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Jazz Fest: Sunday, April 28

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Earth, Wind and Fire

In more than four decades, Earth, Wind and Fire has released a slew of albums (nearly 40 including all the compilation albums, together selling more than 90 million copies worldwide), collected numerous awards including six Grammys, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There were a few brief hiatuses in the 1980s, but in recent years, the band has been recognized for its influence on American pop music and has performed everywhere from the Super Bowl to the White House.

In the very late 1960s, Maurice White put the large band with a full horn section together to fuse rock, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel. The band hit its stride in the mid- to late-1970s with the albums That's the Way of the World, which included the title track and "Shining Star," All 'N All and I Am featuring "After the Love Has Gone," and it dipped into disco with hits like "Boogie Wonderland." Through almost all of its tenure, White (who is active with the band but no longer tours), Verdine White, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson were at the core of the group, which has seen many lineups and included dozens of members. The latter three talk about the band in an interview early in the day.

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Congo Square Stage

 

Kid Ory Tribute: Hot Trombones featuring Lucien Barbarin, Freddie Lonzo, Craig Klein and Ronell Johnson

Lars Edegran leads a tribute to Edward Kid Ory, the influential early jazz trombonist and bandleader. Ory came from a Creole family outside of New Orleans, but moved to the city to play music and lead one of the city's most popular bands before moving to California in the 1920s. The lineup of trombonists includes three Preservation Hall veterans: Lucien Barbarin, the fifth generation of his renowned musical family to play New Orleans jazz; Freddie Lonzo, who counts Ory as one of his earliest influences; and Ronell Johnson, a multi-instrumentalist who plays trombone and tuba. Craig Klein of Bonerama and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers rounds out the trombone section. Barbarin joins Ory biographer John McCusker for an interview on the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage.

John McCusker and Lucien Barbarin interview
1:15 p.m.-2 p.m.
Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

Kid Ory Tribute: Hot Trombones
4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent

 

Martha Redbone Roots Project

Martha Redbone is known for singing traditional Native American songs with the verve of a blues and soul diva. She grew up in Kentucky and has Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American roots. Her powerful voice stands out against often spare Appalachian folk arrangements. In 2012, she lent her voice to poems by William Blake on the album The Garden of Love — The Songs of William Blake.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage

 

Diane Reeves
  • Diane Reeves

Dianne Reeves

Dianna Reeves won a trio of Best Jazz Vocal Performance Grammys in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and then won one for best soundtrack (Good Night and Good Luck) in 2006. Hailing from a musical family from Detroit, she began focusing on a musical career at a young age. Known for her tremendous vocal range, Reeves has recorded with everyone from Harry Belafonte and Lou Rawls to McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis. She often works with former New Orleanian pianist Peter Martin, who is featured on Good Night and Good Luck.

Dianne Reeves interview
2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.
Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

4:10 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent

 

Treme Brass Band's Tribute to Uncle Lionel

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste grew up in Treme and starting playing in bands as a teenager. Since the early 1960s, when he met drummer Benny Jones, he performed with the Treme Brass Band, cutting an ever-dapper figure in the traditional black-and-white uniforms. During those years, the band often spanned several generations. Both in the band and in jazz jams around town, Batiste mentored many young musicians, including Kermit Ruffins. The Treme Brass Band leads a jazz funeral for him starting at Economy Hall and ending at the Jazz Fest Ancestors Memorial. Treme then closes the day with a tribute to Batiste in the Economy Hall Tent. The show should include several special guests.

2:30 p.m.
Jazz funeral for "Uncle" Lionel Batiste with Treme Brass Band

5:40 p.m.-6:55 p.m.
Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent

 

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Accordionist Riley put the band together as a wave of young musicians created new Cajun bands to preserve and renew the traditional music. Riley recently won the Regional Roots Music Grammy for an album (The Band Courtboullion) he made with another Cajun music revivalist, Wayne Toups (founder of ZyDeCajun), and Wilson Savoy (Pine Leaf Boys) of the current generation of young Cajun bands. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have had four albums nominated for Grammys, including 2008's Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

2:50 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage

 

Calexico
recorded Algiers in 
New Orleans
  • Calexico recorded Algiers in New Orleans

Calexico

To record Algiers, core members Joey Burns and John Convertino moved the Tucson, Ariz.-based band to the West Bank neighborhood that gives the album its name. They created their seventh studio album and Anti- debut at the Living Room Studio. It doesn't bear any particular New Orleans influences in sound and, instead, is a slightly mellower departure from the band's previous work. Though it takes its name from a small town in Mexico, Calexico counts Latin influences among many diverse genres contributing to its West Coast country sound. Algiers includes "No Te Vayas," which echoes work the band did with musicians in Havana, Cuba, and Latin rhythms gently propel several tracks on the album. The band's set will feature much of the material on Algiers.

3:25 p.m.-4:40 p.m.
Gentilly Stage

 

Kristin Diable and the City
  • Kristin Diable and the City

Kristin Diable & the City

On the band's namesake 2012 album, singer/songwriter Kristin Diable's emotionally powerful and often-bluesy voice stands out over the band's muted country twang. The album was recorded in Diable's Pontalba apartment on Jackson Square, and Southern Gothic ghosts and some country music cliches haunt some of the songs about looking for love or searching for spiritual insights. But overall, it was one of the more impressive local releases last year.

3:55 p.m.-5 p.m.
Lagniappe Stage

 

Midnight Disturbers

This mostly-at-Jazz-Fest supergroup (there have been a handful of performances not at the festival) always features an impressive array of horns and percussion from Galactic and several brass bands. The lineup includes Shamarr Allen, Galactic's Ben Ellman and Stanton Moore, the Dirty Dozen's Roger Lewis, Matt Perrine, drummer Kevin O'Day, Corey Henry, Bonerama's Mark Mullins, Big Sam Williams, Skerik and others.

4:15 p.m.-5:20 p.m.
Jazz & Heritage Stage

 

Dave Matthews Band
headlines the Acura stage - PHOTO BY DANNY CLINCH
  • Photo by Danny Clinch
  • Dave Matthews Band headlines the Acura stage

Dave Matthews Band

The Dave Matthews Band has a few ties to New Orleans, and a footnote as one of the acts to perform at Jazz Fest's most crowded day ever (May 5, 2001).

The band completed recording 2009's Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King at Piety Street Studios. The album cover is an image of an old-style Mardi Gras parade through the French Quarter, and a mule-drawn float features the GrooGrux King. That's the nickname of the band's former saxophonist LeRoi Moore, and it was the first album the band made after his death. The other half of the album name came from a photo shoot with Danny Clinch outside Preservation Hall. A panhandler tried to talk up a small donation by explaining that he wanted a "big whiskey." Matthews gave him $20 and used the phrase for the album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200.

In 2012, the band released Away from the World, which is a mellower and more brooding turn from its upbeat jazz- and worldbeat-infused rock.

5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Acura Stage


 

Performer's Picks

Mia Borders

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Mia Borders performs Thursday, May 4 (12:25 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Acura Stage). What's she looking forward to at the Fair Grounds?

• Marc Broussard (3:35 p.m.-4:35 p.m. Fri., May 3, Acura Stage) "I always try to catch him while he's in town."

• Earth, Wind and Fire (5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Sun., April 28, Congo Square Stage) "They're a huge inspiration for me, and I've never seen them live."

• Maroon 5 (5:20 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri., May 3, Acura Stage) "They have a New Orleans guy, PJ Morton, on keys."

• Cochon de lait po-boy and cracklings (Food Area II) "I try to make that a point. I tell myself I'm going to branch out, but I never do."

• Strawberry lemonade (various locations) "It's nice to hydrate with something non-alcoholic."

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