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The 39th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival concludes with four days of music at the Fair Grounds.

With the return of Thursday performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans gets its best four-day weekend back. From the Soul Project's opening set to the Neville Brothers' return to its traditional closing spot on the Acura Stage, there's plenty of music to enjoy.

As I, Count Basin™, look over the weekend schedule, I see an impressive lineup of shows. There's everyone from New Orleans' own Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Galactic, Marcia Ball and the Radiators to Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Randy Newman and Richard Thompson. Special tributes will feature Irma Thomas and Marva Wright honoring Mahalia Jackson and the city's top tuba players saluting Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen. It's a great weekend for the city's jazz and heritage.

The Count is looking forward to four days of perfect harmony.

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(Lady Buck—) Photo by Cheryl Gerber The Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid and Pleasure Club marches on Sunday at the Fair Grounds. (Marva Wright_allen—) Photo by Cheryl Gerber Marva Wright and Allen Toussaint share a moment on stage. (Rockin Dopsie) Photo by Cheryl Gerber (SPS_Anders—) Photo by (StephanieJordan—) Photo by Scott Saltzman Stephanie Jordan performs in the WWOZ Jazz Tent (1 p.m. Saturday, May 3). (kids_at_Jazz_fest) Photo by Cheryl Gerber Kids entertain themselves away from the Kids' Tent. (Tom_McDermott—) Photo by Cheryl Gerber Pianist Tom McDermott performs in the Economy Hall Tent. (Native American Indians) Photo by Cheryl Gerber (Geno Delafose) Photo by Cheryl Gerber Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie perform at the Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage (2:20 p.m. Saturday, May 3). Jazz Fest 2008 Week 2

Thursday, May 1


1:45 p.m. — Bon Temps Roulez Social Aid and Pleasure Club with TBC Brass Band

3 p.m. — Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians

4 p.m. — VIP Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club with Small Souljas Brass Band

Native American Pow Wow

12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5:10 p.m. — Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

The Soul Project

11:10 a.m., Acura Stage

This large band pumps out funk grooves with New Orleans soul. Its sound ranges from James Brown and Maceo Parker to the Meters and Neville Brothers. It has toured extensively since Hurricane Katrina.

Dillard University Jazz Ensemble

11:15 a.m., Gentilly Stage

This ensemble run by Dillard's Institute of Jazz Culture features some of New Orleans' younger talent and provides a glimpse of the jazz generation to come.

Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company

11:15 a.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

This local dance organization features children ages 6 to 18 performing an array of African dance forms in addition to participating regularly in cultural outreach programs.

Tony "Oulabula" Bazley & the Kickers Tribute to Past Drummers

11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Tony Bazley, whose nickname refers to his dramatic, nonstop drum solos, has performed with the likes of Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon.

Mem Shannon & the Membership

11:15 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Mem Shannon has played a local variety of funk-saturated blues for the past 12 years. His recent hit, "S.U.V." was a rant against luxury cars that could only have been written by a former cab driver.

Joseph Torregano

11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent

A veteran exponent of the New Orleans clarinet sound, Torregano has been playing, recording and teaching music in the Crescent City for more than 30 years. Between multiple world tours he has found time to perform for Presidents Nixon and Carter and has recorded with Paul McCartney.


Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers

11:15 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Led by the voice of the Rev. Charles Jackson, this family-based group produces a tightly harmonized gospel sound.

Heritage School of Music Jazz Ensemble

11:25 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

Named after a longtime local disc jockey, the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music is administered by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation with a focus on providing after-school instrumental instruction to area high school students.

Lafayette Rhythm Devils

11:30 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

This Cajun ensemble hails from Lafayette and is recognized as much for the energy of its live shows that get the most straightlaced audience members out on the dance floor. Its most recent release is Les Clefs de la Prison.

Red Hawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

11:30 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Representing the Lower Ninth Ward, Big Chief Nelson Burke leads the Red Hawk Hunters.

Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes

Noon, Acura Stage

Earning comparisons to fellow crossover innovators Tower of Power, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes have blended funk and rock with a unique New Orleans sound since 2001. Its live performances feature top-of-the-lungs vocals and breakneck instrumental solos.

Melody Clouds

Noon, AIG Gospel Tent

This family ensemble formed in 1965 in Jayess, Miss., and performs a mix of contemporary and traditional gospel.

John Ellis and Double-Wide

12:15 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

From his North Carolina birthplace to New Orleans to his current home in New York, tenor saxophonist John Ellis has perfected his Thelonious Monk-like scattered rhythms and wild harmonics that consistently evoke the best contemporary jazz has to offer. He appears at Jazz Fest with frequent collaborator Jason Marsalis on percussion.

Panorama Jazz Band

12:20 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Bandleader and clarinetist Ben Schenck programs a variety of mixed-band music from around the world. Panorama switches effortlessly from New Orleans jazz to Eastern European tunes to klezmer music to beguine from the French West Indies, maintaining a lively, romping flavor throughout.

Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes

12:20 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

From playing backup guitar for local legend Ernie "Mother-in-Law" K-Doe to his own funk-heavy career as a composer and bandleader, Ernie Vincent has experimented with and mastered many of New Orleans' diverse musical styles.

New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy

12:25 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Representing some of New Orleans' most important musical mixtures from Mardi Gras Indian sounds to second lines, the Rhythm Conspiracy was formed by New Orleans refugees in Memphis following Hurricane Katrina. The Conspiracy's quality and variety of expression is a reflection of the talented members' experience playing with the likes of the Neville Brothers, Professor Longhair and Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

Dukes of Dixieland

12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Two different groups of this name have existed in New Orleans at one time or another since the 1940s. The current Dukes play a traditional version of clarinet-led Dixieland jazz.

TBC Brass Band

12:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

To Be Continued Brass Band's sound was born from its formative outdoor performances at the historic intersection of Bourbon and Canal Streets in the French Quarter. The group pays homage to the classic New Orleans sound while experimenting with some of the more contemporary sonic designs of other local brass bands.

Second Mount Carmel Voices from "The Mount"

12:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Comfortably alternating between traditional and contemporary gospel, this large choir returns to Jazz Fest with its creative arrangements of praise songs.

Creole Zydeco Farmers

1 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

This Lafayette-based band is old school in style, but prolific in writing its own material with albums like 2000's Zydeco Y2K and 2001'a One More Time. The band throws in more of the expected blues and R&B sounds one would expect from traditional zydeco.


1:25 p.m., Acura Stage

These performers of New Orleans brass/funk/rock stretch the genres. A frontline of four trombonists anchor an ensemble with an eclectic catalog ranging from hard funk to classic rock cover songs and even a bit of psychedelia. It has received multiple local entertainment awards for hard-hitting live shows and four albums.

Sammy Ridgely and the Untouchables

1:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Born into a family of accomplished musicians, Sammy Ridgely began singing gospel at his grandfather's church and has subsequently spread his R&B, soul and blues fusion style with expressive vocals all across southern Louisiana.

Kerry Grombacher

1:25 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

A regular performer at New Orleans' Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, Grombacher, a talented guitarist and mandolin player, performs country, folk and western songs. He also has appeared at multiple cowboy poetry gatherings.

Topsy Chapman's Tribute to Dinah Washington

1:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Louisiana native Topsy Chapman's gospel performances have taken her all over this country and Europe on tours with her own gospel ensembles and other groups including the Magnolia Jazz Band and the Blues Serenaders. During her lengthy career, she also has played roles in One Mo' Time on Broadway and in New Orleans musicals.

The Golden Wings

1:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

For more than 30 years, the Golden Wings Quartet has traveled around the U.S. and abroad, promoting its gospel sound and performing the hit song, "You Got to Leave it Here."

Codac and Dizzy

1:35 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

New Orleans rapper Codac hails from the city's storied Ninth Ward and has earned a loyal local following with his bare-bones production, smooth rhythmic flow and lyrics that frequently focus on the levee failures. Dizzy has occasionally collaborated with native son Lil Wayne. One recent standout track is his apocalyptic rant, "The Day After Tomorrow," released with a music video filmed in front of his mother's flooded home.

Music Maker Blues Revue feat. Boo Hanks, Macavine Hayes and Eddie Kirkland

1:35 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Boo Hanks plays North Carolina Piedmont blues, Macavine Hayes prefers a more gritty juke joint style, and Eddie Kirkland fronted Otis Redding's band and toured with John Lee Hooker. Together, they appear under the banner of the Music Makers' Relief Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Southern blues through promotional support of its best living performers.

Walter Payton and Filé Gumbo

1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Bass player Walter Payton has played and recorded with Crescent City legends including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint and has performed with touring ensembles from New York to Scotland. He leads his own local ensemble, Filé Gumbo.

Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

2 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

One of the oldest chiefs currently masking, Big Chief Tom Landry hails from Central City and costumes as an Uptown Mardi Gras Indian.

John Lee and the Heralds of Christ

2:20 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Lee began his gospel singing career at Fifth African Baptist Church before forming the Heralds of Christ in 1978. With that group he has demonstrated a fervor and faith in the power of praise.

Kenny Bill Stinson and the ARK-LA-Mystics

2:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Stinson's signature blend of country, blues and rock 'n' roll has been broadcast on PBS and released on his 2001 record, Inspiration. This West Monroe native mixes genres with abandon, yet manages to stick to his practiced down-home honky-tonk aesthetic.

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers

2:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

One of New Orleans' most popular trumpet players started his career as a co-founder of the ReBirth Brass Band. His swinging style of New Orleans jazz is popular in concert venues and barrooms alike, especially his longtime Thursday night gigs at Vaughan's Lounge in Bywater.


2:45 p.m., Acura Stage

Composed of three talented New Orleans musicians long known for other collaborations, Porter-Batiste-Stoltz performs a range of hard-hitting funk, blues and rock. Bassist George Porter is an original Meter and much sought after session man. Drummer Russell Batiste joined Porter's Funky Meters. Guitarist Brian Stoltz originally made his name with the Neville Brothers.

Fredy Omar con su Banda

2:50 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

A native of Honduras, Fredy Omar is the most well known and frequent performer of a wide range of Latin American music in the Crescent City. His regular appearances are consistently well attended and lauded for their ceaseless rhythmic energy and authentic Latin melodies.

Phillip Manuel's Tribute to Nat King Cole

2:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

One of the Crescent City's most creative vocalists, Philip Manuel has amassed a repertoire containing many cover versions of classic jazz, funk and R&B material. His live performances expose an undercurrent of soul influences that should make him the right man to take on an homage to legendary crooner Nat King Cole.

Mark Braud

2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Braud began cutting his trumpet chops at the age of 15 by playing with different New Orleans brass bands. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Braud currently performs with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band and heads his own brass and jazz ensembles.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

3:10 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

This trio of young stringband musicians performs traditional music from the North Carolina Piedmont region that stretches from the base of the Appalachian Mountains. With a focus on the banjo and fiddle, it offers a unique variation on bluegrass.

Casper and the Mighty 602 Band

3:10 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Hopi singer Casper Lomayesva combines thematic lyrics about his American Indian heritage with the 602 Band's reggae beats. Casper has performed in concerts with reggae stars Morgan Heritage, Gregory Isaacs and Ziggy Marley to name a few.

Mighty Chariots of Fire

3:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Formed at New Orleans' St. John the Baptist Church more than 40 years ago, the Mighty Chariots led by their founder William Pete Walker, continue singing praise music in the gospel tradition.

Betsy McGovern and the Poor Clares

3:35 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

A Washington, D.C., native, Betsy McGovern moved to New Orleans to study music therapy before beginning to perform on a regular basis at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in the French Quarter. There she formed the Poor Clares, a Louisiana-Irish music ensemble that has earned acclaim from as far away as the Emerald Isle.


Randy Newman

4 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The Academy Award-winning composer of multiple film scores, Randy Newman has been lauded as one of the most original recording artists of the last century for his unique brand of piano-driven pop-rock frequently featuring satirical lyrics. Newman spent some of his early years in the Crescent City and has faithfully appeared in post-Katrina benefit concerts.


Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

4 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

One of Cajun music's most celebrated ensembles, the Mamou Playboys have been playing in Louisiana and touring around the world for 20 years. Accordionist Steve Riley and guitarist David Greely anchor the band, which got together to play traditional music but is at the forefront of contemporary Cajun music.

Gene "Duke of Earl" Chandler

4:10 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Chandler's identity was defined early in his 50-year career by the classic 1960s doo-wop song "Duke of Earl." The Chicago-based musician also has released soul hits and become equally celebrated for his work as a producer.

The Maurice Brown Effect

4:10 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Born in Chicago, trumpet player Maurice "Mobetta" Brown worked on his creative brand of hard bop jazz in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina forced him to relocate to New York City.

Hot Club of New Orleans

4:15 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Like the eponymous 1930s ensemble featuring prodigies Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, this New Orleans group plays a rhythmic yet percussion-free homage to the classic jazz styles of a bygone era.

Widespread Panic

4:30 p.m., Acura Stage

A Georgia-based southern rock band that has been touring almost ceaselessly for the past 22 years, these virtuoso musicians have climbed to the top of the jam band scene by way of their improvisational skills. The group released Free Somehow in February.


The Lee Boys

4:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Orlando's Lee Boys have nearly accomplished the unimaginable in connecting the sacred-steel sound of spiritual music with the more secular jam-band scene, as evidenced by its Bonnaroo bookings. But that may not come as a surprise to those familiar with their persistent grooves.


Bettye LaVette

4:35 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

LaVette, the "Great Lady of Soul," was subject to the whims of the record industry for much of her four-decade career. Her 2007 release, The Scene of the Crime, changed all that with critics and audiences alike heaping praise on this Detroit native and her mellifluous vocals.

New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band

4:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Nightcrawlers Brass Band presents a mixture of New Orleans funk, big band and R&B. The band is composed of a host of talented local brass and percussion specialists who also play in other brass bands and horn-driven rock groups.


Donald Harrison

5:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

This Crescent City saxophonist plays jazz incorporating a wealth of blues and funk in a style he calls "Nouveau Swing." At an early age Harrison joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Later striking out on his own, he expanded the scope of his music on recordings like 1992's Indian Blues. On his recent release, Harrison makes his debut as a rapper and effortlessly fuses second-line rhythms.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

5:40 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

The son of the first King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, C.J. and his Red Hot Louisiana Band are legendary performers in their own right. C.J. mixes influences from blues and R&B with his own brand of zydeco. He's spent much of his life outside Acadiana, developing his sound in Houston, zydeco's outpost in east Texas.

Deacon John with Wanda Rouzan

5:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Hailing from New Orleans' Eighth Ward, Deacon John Moore played an important role as studio guitarist behind well known local artists in the '50s and '60s. Late in his career he redefined himself as a bluesman with a couple of albums including the 2004 release Deacon John's Jump Blues. He is joined by jazz and R&B vocalist Wanda Rouzan.

Tower of Power

5:45 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

This seminal soul band has been performing high energy concerts since its formation in the mid-1960s in Oakland, Calif. The group's celebrated horn section has collaborated with major recording artists in recent years, including Elton John and the Eurythmics.

God's House Westbank Cathedral Choir

5:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This Marrero gospel choir performs a dynamic selection of songs of praise.

Ruby Wilson

5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The Queen of Beale Street, Wilson began her singing career in Texas, then moved to Memphis where she worked for 10 years as a teacher before beginning a full-time singing career. She has since performed for European royalty, at the White House and, on a weekly basis, at BB King's club in Memphis.

Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives

5:55 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

The former frontman of Brides of Jesus, Billy Iuso decided to take his jam-band career in a different direction with the funk-soaked rhythms of the Restless Natives. Its improvisatory, meandering performances have since become popular at Crescent City clubs.

Luther Kent and Trick Bag

6 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

New Orleans native Luther Kent began singing professionally at the age of 14 and subsequently earned a reputation as a powerful soul singer. He fronted Blood, Sweat & Tears on tour for a couple of years in the mid-'70s. In the late '70s, he put together Luther Kent & Trick Bag, a popular local band legendary for latenight sessions with touring musicians sitting in.

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove

6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

One of the founding members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, sousaphone player Joseph now headlines his own ensemble that plays a mixture of big band, jazz and funk sounds. Recent collaborations have included work with Dr. John, Anders Osborne and Bonerama.

Friday, May 2


12:30 p.m. — Original 4 and Original Big 7 social aid & pleasure clubs with New Wave Brass Band

1:30 p.m. — New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section

2:30 p.m. — Scene Boosters and Old Nu Fellas social aid and pleasure clubs with Pinettes Brass Band

4 p.m. — Casa Samba

Native American Pow Wow

12:20 p.m., 3:10 p.m. & 5:25 p.m. — Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland

11:10 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

The swamp's hoodoo blues guitarist, Coco Robicheaux keeps slinging his axe in his own mystic style. His recent output isn't as prolific as the late '90s, which saw the release of albums such as Spiritland and Louisiana Medicine Man. But he released Yeah, U Right on his own Spiritland Records in 2004.

Kid Simmons' Local International All-Stars

11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent

Jazz Fest serves as a musical reunion for this group featuring the British-born Kid Simmons, who also can be found performing at Preservation Hall.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section

11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Eric "Yetti" Boudreaux leads a band that formed after years of ad hoc drumming while following Mardi Gras Indian tribes on parade in their neighborhoods. The group regularly performs with many tribes at Indian practices.

Gospel Inspiration of Boutté

11:15 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Gina Forsyth and the Malvinas

11:15 a.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

Banjos, guitars, mandolins and fiddles are in the tender, caring hands of Lisa Markley, Gina Forsyth and Beth Cahill, who have joined forces for a sweetly melodic and harmonic folk trio.

Rumba Buena

11:20 a.m., Acura Stage

With sizzling horns, thumping congas and hot, swaying rumba rhythms, New Orleans' 12-piece Rumba Buena recreates the spicy, sophisticated sound of Latin big band music.

The Bluerunners

11:20 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Perhaps no other southwest Louisiana band has contemplated the possibilities of Cajun and zydeco filtered through roots rock as have the Bluerunners. Not quite as punked out as they used to dare, the two-decade-old band remains a vibrant trio that younger acts like Feufollet should take for inspiration, as evidenced on their most recent release, 2006's Live at the Triple Door.

Eve's Lucky Planet

11:25 a.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Eve's Lucky Planet Band spans the African Diaspora with its jazzy blend of African, reggae and Latin rhythms shot through with an almost country sensibility.


Legacy: Students of Alvin Batiste feat. Greg Agid, Conun Pappas, Joe Dyson, Max Moran and Edith Batiste

11:30 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The greatest tragedy during last year's Jazz Fest was the death of Alvin Batiste, the legendary jazz clarinetist and educator who performed with Cannonball Adderley and many others. Mainly from the jazz institute at Southern University-Baton Rouge, he influenced a generation of musicians including everyone from Branford Marsalis, American Idol judge Randy Jackson, Donald Harrison and Henry Butler. Here his most recent students — Joe Dyson (drums), Conun Pappas (piano), Max Moran (bass) and Gregory Agid (clarinet) — are joined by Harrison on sax. Batiste's widow, Edith Batiste, will offer a memoriam to her husband.

Tulane University Jazz Ensemble

11:35 a.m., Gentilly Stage

John Doheny directs this Tulane ensemble, which favors big-band-style jazz. The performance features guest trumpet player and arranger Alan Matheson.

Betty Winn and One-A-Chord

Noon, AIG Gospel Tent

Three-part harmonies are the hallmark of this award-winning gospel ensemble, which was formed in 1995 by featured vocalist Betty Winn and her husband Thomas. The versatility of this group can be found in its traditional and contemporary gospel spirituals, including a tribute to one of the form's most influence figures, Thomas Dorsey.

Stoney B and Grandpa Elliot

12:15 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

It has been said that New Orleans' music bubbles up from the streets, and no other music duo personifies that street tradition like guitarist Stoney B and blues harpist Grandpa Elliot, who seem to have been born to play the blues.


12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The Big Easy Awards' two-time winner for Best World Beat/Reggae Group, 007 is an all-star rocksteady outfit founded by G. Love & Special Sauce drummer Jeffrey Clemens, with guitarists Jonathan Freilich and Alex McMurray and bassist Joe Cabral. The group released the album Studied Rudeness.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble

12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Nicholas Payton performed as a teen with this group, which started out 30 years ago mining the depths of the Tulane jazz archives and honors the traditions of artists such as Papa Celestin, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton.

Reggie Hall and the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee

12:35 a.m., Acura Stage

There's only one man in New Orleans who has the right to get in a woman's face and say, "You Talk Too Much," and that's New Orleans R&B legend Reggie Hall. His signature composition became a huge hit for Joe Jones. He's paired with one of the great New Orleans bands, the Twilighters, with Lady Bee providing the vocals.

Theryl "Houseman" deClouet

12:45 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

The former lead singer for Galactic moved out on his own a few years ago — some might say to the benefit of both parties — and now has his own solo soulful outing, The Truth Iz Out, on which he welcomes guests Ivan Neville and June Yamagishi.

Tuba Woodshed feat. Kirk Joseph, Julius McKee and Matt Perrine

12:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

When Tuba Fats passed away in 2004, the mantle of the sousaphone was passed down to the next generation, led by his protégé, founding Dirty Dozen member Kirk Joseph. The popular Joseph suffered a major heart attack in January, but the Backyard Groove leader hopes to perform. Matt Perrine is another major tuba player, performing with Bonerama as well as the New Orleans Nightcrawlers. Also expected to perform is Julius McKee.

Belton Richard and the Musical Aces

12:45 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

One of the true legends of Cajun music, 68-year-old Belton Richard is a Rayne native who has contributed to southwest Louisiana music as a singer, composer and accordionist. He carved his niche as the leader of the Musical Aces, and the hits "The Cajun Streak" and "Une Autre Soir D'Ennui" were recorded on the Swallow label.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel

12:50 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

"God is with us" is the Hebrew phrase that inspires this group, led by the gospel veteran Henderson. A performer since age 5, Henderson has shared the stage with countless local New Orleans musicians.

Brett Dennen

12:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Baby-faced Brett Dennen is a rising singer/songwriter who gained critical acclaim for his album So Much More. On tour, he's building a following for his soft-voiced, cerebral lyrics and melodic folk/pop.

Driskill Mountain Boys

1:15 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

The Abita Springs Opry has seen its share of winning music acts over the years, including the Denham Springs-based Driskill Mountain Boys, who play bluegrass and traditional country music the old-fashioned way.

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone's Harmonica Revue

1:25 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Longtime innovator of the New Orleans harmonica sound, Johnny Sansone incorporates elements of traditional Chicago blues, zydeco, and roots rock into his repertoire. He's long been at the leading edge of the Crescent City's blues, and Jumpin' Johnny's been known to keep a crowd moving for hours on end.

Glen David Andrews

1:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

From the legendary New Orleans music family comes one of its more colorful musicians: trombonist Glen David Andrews, who also leads his Lazy Six band through a host of traditional and contemporary brass-band songs. Andrews digs into classics like "I Ate Up the Apple Tree," "Reefer Song" and "Over in the Gloryland."

McMain Secondary School Gospel Choir

1:40 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson

1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Back in 1964, Clive Wilson came with his trumpet from Great Britain with a love of traditional jazz and became a fixture in the Original Camellia Band. His collaboration with clarinetist and pianist Butch Thompson is a perennial Jazz Fest favorite.

Papa Grows Funk

1:55 p.m., Acura Stage

This will be the first Jazz Fest appearance by funky keyboard wiz John Gros and his stellar band since releasing last year's well-received Mr. Patterson's Hat (Funky Crew). You can't argue with a group that features June Yamagishi on guitar, Jason Mingledorff on sax and a rhythm section of bassist Marc Pero and drummer Jellybean Alexander.

John Boutté

2 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Award-winning vocalist John Boutté's raspy wail sounds equally comfortable delivering swinging jazz, soulful gospel and even a rocker or two. In a city filled with vocalists who sing from the heart, Boutté is especially passionate. His collaboration with Cubanismo on Mardi Gras Mambo is a gem.

D.L. Menard and the Louisiana Aces

2:10 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Straight outta Erath comes "The Cajun Hank Williams," the 76-year-old honky-tonker who was once encouraged by his idol Hank Sr. to be proud of his musical heritage: "All music is good if it's yours." According to scholars, Menard's classic "The Back Door" is the most played and recorded Cajun song ever. On top of all that, Menard is easily one of the most colorful characters to grace a Jazz Fest stage, and that's saying something.


Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste

2:15 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

The Meters drummer is widely heralded as the most innovative percussionist in the history of funk music, due mostly to his economical but exquisitely syncopated application of the second-line style of drumming. His reunion sets with his old bandmates Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr. at the Fair Grounds in recent years have been historic events.


Richard Thompson

2:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Thompson has enjoyed three fairly distinct periods in his storied career — first with Fairport Convention, second with his wife Linda Thompson — but it has been as a solo artist later in his career that the singer/songwriter has continued to amaze. Recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the 20 greatest guitarists of all time, Thompson has proven his remarkable dexterity as a soloist on the Jazz Fest stage. His 2007 release, Sweet Warrior (Shout Factory), shows Thompson as fresh, angry and vital as ever, including the Iraq War-themed "Dad's Going to Kill Me."

Ebenezer Baptist Church Radio Choir

2:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This New Orleans choir breathes new life into gospel. It gained a screen credit for contributing to the soundtrack of 2006's Last Holiday featuring Queen Latifah.


The Lee Boys

2:55 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Orlando's Lee Boys have done the almost unimaginable in connecting the sacred-steel sound of spiritual music with the more secular jam-band scene, as evidenced by Bonnaroo bookings. Actually, that's no surprise, after listening to their persistent grooves.

Pinettes Brass Band

3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

In the early 1990s, the Pinettes Brass Band sprang from St. Mary's Academy. It remains one of New Orleans' rare all-female brass bands.

New Orleans Jazz Vipers with Sophie Lee

3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Few bands have reignited the Frenchmen Street music scene — with its feet happily planted in the past — like the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. Its "hot club" sound gets a decided Billie Holiday spice with featured vocalist Sophie Lee, and while the musicianship sometimes could use a little fine-tuning, the Vipers often turn it into a ragged charm.


Art Neville

3:25 p.m., Acura Stage

Papa Funk will present a (surprisingly) unprecedented overview of his own music, which is vast, and we're not just talking about the Carnival classic "Mardi Gras Mambo" that Neville penned for his Hawketts back in 1954 (his first hit). There are loads of sweet New Orleans R&B pearls, including "Cha Dooky Do," "All These Things" and "You Won't Do Right."


The Bad Plus

3:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Is the Bad Plus being ironic or groundbreaking when it puts its jazz spin on songs as different as Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" or Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"? Or maybe both? Time will tell with this tragically hip group, which at the very least seems like it's having fun, as evidenced on its 2007 release, Prog (Heads Up), which also features (gulp) a cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer."

Greater Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church Music Ministry

3:30 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Put all three gospel ministries together, and you've got about 75 members singing praise for this mass choir from the Irish Channel. The group sings the range of gospel: traditional, contemporary and urban, whether with its lively band or in a cappella.


Ingrid Lucia

3:30 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

The retro-jazz torch singer has been branching out in recent years as she juggles gigs with her old crew, the Flying Neutrinos, including her contribution of "This Little Light of Mine" on the recent Funky Kidz compilation of New Orleans musicians performing kids' classics. Lucia's Billie Holiday influence always shines through.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

3:45 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Part of Louisiana's legendary Carrier family, accordionist Chubby Carrier is savvy to recognize the surprisingly limitless possibilities of zydeco in diving into different genre waters, his blues-based zydeco trying everything from rock (the Who's "Squeeze Box") to East L.A. funk (War's "Cisco Kid"). Carrier is one of zydeco's more delightful entertainers.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Orleans Avenue

3:50 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Has there ever been a more swinging and funky version of Fats Domino's "Whole Lotta Lovin'" than Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews doing his thing? The multi-instrumentalist and his crew have been soaring since releasing Orleans & Claiborne in 2005.

John Butler Trio

4:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage

"I used to get high for a living, believing every thing that I saw on the TV," John Butler jams on his recent tune, "Used to Get High," and there's no denying the jamming charm of this Australian-American, whose bouncing style is captured on the 2007 release, Grand National (Atlantic). The album shows the trio lightening up on their political feistiness and leaning more heavily on their danceable funk.

New Orleans Jazz Ramblers

4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Memphis might be known for its gritty soul and rockabilly traditions courtesy of the Stax, Sun and Hi record labels, but there's a burst of New Orleans traditional and contemporary brass band music being supplied by the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers. The band features veteran sax sideman Brian "Breeze" Cayolle.

The John Hammond Quartet

4:25 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

It seems that only in the new millennium has longtime bluesman with the Reso-Phonic guitar John Hammond discovered the wonder of writing his own music, but he has enjoyed a fresh new chapter in his career for his efforts. His 2007 release, Push Comes to Shove (Back Porch), features a collaboration with blues-hop funkster G. Love as well as a mix of covers and originals, making this 66-year-old look positively Gen X in style.

Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors

4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief Victor Harris' Mardi Gras Indians break out their West African-influenced suits and rhythms for Jazz Fest.

The Jackson Southernaires

4:40 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Mississippi gospel legends the Jackson Southernaires have enjoyed the same kind of history as fellow Southerners, the Blind Boys of Alabama. The members started delivering soulful harmonies at a very early age and just kept plugging away, and are nearing their 70th year of performing together (though with only one remaining original member).


Stevie Wonder

5:15 p.m., Acura Stage

The 1950s and early '60s had Ray Charles, and the 1980s and early '90s had Prince, and right in between them is the other incomparable musical genius Stevie Wonder, who brought rhythm and blues and funk to new orchestral and electonric heights. The producer, songwriter and keyboardist has more Grammy Awards than any other solo artist (25), and in 2005 ended a 10-year album drought with A Time to Love. He has a new album planned for 2008, The Gospel Inspired by Lula.


Terence Blanchard and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

5:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

There appears to be no collaborative environment in which the Grammy-winning trumpeter (and frequent Spike Lee film score composer) cannot flourish, as evidenced by his participation on two recent albums: Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Jazz All-Stars: Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival and Cannon Re-Loaded: An All-Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley. This performance reprises his Grammy-winning album A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina).

Sunpie's Tribute to Clifton Chenier feat. C.J. Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Sonny Landreth and Leon Sam

5:30 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

All you have to do is troll the Internet for a few seconds and you can see Jazz Fest visitors from around the country getting geared up for zydeco accordionist Sunpie Barnes' tribute to the late King of Zydeco himself, Clifton Chenier. Barnes is that rare zydeco artist who digs a little deeper into the African Diaspora for his musical explorations.

Michael Franti and Spearhead

5:35 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

A musical icon of the San Francisco music scene for the past quarter-century, Michael Franti fronted the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy before settling in over the past 14 years with Spearhead. This latter outfit has taken Franti only slightly from his hip-hop roots and into bold new territories that fuse rock, reggae, funk, soul and more. Spearhead's 2006 release, Yell Fire, explores Franti's criticisms of the Iraq War. His subsequent film, I Know I'm Not Alone, is a staple among anti-war protesters.

John Prine

5:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage

He writes songs like Bob Dylan being bonked on the head, but few singer-songwriters can evoke the idiosyncrasies of life with as much humor and pathos as John Prine. The raspy voice behind such classics as "Sam Stone," "Illegal Smile," "Hello in There" and "Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis" in the 1970s had a Grammy-winning album with 1991's The Missing Years, survived throat cancer in 1998 and won yet another Grammy with 2006's Fair & Square.

Soul Rebels Brass Band

5:40 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Just judging from their incredible session work with Galactic on the superb From the Corner to the Block, the Soul Rebels showed the band could carve out a long career as a Memphis Horns kind of outfit. But the Soul Rebels are constantly working to expand on their brass-band sound, though their hip-hop excursions wane when they go for a soul vibe.

Wanda Rouzan & A Taste of New Orleans

5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The "Sweetheart of New Orleans" is also known for offering a Taste of New Orleans, as she mixes up her unique blend of New Orleans rhythm and blues. Rouzan remains one of the city's most beloved entertainers.

"All a Part of God's Family" feat. the Smooth Family and Wimberly Family

5:55 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Known for their colorful costumes and long-time members, the Wimberly Family is a Jazz Fest favorite. Keep an ear out for a classic take on "A Change is Gonna Come."

Marva Wright and the BMW's with guest Al "Carnival Time" Johnson

6 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

The New Orleans Blues Queen is big and bawdy, blending the blues with R&B and, when the mood takes her, a dash of gospel and even jazz, along with her longtime backing band.

Ann Savoy's Sleepless Knights

6 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

From her contributions to recent Cajun- and Creole-music tribute compilations to her duets with Linda Ronstadt, this Cajun singer/songwriter and vocalist never slows down. She followed up her 2007 release, If Dreams Come True, with another collaboration effort, the recent Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights (Memphis International). The album includes swing-jazz guitarist Tom Mitchell, fiddler Kevin Wimmer and the rhythm section of the Red Stick Ramblers for a decidedly "hot club" sound.

Saturday, May 3


12:25 p.m. — In Economy Hall — Secondline Jammers Social Aid and Pleasure Club

12:30 p.m. — Hardhead Hunters and Golden Blade Mardi Gras Indians

1:30 p.m. — Pigeon Town Steppers, Valley of Silent Men and Westbank Steppers social aid and pleasure clubs with Storyville Stompers Brass Band

2:30 p.m. — Undefeated Divas and New Generation social aid and pleasure clubs with Pinstripe Brass Band

3:30 p.m. — Big Chief Trouble and Trouble Nation, Ninth Ward Hunters and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

Native American Pow Wow

12:30 p.m., 3:20 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. — Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Choir

11 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Traditional songs of praise ring out in force from the powerfully assembled voices of this resonant choir.


New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra

11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent

This sprawling ensemble plays an endlessly entertaining catalog of Dixieland, Tin Pan Alley and vaudeville novelties from the turn of the last century. Combining impeccable musical chops with diligent scholarship, its show — which features vintage gems like "When Rebecca Came Back From Mecca" — is a history lesson that swings.


11:15 a.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

The singer-songwriter known as Chappy was a downtown New Orleans club fixture before moving to New York after Hurricane Katrina. As Chappy, he plays poppy, blues-influenced acoustic folk rock. His alter ego, Michael Wagner, is an accomplished ukelele virtuoso.

Tondrae Kemp

11:20 a.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Passionate contemporary soul vocalist Tondrae Kemp has been compared to Marvin Gaye for his silky crooning. His style blends funk and hip-hop with smooth, seductive R&B.


The Guitar Lightin' Lee Band

11:20 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

This Ninth Ward-born guitarist, who studied blues with the legendary Jimmy Reed, plays messy, hard-driving New Orleans R&B with a twist. His backing musicians, the Thunder Band, double as the hardcore punk rock act Die Rotzz on their own time.

Chief Ke Ke and Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

These two lavishly feathered and beaded Mardi Gras Indian tribes bring their unique tambourine and drum percussion and rhythmic Indian street chants to the stage.

Lil Nathan Williams Jr. and the Zydeco Big Timers

11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage

Son of the Zydeco Cha Chas' Nathan Williams, Lil Nathan got his start playing the rub board in his father's band at the age of 5. Now an accomplished bandleader in his own right, Lil Nathan, who majors in jazz studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, released an album of original zydeco compositions, Doin' It Big Time, last year.


Alejandro Escovedo

11:30 a.m., Acura Stage

Recovering from critical illness in 2004 is just one of the strange events marking Escovedo's career. Influenced at an early age by the Velvet Underground, he created his own bluesy rock that incorporates some of his family's Mexican musical influences (his father played in a mariachi band) and has drawn praise from musicians and critics alike.


11:30 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Since getting together in high school, the members of Feufollet have crafted faithful, haunting Cajun folk as enchanting as their name, which in French refers to the will o'the wisps that hover over the swamps of Southwest Louisiana.

Lillian Boutté

11:35 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The versatile singer Lillian Boutté got her start singing in Xavier University's gospel choir before being discovered by Allen Toussaint and tapped to sing backup on recordings by Patti Labelle, the Neville Brothers and Dr. John. Her powerful, gospel-inflected blues style has been compared to Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson.

Leviticus Gospel Singers

11:45 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Since 1978, the Leviticus Gospel Singers have been performing high-energy versions of traditional gospel songs.

Treme Brass Band

12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Led by legendary local drummers Benny Jones Sr. and "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the Treme Brass Band is a stalwart second-line presence year-round. Its traditional street parade rhythms are shot through with modern jazz and funk references.

Storyville Stompers Brass Band

12:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

One of the hardest-working traditional brass bands in New Orleans, the Storyville Stompers has kept the vintage sound of second-line brass alive on the streets since 1981. It's brought high-stepping style and a hot Dixieland sound around the world, playing everywhere from China to Italy to Washington, D.C.

Bionik Brown feat. DJ Quickie Mart

12:35 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Media Darling recording artists Bionik Brown and DJ Quickie Mart bring D.I.Y. hip-hop to the Dirty South, combining socially conscious lyrics á la Talib Kweli and the Roots with wicked flow.

The Bester Singers

12:35 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Led by missionary Rose Bester, this Slidell group was founded almost 20 years ago by four Bester sisters. This veteran group uses family ties (and good musical genes) to belt out songs of praise and inspiration.

Charmaine Neville Band

12:50 p.m., Gentilly Stage

This soul sister from New Orleans' most famous musical clan is a powerful belter who brings her third-generation energy to a spicy mix of funk, R&B and blues. Fats Domino alum Reggie Houston, on saxophone, leads her band.


Lil' Buck Sinegal with Rudy Richard

12:50 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

A longtime Clifton Chenier sideman and the secret weapon of the legendary Excello Records studio band, guitar slinger Lil Buck Sinegal has appeared on more than 300 Louisiana blues, R&B and zydeco recordings. He's joined by guitarist Rudy Richard, an alumnus of Slim Harpo's King Bees.


Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars

12:55 p.m., Acura Stage

By the time accordionist Roddie Romero graduated from high school, he already had recorded three albums of rock- and blues-influenced zydeco and hadtoured the world. The La Louisiane Sessions, his 2007 album with the Hub City All-Stars, is a sprawling sampler of classic and modern South Louisiana sounds that was nominated for the first-ever Cajun/Zydeco Grammy award.


Pine Leaf Boys

12:55 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Southwest Louisiana's Pine Leaf Boys infuse their reverent treatment of traditional Cajun and Creole music with a scorching, raucous attitude that sets the already-upbeat sound on fire. Its 2007 album Blues du Musicien was nominated for the inaugural Cajun/Zydeco Grammy award this year.

Stephanie Jordan Ensemble

1 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Smoky and soulful, Stephanie Jordan's haunting jazz vocals have been compared to those of greats including Carmen McRae and Abbey Lincoln. Her band, which includes her brother Marlon on trumpet, has traveled the world with its moody, classic sound.

St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry

1:25 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Led by Clark Knighten, this Marrero choir has performed joyous, choral praise music together since the late '70s.


Danza Quartet feat. Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott

1:25 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

Two of New Orleans' most intriguing traditional jazz musicians, clarinetist Evan Christopher and pianist Tom McDermott, come together with a project that deftly weaves together Argentine tango, French musette, Brazilian choro and other forms, all viewed through a distinctly New Orleans lens.

New Orleans Jazz Hounds of Tokyo, Japan

1:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Mikio Shoji leads a Japanese ensemble that plays traditional and contemporary jazz.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

1:50 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

The originators of contemporary brass, the venerable Dirty Dozen Brass Band hasblended traditional street parade rhythms with funk, jazz and hip-hop for more than a quarter century. Its latest studio release is the 2006 reimagining of Marvin Gaye's seminal soul album What's Going On.

White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

1:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief "Lil" Charles Taylor is known for his distinctive voice, so listen for that and look for his downtown-style, orange and gold suit.

The Dixie Cups and their Cayenne Pepper Band

2:15 p.m., Acura Stage

With the monster hit "Chapel of Love," the Dixie Cups burst onto the charts in 1964 and injected the girl-group pop craze with New Orleans soul. The trio's follow-up, "Iko Iko," introduced Mardi Gras Indian chants to the world.

Henry Butler

2:15 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The classically trained pianist Henry Butler has developed an eclectic style all his own, combining percussive contemporary jazz, pop and Caribbean influences with the New Orleans R&B traditions of James Booker and Professor Longhair. He just released PiaNOLA Live on Basin Street Records.

Ruthie Foster

2:15 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Austin-based guitarist Ruthie Foster combines contemporary folk with vintage gospel and rural blues for a fresh, soulful Americana sound with strong roots in the Southern tradition. New Orleans swamp bluesman Papa Mali produced her latest album, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster.

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie

2:20 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

A standard-bearer for the zydeco tradition, Geno Delafose has played accordion since he was 7. His complex accordion assault blends vintage Creole rhythms with modern blues and soul for a furiously danceable sound.

Tribute to Max Roach feat. Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell and Jason Marsalis

2:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Three legendary New Orleans drummers pay homage to Max Roach, the founding father of traditional jazz who drummed with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and a laundry list of greats.

The Famous Rocks of Harmony

2:25 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This all-male group celebrates its 56th anniversary this year. Originally formed by seven brothers, it's now an expanded group of family members and friends, who perform in snappy matching summer suits. Based in Uptown's New Hope Baptist Church, Rocks of Harmony sings classic hymns, gospel and some of its own songs of praise.

Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders

2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

One of the city's top traditional jazz ensembles, Don Vappie and the CJS play authentic interpretations of Dixieland classics, including Creole jazz from the form's earliest years and the seminal work of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Satchmo himself.

Pinstripe Brass Band

3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Revivalists in the strict tradition of New Orleans street parade brass, the Pinstripe Brass Band has propelled second lines with its joyful rhythms for more than 30 years. Since 1978, the group has been a beloved feature of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club's Mardi Gras parade.

The Roots

3:25 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Drummer ?uestlove and rapper Black Thought formed this seminal hip-hop crew in 1987 while they were still high school students. Its mix of jazz, funk and R&B, plus the practice of eschewing samples for live playing, has made it an influence on alternative hip-hop. Its upcoming release, Rising Down (Def Jam Records) arrives April 29.

Aaron Neville's Soul Revue

3:25 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

As something of a prodigal son of New Orleans music, Aaron Neville recently made headlines by purchasing a Northshore home and returning to the city to live for the first time in years. Musically, Aaron has always been the most spiritual of his formidable family. Solo, he's recorded several gospel albums that make fine use of his angelic voice.

the subdudes

3:35 p.m., Acura Stage

When three members of the Continental Drifters put together a pickup band for a Tipitina's gig in 1987, they thought it would be a one-off. After two decades and a few splits and reunions, the subdudes is still going strong, playing a funky blend of Louisiana blues, soul and roots rock.


Spencer Bohren

3:35 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

With heartrending lap steel and expertly atmospheric acoustic guitar picking, longtime New Orleans transplant Spencer Bohren plays bayou-influenced folk blues that adds country twang to Crescent City soul.

Marcia Ball

3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

This Gulf Coast barrelhouse blues queen plays rollicking boogie-woogie piano that's soaked with Southern soul — and has been for nearly three decades. Her latest album, this month's Peace, Love and BBQ features guest spots from Louisiana aces like Dr. John, Terrance Simien and Wayne Toups.


Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

3:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Bobby McFerrin has won 10 Grammies for his work as a composer, conductor and producer. His collaboration with legendary pianist and Miles Davis band vet Chick Corea has spawned two albums of innovative sounds that fuse classical music and jazz.

John Mooney and Bluesiana

3:45 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

When he moved to New Orleans in 1976, guitarist John Mooney began playing New Orleans rhythm & blues with some of the city's greatest musicians. He's brought his electrified licks to gigs and records with Snooks Eaglin, Dr. John, Earl King, the Meters and Professor Longhair.

Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam

3:55 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Renowned accordionist Marc Savoy brings Eunice's beloved Saturday morning tradition of an open general-store jam session to the Fair Grounds. Since 1966, the musical free-for-all has drawn talents including the late Dewey Balfa and Dennis McGee.

Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark

4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Clarinetist and trombonist Michael White is also an accomplished jazz historian and educator, holding an endowed chair in the humanities at Xavier University. He directs the traditional jazz outfit the Original Liberty Jazz Band with scholarly precision and outright swing.

War Chief Juan & Young Fire

4:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Golden Comanche spy boy Juan Pardo, a member of the sprawling outfit the New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy, blends his own brand of Mardi Gras Indian chants and percussion with his band Young Fire.

Beyond Measure

4:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

The New Orleans all-girl evangelical gospel quartet belts out traditional and contemporary worship music in angelic, precise four-part harmony.

Steel Pulse

5:25 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

The fiery reggae act Steel Pulse first gained notoriety in the British punk scene of the '70s and '80s, opening for acts like the Clash and Generation X. Its blend of Jamaican rhythms, European pop and politically conscious lyrics has made it a favorite on the jamband circuit.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

5:30 p.m., Acura Stage

Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band gathered a devoted following over the decades for their heady brand of tropical escapism. They play breezy barroom country with an island twist that's spawned beach bum anthems like "Margaritaville" and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Who would have guessed Buffett once played on Bourbon Street?

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

5:30 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

The Shreveport-born blues guitarist combines rock 'n' roll and roadhouse for a sound that's been compared to Slash, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Shepherd's 2007 travelogue, the documentary 10 Days Out, saw him touring rural jukejoints to sit in with aging legends like Pinetop Perkins and Chess session-man Henry Gray.

Diana Krall

5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Diana Krall's smooth, sultry vocals and elegant piano stylings have made her a premiere contemporary jazz artist — with a solid footing in the sophisticated sounds of the cocktail era. The Grammy recipient's (Best Jazz Vocal of 1999) latest recording is 2006's sunny From This Moment On.

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

5:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The tireless and prolific trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has become a major presence in contemporary New Orleans jazz. As a performer, composer, arranger and educator with the nonprofit institution New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Mayfield's efforts preserve and promote both the music's history and its future.

Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr. and the Greater St. Stephens Mass Choir

5:40 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

The Canadian-born Morton became the pastor of Greater St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church in 1975, and since then, its membership has grown to more than 20,000 members. A powerful vocalist and a charismatic pastor, Morton also leads a satellite ministry in Atlanta set up for evacuated parishioners after Katrina.

Orange Kellin's New Orleans Blues Seranaders feat. Vernel Bagneris

5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Clarinetist Orange Kellin is a veteran of the New Orleans Joymakers and frequent guest soloist with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. With Vernel Bagneris, creator and director of the theatrical revue One Mo'Time, his band adds Broadway pizzazz to the Crescent City sound.

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

5:45 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans 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 festivals around the world.

Crescent City Allstars feat. James Andrews

5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Funk master James Andrews, the grandson of Jessie Hill and a onetime student of the late Danny Barker, has New Orleans' rhythms in his blood. His latest release with the Crescent City Allstars, 2007's People Get Ready Now, is a vibrant stew of gritty funk, classic R&B and Mardi Gras Indian street parade swagger.

Joe Krown

6 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

Frenchmen Street regular and Jazz Fest veteran Joe Krown's playfully expert piano style breathes funky, laid-back life into New Orleans jazz standards. Krown has played with a long list of blues, jazz and soul greats, and held the keyboard chair in Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's band from 1992 until Brown's death in 2005.

Sunday, May 4


12:30 p.m. — C.T.C. Steppers and Lady Rollers social aid and pleasure clubs with Tornado Brass Band

1:30 — Wild Tchoupitoulas and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

2:15 p.m. — Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and the Original Prince of Whales social aid and pleasure clubs with Highsteppers Brass Band

3:30 p.m. — Black Feathers, Wild Apaches and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians

Native American Pow Wow

12:30 p.m., 1:55 p.m. & 3:25 p.m. — Carolina Tuscarora Stomp and Smoke Dancers

The New Orleans Spiritualettes

11:05 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Ruby Ray founded this traditional gospel ensemble in 1956 and it is one of the city's longest continuously performing groups. The Spiritualettes released the album Bonded in 2005.

The Revealers

11:10 a.m., Acura Stage

It's relaxed audiences all over New Orleans with its unique take on reggae and dub, and now the Revealers return to the Fair Grounds to spread a little bit of that good old Jamaican irie cheer.

Chris Clifton

11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent

Trumpeter Chris Clifton learned some of his licks at the knee of Satchmo himself, so expect some classic New Orleans swing when this Jazz Fest perennial brings his act back this year.

Loyola University Jazz Band

11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Trombonist and local big-band leader John Mahoney directs the university's jazz band.

Ovi-G and the Froggies

11:15 a.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

Consisting of Ovidio Giron (of the legendary Guatemalan combo Grupo Rana) and family members, this peculiarly named New Orleans group specializes in soca, the high energy dance music that originated in the Caribbean islands.

Grupo Fantasma

11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage

An 11-piece collective from Austin, Texas, Grupo Fantasma draws from a wide range of Latin music, from samba to cumbia to salsa and beyond, to create a juggernaut of overdriven funk and soul powered by bright brass and driving drums.

SUBR Jazzy Jags

11:20 a.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Harry Anderson incorporates original work into the Southern University of Baton Rouge's ensemble, which will be performing contemporary and traditional style jazz.

Guitar Slim Jr.

11:25 a.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

He's the son of electric blues pioneer Guitar Slim, but Jr. is a powerhouse in his own right — his debut album was nominated for a Grammy and he's been backed by the mighty Memphis Horns.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Septet

11:30 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Made up of students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which moved to Loyola University in August 2007, this group has been mentored by the some of biggest names in modern jazz.

Lost Bayou Ramblers

11:30 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Led by brothers Louis and Andre Michot, the Lost Bayou Ramblers are musical anthropologists dedicated to keeping Cajun music from the last two centuries alive by playing it the way it was meant to be played: wild. The raucous energy of their live show is showcased on their latest album, Live a la Blue Moon.

Minister Jai Reed

11:50 a.m., AIG Gospel Tent

A native son of New Orleans, Jai Reed is committed to spreading the word of God through traditional and contemporary gospel music. Though his new album Anointed for Purpose is a poignant expression of his submission to God, Jai sings with enough soul to captivate fans of all genres of music.

Salvador Santana Band

12:20 p.m., Acura Stage

Riding a wave since the February release of its self-titled debut album, the Salvador Santana Band combines the freshest hip-hop, rock, funk and R & B with traditional Latin sounds. Salvador is the son of guitar legend Carlos Santana, so you can expect to be impressed.

Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians

12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Founded in the Calliope projects and currently led by Big Chief Gerod Lewis, this Indian tribe represents the Uptown section of New Orleans. It performs both traditional Mardi Gras Indian tunes and original compositions.

The Pfister Sisters

12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The trio of Yvette Voelker, Debbie Davis and Holley Bendtsen are best known for their close-harmony jazz singing in the vein of New Orleans' legendary Boswell Sisters. Critics praise them for their ability to take listeners on a can't-miss trip back to the era of swing music.

Sonny Landreth

12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Lafayette native Sonny Landreth honed his chops at the feet of a master, backing zydeco legend Clifton Chenier for many years. His masterful slide guitar work has been heard on recordings with Dolly Parton, Beausoleil, Mark Knopfler and Junior Wells.


12:35 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

This New Orleans rapper turned heads following Hurricane Katrina with the relase of a couple of mixtapes, Put it Together and Pretty Ugly.

Zulu Male Ensemble

12:40 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

This ensemble is based out of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Kenny Neal

12:50 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Baton Rouge native Kenny Neal learned the blues at the feet of Louisiana legends like Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo. He toured extensively as the bass player in Buddy Guy's band before branching off to focus on his own brand of swamp-boogie blues guitar.

Jonathan Batiste

12:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

In his early twenties, New Orleans native Jonathan Batiste draws musical inspiration from hometown piano legends like Professor Longhair and from jazz giants like Thelonious Monk, creating a rich fusion of soul and bebop.

Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys

12:55 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

His latest album is titled French Creole House Dance, and if anybody can translate the energy of such an event to the stage, it's the accordion veteran from Southwest Louisiana with more than 60 years of Creole house dances behind him.


Rotary Downs

1:20 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

New Orleans' Rotary Downs has been attracting attention nationwide and been compared favorably to college rock stalwarts like Pavement. Combining fuzzed-out guitars and loping sing-along choruses, its humidity-soaked psychedelic power pop is tailor-made for a hazy spring afternoon.

Eddie Boh Paris aka Chops!

1:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Relocating to Arizona has done little to diminish Chops' New Orleans bonafides, as the leader of the Funky 7 Brass Band takes his trumpet and vocal chords and puts them in service of his solo act.

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

1:35 p.m., Acura Stage

Keyboardist Ivan Neville and his all-star band play hard-edged party funk jams rooted in the deep, nasty soul of the '70s. The members of Dumpstaphunk have an astonishing collective resume; they've played with the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews.

William Smith's Tribute to Kid Sheik

1:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

William Smith, former singer and trumpeter with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, pays homage to an alumnus of the venerable New Orleans institution — trumpeter George "Kid Sheik" Colar, one of the titans of traditional New Orleans jazz.

Sherman Washington & the Famous Zion Harmonizers

1:35 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

The Zion Harmonizers started as an a cappella gospel group in 1939. Sherman Washington, the coordinator for Gospel Tent booking, joined in 1942 and has the longest tenure in this storied group. The Harmonizers added a band, but still sometimes sing unaccompanied.

Elisian Fieldz

1:50 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

Sisters Arin and Alexis Jones are Elysian Fieldz, a soulful singing group that has been called upon to open up for Master P and to sing the national anthem for the New Orleans Hornets. The sisters style is a mix of modern R&B and hip hop, with some of the flavor of their native New Orleans.



1:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The Uptown funk machine Galactic has been together for more than a decade now, and it's taken the time to explore more than a few musical whims. The forays have ranged from ambient electronic jazz explorations to its 2007 release From the Corner to the Block, which has the band backing an all-star cast of the members' favorite rappers, including the homegrown star MC Juvenile.


Snooks Eaglin

2:15 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

The blind, former street singer is one of New Orleans' most beloved musical treasures. The "human jukebox," whose repertoire of blues and R&B tunes is encyclopedic, has an incendiary guitar style that continues to astonish after nearly half a century in the game.

Vernel Bagneris' "Jelly Roll and Me"

2:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

New Orleans native and Broadway mastermind Vernel Bagneris, the man behind the Crescent City R&B theatrical revue One Mo' Time, pays tribute to the father of Storyville jazz.

Chris Ardoin and NuStep

2:25 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Lake Charles's Chris "The Candyman" Ardoin keeps one foot planted in the past and keeps the other firmly in the present by mixing contemporary music with the zydeco he grew up playing. This year, he'll feature songs from his recently released Candyman's V.I.P. album, which continues his zydeco/hip-hop experiments.

Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas, Marva Wright and Raychell Richard

2:25 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

New Orleans' favorite Grammy-winning soul sister lends her powerful pipes to the catalog of legendary gospel queen Mahalia Jackson. Blues belter Marva Wright has riled up New Orleans audiences with her rich blend of gospel, R&B and soul for decades. She's joined by Gretna native Raychell Richard, who recently lent backing vocals to Eric Lindell's latest album of textured blues-rock.

George French

2:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The son of Albert "Papa" French Sr. and brother of Bob French has upheld the family musical legacy since the '60s. On the festival stage, the bassist and singer will explore his extensive repertoire of R&B and jazz tunes.

Highsteppers Brass Band

2:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

One of the groups that helped give birth to the mighty Hot 8 Brass Band, the High Steppers still get folks dancing in the aisles with its trademark frenetic jams.


3:20 p.m., Acura Stage

The visionary guitarist Carlos Santana has been reshaping the musical landscape with his vast, searing, Latin-influenced psychedelic blues since emigrating to the U.S. from Mexico in 1961.

Rebirth Brass Band

3:20 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

The Rebirth's sweaty Tuesday night gigs at the Maple Leaf are a necessary rite of passage for New Orleans college students. The band's raucous amalgam of traditional brass, hip-hop and funk keeps it one of New Orleans' most exciting live acts, even after a quarter century together.


The Raconteurs

3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The Raconteurs, a project of the White Stripes' Jack White and the Detroit garage-rock band the Greenhornes (who White used to back Loretta Lynn on Van Lear Rose, the Lynn/White collaboration from 2004) play tight, edgy, guitar-driven rock with spooky soul overtones.

Val and Love Alive Fellowship Choir with the Dimensions of Faith

3:35 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

Now entering its 21st year as a group, this massive youth choir directed by Valerie Bemiss Wiliams once again brings its joyful sounds of faith to the Gospel Tent. Could there be a repeat of last year's on-stage interpretive dancing?


The New Orleans Bingo! Show

3:40 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

This cabaret collective's songs detail life in the bohemian margins of New Orleans. Frontman Clint Maedgen — who's currently moonlighting with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which will back him on a solo record — croons about strippers, unrequited love and greeting the dawn in a bar as his band grinds out its trademark elegantly wasted chamber pop.

Keb' Mo'

3:45 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Singer-songwriter Keb' Mo' plays postmodern blues that links rural Delta sounds with pop, rock, folk and jazz. His latest recording is 2006's Suitcase.

Dianne Reeves

4 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Detroit-born jazz and R&B vocalist Dianne Reeves has won Grammys for each of her last three recordings for the Blue Note label. Compared often to emotional vocal stylists like Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, her latest release, When You Know, came out in April.

Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet feat. Bela Fleck with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee

4 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

This acoustic quartet plays a mix of traditional Appalachian folk twisted, as you'd expect, by the presence of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, who's famed for his distinctive and unusual take on bluegrass. The band blends elements of Chinese folk music, jazz and classical into its repertoire.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been a New Orleans institution since 1961, featuring some of the city's finest players lending their skills to vintage hot jazz. New additions to the band this year are longtime Fats Domino band sax man Elliott "Stackman" Callier and trumpeter Mark Braud, whose late uncle John Brunious led the band for two decades.

Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians

4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias have brought their signature brand of funk to the Jazz Fest's stages since the festival's beginning. Their repertoire is a wish list of classic New Orleans tunes, so if you're dying to hear "Handa Wanda" (from the group's genre-defining eponymous 1974 album) done right, you know where to be.

DJ Captain Charles

4:45 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

One of New Orleans' hardest-working club DJs, Captain Charles has been on the wheels of steel for more than 20 years, spinning everything from bounce to funk to classic old-school jams.

John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir

4:45 p.m., AIG Gospel Tent

After surviving a tough street life, John P. Kee saw the light when a good friend was murdered. Now he uses the church as a platform for his teen-friendly worship music, directing a choir of inner-city kids who sing what he calls "Sunday morning hip-hop."

Maze feat. Frankie Beverly

5:30 p.m., Congo Square "My Louisiana" Stage

For nearly 30 years, Frankie Beverly and Maze have churned out slick, energetic, bass-driven soul. One of their most well-known albums, Live in New Orleans, was recorded at the Saenger Theater in 1980.

Derek Trucks

5:30 p.m., Southern Comfort Blues Tent

Formed in 1994, the Derek Trucks Band likes to bill itself as a work in progress. Over nearly 14 years together, its soaring, jammy sound has incorporated heavy blues, rock, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms into what's now a psychedelic world-music explosion.

The Radiators

5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

New Orleans' favorite bar band has plied its trade for 30 years. Its funky blend of roots, blues and Crescent City soul has won it a worldwide following, and even as the decades pile up, the Rads consistently prove to be more than able to rock a party.

The Neville Brothers

5:40 p.m., Acura Stage

One of New Orleans' most well-known and well-loved musical dynasties, the Neville brothers are the city's acknowledged first family of funk. After a two-year absence, Aaron, Art, Cyril and Charles return to their traditional second Sunday Fest-closing slot.

The Jazz Jam presented by Greg "Blodie" Davis

5:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Dirty Dozen Brass Band trumpeter Greg "Blodie" Davis assembles an all-star jazz jam to close the Jazz Tent for 2008.

Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys

5:45 p.m., Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage

Teenage fiddle prodigy Amanda Shaw is growing up fast. Her latest album, this year's Pretty Runs Out, blends Cajun reels with sultry country-rock that features collaborations with Shannon McNally and Troy Andrews.


Tribute to Tuba Fats

5:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

In tribute to Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, a host of tuba players will play everything from traditional jazz to funky beats. Tuba Fats created the Chosen Few Brass Band and was a fixture in Jackson Square, where he mentored many young brass band musicians. The lineup for this performance includes ReBirth Brass Band founder Phil Frazier, Big John McCannon from Free Agents, Herbert McCarver from Pinstripes and many others.

Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band carries an impeccable pedigree — the group has been playing in one form or another since 1910. Now nearing its century anniversary, it's the elder statesmen of traditional New Orleans jazz.

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries

6 p.m. AIG Gospel Tent

This choir sings traditional and contemporary gospel. It is based out of Pastor Tom Watson's Uptown New Orleans ministry.

Benny Grunch and the Bunch

6 p.m. Allison Miner Music Heritage/ Lagniappe Stage

The humor-rock stylings of Benny Grunch and the Bunch mine the rich cultural landscape of the south Louisiana Y'at culture. Expect old-fashioned 4/4 bar rock coupled with jokes about crawfish, makin' groceries and yamomanem.

Schedule subject to change.

click to enlarge Chick Corea will be joined by Bobby McFerrin for his set (3:45 p.m. Saturday, May 3, WWOZ Jazz Tent).
  • Chick Corea will be joined by Bobby McFerrin for his set (3:45 p.m. Saturday, May 3, WWOZ Jazz Tent).
click to enlarge The Native American Village features traditional dancing by members of tribes from the southeastern and central United States. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • The Native American Village features traditional dancing by members of tribes from the southeastern and central United States.
click to enlarge Rockin' Dopsie Jr. gets the crowd excited. - CHERYL GERBER
click to enlarge Sousaphonist Kirk Joseph leads his Backyard Groove (6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, Jazz & Heritage Stage). - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Sousaphonist Kirk Joseph leads his Backyard Groove (6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, Jazz & Heritage Stage).
click to enlarge Singer/songwriter Anders Osborne jams at Jazz Fest. - SCOTT SALTZMAN


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