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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival :: Friday, April 27 

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


12:15 p.m. Black Mohawk and Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

1:40 p.m. Young Pinstripe Brass Band with Keep N It Real and We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

2:40 p.m. Geronimo Hunters and Creole Osceolas Mardi Gras Indians

4:15 p.m. Real Untouchables Brass Band with Zulu and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Native American Pow Wow
Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village

12:25 p.m., 1:40 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. The Boyz Singers and Dancers

Cultural Exchange Pavilion

1:30 p.m. Indian practice

3 p.m. Geronimo Hunters and Creole Osceolas Mardi Gras Indians

4:50 p.m. Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians



Electrifying Crown Seekers
11:15 a.m., Gospel Stage

Founded in 1965, the Electrifying Crown Seekers' ecstatic brand of gospel has been featured at the Fest more than 20 times.

The New Orleans Suspects
11:20 a.m., Acura Stage

The New Orleans Suspects features members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Radiators and other veteran players, born from a 2009 jam session at the Maple Leaf. The band plays saxophone- and piano-fed funk, with organ riffs and a sharp rhythm section.

The Revivalists
11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage

Named Best Emerging Artist at the 2011 Big Easy Music Awards, The Revivalists released its latest album, City of Sound, earlier this year. The band blends roots rock and pedal steel guitars with amped-up funk and bright brass.

Fredy Omar con su Banda
11:20 a.m., Congo Square Stage

Fredy Omar's Latin music ensemble has been a mainstay in New Orleans clubs and at the festival — he's logged Stage
time at Jazz Fest every year since 1998. The Honduran native's career spans tropical and Latin jazz, salsa and merengue.

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The Chicago university's student ensemble is led by New Orleans clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines.

Henry Gray & the Cats
11:20 a.m., Blues Tent

The 87-year-old Louisiana bluesman remained Howlin' Wolf's piano man for more than a decade and shared Stage
s with a who's who of musicians, from Lazy Lester to Mick Jagger. Times Are Getting' Hard was released in 2009.

Louis Ford & His New Orleans Flairs
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
This traditional New Orleans jazz band is led by tenor sax man and clarinetist Louis Ford.

Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief James Harris formerly masked with the Wild Magnolias and now leads this Uptown Mardi Gras Indian gang.

Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys
11:25 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Accordionist Goldman Thibodeaux fronts this Cajun and zydeco outfit, previously led by the late Calvin Carriere.

Beth Patterson & Potent Bathers
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage

Grammy nominee and Lafayette native Beth Patterson and her band (an anagram of her name) perform an eclectic mix of traditional Irish folk-influenced pop, driven by Patterson's bazouki.

Wimberly Family Gospel Singers
Noon, Gospel Tent

Otis Wimberly leads this gospel ensemble, now in its 38th year.

Lil' Buck Sinegal Blues Band
12:25 p.m., Blues Tent
New Orleans sideman Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal has lent his axe to performers like Clifton Chenier and Slim Harpo. He's also a Louisiana Music Hall of Famer and a respected solo act — from his '60s deep funk instrumentals to swampy and Chicago-influenced blues.

Young Pinstripe Brass Band
12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Formed in 2009, this New Orleans brass band is led by Herbert A. McCarver IV, a fourth generation musician. The band updates the traditional brass band format with modern funk arrangements.

Sammy Rimington International Band
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

English saxophonist and clarinetist Sammy Rimington has been a presence among the New Orleans jazz circuit for decades. His recent collaborations have been alongside Michael and David Doucet, Lars Edegran and the Treme Brass Band.

Cindy Scott
12:30 p.m., Jazz Tent

Tupelo, Miss., native and jazz vocalist Cindy Scott is the director of the University of New Orleans' Jazz Voices. In 2010 she released Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, which spans Brazilian jazz, R&B and Southern sounds.

Classic New Orleans Revue feat. Frankie Ford, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Robert "Barefootin'" Parker with Blue Eyed Soul
12:35 p.m., Acura Stage

The trio of inimitable New Orleans R&B legends includes "Sea Cruise" hit man Frankie Ford, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, and Robert Parker, who sang the 1965 classic "Barefootin'."

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Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
12:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Eunice, La., zydeco singer and accordionist Geno Delafose is a Grammy-nominated "nouveau zydeco" artist who formerly played with in his father's band (famed accordionist John Delafose) before setting off on his own in 1994.

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12:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Socially conscious New Orleans MC Dee-1 has released several acclaimed mixtapes featuring his bold affronts to the hip-hop status quo. In 2010, his video for rap-politics track "Jay, 50 and Weezy" went viral.

Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
12:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Since 2001, this brass-heavy New Orleans funk outfit has been a frequent festival favorite and has released three studio albums and Live at the Spleaf, recorded at band haunt The Maple Leaf. The band's latest is 2008's The Big Awesome.

Golden Voices Community Choir
12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church embraces gospel music in its 30-member choir, which this year celebrates its 40th year. It performs both traditional and contemporary gospel under Henry Washington's direction.

Kim Carson & the Enablers
12:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

Texas' roots-rocking roadhouse singer/songwriter Kim Carson is dubbed the "Queen of Louisiana Honky Tonk," performing her country and western rock in her adopted home state and around the globe.

Leah Chase
1:40 p.m., Jazz Tent

Juilliard-trained jazz vocalist Leah Chase — daughter of legendary restaurateur Leah Chase and bandleader Dooky Chase — performs jazz standards.

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James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars
1:40 p.m., Blues Tent

Singer-trumpeter James Andrews, of the prolific Andrews musical family, released The Big Time Stuff last year, featuring Monk Boudreaux and Cyril Neville, among others. The Treme musician's super-sized Crescent City Allstars performs jazz and brass band funk.

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Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone
1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Seguenon Kone plays the balafon, a West African wooden xylophone, and djembe drums. He's joined by dance company L'ivoire Spectacle.

Betty Winn & One A-Chord
1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent

The vocal ensemble was formed in 1995 and its members represent various churches and gospel choirs in the New Orleans area.

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
1:50 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Kirk Joseph gained acclaim holding down sousaphone duties with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. His Backyard Groove offers an eclectic, high-energy mix of jazz, funk and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Tim Laughlin
1:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Last year, Laughlin released If Dreams Come True last year, the jazz clarinetist's collaboration with veteran cornet player Connie Jones.

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
2:05 p.m., Fais Do-Do

Longtime zydeco accordionist Chubby Carrier earned the 2010 Grammy Award for Zydeco/Cajun, the last award for the category, which was phased out. The album, Zydeco Junkie, features his brand of bayou party music and his take on The Jeffersons theme.

2:10 p.m., Gentilly Stage

U.K. five-piece, offbeat pop-rock outfit Gomez released Whatever's On Your Mind last year, the band's seventh studio album since its acclaimed, best-selling debut, 1998's Bring It On.

The Dixie Cups
2:15 p.m., Acura Stage

The New Orleans R&B legends and vintage girl-group stars issued the revered classics "Iko Iko" and "Chapel of Love" (which outperformed The Beatles on American charts). They perform with a brass section, and the trio's current lineup includes Athelgra Neville.

Leyla McCalla
2:20 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

New York-to-New Orleans cellist Leyla McCalla performs as a teaching artist with the youth music education program New Orleans String Project and also plays banjo and blues guitar.

The Bester Singers & the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers of Slidell
2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent

Rose Bester leads this Slidell-based gospel group that was founded more than 20 years ago.

James Rivers Movement
2:50 p.m., Jazz Tent

Versatile saxophonist James Rivers adds unconventional instruments (harmonica, bagpipes) to his progressive jazz palette. He also has been a session man with Cosimo Matassa and Allen Toussaint and can be heard on the classic "Carnival Time."

Eric Lindell
3 p.m., Blues Tent

The San Mateo, Calif.-born singer/songwriter plays blues-inflected roots rock, and on his 2011 album West County Drifter, he reaches into rough-edged retro soul and R&B with his slick, crooning vocals.

Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief "Ke Ke" Gibson leads this 9th Ward Mardi Gras Indian band.

Butch Thompson's Homage to Jelly Roll Morton
3:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The former A Prairie Home Companion bandleader and accomplished ragtime pianist and clarinetist pays tribute to his hero, the pivotal jazz composer and player Jelly Roll Morton.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
3:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Son of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 released From Africa With Fury: Rise in 2008, produced by Brian Eno and Kuti, who explores Afrobeat and beyond with breakneck rhythms and protest anthems.

Shades of Praise: New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent

Founded in 2000, the citywide gospel choir incorporates people from diverse religious traditions, neighborhoods and countries.

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
3:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

The Cajun music outfit's 2010 album Alligator Purse earned a Grammy nomination, the band's 11th in its more than 30 year career. It's the band's 29th release and it explores Cajun roots, bluegrass and bayou blues.

3:40 p.m., Acura Stage

The seminal Louisiana hard rock band's debut album in 1983 featured its signature single, "Tell Me What You Want." The band reunited in 1997 and released Zebra IV in 2003. During its 35th anniversary performance in 2010, it was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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3:45 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The upbeat Lafayette indie-pop ensemble released its debut full-length album In Light last year to critical acclaim, and the band performed at California's Coachella music festival earlier this month. The hit single "Up, Up, Up" has been remixed by CSS and featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Glee.

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Sasha Masakowski
3:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

Acrobatic, chameleon-like jazz vocalist Sasha Masakowski recently returned from a globetrotting tour and four-month performance residency in Beijing. Her band Musical Playground explores Brazilian rhythms and progressive jazz.

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Stephanie Jordan Big Band
4:05 p.m., Jazz Tent

New Orleans chanteuse Stephanie Jordan (daughter of saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan) recently released Stephanie Jordan Sings a Tribute to the Fabulous Lena Horne: Yesterday When I Was Young, an album inspired by the late singer.

Slavic Soul Party!
4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This group merges acoustic Balkan and Gypsy folk with gospel, electronic and Latin influences and is set to release New York Underground Tapes this month.

Chuck Leavell & Friends plus special guest Bonnie Bramlett
4:25 p.m., Blue Tent

Studio piano man Chuck Leavell has tickled ivories for Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and other artists. His solo output includes Back to the Woods, his blues tribute released this year.

Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
4:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

One of the longest running jazz bands, the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band was founded in 1910 and has performed in some arrangement ever since. The traditional outfit is directed by Bob French.

Irma Thomas' Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
4:40 p.m., Gospel Tent

New Orleans' Queen of Soul takes the gospel Stage
once again to honor the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson.

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Guitar Lightnin' Lee & his Thunder Band
5:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

The longtime sideman, guitar slinger and rugged rhythm and bluesman joined members of punk band Die Rotzz for his Thunder Band, a raucous outfit that released N.O.L.A. Rhythum and Booze this year.

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Bon Iver
5:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Singer/songwriter Justin Vernon is Bon Iver, and Vernon's haunting soul-folk ensemble is sparse but the stadium-sized self-titled LP caught the Grammy's eye for Best New Artist.

The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Myers and Shawn Sahm
5:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Popular Tejano band The Texas Tornadoes features "father of Conjunto" Flaco Jimenez and Sir Douglas Quintet member Augie Meyers. The band performs rock-influenced Mexican pop, and it released Esta Bueno! in 2010.

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Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard
5:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Grammy Award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez joins bandleader and composer Terence Blanchard to explore Afro-Cuban music and jazz.

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary
5:30 p.m., Acura Stage

Shortly after releasing the prized Smile album, a holy grail for bootleg collectors originally conceived in studio sessions in the late 1960s but not released until last year, American pop figureheads the Beach Boys announced plans for a reunion and tour. The tour brings together original members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine.

Steel Pulse
5:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage

U.K. roots reggae outfit Steel Pulse has performed over four decades, from a leading Rock Against Racism presence in Birmingham's punk clubs to headlining world tours. Since its debut, 1978's Handsworth Revolution, its style has been emulated worldwide. The band won the Grammy for Best Reggae in 1987 for Babylon the Bandit.

Rev. Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir
5:45 p.m., Gospel Tent

Since age 9, Rev. Jermaine Landrum has had a hand in directing gospel choirs, and has directed dozens statewide. He began preaching at 15 and was ordained at 21.

Real Untouchables Brass Band
5:55 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Wali Abdel Ra'off Jr. fronts this brass band that performs a blend of modern and traditional brass sounds.

Buckwheat Zydeco
6 p.m., Blues Tent

With his signature quaff, Stanley Dural Jr. — aka Buckwheat Zydeco — has earned crossover success with his propulsive, accordion-led zydeco rave-ups showcased on more than 20 albums.

Jamil Sharif
6:10 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Son of renowned trumpeter Emery Humphrey Thompson, trumpeter and actor Jamil Sharif is a NOCCA alum and a versatile jazz player whose career spans traditional New Orleans jazz, classical, funk and g


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