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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN

It's been four decades since the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off in Congo Square in Armstrong Park. The festival has grown exponentially since then, now filling 12 stages and two long weekends at the Fair Grounds. Every day features hundreds of musicians, some traveling from faraway spots around the globe.

One of the featured performances this weekend highlights the heritage of New Orleans music. Wynton Marsalis returns to his hometown with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Ghanian musician Yacub Addy and his Odadaa! band to perform Congo Square, a modern jazz suite uniting musicians from two continents to celebrate common musical roots.

There's a world of music on display at Jazz Fest. Besides visiting musicians from Ghana, Brazil and France, there are many familiar faces: Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Terence Blanchard. Touring bands appearing this weekend include James Taylor, Wilco, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Dave Matthews, Hugh Masekela and many others. There is much to celebrate at the Fair Grounds. Count Basin™ looks forward to another great Jazz Fest and many more to come.

On the Cover

Allen Toussaint is a legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer behind a catalog overflowing with hits, including "Working in a Coal Mine," "It's Raining," "Ride Your Pony," "Southern Nights," "Mother-In-Law" and many more. Here he is captured by local artist James Michalopoulos.

Friday, April 24


1 p.m. Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians

2 p.m. Casa Samba

3 p.m. Big Nine and Family Ties social aid & pleasure clubs with Smitty Dee's Brass Band

4: 30 p.m. Single Ladies and Keep N It Real social aid & pleasure clubs with the Real Untouchables Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow Noon and 3:50 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal with Hoop dancer Lyndon Alec

High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band 11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Natives of Mid-City, the High Ground Drifters consist of members of other notable hometown bluegrass acts: Hazel and the Delta Ramblers, Wabash, the Yard Farmers and the Blackberries. The band just released its debut CD.

June Gardner & the Fellas 11:15 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.

Ladysmith Redlions of South Africa 11:15 a.m., Congo Square The Ladysmith Redlions bring international flavor to praise and worship songs. The South African choir features beautiful arrangements and harmonies.

click to enlarge The Society Brass Band plays traditional music in the Economy Hall Tent. - Society Brass Band11:15 a.m. Sat., April 25 - Economy Hall Tent - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • The Society Brass Band plays traditional music in the Economy Hall Tent.

    Society Brass Band
    11:15 a.m. Sat., April 25 - Economy Hall Tent

Second Mount Carmel Gospel Choir 11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent
The Baptist choir features a wide variety of contemporary and traditional gospel arrangements.

Rockin' Tabby Thomas 11:15 a.m., Blues Tent After a long recording career, Rockin' Tabby Thomas retired briefly at the end of the 1960s before emerging in the '70s to dominate the Baton Rouge blues scene, opening a blues club and founding a record label, Blue Beats. He sings, plays guitar and piano, and specializes in swamp blues, the highly evolved subgenre of Louisiana blues known for its laidback rhythms and funky sound.

Mem Shannon & the Membership 11:20 a.m., Acura Stage Headed by a former Bourbon Street cab driver, the Membership plays blues music steeped in New Orleans funk. The recently released single "Goodbye Mr. President" bids George W. Bush farewell in the band's satirical style.

University of New Orleans Jazz Guitar Ensemble 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage A Hank Mackie protege, UNO music professor and veteran guitarist Steve Masakowski directs the university's six-string virtuoso group.

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble 11:25 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Xavier's 26-year-old ensemble is led by John DeFoor, the university's director of jazz studies, who also directed the National Jazz Band at President Barack Obama's inauguration. The ensemble's latest recording, Make Me Smile, is due this year.

Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage Chief KeKe leads his Comanche Hunters in a kickoff of the fest's Jazz & Heritage Stage.

The Vettes 11:30 a.m., Gentilly Stage A family affair headed by a Debbie Harry-esque blond chanteuse who sings catchy lyrics with attitude, the Vettes' music is danceable pop/rock that achieves an '80s New Wave sound via synths. The siblings issued their debut, T.V. EP, in 2008.

Como Now Noon, Gospel Tent An a cappella group that features voices from Como, a small rural town in Panola County, Miss., Como Now sings both traditional and original gospel numbers. 

Lost Bayou Ramblers 12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage Almost as if they had stepped out of a bygone era, the Lost Bayou Ramblers preserve traditional Louisiana roots music. The 2008 release Live a la Blue Moon (Swallow) was nominated for a Grammy. The Ramblers' latest album is Vermilionaire (Bayou Perdu).

Spencer Bohren 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent Born to Baptist gospel-singing parents, Bohren is a master of the spiritual, but the lifelong disciple of traditional American music plays blues so well it's almost sinful. Proficient on the banjo and the lap steel, his signature is acoustic slide guitar. The Long Black Line is his haunting tribute to New Orleans post-Katrina, and his last album, Live at the Tube Temple (Valve), was recorded during a fall 2007 tour of Germany and released in 2008.

Water Seed 12:20 p.m., Congo Square
Water Seed's fusion of soul and funk moves. The lead vocals are smooth and sensual, backed by keyboard, drum, bass and flute. While sometimes characterized as a jam band, the overall effect is appealing to both jazz and hip-hop fans alike.

Connie Jones 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent Considered a child prodigy, local cornetist and trumpeter Connie Jones has been playing Dixieland jazz virtually his entire life. His last album was a collaboration with pianist Tom McDermott entitled Creole Nocturne (Arbors).

19th Street Red Blues Band 12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage Randy Cohen's alter ego is 19th Street Red, a persona he adopts to conjure up the spirit of old-school blues. His gravelly voice is paired with guitar on down-home covers as well as original songs about lost loves, drinking and life. 19th Street Red usually performs as a one-man band, but occasionally plays in ensembles. His latest album is Street Dog (Red Top).

click to enlarge Irma Thomas leads a tribute to Mahalia Jackson.  - Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum - 4:30 p.m. Fri., April 24 - Gospel Tent - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Irma Thomas leads a tribute to Mahalia Jackson.

    Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum
    4:30 p.m. Fri., April 24 - Gospel Tent

David Egan 12:35 p.m., Acura Stage The Louisiana blues pianist's deep, warm vocals will be backed by his band, the Twenty Years of Trouble. Egan is a masterful songwriter, with 12 of his compositions appearing on Grammy-nominated albums. His latest is You Don't Know Your Mind (Out of the Past). 

Marlon Jordan Quartet 12:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent Born to saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan and classical pianist Edvidge Jordan, jazz and hard-bop trumpeter Marlon Jordan has music in his blood. Also an accomplished bandleader and composer, Jordan was one of the "Young Jazz Lions" of the 1980s.

Benjy Davis Project 12:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage Sensitive rockers with soul out of Baton Rouge, Benjy Davis Project's songs are lyrically driven and richly layered with harmonies, guitar solos, keyboard and violin.  Formed in 2001 as a folk/rock duo, the band has expanded to a 6-piece group. Their latest album is Dust (self-released).

Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective 12:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
"Kumbuka" is a Swahili word that means "remember," and the Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective remembers African and African-American folklore by keeping it alive in dance and song. The 15-member collective ranges in age from 9 to 55 and is directed by Ausettua AmorAmenkum. Kumbuka performs dances from Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Haiti and New Orleans.

Gospel Soul Children 12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent
A community choir originally based out of the First Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Soul Children are known for singing anthems and spirituals as well as gospel.

Ladysmith Redlions of South Africa 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent
See 11:15 a.m. Congo Square Stage listing for details.

DJ Hektik & the New Orleans Society of Dance 1:35 p.m., Congo Square
Local mix-tape master Hektik and the New Orleans Society of Dance will present "The New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies." Hektik is involved in the New Orleans Resurrection, an inner-city campaign designed to promote and further cultivate black Creole artistry in New Orleans. The performance will be filmed to obtain footage for the organization.

Fred Dupin's New Bumpers Revival Jazz Band of France Tribute to Jacques Gauthé 1:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Born in France, Gauthé made his way to New Orleans, the hometown of his mentor Sidney Bechet. Fred Dupin's New Bumpers Revival Jazz Band, also of France, plays a tribute to the late, great clarinetist, who often collaborated with the band. Trip to New Orleans, released on Jazzology in 2005, was their last album together.

Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express 1:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Well into his 70s, Willis Prudhomme didn't start playing accordion until his late 30s. But don't let his age fool you. Prudhomme & Zydeco Express can play the old-style French zydeco songs, as well as their own folksy takes on Cajun standards, with vigor. They keep it fairly traditional, with a tempo fast enough for a two-step.

New Orleans Spiritualettes 1:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
"New Orleans Spiritualettes: 51 Years of Singing God's Praises" is the mantra of the seasoned gospel group, which consists of five vocalists and five musicians. The Spiritualettes will perform some original gospel numbers as well as some Dixieland songs.

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town 1:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Rockers at heart, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town find the edge in classic country and rockabilly.

Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby 2:05 p.m., Congo Square
New Orleans bounce music crosses boundaries (and dresses) with sissy rappers Freedia and Nobby, who lay stuttering hooks and rhymes over big beats meant for shaking and breaking it down.

Marc Broussard 2:05 p.m., Acura Stage
Hailing from Carencro, La., Marc Broussard's Southern roots are evident in his soulful rock, blues and pop crooning. Keep Coming Back (Atlantic), his latest album, captures the spirit of classic R&B and the intensity of his live performances.


Sophisticated Ladies feat. Barbara Shorts, Leslie Smith, Cindy Scott and Judy Spellman 2:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The Sophisticated Ladies of Jazz features four talented jazz vocalists. Barbara Shorts is also well known for her gospel sound. Smith released the album Feel Me (Rough Cut) after Hurricane Katrina, and Cindy Scott's latest is Major to Minor (Catahoula). Spellman is the daughter of R&B singer Benny Spellman.  

Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys 2:15 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Only 19, Northshore native Amanda Shaw is a seasoned performer of both classical and Cajun music. Her roots-based group combines traditional Louisiana bayou sounds with pop flavor to reach a broader audience. Shaw released her national debut, Pretty Runs Out (Rounder), in 2008.

Donnie Bolden Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah 2:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Donnie Bolden's tender and rich voice stirs emotions on gospel numbers. His debut album, It's In the Praise (Foundation), was issued in 2008.

Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings 2:40 p.m., Blues Tent
An exceptional talent for slide guitar places Roy Rogers among a handful of true guitar heroes. Named after the singing cowboy, the California-based Rogers played sideman to a diverse group of artists before forming the Delta Rhythm Kings in 1980. Their music is firmly rooted in acoustic-style Delta blues.

Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band 2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Castille is a storyteller, and his original lyrics vibrantly capture Cajun traditions and history. He plays south Louisiana Cajun fiddle music with a western swing influence. 

Henry Butler 2:55 p.m., Congo Square
Native New Orleanian and pianist Henry Butler works magic when his fingers fly over keys. Overcoming blindness due to glaucoma, Butler is an accomplished blues and jazz pianist, with eclectic influences that range from Caribbean to classical. His latest work, piaNOLA Live (Basin Street), is a compilation of live solo recordings that survived Hurricane Katrina after his home was flooded.

Tommy Sancton Quartet featuring David Paquette 2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The New Orleans-born Sancton learned clarinet from George Lewis, so expect a few Lewis tunes, including his famous "Burgundy Street Blues." A lifelong disciple of New Orleans jazz, Paquette will provide vocals and piano, with Gerald French of the legendary French jazz family on drums and Jesse Boyd on bass.

MyNameisJohnMichael 3:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
In January 2008, Loyola student John Michael Rouchell set out to write and record one song each week of the year — 52 songs in 52 weeks. The solo project soon morphed into a collaboration of 6 multi-instrumentalists, and the newly formed group's sweeping builds and fresh, full sound are created with guitars, synthesizers, percussion and brass.

New Orleans Night Crawlers Brass Band 3:15 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The funky brass band combines 10 local jazz all-stars. The band remains true to the essentials of jazz while layering unexpected sounds and reinventing standards to create their own groovy style within traditional brass-band parameters.

McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir 3:20 p.m., Gospel Tent
McDonogh No. 35 was the first public school in New Orleans to form its own gospel choir, led by Veronica Downs-Dorsey. The choir has performed at Jazz Fest since the 1970s.

Drive-By Truckers and Booker T. 3:35 p.m., Acura Stage
Groovy organist Booker T. recently collaborated with countrified alt-rock act Drive-By Truckers on Potato Hole (out this week on Anti), his first album in two decades. The MGs frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer helped define the legendary Stax Records soul of the '60s. The Truckers feature a heavy-hitting, three-guitar approach. 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue 3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage
A big, bring-the-house-down sound has made former child prodigy Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his brass band Orleans Avenue famous far beyond the Tremé neighborhood. The multi-instrumentalist plays an invigorating live show that includes jazz, R&B and hip hop.

Donald Harrison with Dr. Lonnie Smith 4 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The post-bop alto saxophonist is credited with developing a new genre in jazz, Nouveau Swing. Harrison is also an accomplished composer and bandleader and has even forayed into hip-hop, rapping on his album The New Sounds of Mardi Gras. His latest is 3D Vol. I Smooth Jazz (FOMP). He is joined by jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters 4:15 p.m., Blues Tent
Continuing in the tradition of their accordionist father, Rockin' Dopsie, the Zydeco Twisters maintain an authentic, melodic and danceable zydeco style. Dopsie Jr., the washboard-strumming, wild-dancing frontman, sings, does the splits and inspires mayhem. 

Leroy Jones & the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band alumni tribute to Danny Barker 4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Trumpeter Jones pays tribute to his legendary mentor, jazz banjoist and singer Danny Barker. Barker started his career in the 1930s playing with Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter. He also is credited with initiating the brass band revival by training a generation of young musicians in the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band.

Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress Band feat. Tommy McLain and T. K. Hulin 4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Two pioneers of swamp pop play a distinct Louisiana blend of rock 'n' roll, R&B, country, Cajun and Creole, with Willie Tee on the sax and Warren Storm behind the drums. Cypress Band released the self-titled album Warren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress (Jin) in 2008. Cypress Band will be joined by swamp-pop legend Tommy McLain and bayou soul artist T. K. Hulin.

Chris Smither 4:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Chris Smither, a prolific folk singer, is known for his poignant and witty lyrics. The song "Origin of Species," for instance, pokes fun at proponents of intelligent design. Smither's work is featured in the book Amplified, a collection of 15 short stories penned by prominent songwriters, due on May 15.

Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples and Pamela Landrum 4:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Grammy-winner Irma Thomas, New Orleans' own Queen of Soul, leads a tribute to New Orleans' Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson. She is joined by R&B/gospel singer Mavis Staples and gospel singer Pamela Landrum.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & Yacub Addy and Odadaa! 4:40 p.m., Congo Square
The vibrant sounds of Odadaa! fuses with the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by New Orleans native son Wynton Marsalis. Odadaa! combines West African polyrhythmic percussion, flutes, guitar, bass, balaphon (or marimba) and rich vocals in the tradition of the Ga people of Ghana. The two groups will perform material from their groundbreaking live album Congo Square.

Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians 4:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Purportedly the oldest of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes, dating back to 1885, Big Chief Little Walter Cook's Creole Wild West group is also among the most frequent and flamboyant of performers.

Joe Cocker 5:30 p.m., Acura Stage
Joe Cocker's distinct, gutsy and gritty voice has endured throughout a five-decade career, as has the singer's interpretations of blues/rock classics as well as raw, original songs. The original Woodstock veteran's stage presence is powerful as ever.

Spoon 5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage
An indie-rock band originally from Austin, Texas, Spoon has received widespread critical acclaim for its pop/punk style, reinvented with each successive album. Its last release, 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge), was named for the piano sound on its tracks.

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band 5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
One of the most-recorded drummers in the history of jazz, Haynes has played with virtually every jazz innovator over the past 60 years, including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. Even at 83, he continues to live up to his nickname "Snap Crackle," producing irrepressible bebop rhythm behind the drums.

Tab Benoit 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent
Tab Benoit earned respect (and $13 a night) at an early age gigging at Tabby's Blues Box and Heritage Hall in Baton Rouge. The award-winning bluesman lives in Houma and plays Cajun-influenced blues with raw emotion.

Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir 5:45 p.m., Gospel Tent
The very large children's choir, led by Valentine Bemiss Williams, was formed to celebrate gospel music.

Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony 5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Chapman's elegant, bold voice reflects her upbringing in the gospel music tradition, where Solid Harmony has its roots. The group also performs R&B and jazz.

Gringo do Choro 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Trombonist Rick Trolsen of the New Orleans Night Crawlers Brass Band was inspired by Brazilian choro music after a visit to Rio de Janiero. Gringo do Choro jams in the styles of samba and bossa nova, but is inflicted with the spirit of a New Orleans brass band.

Real Untouchables Brass Band 6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The brass band incorporates funk and hip-hop into its second-line-worthy repertoire of jazz tunes.

click to enlarge Big Sam Williams leads his Funky Nation. - Big Sam's Funky Nation - 12:35 p.m. Sat., April 25 - Gentilly Stage - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Big Sam Williams leads his Funky Nation.

    Big Sam's Funky Nation
    12:35 p.m. Sat., April 25 - Gentilly Stage

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
In 2008, Simien won the first Grammy for Best Zydeco and Cajun Music Album for Live! Worldwide (Aim). The eighth-generation Louisianan and his band boldly explore world influences while remaining true to their Creole zydeco roots.



Saturday, April 25


Noon Red, White and Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians

1:15 p.m. Divine Ladies and Dumaine Gang social aid & pleasure clubs with Small Souljas Brass Band

1:35 p.m. (in Economy Hall Tent) Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club

2:15 p.m. Seminoles and Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians

3:15 p.m. Ilê Ayiê of Brazil

4 p.m. Single Men and Nine Times Men social aid & pleasure clubs with Mahogany Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow Noon, 2:25 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal with Hoop dancer Lyndon Alec


Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed 11:10 a.m., Gospel Tent
Nominated for a Big Easy Award for Best Gospel Choir, this Marrero-based group sings traditional and contemporary gospel.

Jonno and Bayou DeVille 11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Violinist Jonno Frishberg and his band are regulars at many Cajun dance halls in New Orleans and Acadiana. The group plays a range of south Louisiana music but excels at traditional Cajun melodies.

Society Brass Band 11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
Drummer and British emigre Andrew Hall leads the Society Brass Band through its repertoire of traditional jazz and brass band music.

Golden Blade Mardi Gras Indians 11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Golden Blade tribe was founded in the 1920s and is a regular performer at Jazz Fest.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana 11:20 a.m., Congo Square
This troupe from Ghana features traditional West African rhythms and percussion, includeing an axatse, a gourd rattle with beads woven around it, and a gangkogui, the double iron bell used to anchor tempo and timing.

Joe Krown with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste Jr. 11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage
Joe Krown combines his high energy, New Orleans-styled organ skills with Walter "Wolfman" Washington's guitar licks and Russell Batiste's funky drum beats. The group combines blues, funk and jazz, showcasing the diversity of the city's musical offerings.

Tipsy Chicks 11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
Singer Kim Carson says "don't fear the twang." Her honky-tonk and rockabilly outfit also plays rock and some traditional folk songs.

Henry Gray & the Cats 11:25 p.m., Blues Tent
A Kenner native and longtime sideman to Howlin' Wolf, Henry Gray plays upbeat Chicago-style blues. With 58 albums to his name, he remains a force within modern blues. His most recent recordings were a series of projects in the late 1990s focused on Howlin' Wolf's work. He's played at nearly every Jazz Fest.

Imagination Movers 11:25 a.m., Acura Stage
Perhaps the rockingest band to sing about children eating their vegetables, the Disney channel stars are fresh off playing the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt.

N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Band 11:25 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Composed of students from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, this big band plays contemporary and traditional jazz.

Celebrating 40 years of the Gospel According to Sherman Washington 11:40 a.m., Gospel Tent
This special tribute honors gospel singer and longtime Gospel Tent coordinator Sherman Washington.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Community Choir 12:05 p.m., Gospel Tent
The choir includes a diverse age group singing traditional and contemporary gospel.

Thomas "Big Hat" Fields & his Foot Stompin' Zydeco Band 12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Thomas Fields didn't start playing music until his 40s, but he quickly made a name for himself in the world of zydeco. He wrote most of the music on his albums, and though he typically speaks Creole-French, he sings in English and is known for fun songs like "Bald Headed Men."

New Orleans Jazz Vipers 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Vipers are well known for raucous acoustic shows in local barrooms, though they tour with a little more flair, playing the swinging jazz from its early decades.

Baby Boyz Brass Band 12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Baby Boyz is one of the city's newest and by average age youngest brass bands. It plays a funky modern style of brass band music.

DJ Jubilee with 5th Ward Weebie and Ms. Tee 12:30 p.m., Congo Square
This triple bill features three New Orleans bounce performers. DJ Jubilee is known as the king of bounce and made a name for himself with the release Take it to the St. Thomas. A recent release from 5th Ward Weebie features a guest appearance by Lil Wayne. Ms. Tee was the first female rapper signed to Cash Money Records.

Big Sam's Funky Nation 12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Trombone-toting band-leader Big Sam honed his chops with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. As a bandleader, he has a flair for James Brown-style showmanship. The band's 2008 release, Peace, Love & Understanding showcases the bands fusion of jazz and funk.

Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show 12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Since leaving local rock band Cowboy Mouth, Paul Sanchez has styled himself as a singer/songwriter. His new record, Stew Called New Orleans is a collaboration with vocalist John Boutté.

Leah Chase 12:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Daughter of prominent local restaurateurs, Leah was inspired by her father's love of music more than her mother's culinary talents. Chase applies a deep, rich voice to jazz and blues.

The Dixie Cups 12:50 p.m., Acura Stage
This New Orleans R&B girl group struck gold in 1964 with the million-seller "Chapel of Love" and followed up with the New Orleans tune "Iko Iko." The group's lineup includes founders Barbara and Rose Hawkins and Athelgra Neville Gabriel, sister to the Neville brothers.

Dwight and Connie Fitch with St. Raymond/St. Leo Gospel Choir 12:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
New Orleans natives Dwight and Connie Fitch lend their rhythm and blues voices to gospel tunes, which they will perform with choir members from the St. Raymond/St. Leo church.

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band 1:35 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.

Patrice Fisher and Arpa feat. guests Angel Rios and Black Man Soul Garifuna of Honduras 1:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Harpist and composer Patrice Fisher plucks from a repertoire ranging from the music of her Irish roots to contemporary Latin American melodies. She performs with talented Honduran violinist Angel Rios.

Young Tuxedo Brass Band 1:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Young Tuxedo Brass Band was founded in 1938 by John Casimir. The band sticks to traditional brass band music and has been led by trumpeter Gregg Stafford since 1984.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana 1:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
See 11:20 a.m., Congo Square listing

Lil' Buck Sinegal Blues Band 1:40 p.m., Blues Tent
Guitarist Lil' Buck Sinegal has backed up R&B, blues and zydeco bands since the 1950s, recording with everyone from Clifton Chenier to Paul Simon, and he is credited on more than 300 albums. The self-proclaimed "Master of the Stratocaster," Sinegal has headlined his band for nearly 30 years.

Collage 1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent

Ingrid Lucia 1:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The sultry New Orleans singer channels Billie Holiday in her handling of jazz standards. She's been a local favorite since she sang with her family band in the French Quarter.

Rebirth Brass Band with guest Kermit Ruffins 2 p.m., Congo Square
Kermit Ruffins makes a guest appearance with the band he and Rebirth leaders Phil Frazier founded when the two were in high school. Together with Keith Frazier (bass drum), Corey Henry (trombone), Derek Shezbie (trumpet), Glen Andrews (trumpet) and others, the band continues to funk it up with a mix of traditional brass, funk and soul.

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  • The 40th Anniversary 2009 New Orleans Jazz Festival Congo Square commemorative silk-screen poster portrait of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews by Gilbert Fletcher is published by art4now inc. (888-art-4-now, 733-3332; 2009 art4now inc. ™ N.O.J. & H.F. Inc, All rights reserved.

Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk 2:05 p.m. Congo Square
The son of Aaron Neville, Ivan has stepped from beyond the shadow of his father's shadow and established himself as one of the city's premier funk artists and composers. With Ian Neville on guitar, Dumpstaphunk has established a reputation for heavy grooves. The band's first full-length album will be released later this year.

Astral Project 2:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
For more than 30 years, Astral Project has been one of the city's premier modern jazz ensembles. The group releases its first live recording during this year's festival. The lineup includes Tony Dagradi (saxophone), Johnny Vidacovich (drums), Steve Masakowski (guitar) and James Singleton (bass).

Pete Seeger 2:15 p.m., Acura Stage
Seeger turns 90 a week after his appearance at Jazz Fest, but he remains an active presence in folk music. During his long, diverse career, Seeger has mixed up-tempo guitar numbers and slower acoustic ballads while advocating for peace and environmental protection, among other causes. Last year, he released At 89, a record both new and old tunes.

Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir 2:35 p.m., Gospel Tent
Based in Metairie, Ninevah's large mass choir sings traditional and contemporary gospel. It released the CD Worship in 2007.

Savoy Music Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam 2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The Savoy Music Center has hosted one of Acadiana's best-known regular Cajun jam sessions. Accordionist Marc Savoy and guitarist and Ann Savoy, his wife, preside over the center. Their son Wilson Savoy of the Pine Leaf Boys is among a new generation of new Cajun musicians.

Mahogany Brass Band 2:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Mahogany Brass Band plays traditional brass band music.

Chris Owens 3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Chris Owens' namesake club has been a fixture on Bourbon Street for more than four decades. Her glitzy stage show combines jazz, pop, Latin rhythms and some country and western tunes.

Texas Johnny Brown 3 p.m., Blues Tent
Johnny Brown has been an important figure in the blues scene since he began his career in Houston in the mid-1940s. He toured with Bobby "Blue" Bland and Junior Parker in the 1950s and '60s. His CD Nothin' But the Truth (1999) drew a W.C. Handy Award nomination in 1999.

Sharde Thomas & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band 3:10 p.m. Lagniappe Stage
Otha Turner established the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band more than 60 years ago in an effort to preserve hill country blues, a style combing elements of Civil War marching music and the syncopated rhythms of West Africa. Turner's 19-year-old granddaughter, Sharde Thomas, has led the group since his death in 2003.

The Cork Singers 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Based out of Greenville, Miss., this all-male quartet sings traditional gospel. It's most recent release is Still Praising God.

Galactic 3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
New Orleans's longtime proponents of funk have been busy since their foray into recording with a host of their favorite MCs on From the Corner to the Block (2007). The experimental album combined the lyrics of established hip-hop MCs with the band's energetic mix of jazz, rock and funk.

Irma Thomas 3:35 p.m., Acura Stage
Since bursting onto the scene in 1960 under the guidance of Allen Toussaint and Minit Records, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans" has been the first lady of New Orleans rhythm and blues. Her most recent record, Simply Grand, is a stripped-down, acoustic piano record that highlights the expressive vocals that have kept her in the spotlight.

Stephanie Jordan 3:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Though she's a member a very gifted family of professional musicians (Edward "Kidd" Jordon, Marlon Jordan), Stephanie didn't step into the spotlight until relatively recently, turning heads during a post-Katrina benefit concert singing "Here's to Life." Recent work has included collaborations with brother Marlon.

Third World 3:50 p.m., Congo Square
Few other reggae bands have enjoyed the continued popularity and commercial success of Third World. Mixing traditional Jamaican sounds with funk, rock and rap has enabled the band to tour and record for more than 35 years.

Judith Owen 4:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The Welsh singer/songwriter is best known for her literate lyrics and complex vocal arrangements. Her 2008 release, Mopping Up Karma, combined folk and jazz components to highlight her sophisticated style.

Crescent City Allstars feat. James Andrews 4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Trumpeter James Andrews leads a talented collective of musicians who play a mix of New Orleans' sounds, including jazz, funk and soul. The band's 2007 release People Get Ready Now featured guest appearances by everyone from Dr. John to Mardi Gras Indian big chiefs to Ryan Scully.

Del McCoury Band 4:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
This Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit has showcased the talent of the McCoury bloodline since the 1980s, when Del added sons Ronnie and Robbie to the lineup. The band's familial mix of mandolin, banjo and guitar is as pleasant as it is unique. The 2008 release Moneyland highlights traditional bluegrass guitar.

John Mooney & Bluesiana 4:25 p.m., Blues Tent
The "Moon Man" performs an eclectic mix of Delta blues and rock, sometimes infused with strains of New Orleans funk. He has incorporated more electric guitar into his music over the years, but Mooney's sound is rooted in the traditional blues he first learned from the legendary Ed "Son" House.

Pete Fountain 4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
From playing in burlesque houses on Bourbon Street to a high-profile spot on The Lawrence Welk Show in the 1950s to his own club on Bourbon Street and his annual Mardi Gras romp with the Half-Fast Marching Club, Pete Fountain has been a beloved native son. He released more than 100 albums and coined his own "swinging Dixie" style on the clarinet.

click to enlarge Saxophonist Donald Harrison incorporates many musical influences into his nouveau swing style. - Donald Harrison with Dr. Lonnie Smith 4 p.m. Fri., April 24 - WWOZ Jazz Tent - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Photo by Scott Saltzman
  • Saxophonist Donald Harrison incorporates many musical influences into his nouveau swing style.

    Donald Harrison with Dr. Lonnie Smith
    4 p.m. Fri., April 24 - WWOZ Jazz Tent

The Anointed Jackson Sisters 4:45 p.m., Gospel Tent
This family group from North Carolina first started singing together in the mid-1980s under the direction of Martha Jackson. The group is now composed of Martha's daughters and niece.

James Taylor 5:25 p.m., Acura Stage
James Taylor stood out among a generation of musicians who defined the singer/songwriter concept in the 1970s. His restrained vocals and reflective lyrics have become part of the soundtrack of the last 50 years. His most recent record, Covers, compiles of rock 'n' roll standards mixed with Taylor's mellow style.

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 5:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra. As its artistic director, Marsalis has solidified Jazz at Lincoln Center into a year-round font of performances, recording, broadcasting, musical education and advocacy for jazz as a distinct pillar in the pantheon of American culture and art.

Wilco 5:30 p.m. Gentilly Stage
Jeff Tweedy and company return to New Orleans with their eclectic mix of alternative and folk rock. The group played two electrifying shows at Tipitina's last year, both of which are featured in the live DVD, Ashes of American Flags. The band recently finished mixing work for an album due in early summer.

Erykah Badu 5:45 p.m., Congo Square
Since her breakout with Baduizm in 1997, Badu has redefined the sound of contemporary R&B and neo-soul. She has thrived in an over-saturated R&B market largely due to her signature songwriting and intense vocals. In 2008, Badu released hip-hop and synthesizer-heavy New Amerykah.

Ilê Ayiê of Brazil 5:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
This colorful Carnival group from Bahia, Brazil, is a samba-style parading group that relies on percussion and vocals for its processions.

Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders 5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Banjo player Don Vappie leads a full jazz orchestra that focuses on the jazz styles of the 1920s through the 1940s, playing everything from the music of Jelly Roll Morton to Duke Ellington.

Johnny Winter 5:55 p.m., Blues Tent
The seminal blues guitarist made a name for himself in the 1970s with exciting chord structures and hard-hitting rhythms. Early in his career, Winter infused his tunes with a rock 'n' roll edge, but today he sticks to the traditional blues that he grew up playing.

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Son of zydeco legend Rockin' Dopsie, Dwayne mastered the accordion and formed his own band, known for an aggressive, up-tempo style. The band's most recent release is Traveling Man (2006).

St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry 6 p.m., Gospel Tent
The music ministry has long been an integral part of worship at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Marrero.



Sunday, April 26


Noon Flaming Arrows and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

1:40 p.m. Olympia Aid, New Look and First Division social aid & pleasure clubs with Storyville Stompers Brass Band

2:30 p.m. Ilê Ayiê of Brazi

3:30 p.m. Cherokee Hunters and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians

4:15 p.m. Furious Five, Untouchables and Big Steppers social aid & pleasure clubs with Young Pinstripe Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow 12:05 p.m., 1:25 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal with Hoop dancer Lyndon Alec


Zulu Male Ensemble 11:10a.m., Gospel Tent
Featuring members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, this jazz and gospel group plays original compositions and other contemporary and traditional gospel.

Heritage School of Music Band 11:15 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
The Don Jamison Heritage School of Music is a weekly, free after-school music instruction class for teenagers throughout the New Orleans area. It is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

E.O.E. 11:15 a.m., Congo Square
This New Orleans reggae/hip-hop/world band is a popular live act.

Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters 11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Hailing from Arnaudville, accordion player Joe Hall and his Cane Cutters play Creole and Cajun dance music. Their new record Live at Nunu's captures the band's raucous spirit.

Loyola University Jazz Ensemble 11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Jake Smith 11:20 a.m., Acura Stage
The rock, pop and soul singer from Baton Rouge is busy working on new material after last year's All That We'll Ever Need. Smith's style is marked by pleasant acoustic guitar work, percussion, bass and piano, and he's proven he can handle funk and jazz.

Kid Simmons' Local International Allstars 11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
Local trumpeter John "Kid" Simmons leads the International Allstars, a project featuring ex-patriot musicians from all over the world and some New Orleanians playing traditional jazz. It includes Wendell Eugene, McNeil Breaux, Frank Fields, Frank Oxley and Don Vappie, among others.

Rockie Charles & the Stax of Love 11:20 a.m., Blues Tent
Rocky Charles' began playing blues guitar at 13 years old when he moved to New Orleans 9th Ward in the 1950s. He played with O.V. Wright, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and others, and he released Show My People Around The Curve on his Soulgate label. Charles retired and then returned to music with the 1996 release Born For You.

SUBR Jazzy Jags 11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage
Southern University's Jazzy Jags band performs a range of traditional and contemporary jazz styles.

Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians 11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Big Chief Larry Bannock is recognized as a master craftsman by the state of Louisiana for his beadwork. The longtime big chief of the Golden Star Hunters leads the group on stage.

Jo "Cool" Davis 11:55 a.m., Gospel Tent
After recovering from illness and the loss of his home during Hurricane Katrina, Jo "Cool" Davis is performing again.

Roderick Paulin and the Big Easy Groovers 12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Backed by the Big Easy Groovers, saxophonist Roderick Paulin plays smooth jazz that emphasizes rhythm and even tempos.

Guitar Slim Jr. 12:25 p.m., Blues Tent
Guitar Slim Jr. (aka Rodney Armstrong) is the son of legendary blues guitarist Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones. His debut album, Story of My Life, earned a Grammy nomination, but Armstrong did not manage to capitalize on its critical success. His 1999 release, Nothing Nice, brought him into the spotlight.

Jim McCormick & the Rarelies 12:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
McCormick started his career as the lead singer for the country/rock band the Bingemen. The songwriter blends roots rock with honky-tonk in his vein of new country music with the Rarelies.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble 12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble is a nine-member group of New Orleans-based musicians who have been performing traditional New Orleans jazz 1979. Veterans of years on Bourbon Street and Mississippi steamboats, the group performs the arrangements of early jazz tunes from archival manuscripts, rare printed scores and reconstructed early recordings.

Locos por Juana 12:30 p.m., Congo Square
The Miami-based Latin/rock group was nominated for a 2009 Grammy for 2008's La Verdad. Locos Por Juana sticks to traditional Latin rhythms.

Storyville Stompers Brass Band 12:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
For nearly three decades, the Storyville Stompers Brass Band has played traditional brass and jazz standards.

Voices of St. Peter Claver 12:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
Members of the Orleans parish Catholic church St. Peter Claver bring their voices and their contemporary interpretations of traditional hymnals to the Gospel Tent.

Wayne Toups & Zydecajun featuring "Back to my Roots" 12:40 p.m., Acura Stage
As the name of the band suggests, Zydecajun combines the two traditional sounds of Acadiana and adds dashes of rock, folk and R&B.

Papa Grows Funk 12:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage
John Gros' Hammond B3 organ provides the upbeat rhythms of this New Orleans funk group. The band's most recent release is 2007's Mr. Patterson's Hat.

AsheSon 12:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The name AsheSon combines the Cuban terms for karma and rhythm. The group plays an energetic mix of Cuban and Latin musical styles.

Germaine Bazzle 1:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
When she isn't teaching music at Xavier Prep, Germaine Bazzle educates audiences in blues and jazz. Her career spans four decades of performances.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana 1:30 p.m., Blues Tent
See 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Congo Square for listing details.

Craig Adams and Higher Dimensions of Praise 1:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
Pianist and singer Craig Adams leads Higher Dimensions of Praise.

Lil' Malcolm & the Houserockers 1:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage This five-piece zydeco band was founded by guitarist Percy Walker and features his two sons, drummer Percy Walker Jr. and accordionist Lil' Malcolm Walker. The band's style mixes the sounds of Buckwheat Zydeco with more current zydeco bands.

The Pfister Sisters' 30th Anniversary 1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Pfister Sisters trio brings back the big band swing era, singing popular tunes, jazz standards and original compositions. For its 30th anniversary, the group is joined by founding member Suzy Malone Jenner.

Robert Mirabal Band 2 p.m., Congo Square
Mirabel is a Pueblo musician and Native American flute player from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. His music combines flute songs, tribal rock, dance and storytelling. In 2008, he was awarded the Grammy for Best Native American Album of the Year for Johnny Whitehorse.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians 2:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Along with fellow Chief Bo Dollis, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux was one of the forces behind the Wild Magnolias' recordings in the mid-1970s. As the leader of the Golden Eagles, Boudreaux composes new music and sings traditional Mardi Gras Indian songs.

click to enlarge Stephanie Jordan entertains fans in the WWOZ Jazz Tent - Stephanie Jordan3:45 p.m. Sat., April 25 - WWOZ Jazz Tent - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
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  • Stephanie Jordan entertains fans in the WWOZ Jazz Tent

    Stephanie Jordan
    3:45 p.m. Sat., April 25 - WWOZ Jazz Tent

Brasilliance! 2:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Multi-reed man Ray Moore leads a group dedicated to jazz and exploring Brazilian rhythms and musical styles.

Kinky 2:10 p.m., Acura Stage
Kinky is a five member alternative-electronica band from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Formed in 1998, the group takes its sound from Latin music as well as rock, dance and techno. Its most recent record, Barracuda, saw the band shift toward a more synthesized sound.

Sonny Landreth 2:10 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Lafayette blues man Sonny Landreth is best known for his intricate slide guitar work. Last year's From The Reach features appearances by Jimmy Buffett among others.

Betty Winn and One A-Chord 2:20 p.m., Gospel Tent
Choral director and lead singer founded the group in 1995 to perform in churches, festivals and more. The group has won a Big Easy Award for Best Gospel Group and toured abroad.

Herlin Riley 2:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley is a longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and collaborator with Wynton Marsalis and is known for his neo-bop style.

Ebony Hillbillies 2:40 p.m., Blues Tent
As one of the country's last black string bands, the Ebony Hillbillies incorporate jazz, bluegrass, blues, folk, country and rock 'n' roll. The band has played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the halls of New York City's Grand Central Station.

Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with guest Butch Thompson 2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Though English by birth, Clive Wilson is an enthusiastic advocate for the preservation of 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.

Pine Leaf Boys 2:55 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Coming off their second Grammy nomination for Best Cajun/Zydeco Album, the Pine Leaf Boys are steadily becoming one of Louisiana's most important Cajun music acts. They have gained a steady following from raucous live shows and youthful presentation of traditional Cajun music. With one foot in the past, they act as messengers of the future of this local music.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana 3:20 p.m. Jazz & Heritage Stage
See 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Congo Square for listing details.

Schatzy 3:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Accordionist and guitarist Greg Schatz leads an ever-changing and eclectic lineup of local musicans through a mix of gypsy jazz, rockabilly, rock and more.

Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers 3:30 p.m., Gospel Tent
As choral director at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Tyronne Foster helped children and young adults in the choir develop into the gospel group now known as the Arc Singers. The group is known for big harmonies and powerful ballads.

Orishas 3:35 p.m., Congo Square
Orishas is a Latin hip-hop group which first got together in Cuba before coming to the United States. Its latest album, Cosita Buena, addresses issues Latin youth face in Cuba and beyond.

Better Than Ezra 3:40 p.m., Acura Stage
The alternative-rock trio from the Big Easy recently changed its lineup, when longtime drummer Travis McNabb left and new drummer Michael Jerome joined the group. The band recently released its seventh studio album, Paper Empire.

The Robert Cray Band 3:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Robert Cray has enjoyed a long, successful career in the blues and has played alongside Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. His most recent work includes last year's Live at the BBC.

Terence Blanchard 3:50 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and arranger Terence Blanchard won a Grammy for his 2007 album A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a project that developed out of the score he wrote for Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke.

New Orleans All-Star R&B Revue 4 p.m., Blues Tent
Jump blues guitarist Deacon John leads an R&B revue including Wanda Rouzan, Robert Parker, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Allen Toussaint.

The Avett Brothers 4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Based out of Concord, N.C., this folk/rock band combines bluegrass, country, folk and rock 'n' roll. The Brothers have been at the center of indie roots movement but will release a major label debut, I and Love and You, in July.

Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark 4:15 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Dr. Michael White is a clarinetist, composer, jazz historian and musical educator. He composes original music in the style of George Lewis and the city's early jazz. Thais Clark lends her warm and harmonious vocals to the Original Liberty Jazz Band's festival set.

Ebony Hillbillies 4:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
See 2:40 p.m., Blues Tent for details.

Ilê Ayiê of Brazil 4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
See 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Jazz & Heritage Stage.

Mavis Staples 4:35 p.m., Gospel Tent
Mavis Staples grew up singing with her family band, the Staple Signers. She is known for her rhythm and blues and gospel singing. Her most recent release is 2008's Mavis Staples Live: Hope at the Hideout.

Dave Matthews Band 5:30 p.m., Acura Stage
The Virginia rock band are best known for big arrangements and even bigger sound. June will see the first DMB release since the death of founding-member and saxophonist LeRoi Moore last year. Flecktones saxophonist Jeff Coffin will fill in Moore's part as the group tours in support of the new record, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King.

Earth, Wind & Fire 5:30 p.m., Congo Square
The legendary funk group has been recording since 1969, and the band continues to grow musically, fusing Latin, funk, soul, jazz, pop, rock and African music with big horns and rhythmic guitar lines.

Etta James and the Roots Band 5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Etta James underwent a musical makeover for her 2006 release, All the Way. She rejuvenated her stage show and added more horns to her Roots Band. Since then, she has been touring non-stop, belting out a mix of blues, soul, R&B, rock, gospel and jazz.

Tarace Boulba of France 5:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
This 30-piece brass band plays a mix of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues. The group has been in existence since 1901 (created under the name Rasta Baboul), and today the association boasts nearly 700 members.

Hugh Masekela 5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Hugh Masekela is a South African trumpeter and singer best known for his 1968 hit "Grazin' in the Grass." He has explored fusions of African rhythms with jazz and Western music. His most recent album, Phola, includes songs written in the 1980s that were not completed until now.

Harlem Blues and Jazz Band 5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band is a New York swing band founded in 1973 by former King Oliver trombonist Clyde Bernhardt and jazz aficionado Al Vollmer. It has featured talented side-men of the of 1930s and 1940s including Johnny Williams, Al Casey and George James.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 5:45 p.m., Blues Tent
Sharon Jones and her powerful horn section are at the forefront of the new soul revival. The group's breakout record, 100 Days, 100 Nights, features big horns and even bigger vocals from Jones.

The Mighty Chariots of Fire 5:50 p.m., Gospel Tent
For five decades, The Mighty Chariots of Fire have sung praise music at St. John Baptist Church in New Orleans. The group plays festivals and has started to tour internationally.

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band 6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Accordion-player Chubby Carrier is a third generation zydeco musician and comes from a family full of performers.

Vivaz! 6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Guitarist Javier Gutierrez founded Vivaz! in 2001 to play a wide array of popular Latin and Caribbean styles.

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click to enlarge The Mighty Chariots of Fire perform in the Gospel Tent. - The Mighty Chariots of Fire - 5:30 p.m. Sun., April 26 - Gospel Tent - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
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  • The Mighty Chariots of Fire perform in the Gospel Tent.

    The Mighty Chariots of Fire
    5:30 p.m. Sun., April 26 - Gospel Tent


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