspired R&B. By the way, Tootie's the baby at age 63.
Wynton Marsalis
4:05 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Modern Jazz
As the co-founder and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, New Orleans' Wynton Marsalis has moved beyond being modern jazz's most famous living trumpeter but also one of the world's preeminent jazz scholars and emissaries. His career will be on full display at Congo Square, and it'll be interesting to see if Marsalis burns harder as he plays in this unenclosed outdoor setting.

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Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson revisiting Kid Ory
4:05 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Last year, trumpeter Clive Wilson and pianist Butch Thompson collaborated on a special Louis Armstrong tribute, one of the many in 2001 to mark the centennial anniversary of the trumpeter's birth. This year they will honor the legendary New Orleans trombonist Kid Ory.

ReBirth Brass Band
4:10 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Brass
Not that they were choir boys before, but the ReBirth had people wondering just who they were rolling with after last year's sometimes-nasty release, Hot Venom (Mardi Gras). With a song title like "Pop That P--y" (featuring rapper Cheeky Blakk), you can see why. Still, the album smokes, featuring a cover of "Casanova" (with its own off-color twist), and the anthemic closer, "Let Me Do My Thing." The best contemporary brass band this side of the Dirty Dozen, the ReBirth is a guaranteed funky sweat fest at Jazz Fest.


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Lil' Rascals Brass Band
4:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Brass
Led by co-founder and master trombonist Corey Henry, the Lil' Rascals are one of the truly formidable contemporary brass bands on the streets and in the clubs. Last year's CD, Buck It Like a Horse (Endangered Species Records), featured a fiery, sweat-inducing cover of "For the Love of Money," as apropos a brass band tune if there ever was.
The Melody Clouds
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
For more than three decades, this traditional-minded gospel group (under the tutelage of the Jackson family) has been singing gospel in the a cappella style.
Marva Wright & the BMWs
4:15 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
A classic success story of a woman who received her musical schooling in the church, Marva Wright has been going strong as a blues and R&B singer ever since opening for Etta James once in the 1980s. Last year's release, Marva!, includes a smashing cover of The Band's signature tune, "The Weight," featuring guest turns by Terrance Simien, Charmaine Neville and Bo Dollis.
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars
4:30 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Klezmer/Funk
Dubbed by one long-time fan as "Jewish aerobic music," klezmer music definitely gets a workout from the Klezmer All-Stars. More than just a funky ensemble, the Klezmers also have served as an incubator for some of New Orleans' more talented young musicians including Ben Ellman, Glenn Hartman, Rob Wagner and Jonathan Freilich. Be prepared to hold hands with a stranger in the circle dance.
Potter's House Mass Choir
5:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Bishop T.D. Jakes' choir may only be a few years old, but it's already making a splash. Last year's release, The Storm Is Over, produced Dove Award nominations in both Best Traditional Gospel Song and Best Contemporary Gospel Song. The choir's sound has been known to be a little top-heavy (altos, sopranos), so it will be interesting to see what kind of bass/baritone foundation there is.
Melissa Etheridge
5:10 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Folk-rocker Melissa Etheridge has been as fearless in her songwriting and sometimes overwrought vocal calisthenics as she has been open about her sexuality, and it's a testament to her talent and feistiness that her career has easily survived any homophobia leveled against her. The catharsis that was last year's release, Skin, came on the heels of her breakup after 12 years with her partner, and critics hailed her artistic maturity.
Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with The Count Basie Orchestra and special guest Patti Austin
5:30 p.m., BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Traditional Jazz
Why not just go ahead and start lining up for this one now? The Grammy-winning Count Basie Orchestra is one of the few musical entities truly up to this task as it honors perhaps the first lady of female jazz singers in Ella. Special guest Patti Austin has come a long way from her R&B roots -- anyone remember hearing "Baby, Come to Me" a million times on General Hospital? -- and this will serve as a sneak peek at her upcoming release, For Ella.
Elvin Bishop
5:45 p.m., Blues Tent, Blues
It was listening to the blues warbling from a Shreveport radio station while growing up in Oklahoma that first inspired Elvin Bishop to explore the music, and decades later he's considered one of the genre's great, entertaining white-boy blues guitarists. Years removed from his days with Paul Butterfield and his own huge 1976 hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," the man who once played with Clifton Chenier is still going strong as he showed on his 2000 collaboration with Little Smokey Smothers, That's My Partner!
Cowboy Mouth
5:45 p.m., Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage, Rock
Truly the Mouth of the South, Cowboy Mouth drummer Fred LeBlanc is a whirling dervish of a performer as his band takes its frenzied fans through its own charged version of roots music with a melodic flair. One of New Orleans' true party bands, The Mouth might also feature music from bandmembers' solo projects, including LeBlanc's recent release, Here on Earth, and John Thomas Griffith's Aluminum.

Linda Hopkins
5:45 p.m., XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent
Linda Hopkins has built a massive gospel career after being discovered as a kid by Mahalia Jackson and has gone on to work on Broadway and collaborated with several jazz musicians. She starred in her own hit musical, Me and Bessie.
Paky Saavedra's Bandido
5:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, World
Paky Saavedra's music hails from all around Latin America and the Caribbean and borrows members from all around town who also gig with Julio & Cesar and Fredy Omar. Paky's crew has been performing at Jazz Fest for more than a quarter-century.
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Teddy Pendergrass
5:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage, R&B
Finally, New Orleans gets to see Pendergrass, who last year ended a 19-year live-performance drought that coincides with the 1982 car accident that paralyzed him from the waste down. One of the truly great R&B singers from the 1970s, Pendergrass scored seemingly countless hits whether performing with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes or on his own, from "I Miss You" all the way up the masterpiece, "Love TKO." And no, he won't be invoking one of his '70s novelty "ladies only" rules; he'll just be captivating the crowd with the unique blend of gruff and Chivas-smooth vocals. Welcome back, Teddy.
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Nathan & the Zydeco ChaChas
6 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage, Zydeco
The Zydeco Hog from St. Martinville always brings a sense of mischief to his music that makes his live shows a must-see. Last year's Big Easy Award winner for zydeco, accordionist Nathan Williams makes his music a family affair: brother Sid owns El Sid O nightclub in Lafayette, and brother/lead guitarist Dennis Paul is also a talented visual artist. Plus, son Nat Jr. has just released his own Mardi Gras Records disc and takes the Kids' Tent stage at 12:45 p.m. today.
Dimensions of Faith
6:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Swelling to more than 60 members, Dimensions of Faith is perhaps best known for the arrangements perfected by the late, great director, keyboard player Sammy Berfect. Now in its 23rd year, the Dimensions are the sum total of many New Orleans churches, and count Marva Wright as one of their special guests.

click to enlarge Get ready to stake your spot and put on your dancing shoes at Jazz Fest 2002. -
  • Get ready to stake your spot and put on your dancing shoes at Jazz Fest 2002.

click to enlarge Get ready to stake your spot and put on your dancing shoes at Jazz Fest 2002. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Get ready to stake your spot and put on your dancing shoes at Jazz Fest 2002.
click to enlarge Dr. John plays the spectrum of New Orleans music at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, April 28, on the Acura Stage. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Scott Saltzman
  • Dr. John plays the spectrum of New Orleans music at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, April 28, on the Acura Stage.
click to enlarge Roy Rogers goes Slideways at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Blues Tent. - CLAYTON CALL
  • Clayton Call
  • Roy Rogers goes Slideways at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Blues Tent.
click to enlarge Creole accordion legend Bois Sec Ardoin joins Cajun ensemble Balfa Toujours at 5:50 p.m. Friday, April 26. - JENNIFER BAGERT
  • Jennifer Bagert
  • Creole accordion legend Bois Sec Ardoin joins Cajun ensemble Balfa Toujours at 5:50 p.m. Friday, April 26.
click to enlarge Clarinetist Tim Laughlin duets with fellow clarinetist Jack Maheu at 2:55 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent. - ANDREA WIIDEMAN
  • Andrea Wiideman
  • Clarinetist Tim Laughlin duets with fellow clarinetist Jack Maheu at 2:55 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the XM Satellite Radio Economy Hall Tent.
click to enlarge Shemekia Copeland belts it out at 5:50 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Blues Tent. - FRANK STEWART
  • Frank Stewart
  • Shemekia Copeland belts it out at 5:50 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Blues Tent.
click to enlarge Barring visa snafus, the Mahotella Queens of South Africa grace the Congo Square Stage at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
  • Barring visa snafus, the Mahotella Queens of South Africa grace the Congo Square Stage at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
click to enlarge Multi-reedman Victor Goines makes a homecoming of sorts at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent.
  • Multi-reedman Victor Goines makes a homecoming of sorts at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent.
click to enlarge Wynton Marsalis returns home on Sunday, April 28, to the Congo Square Stage at 4:05 p.m.
  • Wynton Marsalis returns home on Sunday, April 28, to the Congo Square Stage at 4:05 p.m.
click to enlarge C.J. Chenier's accordion wizardry heats up at 12:20 p.m. Friday, April 26, on the Acura Stage.
  • C.J. Chenier's accordion wizardry heats up at 12:20 p.m. Friday, April 26, on the Acura Stage.
click to enlarge Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie play traditional zydeco at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, April 28, on the Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage.
  • Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie play traditional zydeco at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, April 28, on the Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage.
click to enlarge George Porter Jr. makes the Jazz Fest debut of a revamped Runnin' Pardners at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, on the Acura Stage.
  • George Porter Jr. makes the Jazz Fest debut of a revamped Runnin' Pardners at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, on the Acura Stage.
click to enlarge Danilo Perez joins Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and John Patitucci for a jazz summit at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent.
  • Danilo Perez joins Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and John Patitucci for a jazz summit at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the BellSouth FastAccess/WWOZ Jazz Tent.
click to enlarge New Orleans singer/songwriter Jim McCormick plays selections from his debut CD at 1:50 p.m. Friday, April 26, on the Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage.
  • New Orleans singer/songwriter Jim McCormick plays selections from his debut CD at 1:50 p.m. Friday, April 26, on the Sheraton N.O. Fais Do Do Stage.
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