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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival :: Sunday, April 29 

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


12:10 p.m. Ninth Ward Hunters and Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians

1:25 p.m. Mahogany Brass Band with Big Steppers, Untouchables, and Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

2:55 p.m. Black Eagles and Shawnee Mardi Gras Indians

4:10 p.m. Darryl Adams' Tornado Brass Band with Olympia Aid, New Look, and First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

5:30 p.m. Carrollton Hunters and Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians

Native American Pow Wow
Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village

12:20 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. The Boyz Singers and Dancers
Cultural Exchange Pavilion

1:30 p.m. Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

3:15 p.m. Black Eagles and Shawnee Mardi Gras Indians

4:55 p.m. Indian practice



The Pfister Sisters
11:10 a.m., Economy Hall Tent

Though some may know them for their appearance on HBO's Treme, for more than 30 years the Pfisters have paid tribute to renowned New Orleans vocal group the Boswell Sisters who in the 1920s and '30s defined close harmony jazz singing.

Erika Flowers
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage

A product of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Loyola University, this local R&B singer also has performed with The New Orleans Opera Association.

NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

This performance highlights students from the jazz program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief Larry Bannock of the Golden Star Hunters Tribe — based out of the Gert Town neighborhood — is also president of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council. Expect chanting and dancing to strong Indian rhythms peppered with musical stories.

New Orleans Spiritualettes
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent

Founded by Ruby Ray more than 40 years ago, this all-female group creates original arrangements of traditional gospel songs. 

Los Po-Boy-Citos
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage

Along with a host of original tunes, this Latin funk brass band meshes traditional New Orleans R&B, Mardi Gras songs and other local standards with Latin boogaloo rhythms.

Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes
11:20 a.m., Blues Tent

Backed by a version of his classic band, Ernie Vincent is best known for his signature "wah wah" guitar and his 1972 funk anthem "Dap Walk." Having dabbled in blues, R&B and even disco, Vincent perfected his blues-funk working with Ernie K-Doe, King Floyd, Eddie Bo and Solomon Burke, not to mention Monk Boudreaux and Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band
11:20 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

The Sharecroppers play authentic south Louisiana Cajun fiddle, interpreting turn-of-the-century songs with a swing feel that can drive a fast two-step or an old waltz. Along with playing Western swing songs of the '40s by the likes of Harry Choates, Castille also co-writes tunes with his son and bandmate, Blake.

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
11:30 a.m., Acura Stage

Like his hero Jimmy Reed, Sansone plays guitar and harmonica, but he also was inspired by the death of the late Clifton Chenier to also take up accordion and help preserve the Louisiana zydeco tradition. Sansone's original songs also channel Chicago blues and swamp boogie. He recently released The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too.

Heritage School of Music Band
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage

The Heritage music education program has offered free, weekly after-school jazz band training for local teenagers since 1990, mostly under the leadership of revered New Orleans saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan.

E'Dana & Company
Noon, Gospel Tent

This Oakland-born singer started at the age of 3 and by 15 had begun touring as a lead vocalist with the Avondale Community Choir. She has sung with everyone from Dolly Parton to Kirk Franklin and is known for her roles in gospel Stage
plays Ain't No Sunshine When He's Home, I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Be Careful What You Pray For.

The Batiste Brothers
12:25 p.m. Congo Square Stage

This famous New Orleans funk, soul, rock, jazz and R & B group is best known for original hits, "Louisiana" and "(Gon' be Dat) New Orleans Music." Having led this family band since 1976, Paul Batiste is also the founder of the Batiste Family International School of Fine and Performing Arts, which supplements New Orleans music education in schools.  

Pat Casey & the New Sound
12:15 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Electric and upright bassist Pat Casey accepts the labels bop and soul, but is a modern musician who resists genre tags. His group the New Sound performs both improvisational jazz and tight arrangements.

Brice Miller & the Mahogany Brass Band
12:15 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Mahogany Brass Band, trumpeter Brice Miller covers genres from gospel to classic jazz, dirges and brass band standards like "St. James Infirmary Blues."

Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

At more than 100 years old, New Orleans' oldest jazz musician, trumpeter Lionel Ferbos appears every Saturday night at Palm Court Cafe, playing traditional Crescent City jazz. Ferbos also has performed at every Jazz Fest.

Phil Wiggins & Corey Harris
12:30 p.m., Blues Tent

A blues and reggae guitarist and singer, Harris was featured on Martin Scorsese's acclaimed 2003 PBS television mini-series The Blues, and helped Billy Bragg and Wilco write music for newly discovered lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie. Wiggins has spent 30 years as a harmonica pioneer, most prominently as part of the Piedmont blues duo, Cephas & Wiggins

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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
12:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Fresh off another Grammy nomination for the album Grand Isle (which features a cover of Quintron and Miss Pussycat's "Chatterbox"), fiddle player Riley pioneers new Cajun sounds with his band harmonizing in Cajun French.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
12:45 p.m., Acura Stage

One of New Orleans' rising international stars, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews hails from the Treme neighborhood. Trombone Shorty has since gone on to create a funk-rock hybrid that has drawn fans and mainstream pop collaborators from Lenny Kravitz to Kid Rock. He recently released Backatown and For True.

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Tribute to Alex Chilton feat. Dave Pirner, Alex McMurray, Susan Cowsill, Doug Garrison and Rene Coman
12:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Pop music icon Alex Chilton spent his last years in New Orleans before he died of a heart attack in 2010. A host of eclectic New Orleans pop and rock musicians – including Soul Asylum frontman and Truck Farm recording studio owner Dave Pirner — cover songs by the influential rock musician, from his group The Box Tops and Big Star.

Lois Dejean Gospel Diva and Friends
12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent

For almost 25 years, under the leadership of Reverand Lois Dejean, the Johnson Extension family band has sung traditional and contemporary gospel. Along with her work advocating for children's causes in New Orleans, Dejean was the first local female gospel music promoter. She also produced the choir for the animated film Hunchback of Notre Dame, and is featured in the Ray Charles biopic Ray.

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Panorama Jazz Band
12:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

Led by clarinetist Ben Schenck, Panorama mixes together standards by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet, often adding Eastern European, Caribbean and Latin American sounds. 

Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson
1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

British trumpeter and band leader Clive Wilson completed his physics degree at Newcastle University, but after moving to New Orleans in the '60s, he set science aside to make music with pianist Butch Thompson, whom he met at Preservation Hall. Together they cover the music of jazz pioneers like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton.

Ellis Marsalis
1:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

A staple on Friday nights at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, Ellis Marsalis is the patriarch of New Orleans' Marsalis family. The pianist also is well known as an educator at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and the University of New Orleans.

Bill Summers & Jazalsa
1:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Bill Summers is an accomplished jazz musician and master percussionist who has played with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and infuses Los Hombres Calientes' sound with Afro-Cuban and world beats.

Ironing Board Sam
1:50 p.m., Blues Tent

With his custom "button board" portable keyboard mounted to an ironing board simulating the Hammond B3 organ sound, Sam performed regularly on the landmark R&B television show Night Train. On the heels of singles "Non Support" and "Original Funky Bell Bottoms," Sam moved to New Orleans and fell under the influence of artists such as James Booker and Professor Longhair.

Bishop Sean Elder & the Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir
1:50 p.m., Gospel Tent

This large choir from Avondale is known for its pop sensibility.

Lindigo of Reunion Island feat. Fixi of France
1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage

A music scene is brewing on France's Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. Since 1999, Lindigo has combined and experimented with Maloya's instrumental tradition and Madagascarian polyphonies. Lyricist Olivier Arsate draws from the Creole culture common to Madagascar and Reunion, backed by tribal singing, dancing and wild percussion.  

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
2:05 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

The son of Louisiana zydeco legend Clifton Chenier continues the tradition, pumping a full-swing keyboard accordion while leading his R&B-influenced zydeco band and its ripping horn section.

Papa Grows Funk
2:20 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Known primarily for its Monday night jam sessions at Maple Leaf bar starting in 2000, the band quickly became a permanent unit featuring keyboardist John "Papa" Gros and guitarist June Yamagishi. The band explores the softer side of funk with Hammond B-3 ballads such as "House of Love" from the band's 2003 album Shakin'.

Spencer Bohren
2:20 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

Over the course of 14 albums, Louisiana musician Spencer Bohren has played guitar, banjo and percussion while exploring the roots of American traditional blues, country, gospel and folk music.

Dr. John & the Lower 911
2:30 p.m., Acura Stage

The funky pianist and growler Dr. John achieved national fame beyond what many other talented and colorful local keyboardists realized. Those who thought the good doctor's best years were behind him will find him back in the saddle with his new album Locked Down, beautifully produced with maximum funk and soul by Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach. Expect his Lower 911 band to back him on everything from R&B to Mardi Gras Indian song jams.

Victor Goines
2:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Currently Northwestern University's Artistic Director for its Jazz Studies program, and Education Consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Goines has collaborated with everyone from Dylan to Dizzy. In New Orleans, he is an Adjunct Professor at Xavier University, and a faculty member at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans.

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Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds
2:45 p.m., Gospel Tent

Specializing in "old-school, Holy Ghost, testifying gospel music," this family band, established in 1965 by Leo and Mabel Jackson, is now led by their son Leo Jr. and includes four family members and four new additions.

Treme Brass Band
2:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Led by snare drummer Benny Jones Sr. and featuring "Uncle" Lionel Batiste on bass drum, this traditional second-line band also features saxophonist Elliot "Stackman" Callier and Kenneth Terry on trumpet and vocals.

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Debo Band: Ethiopian Groove Collective
3 p.m., Jazz and Heritage Stage

Hailing from Jamaica Plain, Mass., this nine-piece Ethiopian-influenced dance music collective blends traditional East African polyrhythms and pentatonic scales, American soul and funk music, and the instrumentation of Eastern European brass bands. Debo Band performs original compositions and new classics by contemporary Ethiopian musicians.

Sonny Landreth
3:05 p.m., Blues Tent

A Mississippi native, blues king and slide guitar innovator known for incorporating finger-pickin and fretboard tapping into his unique playing, Landreth has served as sideman to Jimmy Buffett, John Hiatt and Eric Johnson.

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Iron & Wine
3:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Actually a single musician named Samuel Beam, Iron & Wine plays modern acoustic folk music that has been compared to Nick Drake, Neil Young and John Fahey. Beam's last album was 2011's more pop-oriented Kiss Each Other Clean.

Yolanda Adams
3:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage

This Grammy-winning singer from Houston was named Gospel Artist of the Decade by Billboard magazine. When not traveling the world and drawing comparisons to everyone from gospel legend James Cleveland to Stevie Wonder, Williams hosts the Yolanda Williams Morning Show web program.

Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir
3:40 p.m., Gospel Tent

This 76-year-old Shreveport church is known for its year-round music programs, culminating in a Jazz Fest performance with choir members of all ages singing traditional gospel. 

New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
3:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

For more than 20 years this musical conglomerate has practiced what members call "Yiddish impressionism" in the form of funkified Klezmer music. Alumni include members of Panorama Jazz Band and Galactic.

Cowboy Mouth
3:55 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Loud, raucous and thoroughly local, this rock band's manic drummer Fred LeBlanc is part singer, part rock preacher. Over the course of a dozen albums, Cowboy Mouth issued a Saints anthem, "I Believe (A Tribute to The Saints)" during the 2009 championship season, and has a song called "Kelly Rippa," designed to win them a spot on Live with Regis and Kelly. Which it did.

Dianne Reeves
4:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

This four-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist appeared in the Academy Award nominated George Clooney film Good Night, and Good Luck, and provided its soundtrack. Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic among other legendary institutions.

Pete Fountain
4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Now 82 years old, clarinetist Pete Fountain legendarily quit Lawrence Welk's band on The Lawrence Welk Show to return to New Orleans, where he became the most high-profile torch-bearer for what he calls "swinging Dixie"-style of New Orleans jazz.

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
4:30 p.m., Acura Stage

New Jersey's champion of working man's rock 'n' roll continues after 40 years to not only be loved but relevant. Rolling Stone magazine called his newest album Wrecking Ball the "most ... confrontational and musically turbulent album Bruce Springsteen has ever made." At The Boss' Jazz Fest set, he'll be backed by his joyous E Street Band, with Jake Clemons, nephew of recently-departed Clarence Clemons, on saxophone.

Gary Clark Jr.
4:30 p.m., Blues Tent

At just 26 years old, singer/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. was the only newcomer invited to Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, despite the bluesman's incorporation of classic hip-hop and contemporary soul into his music. Clark has won an Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions. He is currently working on his debut album for Warner Brothers.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians
4:30 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Monk Boudreaux, 70, has been part of Mardi Gras Indian walking/masking tradition since he was 12, most notably with tribe/band the Golden Eagles, and collaborated with the Wild Magnolias on the seminal Indian album They Call Us Wild. Boudreaux is advising the Jazz & Heritage Festival on its Mardi Gras Indian exhibit.

Evelyn Turrentine-Agee
4:50 p.m., Gospel Tent

Evelyn Turrentine-Agee began her career recording with her father and three cousins and went on to form her own gospel group, The Warriors, in 1972. She reunited the group in 2000 to record God Did It. At home in Detroit, she is also known as the host of the Reel Talk show on Motor City Television. Known as the "Queen of the Quartet," Turrentine-Agee returns to her gospel roots for this performance.

Washboard Rodeo
5:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

This Western swing band is led by Washboard Chaz. Western swing combines fiddles, steel guitars and horns and influenced many early country artists.

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Janelle Monae
5:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Atlanta soul singer Janelle Monae, puts into her fiercely whirring blender funk, soul, rock 'n' roll and even a little Disney-esque choral singing. Monae is brave and not-quite-ready-for-radio mashup — best displayed on her album The ArchAndroid. But she has made fans and supporters from OutKast's Big Boi to P. Diddy.

Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots' International Accordion Summit
5:35 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is known for his blues, Creole, zydeco and Afro-Louisiana music. He's also a park ranger, actor, former high school teacher and former player for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.

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Al Green
5:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage

The Reverend Al Green's sets at recent New Orleans festivals have featured some preaching between 1970s mega soul ballads such as "I'm Still In Love With You," "Love and Happiness," and "Let's Stay Together." Green's 2008's Grammy-winning album Lay It Down was produced by longtime fan and Roots drummer, ?uestlove. His large band includes his three daughters singing backup.

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Nicholas Payton XXX with Vicente Archer and Jeff "Tain" Watts
5:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The virtuosic and outspoken New Orleans trumpeter posts blog entries about why jazz died in 1959. He recorded his first album From This Moment for Verve in 1994 and named his last release Bitches. Payton's "BAM" ("Black American Music") eschews genre in favor of self-expression, and Payton has little patience for others who don't. He is joined for this set by bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts.

Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders
5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

This classic jazz orchestra plays early jazz plus classics from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The Serenaders were chosen to perform the world premiere of Jelly Roll Morton's lost manuscripts.

Tab Benoit
5:55 p.m., Blues Tent

A roots blues guitarist and singer who has worked with Junior Wells, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and James Cotton among others, Tab Benoit has also recorded more than 15 solo albums, earning him three Grammy nominations. His latest work was Box of Pictures with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars project, which raises money and awareness for the cause of Louisiana's diminishing natural coastal protections.

Kirk Joseph's Tuba Tub
a5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The former Dirty Dozen Brass Band tuba player and self-proclaimed inventor of "sousafunk" has taken the tuba and sousaphone places they were perhaps never intended to go. At Jazz Fest, Joseph leads this all-star lineup of local sousaphone players including Matt Perrine (Tin Men), Edward Lee (Soul Rebels Brass Band) and Jon Gross (Panorama Jazz Band).

Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir
6:05 p.m., Gospel Tent

This performance ensemble includes members of many New Orleans choirs coming together to form one massive, joyously loud super-choir that sings traditional and contemporary gospel styles.


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