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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 29-May 2

Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.; www.nojazzfest.com

Tickets $45 in advance, $60 at the gate, $5 children

A parade of national headliners, traditional jazz musicians, gospel choirs, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians and many others hit the Fair Grounds for the final weekend of the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Touring acts include Pearl Jam, B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Richie Havens, Steve Martin and others. Some of the familiar faces include Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Galactic, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ellis Marsalis, Sonny Landreth, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Kermit Ruffins, Juvenile and many others.

Count Basin™ looks forward to another long weekend at the festival, and will recount his festival highlights in these pages.

Enjoy!

A note from Count Basin™
My picks are marked throughout the listings.


Thursday, April 29

Parades

1:40 p.m. Bon Temps Roulez Social Aid & Pleasure Club with Paulin Brothers Brass Band

3 p.m. Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band

4 p.m. 7th Ward Creole Hunters and Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians

5:30 p.m. VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club with Tornado Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow — Thunder Hill

noon, 2:45 p.m. and 5:35 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village

Chouval Bwa of Martinique Carousel

1 p.m, 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., at the flagpole

 

R. Scully's Rough 7 11:10 a.m., Acura Stage Boasting two former members of the barroom rock/funk band Morning 40 Federation, R. Scully's Rough 7 is a soulful collaboration of what the band describes as "garage gospel." The group is slated to release its debut album in May.

Lafayette Rhythm Devils 11:10 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Guitarist and vocalist Randy Vidrine and his crew specialize in Cajun dancehall music, with the fiddle and accordion taking center stage.

Tulane University Jazz Ensembles 11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent This program is housed in Tulane University's Newcomb Department of Music.

Coco Robicheaux & the Swamp Monsters 11:15 a.m., Blues Tent By the age of 15, Louisiana bluesman Coco Robicheaux was playing music on Bourbon Street. Known for his raspy, haunting vocals, he is slated to release his latest album, Revelator (Spiritland), this spring.

Hot Club of New Orleans 11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional swing and gypsy jazz are modernized by this acclaimed group. Violinist Matt Rhody and clarinetist Christopher Kohl, along with guitar and bass players, put contemporary spins on Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli's 1930s classics.

McMain High School Gospel Choir 11:20 a.m., Gospel Tent Under the direction of Clyde Lawrence, this 50-member choir performs traditional and contemporary gospel arrangements.

Dillard University Jazz Ensemble 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Trumpeter Edward Anderson leads the Dillard ensemble.

Vivaz! 11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage This New Orleans-based Latin band fuses Caribbean, salsa and Latin jazz melodies to produce a highly rhythmic and energetic sound. Frontman Javier Gutierrez adds his vocals and guitar skills to the band's percussion, bass, horn and keyboard sections.

Lucky 7 11:30 a.m., Congo Square Electric violinist Michael Ward helps drive this hip-hop/R&B fusion group.

Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians 11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Ceremonial Indian chants, song and dance characterize Cyril "Big Chief Iron Horse" Green's tribe.

The Wright Brothers 12:10 p.m., Gospel Tent Hailing from Hammond, La., brothers Edward, Conrad, Gregory and Bryant have opened for such gospel artists as The Christianaires, Lee Williams and True Believers.

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove 12:10 p.m., Acura Stage Sousaphonist Kirk Joseph's musical versatility and ingenuity combines jazz, funk and soul arrangements. Backyard Groove adds a large horn section, plus guitars and vocals.

 

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Classie Ballou & the Family Band 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent Blues and zydeco legend Classie Ballou first hit the airwaves more than 50 years ago when he played guitar on Boozoo Chavis' classic zydeco hit "Paper in My Shoe." Since then, Ballou has led a successful solo career and now performs with his multigenerational Family Band.

Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band 12:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage This kirtan trio of mantra musicians merges meditative chant music — characteristic of ancient Indian devotional practices — with jazz and folk music genres. The New Orleans-based group released Devaloka in September 2009.

Loose Marbles 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent It's not unusual to spot this fluctuating clan of roughly 15 jazz musicians on New Orleans street corners and nightclubs alike. Traditional jazz and ragtime beats emerge from the band's plethora of instruments, including the clarinet, washboard, trumpet, banjo, trombone, accordion and sousaphone.

Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters 12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Continuing the Creole, Cajun and zydeco music traditions of southwest Louisiana, vocalist and accordion player Joe Hall and his band released Live at Nunu's in spring 2009.

Mario Abney Sextet 12:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Performing a smooth fusion of jazz, funk and progressive music, this Ohio-based group fits in seamlessly with the Crescent City's jazz scene.

 

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Paulin Brothers Brass Band 12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Uniformed in traditional brass band garb — black pants and shoes, white shirt, tie and band cap — the Paulin Brothers maintain the legacy of their father, celebrated jazz musician Ernest "Doc" Paulin.

Elysian Fieldz 12:35 p.m., Congo Square Sisters Arin and Alexis Jones form the R&B-pop duo Elysian Fieldz. Having opened for hip-hop artists such as rappers T.I., Nelly, B.G. and Lil Romeo, these New Orleans natives are building a fan base throughout the South.

Dala 12:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Canadian female duo Dala brings acoustic folk pop to the mainstream with harmonious tunes, reminiscent of a modern cross between Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. Best friends Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine released Everyone is Someone in June 2009.

O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir 1:05 p.m., Gospel Tent Students from O. Perry Walker Charter High School perform.

 

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Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk 1:20 p.m., Acura Stage With his musical roots firmly planted in the Neville Brothers' legacy, keyboardist Ivan Neville churns out his own brand of funk. An impressive group of musicians round out the band, including guitarist Ian Neville, bass players Tony Hall and Nick Daniels and drummer Raymond Weber.

Derek Miller 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent This Canadian-born guitarist/singer/songwriter describes his latest album, Derek Miller With Double Trouble, as "hillbilly soul with Mohawk swagger." The album, slated for release in May, joins blues and roots-based rock for an eclectic sound.

Grupo Sensacion 1:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Latin band Grupo Sensacion features vocalist and bass player George Guerrero and Hector Martinez on keyboards and banjo.

Walter Payton with Snapbeans and Gumbo File 1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent For more than 40 years, Walter Payton has been one of New Orleans' most esteemed bass players. Having been featured on hits such as Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," this longtime Preservation Hall Jazz Band bassist is known for classic New Orleans jazz.

Jazz Ladies Sing the Blues featuring Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, Tereasa B. and Heather Rothstein 1:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Jazz and blues vocalist Gina Brown leads this all-female collaboration.

GROUPA Nordic Folk Fusion 1:45 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Its name has become synonymous with modern Swedish folk music, and this all-male, Grammy-winning trio mixes Nordic roots music with contemporary jazz and classical undertones. The group's most recent collaboration Frost was released in June 2008.

Red Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Red Hawk Hunters perform traditional Indian chanting under the leadership of Big Chief Nelson Burke.

The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers 1:55 p.m., Gospel Tent This family of singing sisters has been performing gospel for more than 50 years.

Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys 1:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage Vocalist and Cajun fiddler extraordinaire 19-year-old Amanda Shaw continues to cross generational gaps with her combination of traditional Louisiana music and modern country-pop. Her fourth album Good Southern Girl is slated for release this spring.

Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots 2:05 p.m., Congo Square African and Caribbean influences dominate Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes' zydeco and blues repertoire. Dubbing his sound "Afro-Louisiana," the accordionist and harmonica player performs with his band throughout the state.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band 2:45 p.m., Blues Tent The son of a zydeco legend, C.J. Chenier has made a name for himself beyond the legacy of his late father, Clifton Chenier. Amplifying traditional zydeco with modern funk, rock and country twists, the younger Chenier and his band have recorded several albums and toured internationally.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel 2:45 p.m., Gospel Tent Dubbed the "New Orleans Prince of Gospel" and "the little man with the big voice," singer/songwriter Lyle Henderson has performed traditional and contemporary gospel for more than two decades.

Gov't Mule 2:50 p.m., Acura Stage What began as a spinoff of the Allman Brothers Band in 1994 has escalated into the Southern rock phenomenon that is Gov't Mule. In 2009, the band released By A Thread, its first studio album in three years.

Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra 2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Legendary jazz clarinetist Orange Kellin founded the New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra this spring. Performing a repertoire of classic jazz with an emphasis on New Orleans arrangements, the eight-piece group features violinist Matt Rhody, trombone player Ronnel Johnson and others.

Dr. Klaw 3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno is joined by Ian Neville, Big Sam Williams, Adam Deitch and Nick Daniels in this funk outfit.

Mark Adam Miller 3:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Mark Adam Miller brings Nashville to New Orleans with his country and Southern rock sound. The Covington native's soulful vibes are evident on his first solo album, Ain't Life Good, released in late 2008.

 

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Shannon Powell's Organ Combo featuring Charlie Gabriel, David Torkanowsky, Peter Bernstein and Roland Guerin 3:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Drummer Shannon Powell leads this collaboration of jazz musicians including pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist Roland Guerin.

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie 3:10 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage With his signature cowboy hat and accordion in tow, Geno Delafose is the quintessential Creole cowboy. Cattle breeder and horse rancher by day and Grammy-nominated zydeco musician by night, Delafose performs both traditional and contemporary Creole-influenced tunes.

 

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Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers 3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Add critically acclaimed banjo player to the list of Steve Martin's A-list professions, which include Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and author. His first bluegrass album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, was released in 2009. Martin is joined by acoustic quintet Steep Canyon Rangers.

Soul Rebels 3:35 p.m., Congo Square Hip-hop, funk and classic New Orleans jazz embody the Soul Rebels' distinct brass band sound. In 2009, the group released the live album No Place Like Home.

McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir 3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent McDonogh No. 35 was the first New Orleans public high school to form a gospel choir. Veronica Downs-Dorsey directs the ensemble.

Bernard Allison 4:10 p.m., Blues Tent Following in his father's footsteps, guitarist and blues singer Bernard Allison has become a legend in his own right. He mixes blues with funk, soul and R&B.

Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony 4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A renowned gospel and jazz artist, Topsy Chapman gained international recognition for her role in the 1979 Broadway hit, One Mo' Time. Together with her two daughters, as well as singer Wendy Myles, Solid Harmony performs blues, jazz and gospel.

Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show 4:20 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Paul Sanchez's New Orleans upbringing instilled a healthy dose of soul and jazz into the folk-rock guitarist and singer. His most recent release is Stew Called New Orleans (Threadhead).

Four Freshmen 4:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent A chart-topping quartet in the 1950s, this all-male group was a pioneering force in the vocal harmony jazz tradition. Although the last original member retired in 1992, the current foursome has been together since 2001 and released two live albums in 2009.

 

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101 Runners 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This New Orleans ensemble performs hybrid Mardi Gras Indian/funk music. Led by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles and War Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Commanches, this musical tribe released 101 in April. Musicians include drummer Willie Green, guitarist June Yamagishi, African percussionist Boubacaar Cissiko and others.

Widespread Panic 4:30 p.m., Acura Stage Approaching its 25th anniversary, this Georgia-bred bluesy jam rock band has toured extensively, sold more than 3 million albums and will release its 11th, Dirty Side Down (Ato), in May.

Inspirational Souls of Chicago 4:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Formed in 1962, this quartet performs traditional and contemporary gospel selections.

Martin Sexton 4:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage This folk-rocker/blue-eyed soul musician has come a long way from recording on an eight-track in his friend's attic. His songs are featured on the NBC television series Scrubs and Brotherhood. He recently released Sugarcoating.

Average White Band 5:25 p.m., Congo Square Nearly 40 years after the band's inception, this group of musicians continues to prove that Scots have soul. Influenced by R&B heavyweights like James Brown and Marvin Gaye, Average White Band performs soul and funk music. The band released Times Squared in 2009.

 

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Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes 5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage The iconic British musician's 2009 album, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane, reminds the astute listener of his 1980s country music stint. His latest album, recorded over a 72-hour period, is a collaboration of Nashville bluegrass acoustic musicians, whom he named the Sugarcanes.

 

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Bobby Lonero, Johnny Pennino & the New Orleans Express Tribute to Louis Prima 5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent This group of New Orleans musicians pay homage to native son and swing king Louis Prima.

Dee Dee Bridgewater To Billie with Love A Celebration of "Lady Day" 5:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Grammy and Tony award-winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, pays homage to jazz vocalist Billie Holiday in this tribute. Bridgewater mimics Holiday's classic jazz style while revamping the music with her own spin.

Blues Traveler 5:50 p.m., Blues Tent Frontman, vocalist and harmonica prodigy John Popper leads this blues-rock band, whose name pays homage to the group's fascination with the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. The band's most recent album, North Hollywood Shootout (2008), features Blues Traveler's signature sound interwoven with some pop undercurrents.

Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir 5:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Pastor Terry Gullage leads the Greater Mount Calvary Church choir in various gospel selections.

Bonsoir, Catin 5:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage An all-female Cajun band, Bonsoir, Catin plays original Cajun pieces, as well as classic arrangements.

Eddie "ChopChops" Paris 5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Trombone player Eddie "ChopChops" Paris was reared in a musical household and has performed with many of the city's legendary jazz musicians.

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage French-Creole music is this young musician's specialty. A fiddler, accordionist, songwriter and vocalist, Cedric Watson leads his band, Bijou Creole, as the group plays traditional zydeco and Creole selections.

 


Friday, April 30

Parades

12:35 p.m. (In Economy Hall Tent) Secondline Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

1:40 p.m. Original 7 and Original 4 Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Fleur de Ladies Brass Band

2:45 p.m. New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians

4 p.m. Scene Boosters and Ole N Nu Style Fellas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with New Wave Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow — Thunder Hill

12:05 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 5:20 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village

Chouval Bwa of Martinique Carousel

12:30 p.m, 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., at the Flagpole

Dee-1 11:05 a.m., Congo Square Lyrically driven New Orleans rapper Dee-1 delivers memorable hooks and profanity-free messages in his music. The 25-year-old, nicknamed "The One Man Army," released his debut album, David & Goliath, in 2008.

Gloria Bell & the Revelation Gospel Singers 11:10 a.m., Gospel Tent Gloria Duncan Bell leads this traditional gospel group.

Julliard Jazz Ensemble 11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The nationally acclaimed performing arts conservatory, Julliard, inaugurated its Institute for Jazz Studies in 2001. The Jazz Ensemble features top musicians from this program, which is under the direction of New Orleans native Victor Goines.

Kid Simmons' Local International All Stars 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Longtime trumpeter of traditional New Orleans jazz, John "Kid" Simmons has been a fixture on the city's jazz scene since the 1950s. He and the International All Stars play the music of local icons such as Percy Humphrey, George Lewis and Louis Armstrong.

Ray Abshire 11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Cajun vocalist and accordion player Ray Abshire is hailed as an authentic Cajun musician with immaculate technical skills.

Brother Tyrone 11:20 a.m., Acura Stage Blues and soul vocalist Tyrone Pollard, affectionately known as Brother Tyrone, describes his music as "slap ya mama-type soul." Influenced by James Brown, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, among others, Brother Tyrone released Mindbender in 2008.

Heritage School of Music Band 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage The band features young musicians from the Heritage School of Music, a free music education program sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

J. Monque'D Blues Band 11:20 a.m., Blues Tent This Louisiana bluesman received his first harmonica at age 4 and has yet to abandon it. His authentic, unabashed lyrics complement his gospel and R&B-infused blues music.

Fredy Omar con su Banda 11:30 a.m., Gentilly Stage Hailed as the Latin King of New Orleans, Honduran-born Fredy Omar has become a Frenchman Street fixture. He and his band perform a variety of Latin rhythms, including Latin jazz, merengue, salsa, cumbia, mambo, cha cha cha, bolero and tango.

N'Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company 11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This traditional West African dance, drum and performing company is a non-profit organization, which aims to educate the public about authentic African culture using West African song, drum, folklore and dance.

Rocks of Harmony 11:55 a.m., Gospel Tent The all-male family band performs traditional and contemporary gospel selections.

P.J. Morton 12:05 p.m., Congo Square Grammy Award-winning writer and producer P.J. Morton blurs the line between musical genres, and his work often takes on soul, gospel, R&B and pop personas. He released Walk Alone in April.

Kent Jordan 12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent A jazz flute player from a family of talented musicians, Kent Jordan brings smooth, melodic notes to the forefront of jazz.

Thomas "Big Hat" Fields & his Foot Stompin' Zydeco Band 12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage For an Acadian musician who did not tap into his musical talents until his 40s, Thomas "Big Hat" Fields oozes all that is zydeco. An accordion player, vocalist and songwriter, Fields performs traditional Cajun and Creole music.

Big Al Carson 12:30 p.m., Blues Tent Lead vocalist of the Blues Masters, Alton "Big Al" Carson is a jazz and blues maestro.

Onward Brass Band 12:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent One of the oldest brass bands in New Orleans, this jazz group dates back to the late 19th century. Featuring classics such as "Bourbon Street Parade" and "Saints Go Marching In," Onward's 2009 album was appropriately titled The Tradition Continues.

Fleur de Ladies Brass Band 12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This all-female brass band, led by snare drummer Christie Jourdain of the Pinettes Brass Band, performs a distinctly New Orleans blend of soul and funk.

Buckwheat Zydeco 12:35 p.m., Acura Stage Having performed with such mainstream artists as Eric Clapton and U2, this Lafayette native has brought zydeco music international attention. A Grammy Award-winning musician, Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural is known for his soulful vocals and mastery of the accordion.

Marisa Y Mariachi Agave 12:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Ranchera singer Marisa's vocals are complemented by this mariachi band.

Reverend Jermaine Landrum & the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir 12:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Calling their place of worship the "Holy Ghost Headquarters," Ebenezer Baptist Church has long played a pivotal role in New Orleans gospel music.

Nadirah Shakoor 12:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage Former lead female vocalist of the hip-hop group Arrested Development and longtime featured singer in Jimmy Buffet's Coral Reefer Band, this talented songstress has cultivated a new musical genre. Her 2008 album Nod to the Storyteller (Mailboat) features the novel fusion of Afro-Caribbean and spiritual sounds.

The Jon Batiste Band 1:20 p.m., Congo Square This 24-year-old artist played percussion at age 8 and piano by age 11 as part of his family's group, the Batiste Brothers Band. Since then, the Juilliard graduate has established a name for himself, performing what he dubs "social music," a blend of jazz, R&B, rock and soul.

 

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Astral Project 1:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent This celebrated modern jazz ensemble has been reinventing itself since its inception in 1978. Producing well-crafted unions of New Orleans street funk, classical and progressive jazz and improvisation, the group released its first-ever live album, Astral Project Live in New Orleans, in April.

Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band 1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage This is classic Cajun fiddle music at its best. Hadley, accompanied by son Blake and granddaughter Sarah Jayde Williams, form this south Louisiana Cajun folk group.

New Orleans Spiritualettes 1:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Since the 1950s, this female gospel group has been a fixture in traditional gospel music in New Orleans.

Eric Lindell 1:40 p.m., Blues Tent This blues-rock musician's blue-eyed soul arrangements are well-suited for his adopted home of New Orleans, where blues, rock, funk and soul seamlessly meld. A guitarist, vocalist, bassist and harmonica player, Lindell released Between Motion and Rest (Alligator) in April.

Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors 1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Victor Harris integrates Native American and West African motifs in his tribe's costumes and music.

Kristin Diable 1:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Her roots-based blues music showcases this singer/songwriter's sultry voice and Southern twang. Though only 23 years old, Diable released her second album, Extended Play, in 2009.

Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra 2 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Skilled at the piano, clarinet, guitar and saxophone, among other instruments, Lars Edegran's versatility as a jazz musician and musical director seems unparalleled. The Swedish virtuoso formed the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra in 1967.

The Dixie Cups 2:05 p.m., Acura Stage The all-female trio formed in the 1960s is recognized for the R&B chart toppers "Chappel of Love" and "Iko Iko."

The Subdudes 2:10 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Subdudes' trademark blend of folk, blues, rock, funk and soulful, yet harmonic, voices has characterized this band since its first impromptu jam session at Tipitina's in 1987.

Voices of Peter Claver 2:30 p.m., Gospel Tent Directed by Veronica Downs-Dorsey, the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church choir performs contemporary and time-honored gospel selections.

 

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Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers 2:35 p.m., Congo Square Named for the pair of things closest to trumpeter Kermit Ruffin's heart, jazz and barbecue (and Louis Armstrong's "Struttin' With Some Barbecue"), the Barbecue Swingers produce rich, energetic and soulful jazz. The trumpeter is best known for co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band, but he favors classic swing with this set up.

John Boutte 2:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Soulful jazz vocalist John Boutte's New Orleans Creole roots are evident in his soothing, yet passionate, voice and revealing lyrics. The critically acclaimed musician released a joint album, Stew Called New Orleans (Threadhead) with blues guitarist and singer Paul Sanchez in 2009.

 

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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys 2:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Often referred to as the master of the Cajun accordion, bandleader Steve Riley brings powerful vocals and lively accordion playing to a sound counterbalanced by David Greely's fiddling. This Grammy-nominated, southwest Louisiana group has performed original Cajun and French music for more than two decades.

Forgotten Souls Brass Band 2:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This New Orleans brass band mixes hip-hop, jazz, second-line melodies, funk and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms to make its own gumbo of music.

John Mooney & Bluesiana 2:55 p.m., Blues Tent Delta blues with traces of New Orleans soul influence this singer and guitarist's blues rock.

Creole String Beans 3:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Since 2004, this group has performed 1950s and 1960s swamp pop and New Orleans standards. Playing hits from Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Dr. John, among others, these vintage rockers released their eponymous debut album in 2009.

Papa Bue Viking Jazz Band of Sweden 3:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A celebrated group on the European Dixieland jazz scene, the Viking Jazz Band is led by Danish trombonist and trumpeter, Arne Bue Jensen, also known as Papa Bue.

Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir 3:25 p.m., Gospel Tent Rhythm and blues duo Dwight and Connie Fitch join forces with gospel choirs from St. Raymond and St. Leo Catholic churches.

Jose Feliciano 3:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage Celebrated for his 1960s and 1970s international hits, including "Feliz Navidad" and "Rain," Puerto Rican singer and acoustic guitarist Jose Feliciano continues to play his critically acclaimed repertoire of Spanish and English songs.

 

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Allen Toussaint 3:40 p.m., Acura Stage With a musical career spanning more than 40 years, R&B artist and legendary hit-maker Allen Toussaint has performed, produced and arranged music for everyone from the Rolling Stones, Patti LaBelle and Etta James to Paul McCartney, just to name a few. His 2009 jazz instrumental album, The Bright Mississippi, earned him a Grammy nomination.

Take 6 4:05 p.m., Congo Square The all-male a capella Christian sextet emerged in the 1980s with original jazz harmonies and an R&B feel. Over two decades, the group has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Brian McNight, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston.

 

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Nicholas Payton Sextet 4:15 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Trumpeter Nicholas Payton leads this jazz ensemble with selections from his 2008 album Into the Blue.

 

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New Orleans Social Club, feat. Ivan Neville, Henry Butler, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli and Raymond Weber 4:15 p.m., Blues Tent Formed six weeks after Hurricane Katrina, this crew of accomplished New Orleans jazz and blues musicians released the 13-track album Sing Me Back Home in 2006.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland 4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Folk-rock vocalist, musician and songwriter, Elvis Perkins is relatively new to the music scene, having released his debut album, Ash Wednesday, in 2007. Now backed by a band of instrumentalists, Elvis Perkins in Dearland performs songs from its eponymous 2009 album.

Bamboula 2000 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Led by world music percussionist and drummer Luther Gray, this music and dance troupe is a cultural music exploration of African, Caribbean and Louisiana rhythms.

The Selvys 4:30 p.m., Gospel Tent A family of gospel vocalists and musicians, The Selvys perform traditional gospel. The group released Live! You Ain't Dead No More in 2008.

The Pfister Sisters 4:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent A modern version of 1930s girl group the Boswell Sisters, the Pfister Sisters are purveyors of close harmony jazz singing. The women have shared their three-part vocal jazz blends with Ernie K. Doe, Jimmy Buffet and Kermit Ruffins, among others.

Kora Konnection featuring Morikeba Kouyate, Thierno Dioubate, Tim Green, James Singleton & Jeff Klein 4:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The group's namesake instrument, the kora, is an ancient West African 21-string harp. Led by griots Morikeba Kouyate and Thierno Dioubate, this New Orleans-based group blends West African Mandinka music with improvisational jazz.

Aretha Franklin 5:35 p.m., Acura Stage For more than 40 years, iconic vocalist Aretha Franklin has held the title of "Queen of Soul." In 1987, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her legendary hits include "Respect," "Chain of Fools" and "Think."

Gypsy Kings 5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Two bands of brothers form this French music group, whose Spanish roots are embodied in their world music. Flamenco-dominated with pop and Latin rhythms, Gypsy Kings' music crosses genres and generations.

 

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Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent Fusing jazz, blues, rock, Latin and worldly music genres, The Derek Trucks Band released Already Free (Victor) in 2009. Trucks' wife, blues and soul songstress Susan Tedeschi, joins the band as a Grammy-winner musician in her own right.

Gospel Inspirations of Boutte 5:45 p.m., Gospel Tent This large touring ensemble writes its own contemporary gospel songs.

 

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Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra 5:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This crew of New Orleans musicians and Mardi Gras Indian leaders features Trail Chief David Montana, drummer Kevin O'Day, bassist Reggie Scanlan and percussionist Rosie Rosato, among others.

The Iguanas 5:45 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage A roots-based rock band, The Iguanas describe their sound as "Chicano rock," with accents of New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi 5:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Renowned bass player Stanley Clarke and critically acclaimed jazz pianist Hiromi have collaborated to produce an eclectic acoustic jazz sound. Their joint album, Jazz in the Garden, was released in May 2009.

Kirk Franklin 5:45 p.m., Congo Square Contemporary gospel music icon Kirk Franklin has brought this genre of music to the masses with his energetic, urban take on gospel. He is a renowned singer, songwriter and producer.

 

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Louis Prima Jr. 5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The son of the original "King of Swing," Louis Prima Jr. follows in his father's footsteps as a bandleader and entertainer, playing swinging hits of the 1950s and 1960s.

Jimmy Robinson 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Guitarist and vocalist, Jimmy Robinson, is best known for his founding role in longtime progressive-rock, instrumental band Woodenhead, as well as his role in the New Orleans guitar collective Twangorama. On his solo debut, Vibrating Strings, Robinson delivers a spectrum of blues, classical, country and rock.

 


Satursday, May 1

Parades

12:15 p.m. Mohawk Hunters, Wild Red Flame and Cherokee Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

1:40 p.m. Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men and Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Baby Boyz Brass Band

3 p.m. Trouble Nation and Ninth Ward Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

3:05 p.m. (In Economy Hall Tent) Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club

4 p.m. Undefeated Divas and New Generation Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Pinstripe Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow — Thunder Hill

noon, 2:25 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village

Chouval Bwa of Martinique Carousel

12:30 p.m, 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., at the Flagpole

Donnie Bolden, Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah 11:10 a.m., Gospel Tent Gospel tunes get extra power with Bolden's emotional, soulful cadence.

Russell Batiste Jr. & Friends feat. Jason Neville 11:15 a.m., Acura Stage Stellar drummer Russel Batiste Jr. anchors the group's funky New Orleans sound. They are joined by R&B singer Jason Neville.

Paula & the Pontiacs 11:15 a.m., Blues Tent The tiny but powerful Paula Rangell belts out gutbucket blues, R&B and soul, singing anything from upbeat drinking tunes to soulful ballads.

Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent The master trumpeter and cornetist has been playing Dixieland jazz for most of his life, and he performed alongside Pete Fountain in two bands. He now fronts the Crescent City Jazz Band, and he collaborated with pianist Tom McDermott on 2008's Creole Nocturne (Arbors).

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble 11:25 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Under the direction of John DeFoor, the group's most recent release is Make Me Smile.

MyNameIsJohnMichael 11:30 a.m., Gentilly Stage What could have been easily dismissed as a gimmicky ambitious solo act-turned full-fledged band, MyNameIsJohnMichael has proven itself beyond its initial 52-songs-in-52-weeks project. The band boasts Big Easy Music Awards and critics' accolades for its indie rock.

Charmaine Neville Band 11:30 a.m., Congo Square Stage A member of one of New Orleans' most musically renowned families, Charmaine Neville sings a soulful mix of jazz and R&B.

Roderick Paulin & the Big Easy Groovers feat. Nicole Slack-Jones 11:30 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Smooth jazz saxophonist Roderick Paulin and his Big Easy Groovers, along with funk-gospel songstress Nicole Slack Jones, pay tribute to small combo era alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderly.

Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA Mystics 11:30 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Shreveport native Kenny Bill Stinson and his band performed covers of "Great Balls of Fire" and "Love Me Tender" during last year's Jazz Fest set, but the band typically plays a mix of rockabilly, blues, country and British Invasion-influenced originals.

 

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Jockimo's Groove feat. War Chief Juan & Billy Iuso 11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Mardi Gras Indian War Chief Juan Pardo is a frontman for 101 Runners and here he performs with guitarist and vocalist Billy Iuso of the Restless Natives.

First Emanuel Baptist Church Choir Noon, Gospel Tent The choir of more than 40 teens and adults sings both traditional and modern gospel.

Mem Shannon & the Membership 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent When he's not appearing as himself in Jonathan Maberry's horror novel Bad Moon Rising, cabbie-turned musician Mem Shannon and his band the Membership play New Orleans blues and funk.

Pine Leaf Boys 12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The three-time Grammy-nominated Pine Boys of Lafayette bring a youthful energy to Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music. The band recently returned from a U.S. State Department organized tour of Latvia, Denmark and Slovenia.

New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The accomplished but playful New Leviathan revives authentic orchestrations of American popular music from the 1890s to 1930s. The band's music is featured in Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway and Storyville.

 

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band 12:30 p.m., Acura Stage In the 1970s, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band was one of the first innovators of the new brass band sound incorporating funk, soul and popular music. Gifted with tremendous skill and versatility, over the years it has toured with the Grateful Dead and operated at times in more of a jazz set up. The band most recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first release, My Feet Can't Fail Me Now.

AsheSon 12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The group mixes Latin, salsa and Afro-beat in its high-energy, danceable sets.

Shamarr Allen & the Underdogs 12:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage After being handpicked by Willie Nelson for his Willie and the Wheel Tour, trumpeter Shamarr Allen moved on to be a musical force in his own right. His band's most recent release Box Who In? combines hip-hop, jazz, funk and Latin influences.

Germaine Bazzle 12:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The jazz vocalist is a music educator at Xavier Prep and a regular on the bandstand. Bazzle's career spans four decades.

Zion Trinity 12:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The spirited Zion Trinity combines gospel with reggae and soul through breezy harmonies.

Henry Butler & the Game Band 12:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage The native New Orleanian pianist has never let blindness due to glaucoma hinder his finesse on the keys. He plays jazz, blues and New Orleans standards. He released PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street), his first solo record, in 2008.

Betty Winn & One-A-Chord 12:55 p.m., Gospel Tent Founded in 1995, the ensemble is known for small-group vocalizations and tight harmonies. The group has won a Big Easy Award for Best Gospel Group and has toured internationally.

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone & the XL Band 1:25 p.m., Blues Tent His most recent album Poor Man's Paradise earned Jumpin' Johnny Sansone several awards and accolades. Leading the XL Band, his bluesy vocals complement his formidable harmonica skills.

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band 1:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Describing themselves as "pure Louisiana Zydeco fun with a hot sauce chaser," accordion-player Chubby Carrier leads the high-energy the Bayou Swamp Band.

Jamil Sharif 1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Jamil Sharif boasts a dynamic career. He has played trumpet for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, appeared in and written music for film (Ray, Hard Target, Undercover Blue and others), and presided over a record label. His style encompasses everything from traditional jazz to country and western music.

Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers 1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent St. Joan of Arc choral director Tyronne Foster leads the choir.

Pinstripe Brass Band 1:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Pinstrip plays traditional and contemporary brass band music.

Anders Osborne 1:55 p.m., Acura Stage Guitarist Anders Osborne boasts credits as a hit songwriter (Tim McGraw's "Watch the Wind Blow By" topped the Billboard country singles chart) and as a producer for other local artists. His latest album, American Patchwork (Alligator) was just released.

 

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Rebirth Brass Band 1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage Formed by Kermit Ruffins and Phil Frazier in the early 1980s, Rebirth was instrumental in opening the brass band tradition to a wide open new approach incorporating funk, soul and R&B. Though Ruffins left the band, its signature song "Do Whatcha Wanna" is a brass band anthem.

Brian Blade & the Big Fellowship Band 2 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Singer, drummer, guitarist and songwriter Brian Blade fronts orchestral jazz sextet Big Fellowship Band, which released its third album, Season of Changes, in 2008.

 

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Band of Horses 2:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Weeks before the release of its forthcoming album Infinite Arms, Band of Horses stops at Jazz Fest along with tour mates and fellow Seattleites Pearl Jam. Lead singer Ben Bridwell's wistful vocals float over heavy, swelling guitars.

Chris Thomas King 2:35 p.m., Blues Tent Chris Thomas King can boast attention from both Grammy and Oscar voters — his work acting and recording the scores of Ray and O Brother, Where Art Thou? earned nominations and awards from both. He is the son of renowned Baton Rouge bluesman Tabby Thomas.

Evan Christopher & Tom McDermott 2:40 p.m. Lagniappe Stage Clarinetist Evan McDermott and pianist Tom McDermott teamed up for Danza (STR Digital). The duo of influential jazz musicians brings their combination of American, Brazilian, French and Argentinian-influenced music to the stage.

The Johnson Extension 2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Rev. Lois Dejean has lead the traditional and contemporary family gospel group for more than 25 years.

 

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The Grammy-award winning band (2008's Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and 2006's L'Amour Ou La Folie) also has the distinction of being "the best Cajun band in the world," according to Garrison Keillor. The band fuses Louisiana roots, traditional Cajun and some zydeco music.

Gregg Stafford & the Young Tuxedo Jazz Band 3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Traditional jazz trumpeter Gregg Stafford leads the Young Tuxedo Jazz Band, which was founded in 1938 by John Casimir.

Driskill Mountain Boys 3:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The Clinton, La., natives play bluegrass and country.

White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 3:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Little Charles Taylor leads the White Cloud Hunters.

Galactic 3:15 p.m., Acura Stage The longtime proponents of funk continue their foray into hip-hop with Ya-Ka-May, released in February on Anti-. The album — named for an eclectic soup and ace hangover cure — features Irma Thomas, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews alongside newcomers such as sissy rappers Big Freedia, Katey Red and Sissy Nobby.

The Allen Toussaint Jazzity Project 3:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent New Orleans R&B luminary — and last year's Jazz Fest poster subject — Allen Toussaint holds a career as a performer, composer and producer overflowing with hits including "Working in a Coal Mine," "It's Raining," "Ride Your Pony," "Southern Nights," "Mother-In-Law" and many more.

Sugarfoot's Ohio Players 3:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage Although its lineup has changed since the Ohio Players' days of hit records (Fire and Love Rollercoaster), the band still includes Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner and is back with new tracks and a revitalized stage show.

 

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Aaron Neville Quintet 3:50 p.m., Gospel Tent The legendary Neville brother was recently featured on the Grammy-winning Oh Happy Day compilation, on which he sings "A Change is Gonna Come" with the Mount Zion Mass Choir. He performs his traditional set in the gospel tent.

Sonny Landreth 4 p.m., Gentilly Stage Lafayette blues man Sonny Landreth is best known for his intricate slide guitar work. Last year he released an expanded version of 2000's Levee Town that includes unreleased tracks.

Cyril Neville & Tribe 13 4:05 p.m., Blues Tent Another member of the musically gifted Neville clan, Cyril Neville provides signature vocals and percussion for the Austin-based Tribe 13.

Honey Island Swamp Band 4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage On the heels of its 2009 release Wishing Well, the southern roots music band brings its act to Jazz Fest.

Sagbohan Danialou 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The vocalist and percussionist is a legend in his home of Benin, West Africa.

Pete Fountain 4:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Clarinetist Pete Fountain got his start in French Quarter jazz bands, sometimes playing the burlesque houses. But since landing a spot in the Lawrence Welk Show, he's cut a higher profile, issued more than 100 albums and played his signature "swinging Dixie" sound. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Lynn Drury 4:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Lynn Drury's Mississippi roots are evident in her sultry drawl, which has been compared to Lucinda Williams, Janis Joplin, Norah Jones and others.

 

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Pearl Jam 5 p.m., Acura Stage 2009 was a good year for Pearl Jam. More than a decade past its heyday, the band still enjoyed a Billboard No. 1 record (Backspacer), a Saturday Night Live guest spot and headliner status for a number of high-profile music festivals.

DJ Soul Sister 5:05 p.m., Congo Square Stage DJ Soul Sister spins rare groove, obscure funk and soul jams.

Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise 5:05 p.m., Gospel Tent Pianist and singer Craig Adams leads the 16-member Higher Dimensions of Praise.

 

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Marcus Miller Presents Tutu Revisited: The Music of Miles Davis with special guest Christian Scott 5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent A producer on Miles Davis' album Tutu, Miller pays homage to the trumpeter with "Tutu Revisited," a show he's taken to venues as far away as Paris. Grammy-winner Christian Scott is a young New Orleans trumpeter whose album Rewind That channels Davis' sound.

Jeff Beck 5:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage Known for his stint in the Yardbirds along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, the English guitarist recently released Emotion & Commotion (Rhino Records). His first studio release in seven years, the album includes some orchestral arrangements of songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and features vocals from Joss Stone.

Teena Marie 5:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage Appropriate for her Jazz Fest spot, the powerful R&B vocalist's latest release is called Congo Square (Stax), and it features a noticeable jazz influence.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent The Shreveport-based blues rocker has achieved considerable commercial success. His 1997 album Trouble Is ... holds the record for longest-running album on the Billboard blues chart, and he has been nominated for four Grammy awards. His most recent album is 2007's 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads.

 

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Old Crow Medicine Show 5:45 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The Nashville-based American roots and bluegrass band filmed Mid-City residents telling their Hurricane Katrina stories for its CMT Music Award-nominated single "I Hear Them All."

Banu Gibson with Swing Out & Tap! 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Banu Gibson sticks to the swing and jazz standards of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. She's played on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and has toured the world with her band.

Bobby Lounge 5:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Bobby Lounge's never-ending Farewell Iron Lung Tour hits Jazz Fest. The offbeat pianist and lounge crooner will emerge from the aforementioned breathing aid with help from his blonde "nurse."

New Birth Brass Band 6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage New Birth Brass Band fuses hip-hop with funk, jazz and Mardi Gras Indian chants.

Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed feat. Nikki Ross 6 p.m., Gospel Tent Arthur Clayton leads the Marrero-based group and sings traditional and contemporary gospel. Organ player and vocalist Nikki Ross also performs.

 


Sunday, May 2

 

Parades

12:15 p.m. Nine Times Ladies, Lady Rollers and Original CTC Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with High Steppers Brass Band

1:30 p.m. Wild Tchoupitoulas and Wild Apache Mardi Gras Indians

2:50 p.m. Original Lady Buckjumpers and Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with TBC Brass Band

4:15 p.m. Apache Hunters and Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians

Native American Pow Wow — Thunder Hill

12:05 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village

Chouval Bwa Carousel of Martinique Noon, 3:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Franklin IV 11:10 a.m., Congo Square Stage Franklin IV is an R&B and neo-soul artist. The release of his most recent album, True Stories: Fictional Characters coincides with his original musical production My Name Means Free which debuted recently at Dillard University.

Phillip Manuel 11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Vocalist Phillip Manuel covers classic jazz, funk and R&B material.

Southern University Baton Rouge Jazz Jags 11:15 a.m., Blues Tent

Some Like It Hot 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Some Like It Hot plays traditional Dixieland jazz.

Creole Zydeco Farmers 11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Lafayette's Creole Zydeco Farmers play everything from early Creole la la music to contemporary zydeco. Clarence Etienne was a session drummer for the Excello label, recording with Fats Domino and Lazy Lester, and anchors the bands' R&B flavor.

Zulu Male Ensemble 11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent Part of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, the ensemble performs contemporary gospel and writes original compostions.

Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians 11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Roddy Lewis leads the Black Eagles.

Mia Borders 11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage Mia Borders' soul-jazz melodies are always accompanied by her patently heart-on-sleeve, this-is-me lyrics. She recently released Magnolia Blue.

Reggie Hall & The Twilighters Featuring Lady Bee 11:30 a.m., Acura Stage There's only one man in New Orleans who can tell a woman, "You Talk Too Much," and that's New Orleans R&B hit-maker Reggie Hall. His signature composition was a huge hit for Joe Jones. Hall is backed by his longtime band the Twilighters, and Lady Bee provides the vocals.

John Lawrence & Ven Pa Ca Flamenco Ensemble 11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Guitarist John Lawrence leads the flamenco ensemble Ven Pa Ca, which performs the dramatic style of dance from Spain's Andelusia region.

Jo "Cool" Davis 11:55 a.m., Gospel Tent A longtime familiar face at Tipitina's door, Jo "Cool" Davis is better known to many as a gospel singer.

Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent Ernie Vincent grew up on the sounds of Muddy Waters, but he made his mark playing funky New Orleans-flavored blues. He established himself in the early 1970s when he put together the original Top Notes and recorded the song "Dap Walk."

Dukes of Dixieland 12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent For more than 30 years, the Dukes of Dixieland have performed traditional jazz.

Ronnie Kole Trio 12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The Liberace of the bayou, Ronnie Kole is a talented pianist who's recorded more than 25 albums, toured the world, played for presidents and popes, and during his heyday was a regular on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Since moving to New Orleans at the bidding of Al Hirt, he's been an ambassador for the city's culture.

Gal Holiday and the Honk Tonk Revue 12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Gal Holiday and her band revive the sound of early country, Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Bob Wills-style Western swing.

Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective 12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This multigenerational dance group continues traditions of Western and Central African dance and percussion as well as their development and adaptations in Afro-Caribbean cultures and New Orleans.

Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars 12:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage After civil war forced these six musicians from their homes in Sierra Leone, they formed a roots reggae group in the Republic of Guinea. Their debut album, Rise & Shine, was recorded in New Orleans and West Africa.

Clarence "Frogman" Henry 12:35 p.m., Acura Stage Clarence "Frogman" Henry's instantly recognizable frog-to-falsetto range brought the Algiers-born R&B man success after recording "I Ain't Got a Home" in 1956. He toured with the Beatles in 1964 and played clubs on Bourbon Street for 19 years. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Ruthie Foster 12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Austin-based guitarist Ruthie Foster combines contemporary folk with vintage gospel and rural blues for a fresh, soulful Americana sound with strong Southern roots. Her latest album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, brings dance and reggae into an already eclectic range of styles.

Morning Star Mass Choir 12:35 p.m., Gospel Tent

Nova NOLA feat. Sasha Masakowski 12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Guitarist Steve Masakowski is joined by daughter and vocalist Sasha Masakowski and son and bassist Martin Masakowski in a progressive jazz band incorporating everything from swinging New Orleans sounds to Brazilian rhythms.

Margie Perez 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent Margie Perez is known for singing blues and funky New Orleans standards, but she also has performed Afro-Cuban music with Moyuba and performed with the West African-New Orleans connection Fatien Ensemble. She released Singing for My Supper (Threadhead) in 2009.

St. Joseph the Worker Choir 1:30 p.m., Gospel Tent The music ministry is an integral part of worship at this Marrero church.

Tim Laughlin 1:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Clarinetist Tim Laughlin continues a New Orleans tradition in the steps of Pete Fountain. His most recent release is 2009's A Royal Street Serenade (Gentilly).

Feufollet 1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Once a precocious bunch of pre-teen Cajun musicians, Feufollet has four albums to its credit and a mature sound that's breaking away from its early focus on traditional songs, even if members only recently hit an age sufficient to drink in a dance hall. It's most recent release is 2008's Cow Island Hop (Valcour).

Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra 1:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Trombonist and composer Delfeayo Marsalis and his father, Ellis Marsalis, cofounded the Uptown Jazz Orchestra in December 2008. The group has since played regular gigs around the city, covering New Orleans classics and standards by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Count Basie.

Chouval Bwa of Martinique 1:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Chouval Bwa incorporates percussion, bamboo flute, accordion and exotic noisemakers in a rural musical tradition from Martinique.

John Rankin 1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage This acoustic guitarist plays a range of genres stretching from classical to jazz, folk and blues. He has won two Big Easy Awards for folk music. His latest album is 2008's Last in April First in May.

Irma Thomas 1:50 p.m., Acura Stage 2010 marks 50 years of hits for Irma Thomas. At 19, she recorded "(You Can Have My Husband) But Don't Mess with My Man" and has reigned supreme as the Soul Queen of New Orleans ever since. The stripped-down Simply Grand (2008) features acoustic piano and highlights her expressive vocals.

 

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Juvenile And Mannie Fresh 1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage Juvenile started recording in the mid-90s with the Cash Money Millionaires, a collective of rap and R&B artists from the Magnolia Projects. The recognizable "Back that Azz Up" off his breakthrough album 400 Degreez crept into every DJ's playbook in the late '90s.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 2 p.m., Gentilly Stage A bring-the-house-down sound has made former child prodigy Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue famous far beyond the Treme neighborhood. The multi-instrumentalist received the 2010 Big Easy Award for Entertainer of the Year, and was featured on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack for the Princess and the Frog.

Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers 2:25 p.m., Gospel Tent Longtime Gospel Tent coordinator Sherman Washington leads his gospel ensemble.

Jimmy Johnson feat. The Dave Specter Band 2:45 p.m., Blues Tent Now in his 80s, Mississippi native Jimmy Johnson is a senior blues guitarist, though he spent the 1960s working with R&B bands before returning to his roots. He's joined by Chicago blues guitarist Dave Specter and his band.

Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress 2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Saxophonist Willie Tee and drummer Warren Storm first joined forces in 1980 to play swamp pop with strains of classic New Orleans R&B. The band reformed in 2004 and released Warren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress (Jin) in 2008.

 

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Ellis Marsalis 2:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Patriarch of the Marsalis clan, Ellis is one of the premier pianists in modern jazz. He's also a longtime jazz educator in New Orleans.

Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders 2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Led by banjo-playing Don Vappie, the Creole Jazz Serenaders play the early jazz of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver up through the music of Duke Ellington.

Sagbohan Danialou of Benin 3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage See 4:25 p.m. Saturday, Jazz & Heritage Stage.

Jonno & Bayou DeVille 3:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Fiddler Jonno Frishberg and his band play traditional and new Cajun music as well as folk, blues, New Orleans standards and even some rock tunes.

The Davell Crawford Singers 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent The grandson of R&B legend James Sugar Boy Crawford, Davell is a multi-talented keyboardist and vocalist. He sang in a church choir at the age of 12 and has always included gospel in his repertoire. The ensemble performs both traditional gospel and contemporary Christian music.

 

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Van Morrison 3:35 p.m., Acura Stage Van Morrison's distinctive style transcends genres and generations. Always rousing and nostalgic, Morrison blends R&B, soul, jazz and Celtic folk. The prolific soul singer has released albums almost annually since 1968's seminal Astral Weeks.

Clarence Carter 3:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage Blind at birth, Clarence Carter listened to Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker and later learned to transcribe charts and arrangements in Braille. His brooding, Southern soul baritone is often used to explore themes of infidelity and occasionally references his blindness, as in the hit "Looking for a Fox."

 

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The Dead Weather 3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage Jack White always has his hands full and in Dead Weather he's carrying the drum sticks. The group features members of the Kills, the Raconteurs and Queens of the Stone Age. They play heavy, sexy rock with singer Allison Mosshart engaging White in a number of charged duets.

Blodie's Jazz Jam Featuring Ed Perkins And Richwell Ison 4:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Led by Gregory "Blodie" Davis, trumpeter and bandleader of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, this mix of all-star musicians lets a spirit of improvisation guide their sets. Trumpeter and flutist Richwell Ison and vocalist Ed Perkins join the group.

Luther Kent 4:15 p.m., Blues Tent Blues and R&B vocalist Luther Kent started his professional career at 14 and has been on the bandstand for more than four decades, including a stint with Blood, Sweat and Tears. In 2008, he released The Bobby Bland Songbook (Vetter), featuring the Bland's bluesy big band tunes.

Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band 4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Accordionist Keith Frank is modernizing zydeco and Creole music. In 2007, he released two albums, Undisputed and To Be Perfectly Frank.

 

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Preservation Hallstar Revue 4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The allstar lineup of traditional jazz luminaries includes Lars Edegran (piano), Clive Wilson (trumpet), Tom Sancton (clarinet), Shannon Powell (drums), Carl Le Blanc (banjo), Gregg Stafford (trumpet), Topsy Chapman (vocals) and others.

TBC Brass Band 4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The TBC Brass Band was formed by a core group of students at Carver High School in 2002. The band plays funky contemporary brass band music in clubs and second-line parades.

 

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Los Po-Boy Citos 4:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The Po-Boy Citos bridge Latin and New Orleans funk and soul. Cuban rhythms infuse a horn heavy Latin boogaloo.

Dj Captain Charles With K. Gates Black And Gold (Who Dat) 4:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage DJ Captain Charles has entertained crowds in New Orleans for more than 20 years.

Tye Tribbett 4:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Tye Tribbett has climbed Billboard gospel charts with his contemporary Christian music and garnered several Grammy nominations for his 2006 album Victory Live!

Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage For nearly 30 years, Frankie Beverly and Maze have churned out slick, energetic, bass-driven soul. One of their best-known albums, Live in New Orleans, was recorded at the Saenger Theater in 1980.

 

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The Neville Brothers 5:40 p.m., Acura Stage One of New Orleans' most revered musical dynasties, the Nevilles are the city's first family of funk. Art, Aaron, Cyril and Charles turn in the closing set of Jazz Fest.

The Radiators 5:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage This long-running steamy rock outfit got its start more than 30 years ago playing at a pizza parlor. Its funky blend of roots, blues and Crescent City soul has won it a national following.

Wayne Shorter Quartet Featuring Brian Blade, John Patitucci And Danilo Perez 5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Wayne Shorter is a jazz saxophonist and composer who has developed a signature intense tone and incorporated elements of funk into his compositions. He is joined by Shreveport drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist Danilo Perez.

Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Wanda Rouzan, Barbara Shorts and Topsy Chapman 5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Jazz and gospel singer Juanita Brooks died in September 2009. She is remembered for her role in the original One Mo' Time as well as other productions. A trio of renowned vocalists pay tribute to her legacy.

 

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Richie Havens 5:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Rickie Havens was born in Brooklyn and emerged from the New York City folk music scene, though many listeners were introduced to him as a result of his opening performance at Woodstock. He's recorded steadily and prolifically, releasing almost 30 albums, including Nobody Left to Crown in 2008.

 

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B.B. King 6 p.m., Blues Tent B.B. King is an elder statesman of the blues, continuing to play after more than six decades. Born in 1925, he was influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, and his signature style has influenced generations of electric blues and rock musicians.

Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias 6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Bo Dollis' signature sharp vocals stand out on early recordings by the Wild Magnolias. The tribe remains one of the most recognized among Mardi Gras Indian groups.

Benny Grunch & the Bunch 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Benny Grunch may never live down "The 12 Yats of Christmas" or "Ain't Dere No More," and probably doesn't want to. The group revels in its parish pride and corny humor.

Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir 6:05 p.m., Gospel Tent This very large youth choir sings traditional gospel.

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click to enlarge B.B. King typically plays his signature guitar "Lucille." - 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2, Blues Tent
  • B.B. King typically plays his signature guitar "Lucille."
    6 p.m. Sunday, May 2, Blues Tent
click to enlarge Keyboardist Art Neville and the Neville Brothers close out Jazz Fest with the final set.5:$0 P.M. Sunday, May 2, Acura Stage
  • Keyboardist Art Neville and the Neville Brothers close out Jazz Fest with the final set.
    5:$0 P.M. Sunday, May 2, Acura Stage
click to enlarge Jam-band favorite Widespread Panic plays a marathon set at Jazz Fest.4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Acura Stage
  • Jam-band favorite Widespread Panic plays a marathon set at Jazz Fest.
    4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Acura Stage
click to enlarge The 101 Runners combine Mardi Gras Indian music and New Orleans funk.4:25 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Jazz & Heritage Stage
  • The 101 Runners combine Mardi Gras Indian music and New Orleans funk.
    4:25 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Jazz & Heritage Stage
click to enlarge Folk and blues musician Richie Havens plays a closing set.5:50 p.m. Sunday, May 2, Fais Do-Do Stage
  • Folk and blues musician Richie Havens plays a closing set.
    5:50 p.m. Sunday, May 2, Fais Do-Do Stage
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