New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 23-25, 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 host of legendary performers adds to the wealth of Louisiana music playing at the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. First weekend headliners include Simon & Garfunkel, The Allman Brothers Band, Lionel Richie, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Levon Helm, King Sunny Ade, the Black Crowes, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Drake and others. Some of the familiar faces include Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Theresa Andersson and many others.
Count Basin™ looks forward to seven days of music spread over two long weekends, as well as all the food, crafts, parades and interviews that make Jazz Fest an event like no other.
The Jazz & Heritage Festival official poster: Tony Bennett painted the portrait of New Orleans' native son Louis Prima featured on the 2010 Jazz Fest poster. The poster honors Prima on the centennial of his birth. Bennett has won 15 Grammys in his distinguished performing career. He signs his paintings with his family name, Benedetto.
Friday, April 23
1:45 p.m. Single Ladies and Keep N It Real Social Aid & Pleasure Club with Real Untouchables Brass Band
3 p.m. Black Mohawk Mardi Gras Indians
4 p.m. Big Nine and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Smitty Dees Brass Band
Native American Pow Wow — Native Nations Intertribal
12:05 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village
Mia X, Cheeky Blakk And Ms Tee
11:10 a.m., Congo Square Stage Mia X, Cheeky Blakk and Ms Tee are a hip-hop and bounce trio from New Orleans.
Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The septet of young jazz artists have trained under Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter and others. The Thelonious Monk Institute's mission is to train jazz musicians in New Orleans.
Jambalaya Cajun Band with Merlin Fontenot
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Terry and Tony Huval formed the Jambalaya Cajun Band more than 20 years ago in Breaux Bridge to play traditional and contemporary Zydeco music. Merlin Fontenot joins the band on fiddle.
John Lee & the Heralds of Christ
11:15 p.m., Gospel Tent John Lee began his gospel singing career at Fifth African Baptist Church before forming the Heralds of Christ in 1978.
11:20 a.m., Acura Stage David Egan, a Lafayette resident by way of Shreveport, is a songwriter and keyboardist. He played in two zydeco bands, Filé and Lil' Band O' Gold, before going solo in 2001. Egan has written songs for Joe Cocker, Tab Benoit and many others.
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage The Revivalists play hard-hitting rock infused with soul, reggae, blues and funk.
11:20 a.m., Blues Tent Energetic blues vocalist and guitarist Kipori Woods sings, "The day I started playin' the blues/ was the day my grandfather died," on a song off his most recent album Big Black Cadillac. His musical family includes Luscious Lloyd Lambert, who played bass for Ray Charles, Little Richard and Guitar Slim.
Delgado Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Pianist and composer Peter Cho leads Delgado's jazz ensemble.
June Gardner & The Fellas
11:30 a.m., Economy Hall Tent The Dixieland jazz combo is led by Gardner, a legendary New Orleans drummer. It will be joined by trumpeter Leroy Jones.
Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Bester Singers with the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers
Noon, Gospel Tent Led by missionary Rose Bester, this Slidell group was founded almost 20 years ago by four Bester sisters. They are joined by the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers.
Jesse Mcbride Presents The Next Generation
12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent In 2007, pianist Jesse McBride and the Next Generation recorded an album that put a new twist on classics by Harold Battiste, Ellis Marsalis, saxophonist Alvin "Red" Tyler and drummer James Black. They continue to modernize classics and play contemporary jazz.
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Master accordionist and soulful vocalist Jeffery Broussard leads the Creole Cowboys and brings contemporary flare to Creole music, classic zydeco songs and original work.
The Joe Krown Trio With Walter "Wolfman" Washington And Russell Batiste Jr.
12:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Joe Krown Trio presents Krown on Hammond B-3 organ, Washington singing and playing guitar, and Batiste on drums and backing vocals.
Glen David Andrews
12:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Trombone player Glen David Andrews is part of a big family of musicians, including cousin Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and others. He performs a mix of jazz and New Orleans standards.
Little Freddie King Blues Band
12:30 p.m., Blues Tent Little Freddie King came to New Orleans from Mississippi in the 1950s with the Delta blues on his mind and a guitar hanging from his shoulders. Inspired by his borrowed namesake, King emits raspy vocals over dextrous down-home blues.
Real Untouchables Brass Band
12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This brass band incorporates funk and hip-hop into its second-line repertoire of jazz and brass tunes.
Alexis Marceaux Band
12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Alexis Marceaux is a young New Orleans folk singer and guitarist whose melodies and soul-baring lyrics evoke Dar Williams, Stevie Nicks and Alanis Morissette.
Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders Featuring Butch Thompson
12:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Though English by birth, Clive Wilson is an enthusiastic advocate for the preservation of traditional New Orleans jazz. Since moving to New Orleans in 1964, the trumpeter has played a repertoire of classics from Louis Armstrong and Kid Ory. He is joined by former Preservation Hall pianist Butch Thompson.
12:45 p.m., Acura Stage Read "Ooh Wee, ooh wee, baby" and the melody comes right to mind. Frankie Ford was the man behind the 1959 Top 20 hit, "Sea Cruise." The Gretna resident still tours with this song and others from his Ace Records days.
Chip & Polly Radke with the God's House Choir
12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent High school sweethearts Chip and Polly Radke have been singing the praises of the Lord on the West Bank for many years.
James Rivers Movement
1:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent James Rivers is more than a jazz saxophonist: He has mastered 12 instruments during his 40-year career, including the bag pipes. His influences include gospel, R&B and neo-bop. In 1959, he helped put the final touches on Al Johnson's Mardi Gras anthem, "Carnival Time," with a tenor sax solo.
Lost Bayou Ramblers
1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage The Lost Bayou Ramblers continue a Louisiana roots music tradition, but also write new Cajun music. The 2008 release Live a la Blue Moon (Swallow) was nominated for a Grammy. The Ramblers' latest album is Vermilionaire (Bayou Perdu).
1:45 p.m., Blues Tent A son of Baton Rouge harpist Raul Neal, Kenny Neal combines the Louisiana blues with R&B and soul. He received the 2009 Blues Music Award for the title song from his 2008 album Let Life Flow.
Kevin Thompson & the Sensational Six
1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent The Sensational Six formed as a gospel group in high school in 1981. Their most recent album is Power in the Name of Jesus.
1:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Mas Mamones brought a Latin sound to Frenchman Street in the 1990s and have been cha-cha-cha'ing ever since.
Jon Cleary: Piano, Bass & Drums
1:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage Jon Cleary is an accomplished blues piano player and an esteemed sideman, touring extensively with Bonnie Raitt. Cleary and his band recently recorded the live album Mo Hippa, which leads with R. Byrd's "Go to the Mardi Gras," revealing this British-born performers love for his adopted home.
1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage The Senegalese singer and songwriter combines elements of West African music and electronica to create original Afro pop music. On his 2009 album Television (Palm Pictures), he teams with members of the Brooklyn pop band, the Brazilian Girls.
2 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Revealers are a roots-reggae dub outfit with a predilection for smooth beats and intricate rhymes.
2:05 p.m., Acura Stage "Deacon" John Moore was a studio guitarist backing many well-known New Orleans artists in the 1950s and '60s. His stage career blossomed late, but his 2003 project Deacon John's Jump Blues brought him into the limelight.
Leroy Jones & New Orleans Finest
2:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter LeRoy Jones has a storied career. He trained in Danny Barker's legendary Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band in the 1970s. He was member of Harry Connick Jr.'s big band and records his own traditional and modern jazz.
Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir
2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Bishop Sean T. Elder leads the Avondale-based gospel choir.
Maurice Brown Effect
2:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Jazz trumpeter Maurice Brown's 2004 release Hip to Bop (Brown) infused traditional jazz with bop and hip-hop. He has proven his cross-generational chops by recording with both Aretha Franklin and Talib Kweli.
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
2:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Though born in New Orleans, Bruce Daigrepont keeps his fiddle- and accordion-led band focused on traditional Cajun sounds, singing and recording in French and English. A strong rhythm section makes it a popular dance band and occasionally it throws in swamp pop and zydeco tunes.
Wanda Rouzan Presents Remembrance: A New Orleans R&B Musical Journey
3 p.m., Blues Tent The "Sweetheart of New Orleans" brings listeners down memory lane, taking them back through years of R&B classics from the Crescent City. She also sings jazz and New Orleans standards.
Tommy Sancton New Orleans Sextet
3:15 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Tommy Sancton learned clarinet as a youth under the tutelage of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's George Lewis, Punch Miller and Harold Dejan, which he chronicles in his memoir Song for My Fathers(Other Press).
3:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage With heartrending lap steel and expertly atmospheric acoustic guitar picking, Spencer Bohren plays bayou-influenced folk and blues.
Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
3:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief James "Yam" Harris was named the Chiefs' Choice Crystal Feather Honoree at the 2009 Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He leads the Semolian Warriors.
Dr. John & The Lower 911
3:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage The good doctor returns to the fest to lend his scratchy vocals to a fusion of funk and R&B. Since recording "Right Place Wrong Time" in 1973, Dr. John creates music is infused with the spirit of his city. The City That Care Forgot (429 Records) skewered the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
3:35 p.m., Acura Stage Chocolate Milk was a staple of the 1970s and early 1980s New Orleans funk and soul scene. The titular song from their debut album, Action Speaks Louder Than Words (RCA Victor), is a funk classic on an album produced by legend Allen Toussaint.
Shades of Praise
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Shades of Praise is a multicultural choir that came together when Michael Cowan, a Loyola University educator and Phillip Manuel, a jazz singer, decided to form a diverse choir. After Hurricane Katrina, they recorded songs encouraging residents to find strength and unity in the face of tragedy.
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
3:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage In the 1970s, George Clinton was integral in the formation of R&B acts Parliament and Funkadelic, who became known for their elaborate live performances. Clinton's most recent album, George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love,(Shanachie Entertainment) features covers of soul songs like "Let the Good Times Roll." The funk icon turns 70 this year.
4:15 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Daughter of her namesake mother chef Leah Chase, she was inspired by her father's love of music more than her mother's culinary talents. Chase applies a deep voice to jazz and blues.
Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Tribute To Rockin' Dopsie Sr.
4:15 p.m., Blues Tent Legendary zyedco accordionist Rockin' Dopsie Sr. died in 1993, but not before passing the torch to his children. His youngest son, Dwayne, picked up the squeezebox at a young age and mastered it. His most recent album, Up in Flames (Sound of New Orleans), was released late last year.
Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansone
4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Anders Osborne, a Swedish born blues guitarist John Fohl, an acoustic guitarist and songwriter; and Johnny Sansone, a stellar harmonica player, combine to play raucous New Orleans funky blues.
4:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Lena Prima, raised in both New Orleans and Las Vegas, borrowed her legendary father's playfulness and verve. The singer's recent act "Louis Prima: That's My Dad," is a multimedia concert that brings new life to classics like "Buona Sera" and "When You're Smiling." Her 2007 album Reminiscing features many original songs.
New Orleans Nightcrawlers
4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage This seasoned local brass band plays a groovy mix of brass and jazz standards.
Irma Thomas' Tribute to Mahalia Jackson featuring Jacqueline Mayfield
4:40 p.m., Gospel Tent Grammy-winner Irma Thomas, New Orleans' Queen of Soul, leads a tribute to New Orleans' Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson.
4:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage This 11-year-old indie-pop group just released its fourth LP, Cracked Maps & Blue Reports (Rookery). Expect layered keyboards and guitars over catchy, multi-vocal harmonies and highly literate lyrics.
5:30 p.m., Acura Stage Lionel Richie cemented a legendary career before he left the Commodores. The R&B icon has won five Grammys and sold more than 100 million albums as a solo artist. His hits include "Truly," "All Night Long" and "Stuck on You." His most recent album Just Go (Island) features collaborations with StarGate and Akon.
The Black CRowes
5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Black Crowes established themselves as a major live act in the early 1990s with their swaggering, Rolling Stones-inspired Southern rock. Their 2008 album Warpaint (Silver Arrow) is their most politically conscious endeavor, and the group issued a two-disc live album of the same name.
Joe Lavano Us Five
5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Joe Lavano gets around. The jazz saxophonist has teamed with Elvin Jones, Carla Bley, Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden, among others. He also recorded with Berklee College of Music classmates John Scofield and Brill Frisell. He is accompanied by the US Five, a jazz ensemble with dynamic dual drummers, piano and bass.
5:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage Originally from an impoverished part of Birmingham, England, the politically conscious roots-reggae outfit found an audience opening for acts like the Clash, the Police and XTC.
5:45 p.m., Blues Tent Elvin Bishop's fascination with the blues began as a boy in Oklahoma listening to Lafayette legend Jimmy Reed. After picking up the guitar, Bishop became a staple in the Chicago blues scene in the 1960s. He released The Blues Roll On in 2008.
Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band's 100 Year Celebration
5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The epitome of traditional New Orleans jazz, the Tuxedo Jazz Band was formed in 1910. Some manifestation of the act has existed ever since. For the last 25 years, it has played under the direction of Bob French.
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
5:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage For more than two decades, Nathan Williams and his Zydeco Cha-Chas have been playing traditional Creole rhythms. Their fast and furious accordion two-steps rile up crowds from Lafayette dance halls to festival grounds.
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir
5:55 p.m., Gospel Tent This group plays traditional and contemporary gospel.
6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Bassist Sam Price formed Otra in 2002 to play a wide array of Latin based sounds. Otra merges freestyle jazz with Latin beats and African rhythms and instrumentation.
6:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Lafayette native Beth Paterson sings folk music with Celtic strains and an Irish accent while playing a 10-stringed bouzouki — a Greek instrument resembling an oversized mandolin.
Saturday, April 24
12:15 p.m. Red, White & Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians
12:45 p.m. (In Economy Hall Tent) Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Club
1:30 p.m. Nine Times Men and Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Mahogany Brass Band
2:30 p.m. Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians
3: 20 p.m. Kirk Joseph & Sousaphone Symphony Parade honoring Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen
4:15 p.m. Dumaine Gang and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Da Souljas Brass Band
Native American Pow Wow — Native Nations Intertribal
12:05 p.m., 2:40 p.m. and 4:05 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village
NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The ensemble features high school students in NOCCA's music studies program.
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Trumpeter and vocalist Chris Clifton plays traditional New Orleans jazz.
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Sunset, La.'s Curley Taylor performs contemporary R&B in a zydeco setting, throwing urban soul into the south Louisiana genre. His latest, Free Your Mind, shows Taylor isn't afraid to get a bit dirty —his crooning (and the occasional use of Auto-Tune) could rival Usher's latest single.
Golden Voices Community Choir
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent The first Catholic choir to perform at the festival, the 30-year-old ensemble, led by Henry Washington, embraces traditional and contemporary gospel.
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage On its latest release, 2008's The Big Awesome, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes return to reliably explosive funk and bottom-heavy, booty-shaking riffs on old school R&B.
Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Lionel Delpit leads the Black Feathers in Indian chants supported solely by tambourine percussion.
Loyola University Jazz Band
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage Loyola's jazz program exposes young talent to instructors including Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis and other jazz legends. Students study and perform both popular arrangements and improvisational music.
11:25 a.m., Acura Stage Alex McMurray, Washboard Chaz and Matt Perrine make the most with guitar, a washboard and sousaphone, respectively, with McMurray's Randy Newman-esque crooning over the band's rickety blues and New Orleans roots rock.
Bounce Extravaganza feat. Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Katey Red and Magnolia Shorty with DJ Papa
11:30 a.m., Congo Square Stage It's bounce for breakfast at the Congo Square stage. The lineup is the loud and proud voice in the face of hip-hop peers, featuring sissy rappers Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby, who have made national headlines for their flamboyant, nonstop-rock brand of bounce.
Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Gospel Choir
11:55 a.m., Gospel Tent The 100-member, inter-generational choir features members from across the archdiocese.
12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The contemporary jazz ensemble features trumpeter Edward Anderson, keyboardist Darrell Lavigne and saxophonist Aaron Fletcher.
12:20 p.m., Blues Tent The Royal Street fixture was introduced to the world stage via a viral worldwide busker video, in which he lent his voice and harmonica to Playing For Change's "Stand By Me." He has since released the album Sugar Sweet.
Treme Brass Band
12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent By the time the festival gates open, Treme might be less the neighborhood we know and more the latest David Simon HBO series, which features a cameo by this namesake band. "Uncle" Lionel Batiste is the group's ever dapper and recognizable bass drummer.
D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Born and raised in the tiny town of Erath, the 70-plus-year-old Cajun music ambassador, Grammy-winner and Louisiana Music Hall of Famer (inducted in 2009) still reps traditional Cajun music — with a country flair (he earned the nickname "the Cajun Hank Williams").
12:30 p.m., Acura Stage This 11-piece cover band covers the gamut of popular music, from '60s soul and New Orleans R&B to hits by Van Morrison, '70s funk giants and others.
Mahogany Brass Band
12:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage The Mahogany Brass Band plays traditional jazz and brass band music.
Panorama Brass Band
12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The New Orleans brass band borrows from world music — French accordion swing, Romani Gypsy jazz, Macedonian and Yiddish traditional — for its universally accessible party music. Its latest release Come Out Swingin' waltzes from Bywater brass to geography lesson.
12:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage Bonerama, still rolling in support of 2009's Hard Time, features, as its name implies, a trombone dominated horn section — the quintet's cornerstone — blasting from the front line of the band's power-heavy brand of rock 'n' soul.
Tonia Scott and Annointed Voices
12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Tonia Scott directs the 20-year-old gospel choir, which has been featured in films including Ray, The Skeleton Key and The Last Holiday.
Big Sam's Funky Nation
1 p.m., Congo Square Stage Sammie "Big Sam" Williams drives this funk-powered brass ensemble. Its 2010 release, King of the Party, jumps further into crunchy, hard-driving funk and swirling guitar-led psychedelics, horns still intact.
Lil' Buck Sinegal Blues Band
1:15 p.m., Blues Tent Lafayette's "Master of the Stratocaster," swamp bluesman Paul Sinegal played alongside Rockin' Dopsie Sr., Clifton Chenier and Lazy Lester, among other local legends.
1:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Benny Spellman's daughter includes jazz, New Orleans R&B and gospel music in her vocal repertoire.
Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam
1:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Marc and Ann Savoy's music shop in Eunice, La., is a regular meeting place for musicians and jam sessions. This gathering recreates the homespun Cajun music experience.
Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians
1:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Little Walter Cook, with queen Litdell "Queen B" Banister at his side, presides over the city's oldest Indian gang.
Andrew Duhon & the Lonesome Crows
1:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The New Orleans-based singer/songwriter premiered his stripped-down, finger-picked acoustic gems on Songs I Wrote Before I Knew You, a debut highlighted with slide guitars and soul-baring, gospel-like blues folk.
Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Clarinetist Fred Starr founded this ensemble to showcase jazz from its earliest years.
Greater Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church Mass Choir
1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent Bishop Lester Love and pastor Fran Love preside over Greater Antioch's music ministry. The choir sings contemporary gospel and Christian music and incorporates R&B and hip-hop sounds.
1:50 p.m., Acura Stage The now 20-year-old rock band continues its warpath, with more than 200 gigs a year and nine studio albums under its belt. Frontman and drummer Fred LeBlanc has produced albums for New Orleans rock bands Deadeye Dick and Dash Rip Rock, of which he used to be a member.
Papa Grows Funk
2 p.m., Gentilly Stage Organist John "Papa" Gros founded this funk outfit in 2000 from late-night jam sessions at The Maple Leaf.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
2:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage The ageless New Orleans R&B legend was the go-to guitar man for Lee Dorsey and Johnny Adams. He now fronts the no-frills, blues-funk hybrid Roadmasters.
Guitar Woodshed feat. Steve Masakowski, Todd Duke and Jake Eckert
2:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Guitarists Steve Masakowski of Astral Project, Todd Duke and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Jake Eckert share the stage for a master display of jazz and funk shredding showmanship.
Davell Crawford & One Foot in the Blues feat. Dr. John and Jon Cleary
2:35 p.m., Blues Tent The three featured keyboard- and piano-playing heavyweights join together on stage for the first time.
Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds
2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent The late Leo Jackson established this Holy Ghost testifying gospel choir in 1965. His son now carries on the family tradition.
Bill Summers & Jazalsa
2:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Bill Summers lent his percussive touch to works by Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, among others. Now the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz percussionist mans the congas (and the microphone) for this brass-led outfit.
Patrice Harper & Arpa and the Honduran Connection
3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Jazz harpist Patrice Harper joins violinist Angel Rios and garafuna drummers from Honduras for a percussive Latin jazz set.
George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band
3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The musical French family has held court among New Orleans jazz and brass bands for generations. Vocalist and bassist George, active since the 1960s, performs with the Storyville Jazz Band.
Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
3:05 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Lafayette's Roddie Romero blends south Louisiana swamp pop with R&B, soul and driving roots rock. La Louisianne Sessions (Octavia), chronicling a decade-in-the-making romp through southwest bayou jams, earned the band a Grammy nomination.
3:30 p.m., Acura Stage The (original) Meters trail-blazing history and their impact on New Orleans music packs the dirt foundation of festival grounds. As the result of years-long breakups and shakeups to the original lineup, the funky Meters reunites founding members George Porter Jr. and Art Neville with Russell Batiste and Ian Neville.
Better Than Ezra
3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Nineties alt-rock superstars and Louisiana natives press on — the band released Paper Empire (Megaforce) in 2009, a few years after a greatest hits album hit the shelves.
Resurrection Baptist Church Mass Choir of Shertz, Texas
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent Last year, Pastor Ray D. Brown and his Shertz, Texas choir released Let's Celebrate, a live recording of the choir's eclectic gospel.
3:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The multiple award-winning (Golden Globes, Grammy and others) composer and trumpeter recorded his latest release, last year's Choices (Concord), at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The album combines spoken word from Dr. Cornell West and vocals from Bilal.
4 p.m., Congo Square Stage The Grammy-nominated contemporary R&B vocalist, nominated most recently for last year's Turn Me Loose (Verve), shifted from her soul and jazz influences for a bigger, funkier production.
4:15 p.m., Blues Tent Lap-steel guitarists Campbell Brothers combine electric blues with gospel. The 60-year-old tradition emerges from the House of God Keith Dominion Church where the "sacred steel" remains a vital part of worship.
4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Drummers Stanton Moore and Kevin O'Day blast beats behind an army of New Orleans brass veterans, including Kirk Joseph, Matt Perrine, Sam Williams, Skerik and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
Red Stick Ramblers
4:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage The young, raucous honky tonkers in Baton Rouge's Red Stick Ramblers spice authentic, fiddle-heavy Cajun music with Western swing. The band's latest is My Suitcase is Always Packed (Sugar Hill), a 2009 release with equal parts rowdy barn burners and old-time tradition, an homage to south Louisiana music of the 1920s and 1930s.
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
4:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent The doctor is in — the distinguished clarinetist, alongside the Liberty Jazz Band, performs traditional New Orleans jazz. Vocalist Thais Clark joins the band.
4:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Dubbed the "father of newgrass," the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, who released Circles Around Me in 2009, earned the accolade as the creative force behind the bluegrass revival and as a pioneering mandolin player.
4:45 p.m., Gospel Tent The Rev. W.R. "Smokie" Norful Jr. followed his Grammy-award-winning 2004 album Nothing Without You with Smokie Norful Live, featuring his Victory Cathedral Choir.
Simon & Garfunkel
5:15 p.m., Acura Stage Since the baby boomer folk explosion they spawned, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have endured multiple on-again, off-again relationships. The duo split in 1970 and reunite infrequently for high-profile performances, but the two returned again last year for a brief international tour, and this year, the reunited Simon & Garfunkel kicks off a 13-date tour at the fest.
My Morning Jacket
5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage My Morning Jacket's Jim James has a thing for Preservation Hall — he spent a day recording with the Hall's namesake band for the recently released Preservation.
5:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage Preceding hip-hop's hit It star Drake is local impresario K. Gates, responsible for the ubiquitous remix of the Ying Yang Twins' "Halftime," in which he drops rhymes with shout outs to everyone's favorite black and gold superstars.
Sax for Stax feat. Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum and Jeff Lorber
5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Gerald Albright's Sax for Stax turns hits from the famed label's catalogue into jazzed up revisits. Kirk Whalum and Jeff Lorder, who also appeared on the album, recreate the album's live transformation.
5:40 p.m., Blues Tent Baton Rouge bluesman Tab Benoit aims to preserve the history of south Louisiana blues and its protective layer — his Voices of the Wetlands organization provides wetlands education and supports conservation efforts. His latest release, the live cut Night Train to Nashville, captures Benoit's powerful bayou blues.
New Orleans Bingo! Show
5:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Preservation Hall crooner Clint Maedgen is the ringleader of this vaudeville cabaret circus. The band's music-meets-gameshow revue features black and white original film, slapstick and curious clowns.
6 p.m., Congo Square Stage No longer the wheelchair-bound Jimmy from Canadian tween drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, The 23-year-old Drake draws a rarity among hip-hop stars — a critical thumbs up and hipster approval. His trail of rock-solid mixtapes lead him to Atlantic Records where he'll make his major label debut with Thank Me Later, due in June.
Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band
6 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Jewel Brown, Louis Armstrong's former duet partner, leads the Heritage Hall Jazz Band, now in its 29th year as a powerhouse of traditional New Orleans jazz.
Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Rockin' Dopsie (Sr.) passed away in 1993, but his son, the washboard-strumming Junior, carries the torch of his zydeco fire. The energetic showman leads the Zydeco Twisters with a permanent grin and ever-present sunglasses and cowboy hat.
Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tuba
6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Former Dirty Dozen Brass Band sousaphonist Kirk Joseph takes the lead with a group of New Orleans tuba titans.
6 p.m., Gospel Tent The New Orleans-based gospel quartet mixes contemporary R&B with heavenly four-part harmonies. The group released Unshakeable last year on local independent label Ultimate Records.
Sunday, April 25
12:30 p.m. Flaming Arrows and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
1:45 p.m. Untouchables, Big Steppers and Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Storyville Stompers Brass Band
3 p.m. Golden Blade and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians
4:15 p.m. First Division, Olympia Aid and New Look Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs with Young Pinstripe Brass Band
Native American Pow Wow — Native Nations Intertribal
Noon, 2:35 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., Louisiana Folklife Village
11:10 a.m., Acura Stage Marc Stone plays Delta blues and roots music on guitar and sometimes lap steel guitar. With his band, he's backed a variety of New Orleans soul and blues singers as well as notables in other south Louisiana roots music genres, including zydeco and swamp pop.
University of New Orleans Jazz Ensemble
11:10 a.m., Gentilly Stage Victor Goines directs UNO's jazz ensemble.
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage This large ensemble plays a mix of Caribbean and Latin sounds, particularly salsa and merengue.
Henry Gray & the Cats with Carol Fran
11:15 a.m., Blues Tent Though he's a native of Kenner, pianist Henry Gray is associated with the Chicago blues style and recorded often for Chess records. He was a longtime sideman to Howlin' Wolf, but at 85, he has had the opportunity to work with generations of blues legends. He is joined by Lafayette soul, blues and R&B vocalist Carol Fran.
Miss Sophie Lee
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent Since moving to New Orleans in 2001, vocalist Sophie Lee has fit into Frenchmen Street's acoustic jazz scene, fine tuning a style channeling the era of big band swing. She released her second album, Tallulah Moon, in fall 2009.
Sonny Bourg & the Bayou Blues Band
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Sonny Bourg leads his band through a mix of swamp pop, blues and New Orleans R&B classics.
Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage A master craftsman known for his beadwork, Big Chief Larry Bannock has led the Golden Star Hunters for more than three decades.
11:25 a.m., Gospel Tent Rev. Mark Sandifer leads this gospel septet. The group released the album God is Good All the Time.
Julia y Cesar
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage For more than three decades, the guitar duo has played a repertoire of rhumba, salsa, merengue and flamenco music.
11:30 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Michael Ward learned to play violin while growing up in Texas and performed with a couple of regional orchestras. Since studying under Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, he has focused on modern jazz.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Jim James and Terence Blanchard
12:10 p.m., Gentilly Stage The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was joined by a host of stars to record Preservation (released in February), which benefits its Music Outreach Program. Terence Blanchard recorded "La Vie en Rose" with the band and Jim James appeared on "Louisiana Fairytale."
Minister Jai Reed
12:10 p.m., Gospel Tent Minister Jai Reed incorporates hip-hop, soul and R&B sounds into his contemporary Christian music.
Robert "1-string" Gibson
12:20 p.m., Blues Tent A native of Shreveport and longtime Bourbon Street fixture, Robert Gibson has played a mix of sounds including blues, R&B, roots music and reggae.
12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage Donald Harrison inherited the mantle of Mardi Gras Indian culture from his father, Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr., and early in his career, he honed his musical talents in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He's mastered traditional New Orleans sounds, swing, bop, post-bop and avant garde jazz sounds and fused his own style, which he calls nouveau swing.
Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent At 98 years old, Lionel Ferbos has seniority on the bandstand. The trumpeter leads the Palm Court band in a set of traditional New Orleans jazz.
Louisiana LeRoux featuring Tab Benoit
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage Tab Benoit perfected his blues style playing at Tabby Thomas' Blues Box in Baton Rouge. In the past decade, he established himself as a first-rate blues and roots music guitarist and became a voice for conservation and coastal restoration. LeRoux has been his steady backing band for several albums, most recently on 2007's Night Train to Nashville.
Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Led by accordionist Goldman Thibodeaux, this Acadian band plays the Creole music known as la la music, a precursor to zydeco, which fused R&B with the traditional fiddle and accordion music. The band dates back to 1946, but it has recorded steadily, last releasing French Creole House Dance (Louisiana Radio) in 2007.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage For nearly three decades the Storyville Stompers have played traditional brass band music and jazz standards.
Kim Carson Band
12:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage A native of Texas, Kim Carson brings honky tonk flavor and country twang to roots rock and rockabilly.
12:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Trumpeter and crooner Jeremy Davenport channels the Rat Pack's bon vivant charm while performing jazz and big band standards and original material. In 2009, he released We'll Dance 'Til Dawn on Basin Street Records.
Voices of Distinction
1 p.m., Gospel Tent This quartet combines two mother/daughter pairs of vocalists singing gospel as well as soul and contemporary Christian music. The group released Recommend Jesus in 2009.
Guitar Slim Jr.
1:05 p.m., Blues Tent The son of bluesman Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones, Junior (aka Rodney Armstrong) drew a Grammy nomination for his first album and has plied his trade surely, though out of the limelight. His style incorporates soul, funk and blues rock.
1:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage New Orleans' premier toddler rockers play a typically early afternoon set. The Disney Channel stars combine clever lyrics and pop rock sounds to convince young listeners to eat their vegetables, cooperate and have fun.
Original Dixieland Jazz Band
1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Early jazz musician James "Nick" LaRocca's legacy lives on under the direction of Jimmy LaRocca with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. They play traditional New Orleans jazz, typified by classics including "Tiger Rag," "Livery Stable Blues" and "Basin Street Blues."
Voice of the Wetlands All Stars
1:40 p.m., Acura Stage Bluesman Tab Benoit founded the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars in 2004 to raise awareness of the loss of Louisiana's coast. The ensemble draws on all types of Louisiana music and includes Cyril Neville, Dr. John, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Waylon Thibodeaux and Johnny Sansone.
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
1:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage Afro pop sensation King Sunny Ade took Nigeria's "juju" music, an upbeat, positive dancehall sound, and created a similarly joyful world-beat sound incorporating guitars and traditional Nigerian percussion. He typically travels with a large ensemble, featuring dancers and musicians pulling from other pop genres from hip-hop to gospel into the mix.
1:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Since releasing the album Hummingbird, Go! and YouTube video for the song "Na Na Na Na," Andersson has soared to new heights. She recently released a live concert DVD, Theresa Andersson Live at Le Petit, featuring both her solo work and a duet with Allen Toussaint.
Gospel Soul Children
1:50 p.m., Gospel Tent Originally based out of the First Emmanual Baptist Church of New Orleans, this community choir sings a mix of original and traditional gospel songs and negro spirituals.
L'Ivoire Spectacle featuring Seguenon Kone
1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage A native of Ivory Coast, Seguenon Kone is a multi-talented percussionist and performer. He plays a traditional instrument resembling a large wooden xylophone, djembe drums and other traditional percussion instruments.
Robert "1-string" Gibson
2:10 p.m., Gospel Tent See 12:15 p.m. Blues Tent for information.
Tribute to Juanita Brooks featuring Betty Shirley, Germaine Bazzle and Leah Chase
2:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz 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.
James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars
2:20 p.m., Blues Tent Coming from a family of jazz and R&B greats, trumpeter James Andrews brings a raspy voice and a little swagger to the Allstars' street-throwdown mix of brass, jazz, funk and soul.
Electrifying Crown Seekers
2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent For more than four decades, the Electrifying Crown Seekers have performed a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel at churches and festivals and have toured Europe.
Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
2:50 p.m., Gentilly Stage Accordionist Wayne Toups grew up playing Cajun music in Crowley, La., but he's crafted a pop rock and soul sound. His most recent release was a self-titled live album in 2009.
Mark Braud's New Orleans Jazz Giants
2:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Related to the Brunious clan, trumpeter Mark Braud has served in what seems to be every family member's rightful seat with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He also was a longtime member of Harry Connick Jr.'s big band. Here he leads his own jazz ensemble.
Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
3 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Willis Prudhomme didn't start playing music until he was in his 30s, but he has had plenty of time to catch up with the senior generation of zydeco men. Now in his 70s, he's known for songs featuring salty lyrics and a more relaxed tempo than many chugging zydeco bands.
3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Singer/songwriter/guitarist Grayson Capps spent a decade in New Orleans before relocating to Nashville. The troubadour combines country, blues, roots rock and southern soul.
The Levon Helm Band
3:10 p.m., Acura Stage Levon Helm's life in music spanned growing up on Elvis and Johnny Cash, being the drummer in The Band, backing Bob Dylan when he went electric, and on to a film career. He also picked up the mandolin and his ongoing recording career was rewarded in 2009 with a Grammy in the new category for Americana for the album Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer Music).
Free Agents Brass Band
3:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Bass drummer Ellis Joseph assembled the Free Agents in the wake of Hurricane Katrina so musicians struggling to return to the city could play gigs. It has shared members with several younger brass bands and performs a full range of traditional and contemporary sounds.
Juan Luis Guerra y 440
3:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage Dominican-born Juan Luis Guerra Seijas studied at the Berklee College of Music and has drawn a following well outside the Caribbean. He's won numerous Grammys and Latin Grammys and his style includes merengue, bolero, salsa, rock and Dominican bachata music. 2007's La Llave de Mi Corazon topped the Latin charts and won numerous awards.
Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent The musical ministry of Uptown's Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries combines several choir groups for men, women and children.
The Radiators Pre-War Blues
3:50 p.m., Blues Tent Although this won't be an acoustic set, the Radiators play blues from prior to World War II and the post-war era of electric blues. The mix will include folk songs and blues from artists like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt and both Delta and Chicago styles.
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
3:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra won a 2010 Grammy for Best Jazz for a Large Ensemble for Book One. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield founded the 16-piece orchestra in 2002.
4 p.m., Gentilly Stage Marcia Ball smoothly melds blues, swamp pop, boogie woogie and influences from New Orleans pianists including Professor Longhair and Fats Domino.
Sammy Rimington's Jubilee Band
4:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent British clarinetist Sammy Rimington best known for playing traditional strains of jazz, particularly New Orleans styles. He's recorded prolifically throughout his career. In 2009, he released Wendell Brunious & Sammy Rimington: New Orleans Reunion (G.H.B.).
4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin has won three Grammys, two related to her 1996 breakout A Few Small Repairs (Columbia). She's went from a country music background to a more nuanced contemporary folk sound. In 2009, she released a live album recorded at the Bay Area jazz club Yoshi's.
Susan Cowsill Band
4:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Singer/songwriter Susan Cowsill began her musical career as a child in the 1960s with her family band, The Cowsills. She earned greater notoriety with The Continental Drifters. She's currently focused on her solo career and issued the solo release Just Believe It (Blue Corn Music).
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Big Chief Monk Boudreaux was instrumental in early recordings with the Wild Magnolias in the 1970s. Since leaving the group a decade ago, he's been Big Chief of the Golden Eagles and has sung with a wider circle of musicians, including the Voices of the Wetlands All-stars and the New Orleans Social Club.
Blind Boys of Alabama
4:45 p.m., Gospel Tent The Blind Boys have a solid background in gospel music and spirit, but have adapted a wide array of songs into their repertoire, from reggae to country to soul and R&B. The group won a Grammy for the 2009 release Down in New Orleans, recorded with the Preservation Hall band and featuring some brass band hymns.
The Allman Brothers Band
5 p.m., Acura Stage The Allman Brothers have carried the mantle of Southern rock for four decades, with some interruptions caused by the deaths of a couple of founding members, a few breakups in the 1970s and '80s, and some changes in personnel. Since guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks joined Gregg Allman and the band a decade ago, it has reached a new generation of jam band fans and has earned several Grammy nominations.
5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage Anita Baker has lent her stellar voice to soul, R&B and smooth jazz, garnering eight Grammys and several platinum records. She's best known for her late-1980s albums Rapture, Giving You the Best That I've Got and Compositions.
5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage Darius Rucker is not just the former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish and the guy in the Burger King tendercrisp bacon cheddar ranch ad. He also loves golf (his cover of "Georgia on My Mind" kicked off PGA's Masters Tournament two weeks ago) and is developing a country music career he started in 2008.
5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent In 1949, Keely Smith (born Dorothy Keely) debuted with Louis Prima's band, and the two thrived as a singing duo through the 1950s, winning a Grammy for "That Ol' Black Magic" in 1959. They married but later separated and Smith retired from music. She returned to performing in 1985 and since 2001 has released several albums of rerecorded songs.
5:40 p.m., Blues Tent A native of Fargo, N.D., Johnny Lang is not from blues country, but he got hooked on the sound as a teenager and has made a name for himself in blues rock. He won a Grammy for 2006's Turn Around (A&M). His latest release is 2009's Live at The Ryman (Concord).
Wonderful World of Louis Armstong feat. Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines and James Andrews
5:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent This tribute to Satchmo features trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and saxophonist/clarinetist Victor Goines, both alums of Wynton Marsalis' Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They are joined by trumpeter James Andrews.
New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
5:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage This seasoned ensemble has changed personnel over the years, but Jazz Fest shows tend to swell with past members playing a raucous brand of klezmer music infused with New Orleans jazz and funk.
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
5:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage A recipient of the first Grammy for Cajun and zydeco music, Simien has explored the canon of zydeco music and the Creole music that preceded it.
Hot 8 Brass Band
6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Founded 15 years ago, the Hot 8 plays a mix of contemporary brass, jazz and funk music both in clubs and on parade.
Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir
6 p.m., Gospel Tent Metairie's Nineveh Baptist Church is home to a large mass choir. The group issued a CD titled Worship.
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