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2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Thursday, May 3 


12:50 p.m. Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

2:55 p.m. Roots of Music Marching Crusaders

4:15 p.m. Original Pinettes Brass Band with VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Club

5:35 p.m. Young Fellaz Brass Band with Revolution and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Native American Pow Wow
Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village

1:10 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal

Cultural Exchange Pavilion

1:10 p.m. Cheyenne and 7th Ward Creole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

3:15 p.m. Indian practice

4:55 p.m. Fi Yi Yi and Mandingo Warriors Mardi Gras Indians



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Kourtney Heart
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage
Of all the musical traditions of Louisiana, two seem to stick in modern times — trumpets and teen sensations. Kourtney Heart is the latest of the latter, infusing modern pop/hip-hop/soul with some coolly self-assured Big Easy flavor and a Soulja Boy cameo.

Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors
11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Modern folklore has it that the spirit of Fi Yi Yi infuses a chief — Victor Harris since this Mardi Gras Indian tribe's inception in 1984 — with a black suit on Mardi Gras day. The spirit returns every 10 years to honor warriors then and now against segregation.

Eleanor McMain "Singing Mustangs" Gospel Choir
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent
The Singing Mustangs — a group of students in grades 9 through 12 at the Eleanor McMain Secondary School — have performed in the gospel Tent
for five years. Clyde Lawrence directs the group.

Kipori "Baby Wolf" Woods
11:20 a.m., Blues Tent
The grandson of "Luscious" Lloyd Lambert, blues guitarist Kipori Woods stems from a musical heritage that includes Ray Charles and Little Richard. Woods received tutelage from Ellis Marsalis and complements his jazz-inspired lines with a spirited Hammond organ and loose jam-band feel.

Seva Venet presents the Storyville String Band
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
New Orleans outfit Seva Venet and the Storyville String Band happily trades Big Easy brass for string arrangements. Goodbye trumpets and hello steel (slide) guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, mandolin, violin, tenor guitar, electric guitar and acoustic upright bass.

Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun
11:20 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
With a musical tradition planted firmly in the area's Cajun and zydeco roots, longtime accordion player Robert Jardell recently recovered from an auto accident and is back to present down- home, accordion-driven music to the masses. His playing is influenced by accordion legend Nathan Abshire, who reinvigorated Cajun music.

Flow Tribe
11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage
What if KISS went the Parliament route? Infusing rock with ample New Orleans brass and a degree of showmanship worthy of Gene Simmons (less goth, more Mardi Gras Indians)? Flow Tribe brings the fun right alongside the bass.

Tulane University Jazz Ensemble
11:25 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Part of Tulane University's jazz program, this ensemble offers a classic big-band sound in concerts and jazz workshops.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff
11:30 a.m., Acura Stage
It doesn't get more melting pot than Americana outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff. So American that even British music magazine Mojo paid atTent
ion at 2011's South by Southwest festival. The band is led by Bronx-born, Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra and pulls from classic country, 1960s rock 'n' roll, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. The band released Lookout Mama this month.

Kelcy Mae
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
Kelcy Mae Wilburn is a regular on Frenchmen Street and a specialist in fresh-faced yet soulful alt-country reminiscent of Natalie Merchant. The songwriter and poet is backed by her regular band of Lucy Cordts on banjo and mandolin, Tom Marron on violin and harmonica, Andy Neubauer on guitar, Owen Romero on bass and Kyle Sharamitaro on drums.

Gospel Inspirations of Boutte
12:10 p.m., Gospel Tent
The gospel quartet was founded in 1979 and tours through the South. The band's sound stems from their early mentors, the Zion Harmonizers.

12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Honoring the Afro-Cuban tradition, the 10-year-old local Latin band avoids the musical trend of grafting hip-hop to other musical genres. Instead, Otra lends classic Afro-Cuban jazz to a performance style with a high-energy rock feel.

Savoy Family Cajun Band
12:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Eunice, La.-born accordion maker and musician Marc Savoy is considered one of the top accordion players of his era by critics. Playing with his wife Ann and sons Joel and Wilson, the family's classic house dances (bals de maison) and laments harken to Cajun music's deepest traditions.

Palmetto Bug Stompers
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Washboard Chaz leads this swinging musical trinity of washboard, clarinet and stand-up bass.

Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali
12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Diabate is considered a master of the ngoni, a string instrument reminiscent of a banjo yet often covered by an animal skin — similar to a drum. In addition to his performances — West African rhythms paired with playing akin to bluegrass' blinding speed — Diabate writes, lectures and choreographs African dance and is considered a modern griot in the centuries-old West African storytelling tradition.

J. Monque'D Blues Band
12:25 p.m., Blues Tent
Pronounced "monk-adee," the harmonica player leads a bluesy quartet with sweat and swagger.

Mia Borders
12:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
She might bear a resemblance to another Jazz Fest performer — Esperanza Spalding — but Mia Borders trades jazz for sassy funk lines and a Bonnie Raitt swagger. Borders' brassy vocals are capable of both rocking and charming audiences.

The Marlon Jordan Quartet
12:35 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The youngest of seven children in a musical family and part of the major-label band Young Jazz Lions in the '80s, Marlon Jordan also played classical music with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Cool and assured, the four-piece features Jordan on trumpet, upright bass, drums and piano.

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Glen Hansard
12:55 p.m., Acura Stage
The songwriter and guitarist splits his time between solo projects, the Swell Season and the Frames. The Irish-born musician's first rise to prominence began with a starting role in Alan Parker's The Commitments and then later an Academy Award for Best Original Song with "Falling Slowly" for the film Once.

Julio y Cesar Band
12:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Latin guitarists Julio and Cesar bring a full band to their Jazz Fest performances. But at its core the band is quintessential classic Latin guitar — lines to rival any bluegrass player's speed, delivering a deep romantic spirit with precision.

The Mighty Supremes
1 p.m., Gospel Tent
It's almost biblical in progression: The Rosehill Gospel Singers of Covington begat the Mighty Supremes, a once-childhood gospel band now boasting a quintet of men praising His name with traditional gospel that has a sense of fun and swing.

Bill Miller
1:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The Wisconsin-born Mohican Bill "Birdsong" Miller performs across a number of mediums and speaks on transformation through reconciliation. The flautist's haunting arrangements and lines carry with them both a deep spiritual grounding but also a sweeping sense of drama and scale.

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Free Agents Brass Band
1:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Formed in September 2005 — in the wake of Hurricane Katrina— the Free Agents were on a mission to keep New Orleans musical traditions alive. Lead by bass drummer Ellis Joseph, the brass band is at its best celebrating on the streets of New Orleans.

Michael Ward
1:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Michael Ward began playing piano at age six. The San Antonio-born musician then attended Southern University and switched to the violin.

Dukes of Dixieland
1:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Ambassadors of Dixieland jazz, the band can most often be heard on the Steamboat Natchez. The group has performed everywhere from the Kennedy Center to The Hollywood Bowl and was nominated for a Grammy in 2000.

Little Freddie King Blues Band
1:35 p.m., Blues Tent
Originally known as Fread Eugene Martin, the guitarist was reborn as Little Freddie King after playing with John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Freddy King. Equal parts Delta blues and New Orleans grit, Little Freddie King's playing boasts a deep sense of groove and charming swagger.

Alto Saxophone Woodshed: Aaron Fletcher & Khari Allen Lee
1:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Aaron Fletcher exhibited musical talent at an early age and soaked up the influences of New Orleans, eventually playing saxophone with the Terence Blanchard band. His partner-in-crime, Khari Allen Lee, toured and studied internationally before joining the faculty of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where Fletcher studied as a teen.

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
2 p.m., Gentilly Stage
George Porter's 40-year career includes session work with many acclaimed artists and his role as the bassist of The Meters, the '60s band known largely for helping birth modern funk. His band, the Runnin' Pardners fits in nicely with jam bands, a modern tradition his work with The Meters helped create.

Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project
2:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Originally an accordion player for all-female Cajun band Bonsoir, Catin, Guillory now fronts the Midtown Project, which melds Cajun with more general Americana tropes. Fluent in Cajun French and English, Guillory's vocals recall Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, and the Midtown Project's rhythm gently pushes the songs forward as if they're being hauled along the tracks leading out of Lafayette. The group just released Broken Glass.

Honey Island Swamp Band
2:25 p.m., Acura Stage
Formed in San Francisco following Hurricane Katrina, the roots-rock band combines equal parts Taj Mahal and Gram Parsons in its sound, which members call "Bayou Americana." It's an apt description for the five-piece's funky, self-assured groove.

Chicago Bucket Boys
2:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Music at its simplest demonstrates creativity with the fewest resources available. It doesn't get simpler than four teens, four buckets and up to 16 drumsticks. The boys are ambassadors for a community of Chicago beat players, largely making something beautiful and propulsive out of nothing.

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The Stooges Brass Band
2:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Touring nationally and internationally, the Stooges have received awards, recording contracts, have been featured in documentaries, and have shared Stage
s with Galactic and, oddly, Jessica Simpson. As comfortable in arenas as in the Hi-Ho Lounge, the Stooges lend a slight polish to the brass band tradition without forsaking its off-the-cuff roots.

Silky Sol - the Red Afro Queen
2:45 p.m., Blues Tent
Festivals have been good to the crimson-clad neo-soul blues singer. Debuting at the 2008 Texas Music Festival, Silky Sol's performances are as untamed as her hair.

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
2:45 p.m., Fais Do- Do Stage
Ledet embraced zydeco in her teens and ultimately led an internationally touring band. One of the few female players in a male-dominated genre, Ledet's music is seductive without being tawdry.

McDonogh No. 35 High School Gospel Choir
2:50 p.m., Gospel Tent
The high school's choir aspires to bring fresh twists to traditional gospel.

Anima Figarova Sextet
2:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The husband-and-wife team of pianist Figarova and flautist Bart Platteau leads an international band through compositions ranging from short and sweet to wild and expansive. Throughout their avant-garde compositions, the band's New York perspective becomes more pronounced when surrounded by New Orleans players.

Banu Gibson
2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Focused squarely on the musical era of the 1920s through the '40s, Gisbon rearranges Tin Pan Alley classics in her own fashion.

Black Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians
3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Chief Iron Horse earned his name by commanding his Indian tribe from a wheelchair.

Dayna Kurtz
3:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Kurtz's striking alto leaves critics comparing her to Nina Simone. The reality is less volatile than the North Carolina-born jazz giant. Kurtz's assured voice digs deep and she delivers jazz with a steady hand and assured delivery.

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
The band began as a quickly thrown-together effort nine years ago for Jazz Fest. Time passes and Ivan Neville's band — two basists, two Nevilles, one excellent female drummer and one vicious slide guitar — provide a bluesier take on the modern jam band formula. Even better is its rowdy, aggressive rendition of "Sympathy for the Devil."

Forever Jones
3:45 p.m., Gospel Tent
If something was going to make you a believer in The Word, it's Forever Jones. Musicians Dewitt and Kim Jones were told they would not be able to have children. But the couple conceived five children and almost all of them appear in their musical work. The Dewitt's music blends pop, soul and gospel traditions.

Henry Butler
3:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Ray Charles comparisons are easy — blind, talented, piano player. But Henry Butler transcends easy comparisons: He's able to cross genres effortlessly, receive accolades from New York critics and Dr. John alike and be deeply in tune with many of the city's modern musical giants. He currently divides his time between Colorado and New York's jazz scene, and does session work with artists ranging from Cyndi Lauper to jazz guitarist Jeff Golub.

Joint's Jumpin'
4:05 p.m., Blues Tent
The cast of the musical review Joint's Jumpin' is a whirlwind tour of classic New Orleans rhythm and blues makers working through a thoughtfully chosen set of songs.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
4:05 p.m., Acura Stage
A mainstay of the local scene, the Dirty Dozen will release Twenty Dozen two days before its Jazz Fest set and a week after bringing members past and present together for a 35th anniversary celebration. The Dozen reinvigorated the brass band scene and have brought worldwide recognition to New Orleans music in general.

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Ani DiFranco
4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
The poster child of independent artists made good, DiFranco's last album, Whose Side Are You On?, pushed her always politically tinged repertoire to new extremes and musical boundaries. She included a smattering of New Orleans artists — Ivan Neville, members of the Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic — in the recordings.

Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread"
4:15 p.m., WWOZ Tent
Jazz violinist Regina Carter's career spanned three decades, but it was not until she won a MacArthur Foundation genius grant that she translated traditional African folk songs into a jazz context. She scoured field recordings and research — including a little-known Ugandan Jewish community — and augmented her band to accommodate African rhythms in a fresh context. The result is Reverse Thread, the album upon which her set is based.

Chico Trujillo of Chile
4:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The members of Chico Trujillo are masters of cumbia, a blend of Spanish, African and Columbian traditions eventually applied to European instruments. The nine-piece Chilean band gives the genre a modern twist, infusing ska rhythms and a post-punk chic to the tradition.

Kid Chocolate
4:30 p.m., Economy Hall Stage
After years of tutelage from a variety of New Orleans legends, Kid Chocolate became a trumpeter in his own right. His solo work earned a Grammy, a collaboration with Jill Scott and Lenny Kravitz, and recurring appearances on HBO's Treme.

The Raymond A. Myles Singers 30th Anniversary Reunion
4:50 p.m., Gospel Tent
Thirty years ago, Raymond A. Miles assembled a gospel group that performed until his death in 1998. The group disbanded and was scattered following Hurricane Katrina. To mark the anniversary of the group's founding, five congregates again sing God's praises as well as Myles'.

Cheick Hamala Diabate of Mali
5:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
See description 12:20 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage.

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Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
5:25 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Spalding's work has a sense of both timelessness and versatility. She doesn't blend genres so much as genres bend to her bass strings. One of the few jazz artists to receive a Grammy for Best New Artist, the Portland, Ore.-born bassist's body of work fits nicely among Meshell Ndegeocello's funk, Erykah Badu's artistry and Diana Krall's classic crooning. Spalding's latest album, Radio Music Society, explores jazz composition in pop and hip-hop contexts.

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Florence + The Machine
5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Florence Welch's goal is for her listeners to feel as if they are being sucked into the ocean to drown — a one-woman equivalent to Kate Bush's The Ninth Wave. Welch's piercing mezzo-soprano plunges and erupts over her band's delicate arrangements. Earlier this month Welch released a live performance for the MTV Unplugged series, creating acoustic versions of "Dog Days are Over" and "Cosmic Love," in addition to a haunting cover of Johnny and June Cash's "Jackson."

Magnolia Jazz Band of Norway feat. Topsy Chapman
5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Playing since 1975 with an emphasis on New Orleans revival jazz — harkening back to jazz's earliest days and tendency to freely blend Latin, jazz and blues — the California-based group will be fronted by Louisiana-born vocalist Topsy Chapman. Chapman was an original cast member of the Broadway show One Mo' Time and nominated for a Grammy for its soundtrack.

The Iguanas
5:50 p.m., Fais Do- Do Stage
The Iguanas offer relaxed and seductive Latin grooves, and the multilingual four-piece's array of influences feels strangely at home in jazz halls, rock clubs and open-air events. The band recently released its eighth album Sin to Sin.

Jimmy Buffet and Mac McAnally
5:55 p.m., Acura Stage
Parrothead guru Jimmy Buffet performs an acoustic set with longtime cohort, Mississippi singer-songwriter Mac McAnally. McAnally has received four Country Music Awards and was nominated for a Grammy with Kenny Chesney, who recorded two of his songs.

Astral Project
5:55 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
These modern jazz giants and local mainstays spent 32 years honing both their craft and sense of each other. Saxophonist Tony Dagradi, bassist James Singleton, drummer Johnny Vidacovich and guitarist Steve Masakowski form a supergroup boasting water-tight arrangements leaving ample room for its members to wander.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-El
5:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
Lyle Henderson and his group Emmanu-El frequent jazz festivals internationally and were a fixture locally. His often smooth timbre belies a pastor, singer and broadcaster unafraid to boldly stretch for almost-too high notes in impromptu performances, such as a rendition of "Here I Am to Worship."

Original Pinettes Brass Band6 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Original Pinettes are an exclusively female brass band that's also steeped in early MTV history. Band leader Christie Jourdain's early role model was Sheila E and the band's set often includes a version of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" offered with pure joy.


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