3 p.m. Real Men and Bon Temp Roulez Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Algiers Brass Band

Gospel Stars
11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This contemporary gospel ensemble makes its Jazz Fest debut this year; the Zion Harmonizers' Sherman Washington (the Gospel Tent coordinator) heard the group perform on an early morning broadcast on local gospel station WVOG 600 AM and was suitably impressed.

Clancy "Blues Boy" Lewis with Sheba Kimbrough
11:15 a.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Back porch blues from two fest veterans. Vocalist/guitarist Lewis favors clean single-note lines in the B.B. King mold, while percussionist Kimbrough is best known for his tenure with Professor Longhair.

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage, Contemporary Jazz
One of the country's most prestigious African-American universities, Xavier is renowned for its jazz program, and today's set features Xavier's current students staking their claim as tomorrow's innovators.

Lady Charlotte Jazz Band
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Pianist Olivia Cook, aka Lady Charlotte, is staring down the age of 90 and still plays heartfelt traditional jazz. Charlotte's distinguished career includes performances and recordings with New Orleans icons such as Danny Barker and Wallace Davenport.

Leslie Smith
11:25 a.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Pop/Vocals
The daughter of local photographer Michael P. Smith (whose legendary photos hang in the Jazz and Blues tents), Smith is a talented vocalist who got her start in the early '80s singing with pianist David Torkanowsky. While her roots are in jazz, Smith is coming into her own as an original songwriter and singer, writing pop melodies and hooks on recent albums like Paper Doll and Just a Girl.

New Orleans Public Schools Modern Jazz Ensemble
11:30 a.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Contemporary Jazz
This innovative jazz program features local students culled from multiple area high schools. The band rehearses regularly, and their Jazz Fest set is the culmination of months of hard work on arrangements and dynamics.

Jonny Hawk Creek -- Seminole Stomp Dance Performers
11:30 a.m., 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Traditional stomp dancing is the specialty of this ensemble.

Dr. Rackle & the Sound Griots
11:40 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Modern Jazz
This band is the brainchild of trumpeter Raymond Williams, a local veteran who's played with the likes of national legends such as Jackie McClean and local heroes Anders Osborne and Monk Boudreaux.

Archie & Simonia Milton (ARSI) & Vision
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This husband and wife-led ensemble has recorded two CDs, Inspiration and Totally New Orleans Gospel. (Simonia also recently recorded a solo CD, I've Got Joy.) They have a special affinity for traditional gospel and have performed tributes to Thomas Dorsey in recent years.

Micaela y Flamenca Fiesta
Noon, Lagniappe Stage, Latin
Since 2000, this New Orleans flamenco outfit led by Teresa Torkanowsky has captivated local audiences with its authentic dancing, colorful dress and steamy grooves. Its lead guitarist is formidable picker John Lawrence, formerly the guitarslinger in local blues/rock outfit Stavin' Chain.

Jacques Gauthe & the Creole Rice Jazz Band
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
A devotee of Sidney Bechet, clarinetist and French native Jacques Gauthe usually pays tribute to his primary inspiration with renditions of Bechet classics such as "Muskrat Ramble" and "The Fish Vendor." Since moving to New Orleans in 1968, Gauthe has recorded extensively for esteemed trad jazz labels such as Good Time and GHB, and his latest CD is 2001's All Alone With the Rhythm.

Rufus Rip Wimberly & the Dreamers
12:25 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Active on the Southern circuit for almost five decades, guitarist and vocalist Rufus "Rip" Wimberly plays post-World War II electric blues and is heavily influenced by B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

Shades of Praise: the New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir
12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This New Orleans choir recently returned from a historic trip to Ireland, where it sang and brought its message of racial harmony in an effort to end sectarian tensions. The choir is also actively involved in Lindy Boggs' national efforts for literacy.

Jay Cormier
12:35 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
Although this talented accordionist has appeared on Jazz Fest stages as a sideman with swamp pop artists Johnny Allan and Warren Storm, this is his first time here as leader of his own band, Cajun Country. A native of Scott, Cormier grew up playing music and sitting in with legendary artists such as his idol, Aldus Roger. Expect hard-driving Cajun dancehall music by a seasoned pro.

The Benjy Davis Project
12:40 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Baton Rouge-based college rock band the Benjy Davis Project has picked up some serious steam in recent months and is starting to attract interest from record labels. The band just signed with national booking agency Concerted Efforts, and their recent debut CD, More Than Local, features guest appearances from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Cowboy Mouth's Paul Sanchez and ex-Continental Drifter Susan Cowsill.

Big Sam's Funky Nation
12:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Funk/R&B
Trombonist Sammie "Big Sam" Williams is part of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's powerful horn lineup, but Williams is equally at home fronting his own band. Big Sam's Funky Nation is a modern funk and R&B band that throws in touches of contemporary hip-hop and retro soul and might even toss in a Lynyrd Skynyrd cover, too.

Iron Mountain Native Dancers
12:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
This troupe utilizes traditional and contemporary choreography to illustrate Native American history and rituals.

12:50 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Reggae/Ska
New Orleans outfit 007 is led by G. Love and Special Sauce drummer Jeffrey Clemens and takes its name from Desmond Dekker's 1967 rude-boy anthem. Accordingly, 007 plays classic Jamaican rock-steady, with occasional New Orleans touches thrown in the mix.

Sharon Martin & First Take
1 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent
New Orleans vocalist Martin expertly sings jazz, R&B and standards, and her talent has led to collaborations with the likes of Walter Payton, Ellis Marsalis and Deacon John. Martin is equally impressive tackling diverse material such as Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" or standards like "Ain't Misbehavin."

Beth Patterson & Kalafka
1:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Celtic/World
Lafayette native Patterson is a virtuoso bouzouki player, and she's best known for her encyclopedic knowledge of the Celtic canon. But Patterson's an eclectic and creative bandleader, and with her band Kalafka, she integrates Cajun, Latin, Mediterranean and African influences. Patterson and Kalafka are about to release a new CD, a follow-up to 2002's Take Some Fire.

Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Henderson is one of the New Orleans' gospel community's most charismatic figures, a natural leader who can tackle Mahalia Jackson material, or lend his vocals to albums from Marva Wright and Terence Blanchard. His I Cannot Go Back CD on the Rampart St. label features Henderson's original compositions, as well as a moving reading of Jackson's "In the Upper Room."

Danza featuring Evan Christopher & Tom McDermott
1:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz/World
Clarinetist Christopher and pianist McDermott teamed up for the superb 2002 CD Danza, an eclectic and brilliant collection of diverse material including Brazilian choros, Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Creole Eyes," French accordionist Guy Viseur's "Flambee Montalbanaise," and Paraguayan guitarist Agustin Barrios' "Valse #4."

Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band
1:40 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Blind blues guitarist Lee is an annual fixture at Jazz Fest and is known around the world for his lengthy tenure at the Old Absinthe Bar on Bourbon Street, which was tragically turned into a daiquiri shop a few years back. Lee throws out high-octane blues-rock with a heavy Chicago blues influence, but his most recent album, Six String Therapy, showed Lee's love for classic New Orleans R&B and jump blues in heartfelt versions of songs such as "Bumpity Bump" and Smiley Lewis' "Go on Fool."

Basin Brothers
1:50 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
Although the accordion anchors most Cajun bands, fiddler Al Berard fronts the Basin Brothers, named for the Atchafalaya Basin. Berard and the Brothers' music harks back to the graceful fiddle reels and jigs of Cajun masters such as Dennis McGee. Many of these songs died out when the accordion began to take over the dancehalls, but Berard is out to keep them vital.

Renard Poche
1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Funk
Guitarist Poche is one of New Orleans' searing six-stringers, sporting a lengthy resume that includes tenures with the Neville Brothers and, most recently, Dr. John. Poche recently left Dr. John's band to focus on his own material, which packs a funky wallop with plenty of sizzling, syncopated Fender Telecaster work.

Sonny Landreth
2 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock/Blues
Landreth's one of the best slide guitarists in the world, period. After a lengthy apprenticeship in Clifton Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana band, Landreth has been tapped by artists such as John Hiatt and Jimmy Buffett for his scorching slide work. His unique fretting technique produces a singular soaring sound and tone, which Landreth brings to his solo material. His new CD, The Road We're On, is a superb return to Landreth's blues roots.

2 p.m., Native American Village Stage, R&B
This south Louisiana-based band with Native American heritage has become a popular act on the local circuit, playing swamp-pop, R&B and zydeco and backing acts such as Johnnie Allan and Joe Barry.

Holy Name Gospel Singers
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Listen for this choir with approximately 20 members to perform a blend of traditional and contemporary gospel.

The Waifs
2:20 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Rock
This smart and folksy Australian-based trio led by sisters Vikki and Donna Simpson is starting to turn some heads with its strong melodies and winsome lyrics; the band recently opened a full slate of dates for Bob Dylan, and its new CD, Up All Night, combines country and blues influences with fresh production values for a winning combination of retro feel and modern attitude.

Brice Winston
2:25 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Tenor saxophonist Winston is a member of Terence Blanchard's band, and his thoughtful and challenging solos have graced recordings by Blanchard, pianist Peter Martin and vocalist Leah Chase. Now Winston is blossoming into a bandleader in his own right, and this set will feature his original compositions.

Samirah Evans & Silktone
2:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Contemporary Jazz
After years of practicing her craft and planning her debut CD, Samirah Evans finally released Give Me a Moment in 2002. The CD was produced by acclaimed drummer Ricky Sebastian and features backing from an A-list group of New Orleans musicians on Evans' lush readings of standards such as "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Fly Me to the Moon," as well as the original compositions "Moody Mood" and the title track.

The Levites of Faith Church
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This interracial choir with approximately 20 members delivers its message with high-energy contemporary gospel.

Chris Clifton & his All-Stars
2:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Trumpeter and vocalist Chris Clifton is a living link to Louis Armstrong; Clifton was a member of Armstrong's wife Lil Hardin's band in 1959 and was a protege of Armstrong. Clifton's 1998 CD, Memories of a Friend, paid homage to Armstrong with versions of "Heebie Jeebies" and "Cornet Chop Suey."

Warner Williams & Jay Summerour Little Bit a Blues Band
3 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Guitarist Williams and harmonica player Summerour are an acoustic blues duo that specializes in ragtime-flavored Piedmont blues. Their debut CD, Little Bit a Blues, features interpretations of classics such as Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man" and Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway," as well as the humorous original "Big Bug in My Beer."

Balfa Toujours with guest Bois Sec Ardoin
3:15 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun/Zydeco
Nowhere is the Cajun/Creole musical relationship more durable than in the decades-long musical partnership between the Balfas and the Ardoins. Born in rural Louisiana in 1916, Creole accordionist and singer Bois Sec Ardoin is a living link to the formative years of Cajun and Creole music. When he records and performs with Balfa Toujours -- the stellar traditional Cajun outfit fronted by husband-and-wife team Dirk Powell and Christine Balfa -- it's not to be missed.

Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots
3:15 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Zydeco/Blues
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is a former NFL player and ranger for the National Park Service, but he's best known for his harmonica-driven country blues, and he straps on his accordion and deftly plays uptempo zydeco, too. Barnes also incorporates Caribbean and African influences into his sound, as heard on his 2001 CD, Sunpie.

Hawk Henries
3:15 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Flutist Henries is a master flute maker and performer, and his recordings of Native American flute music include First Flight, Keeping the Fire and Tribal Winds.

Mount Pilgrim Gospel Choir

3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This choir is a personal favorite of the Zion Harmonizers' Sherman Washington, and Washington has heard a lot of gospel in his role as Jazz Fest's Gospel Tent coordinator and his five decade-plus career with the Harmonizers.

North Mississippi All-Stars
3:40 p.m., Acura Stage, Blues/Rock
Quality blues and rock 'n' roll is genetic for this young outfit; leaders Cody Dickinson (drums) and Luther Dickinson (guitar) are the sons of legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson. The band plays a revved-up version of the hill-country blues the Dickinsons heard growing up, and in its live shows and on its two CDs, Shake Hands with Shorty and 51 Phantom, the band combines reverence for tradition with an aggressive modern approach. Its forthcoming third CD is titled Polaris.

Irvin Mayfield
3:50 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Trumpeter Mayfield is one of the fastest rising names on the New Orleans music scene. He's co-leader of popular contemporary jazz/Latin outfit Los Hombres Calientes, and Mayfield is also the artistic director for the recently formed New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Between those duties, he still finds time to be a prolific solo artist, and his new album, Half Past Autumn Suite, is a collaboration with legendary photographer and activist Gordon Parks.

Irene Sage
3:55 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Rock
Veteran fest-goers and New Orleans music fans might remember Sage as the lead vocalist for Irene & the Mikes, the late '80s/early '90s rock band that was notorious for its raucous late-night gigs at Check Point Charlie (immortalized by the band's cameo in the film The Pelican Brief). Sage has a flourishing solo career now and, on albums such as her recent Come on In, complements rock-oriented material with moody jazz- and blue-informed original songs.

Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
4:10 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
New Orleans harp master Sansone can play some of the best hardcore Chicago and Delta blues you'll hear, but he also occasionally straps on an accordion for his catchy original songs incorporating zydeco and south Louisiana influences. The title tracks of his two most recent CDs, Crescent City Moon and Watermelon Patch, are superb examples of Sansone's harp wizardry and songwriting talent.

Woodenhead with Bonerama Horns
4:10 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Rock
Guitar virtuoso Jimmy Robinson leads long-running New Orleans progressive rock band Woodenhead, an adventurous collection of musicians that favors extended instrumental journeys reminiscent of King Crimson. Today Woodenhead will be playing material from its new CD, Perseverance, augmented by the brass section from local rock/brass outfit Bonerama.

Lockport Chapter G.M.W.A. Mass Choir
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Lockport, Miss., is home to this choir, which is bringing 30-plus members and a full band to deliver its blend of traditional and contemporary gospel.

Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band
4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Ninety-one year old trumpeter Ferbos was recently honored with the Music Heritage Award at last week's Big Easy Entertainment Awards, in recognition of a storied career dedicated to traditional jazz. Seventy years after landing his first professional gig, Ferbos' resume includes stints with Captain John Handy's Louisiana Shakers, pianist Walter Chapon's band and a tenure with the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra for more than 30 years. He also still performs on Saturday nights at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and his Palm Court bandmates will be alongside him today.

Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters
4:35 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
With grandfathers Rockin' Sidney Simien (of "Don't Mess With my Toot Toot" fame) and blues guitarist Classie Ballou (who played guitar on Boozoo Chavis' early Goldband recordings), young accordionist Cedryl Ballou was fated for zydeco. Now living in Waco, Texas, he leads a tri-generational band that includes his grandfather on guitar and his father, Cedric, on bass. This year marks a Jazz Fest debut for Cedryl, who also appears with Classie and Cedric Ballou, as well as interviewer Herman Fuselier at 2 p.m. Friday at the Music Heritage Stage.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana
4:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Since 1975, this Ghana ensemble has brought West African culture to the world. Featuring 26 members, the group boasts male and female dancers and multiple drummers presenting indigenous costumes, dancing and rhythms.

Harvey Watkins Jr. & Purpose

5:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Deacon and vocalist Watkins is the lead singer of legendary gospel outfit the Canton Spirituals and also finds time to pursue additional creative outlets. He recently recorded his second solo album, a live performance that featured guest appearances by Doug & Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers and Paul Porter of The Christianaires.

John Mayer
5:35 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Try as he might, the Count is puzzled by singer/songwriter John Mayer's meteoric rise. Mayer's debut major-label album, Room for Squares, was a pleasantly innocuous pop-rock diversion, but in a blink of an eye, Mayer has gone from playing clubs to headlining amphitheaters (and headlining on the Acura Stage today). Then the Count saw a clip from Mayer's new live DVD and noticed the huge contingent of young female fans hanging on every word of Mayer's "Your Body Is a Wonderland," and it all became clear.

Dave Holland Quintet featuring Robin Eubanks, Antonio Hart, Steve Nelson and Billy Kilson
5:35 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland has recorded with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Betty Carter and a whole host of other greats. His current quintet is one of the best working groups in jazz, with a unique sound that substitutes vibraphone and trombone for piano and trumpet. Its two recent CDs, Points of View and Prime Directive, were both Grammy-nominated, and the band was voted No. 1 Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year in Downbeat's annual critics' poll.

Papa Grows Funk
5:40 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Funk
Since its formation a few years ago, Papa Grows Funk has quickly become one of New Orleans' most popular funk bands. Anchored by the keyboards of John Gros, the maniacal drumming of Russell Batiste and the screaming guitar of June Yamagishi, Papa Grows Funk's regular Monday night gigs at the Maple Leaf are funk central, and the band's also been touring extensively. Gros and company just released their second CD, Shakin'.

Tab Benoit
5:40 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
When he burst on the scene in the early '90s, Louisiana guitarist Benoit was one of the young up-and-comers pegged with Stevie Ray Vaughan comparisons. But over the course of multiple albums, Benoit's blend of contemporary blues-rock has become more personalized, incorporating his local roots. His most recent CD, Wetlands, is the best album of his career, showing Benoit's loose, syncopated style on his original songs and covers of classics from Professor Longhair and Lil' Bob & the Lollipops.

Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz
5:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Latin
Guitarist Gutierrez has left behind the smoother sounds of his former band, Acoustic Swiftness, for the jumping Latin big-band sound of Vivaz. The band plays salsa, jazz and songs from South American and Caribbean songbooks, delivered with Gutierrez on lead vocals and tres, two percussionists, two trumpets, two trombones, piano, and upright bass.

Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz with guest Bucky Pizzarelli
5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Vocalist Gibson is one of the foremost practitioners of '20s, '30s and '40s jazz, using her supple voice and superb phrasing on swinging versions of songs like Hoagy Carmichael's "Winter Moon" and Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" Versions of both those songs can be heard on Gibson's superb 2002 CD, Steppin' Out, which features guitarist Pizzarelli's swinging Kansas City-inspired licks

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
6 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
This is contemporary zydeco at its best. Geno Delafose started playing drums for the Eunice Playboys, the legendary outfit fronted by his late father John Delafose, and then took over the reigns of his own band, French Rockin' Boogie. A 2003 Big Easy Entertainment Award winner, Geno is a crowd favorite who rules the dance floor by playing smart zydeco of all styles, switching with ease from piano-key to diatonic accordions. He also has a brand-new CD, appropriately titled Everybody's Dancin'.

Los Babies
6 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Latin
Led by musical director Juan Montes on guira and timbales, Los Babies (formerly Los Babies del Merengue) sports a Latin big band sound with a swinging horn section, multiple percussionists and multiple vocalists. The band's 2001 CD, Me Acusas, features the kind of memorable original compositions that have earned the band its devoted New Orleans fanbase.

St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry
6:05 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
The inventive arrangements and heavenly harmonies of traditional gospel material from this medium-size choir earned them the prestigious closing slot in the Gospel Tent today.


11:20 a.m. in Economy Hall: Lady Rulers Social Aid and Pleasure Club
2 p.m. Double Nine and Single Men Kids Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with New Wave Brass Band
4 p.m. New Generation and Young 2 Old Men Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Coolbone

Old Zion Missionary BC Choir
11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Boasting a large membership, this local choir offers robust versions of contemporary and traditional gospel.

Southern University-Baton Rouge Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Contemporary Jazz
Under the guidance of renowned clarinetist Alvin Batiste, this university program consistently offers a glimpse into some of jazz's future stars. Former students of Batiste (who's played with the likes of David Murray) include Henry Butler, Herman Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Reginald Veal and Herlin Riley.

Iron Mountain Native Dancers
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage; 3:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., Native American Stage, Native American
This troupe utilizes traditional and contemporary choreography to illustrate Native American history and rituals.

Christian Serpas & Ghost Town
11:15 a.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Country/Rock
Frontman and singer Serpas leads this New Orleans outfit that turns out electric-tinged alt-country and roadhouse anthems. Like fellow retro country outfit the Derailers, Ghost Town uses traditional instrumentation with contemporary original lyrics. Giddy Up, their debut CD, featured such wry anthems as "There Ain't No Good in Goodbye."

Hart McNee Sextet
11:15 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Multi-talented McNee is an in-demand sideman in New Orleans, lending his jazz and world music knowledge on both saxophone and flute to various ensembles. He's also an inspired bandleader in his own right, and his recent CD, Gran Bwa -- Latin Jazz Interpretations for Bass, showcases his deft Latin-music chops and arrangements.

Treme Brass Band
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz/Brass
Led by irrepressibly funky "Uncle" Lionel Batiste on bass drum, the Treme Brass Band is one of New Orleans' most beloved brass bands, whether it's rolling in the streets of Treme or letting loose in a local nightclub. Its 1996 Arhoolie CD, Gimme My Money Back (with its irresistible title track), remains a bona fide classic. The band recently contributed a track to the superb new brass band compilation CD, Straight From the 6th Ward.

Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage
Students from local community college Delgado strut their stuff in this modern-jazz showcase for the college's jazz program.

Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland
11:25 a.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux's latest CD is Hoodoo Party, taking its name from the classic Tabby Thomas Excello hit. Robicheaux is a local icon known for his bayou mysticism, growling vocals and appearances in local commercials for Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits. Though he often performs solo, guitarist Robicheaux supplements his Jazz Fest performances with a full band that usually features Smokey Greenwell's bluesy harmonica and fiddler Nancy Buchan's string textures.

Hazel & the Delta Ramblers
11:30 a.m., Lagniappe Stage, Bluegrass/Folk
Besides leading this good-timey bluegrass ensemble, mandolinist Hazel Schleuter is known throughout New Orleans (and to listeners on the Internet) as the host of the Sunday morning bluegrass show on 90.7 WWOZ FM. She brings the same charm and knowledge to the bandstand that she does to the broadcast booth; for an excellent document of the Ramblers, check out their the band's CD, Hazel & the Delta Ramblers Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Jonny Hawk Creek -- Seminole Stomp Dance Performers
11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Traditional stomp dancing is the specialty of this ensemble.

The Fantastic Vocalaires
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Baton Rouge is home to this young ensemble, which complements its spirited call-and-response vocal style with a backing band.

Ben Eyler
12:20 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Rock
Singer/songwriter Eyler pays homage to his hometown's musical legacy with the Philadelphia soul sound of Good Luck Places, his forthcoming debut CD. Songs such as "Let Me Stay Curious" sport subtle supplemental touches including Latin rhythms, while "Worthy of Suspicion" boasts a bluesy lead riff.

12:20 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
One of the newest comers to the southern jam-band circuit, Ethan incorporates Southern funk, rock and jazz into its multi-layered sound. The band's debut CD is titled Entropy Boy.

Roderick Paulin & the Groovers
12:20 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
The son of legendary trad-jazz bandleader Doc Paulin, saxophonist Paulin brings a contemporary R&B and funk sound to his own band. His recent debut CD, RPM, features Paulin's original compositions as well as covers of diverse classics such as "What's Going On," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "Georgia on My Mind."

Irie Dawtas
12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Reggae
This New Orleans-based all-female band boasts amazing choreography and a sound that incorporates New Orleans R&B and funk into its core reggae repertoire.

Hadley J. Castille & Sharecroppers Cajun Band
12:30 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
In addition to being a talented, Harry Choates-inspired fiddler, Castille is one of Cajun music's most nuanced lyricists, weaving history lessons and portraits of local life into his songs. His latest CD Forty Acres and Two Mules (Quarante Acres et Deux Mules) includes new originals and even a cover of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas' "Everything on the Hog is Good" -- a fitting nod to Nathan Williams, one of zydeco's best lyricists.

Connie Jones' Crescent City Jazz Band
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Trumpeter Jones is a longtime fixture on the New Orleans trad-jazz scene, having worked with the likes of Jack Teagarden and Pete Fountain. He also led the Dukes of Dixieland in the mid-70s before focusing on his own projects. His 2000 CD, Sweet, Hot and Blue, shows Jones' mature tone and approach informing classics from the New Orleans canon.

Leviticus Singers
12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Betty McKinnis leads this high-energy group in its program of traditional gospel.

Raful Neal Sr. and Blues Band
12:35 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Neal is the Baton Rouge blues patriarch responsible for launching the careers of his children Kenny, Jackie and Sammy. The senior Neal is a Louisiana blues legend who plays seasoned Little Walter-inspired harp and has a robust voice perfectly suited for deep blues. He's recorded most recently for the Alligator label and, in 2001, teamed up with Eddie Bo and Tabby Thomas to form the Hoodoo Kings.

Michael Skinkus & Moyuba

12:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, World
New Orleans percussionist Skinkus is one of the city's most respected rhythm men. Skinkus has studied West African drumming with master Aliou Diouf, Afro-Cuban percussion with famed Cuban "Changuito" Quintana and Tomas "Pánga" Ortiz of Cubanismo. He's also been a featured sideman with diverse acts including Los Vecinos, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe and Little Queenie and leads his own band today with his extensive knowledge of world music and New Orleans rhythms.

Hawk Henries
12:45 p.m., 4 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Flutist Henries is a master flute maker and performer, and his recordings of Native American flute music include First Flight, Keeping the Fire and Tribal Winds.

Proclaimers of Christ Gospel Singers
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Male and female vocalists blend to create the traditional gospel sounds of Proclaimers of Christ, which uses a backing band for contemporary flavor.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
1:30 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Zydeco
The late King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier knew what he was doing when he asked his son to bring his saxophone and join his band. C.J. Chenier has matured into a zydeco bandleader whose singing and playing embraces funk, soul, blues and R&B and can be heard on Alligator records such as the most recent Step it Up! Expect originals alongside authoritative versions of Clifton Chenier classics.

Colonel Sanchez
1:35 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Rock
This young New Orleans band is an up-and-coming presence on the club scene, thanks to its promising blend of rock and funk augmented with New Orleans R&B touches.

Alvin Batiste & the Jazztronauts
1:35 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Longtime educator and renowned clarinetist Battiste helped lead the charge of New Orleans contemporary jazz in the '50s, recording with saxophonist Harold Battiste and legendary drummer Ed Blackwell in the American Jazz Quintet. He's also recorded with the likes of David Murray, Ray Charles and Guitar Slim, an indication of the sweeping and virtuoso playing you'll hear during his set.

Mahogany Hall Stompers of Japan
1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
These devotees of traditional jazz make the pilgrimage to New Orleans from the Far East and underscore the impact that traditional jazz continues to make in Europe and Japan, two trad-jazz hotspots.

Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band

1:45 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
A 2003 Big Easy Entertainment Awards winner, Savoy-Doucet is a supergroup comprised of Cajun heroes Marc Savoy, a renowned accordionist and accordion builder; his wife, Ann, author of the classic Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People and producer of the Grammy-nominated Evangeline Made compilation; and BeauSoleil frontman Michael Doucet. With Marc Savoy on accordion, Ann on guitar and Doucet on fiddle, it's front-porch Cajun music at its finest.

Sherman Robertson
1:50 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Louisiana native Robertson's part of the long illustrious line of six-stringers who worked with Clifton Chenier, and Robertson's currently one of the busiest guitar slingers on the contemporary blues circuit. He favors a heavy blues-rock sound currently and has recorded a number of CDs for labels such as Audioquest and Alligator. He's also a showman, and look for him to make his way out into the crowd today, soloing all the while.

Jeff & Vida Band
1:55 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Bluegrass/Folk
New Orleans' answer to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, vocalists and acoustic music devotees Jeff Burke and Vida Wakeman write, sing and play haunting original music informed by classic country and bluegrass touches. The duo has recorded a pair of terrific CDs: the debut One Horse Town and last year's The Simplest Plans.


Los Lobos
2 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock/Mexican
Almost 20 years after its 1984 major-label debut, Will the Wolf Survive?, announced the arrival of a major new talent, Los Lobos remains one of the best and most diverse rock bands in the world. From traditional Mexican music, spacey psychedelia, rootsy R&B, grunge, acoustic ballads, polkas and everything in between, the guitar and vocal front line of David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas consistently challenges boundaries. The band's most recent CD is 2002's superb Good Morning Aztlan, another fine effort boasting the blistering title track and a number of deep soul songs.

Jim Boyd & Alfonso Kolb
2 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Singer/songwriter Jim Boyd fronts the rock and R&B band Kyo-T and recorded six full-length CDs as a bandleader, earning several nominations from the Native American Music Awards. He teams with drummer/percussionist Kolb for a more traditional set today.

New Zion Trio Plus One
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Plus two would be more accurate, but when you've got a five-piece vocal quintet whose traditional and contemporary gospel vocals have been a Jazz Fest mainstay for more than a decade, who's worrying about math?

First Zion BC Choir
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
With a membership of approximately 20 vocalists, this local church choir brings a wealth of talent and diverse range to its repertoire.

Fredy Omar con su Banda
2:50 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Latin
From Frenchmen Street to large-scale festival gigs, bandleader and vocalist Omar is one of the most popular Latin music acts in New Orleans. Since moving to the Crescent City in 1992 from his native Honduras, Omar has recruited some of the city's top Latin instrumentalists for his band, performing cumbia, salsa, merengue, cha cha cha, orisa and cumparsa. His most recent album is titled Latin Party in New Orleans and features a guest appearance from Charmaine Neville.

Los Hombres Calientes featuring Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers

2:55 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Contemporary Jazz
With former Headhunters percussionist Bill Summers and rising young trumpeter Irvin Mayfield on the front line, the Latin-flavored jazz of Los Hombres Calientes has been one of New Orleans' hottest sounds in recent years. On the strength of its danceable and stirring live shows, the band's early CDs were the top-selling CDs at Jazz Fest in 2000 and 2001, a feat the band will try to equal this year with the release of its new CD, Volume 4: Vodou Dance.

John Boutté
2:55 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz/R&B

John Boutté has one of the most beautiful, soulful voices in the country. He's part of the world-renowned Boutté family (Lillian and Sista Teedy are also members) and is equally at home singing jazz standards such as "I Cover the Waterfront" and soul hits including "A Change is Gonna Come." His recent stellar partnership with bluegrass/country outfit Uptown Okra shows that Boutté can sing any genre in his gospel-tinged New Orleans voice.

Newport All-Stars featuring George Wein
3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
While best known as the impresario behind the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Essence Festival, George Wein has always matched his business acumen with his love for piano playing and traditional jazz. (He's a warm crooner, too.) Wein has released more than 10 albums in his career, including a tribute to Duke Ellington and 1955's brilliantly titled Wein, Women and Song.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana
3:05 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, World
Since 1975, this Ghana ensemble has brought West African culture to the world. Featuring 26 members, the group boasts male and female dancers and multiple drummers presenting indigenous costumes, dancing and rhythms.

Red Stick Ramblers
3:05 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Swing/Cajun
Its band members' south Louisiana heritage means this young ensemble is well-versed in traditional Cajun songs, but the Red Stick Ramblers is also a top-notch acoustic string band equally versed in gypsy jazz, trad jazz and Western swing. The group's self-titled debut CD features diverse offerings such as the Dewey Balfa tribute "Valse de Balfa" and the country flavored "Take Me Back to Tulsa."

Higher Heights
3:15 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Reggae
Led by the dual lead vocals of Kine Mahari and Ras Wayne, Higher Heights has quickly become one of the top reggae draws on the New Orleans scene. The band plays a funkified version of roots reggae, and its sound is starting to attract national attention, too; Higher Heights was recently one of the featured acts at the Dallas stop of the annual Bob Marley Festival.

Dynamic Smooth Family
3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This promises to be an emotional set for this Slidell-based gospel group, which is a longtime fixture at the Jazz Fest's Gospel Tent. Matriarch Rosa Lee Smooth passed away last September at the age of 65, and this will be the first year her family will present its traditional gospel sound at Jazz Fest without her presence.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band
3:40 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock/Blues
If you still think pedal-steel guitar is reserved for weepy country songs, you haven't heard Robert Randolph. Twenty-something prodigy Randolph flat-out blazes on pedal steel, inspired by his love for Stevie Ray Vaughan's tone and energy. Randolph recorded the superb album The Word with members of the North Mississippi Allstars and Medeski, Martin and Wood, and his 2002 album, Live at the Wetlands, captured Randolph's frenetic live sets and funky back-up from the Family Band.

Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
4:10 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Blues/Funk
New Orleans singer and guitarist Walter "Wolfman" Washington creates electrifying blues, R&B and soul that ranks with the work of major inspirations such as Bobby "Blue" Bland and Johnny Guitar Watson. His backing band, the Roadmasters, is a brass-heavy group of veterans that complement Washington with a heavy dose of funk, and the pairing can be heard on a number of excellent albums for the Rounder and Bullseye labels. His most recent CD is the aptly titled Funk Is in the House.

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
4:15 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Traditional/Contemporary Jazz
Ruffins is arguably the most popular nightclub act in New Orleans, with weekly gigs at diverse establishments such as Vaughan's, Joe's Cozy Corner and Le Bon Temps Roule and regularly headlining at larger venues. The genial trumpeter is an equally gifted musician and entertainer, summoning the spirit of Louis Armstrong in his vocals and trumpet playing, while adding modern attitude and inspired arrangements. His most recent CD is proof; it features two new Ruffins classics, "When I Die (You Better Second-Line)" and the title track, as well as versions of classics like "When it's Sleepytime Down South."

Mighty Chariots of Fire
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
One of New Orleans' busiest touring gospel acts, the Mighty Chariots has taken its sound throughout the United States and Europe. Originally founded in 1959, the Chariots have endured personnel changes and continue to hone their traditional gospel-based sound.

Jimmie Vaughan
4:20 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
As the lead guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan championed a devastatingly effective less-is-more guitar style that favored tone and emotion over flash. He still maintains that credo in his solo career, which has been going strong since the release of Vaughan's 1994 debut CD, Strange Pleasure. Vaughan's current band features a groove-heavy sound featuring Hammond B-3 organ and thunderous bass lines surrounding Vaughan's vocals and stinging guitar work.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
4:25 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Cajun
Performing together for more than a quarter century, BeauSoleil boasts a line-up of stellar players, including brothers David Doucet -- a blazing flatpicker on guitar -- and fiddling frontman Michael Doucet. Once hailed as neo-traditionalists, the band is really one of the most innovative groups in Cajun music. In their hands, the Cajun legacy is interpreted both widely and deeply, with classic two-steps and waltzes from the masters mixing into little-heard obscurities and Doucet-penned originals.

Topsy Chapman
4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
New Orleans singer Topsy Chapman was raised on gospel, but has gone on to make her mark in jazz and rhythm and blues. After being discovered in the first local production of One Mo' Time, Chapman has made a number of excellent recordings and taken her place as one of the city's most respected vocalists. She was the featured vocalist on the 1994 CD, The Bessie Smith Story, and is similarly soulful on jazz standards such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on her 2001 CD, My One and Only Love.

Reggie Hall & the Twilighters with Lady Lois & Albert Dogman Smith
4:30 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, R&B
Pianist Hall plays in the classic New Orleans R&B style, complemented by a horn section and featured vocalists. His sets usually feature some crowd-pleasing covers such as "Stand By Me" and "Lean on Me."

Riccardo Crespo y sol Brazil
4:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, World
Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player Crespo moved to New Orleans in the late '90s, and his exotic rhythms have been a nice fit in the Crescent City. His latest CD, Do Rio Camaquá ao Rio Mississippi features Crespo's original Portugese compositions, bossa nova and samba.

Lumzy Sisters
5:10 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
On their albums Precious and Memories, the Lumzy sisters show their love for vintage arrangements of traditional gospel material, though the vocal quartet also incorporates some contemporary gospel into its sets.

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
5:25 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Harper struck a chord with his 1993 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, and his devoted fanbase keeps growing. Harper's a raspy, soulful singer (his version of the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" in the recent Standing in the Shadows of Motown documentary was a highlight) and riveting live performer, alternating between acoustic sets and full electric throwdowns with his backing band.

Regina Carter
5:45 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Jazz violinist Carter has a brand-new CD out that further demonstrates her incredible range: Paganini: After a Dream showcases Carter's classical training. On past efforts and in her acclaimed live performances, Carter is apt to take on compositions by Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk or the Temptations. Her riveting stage presence and diverse repertoire is evident in a partial list of co-headliners on recent tours: Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige. (See feature story.)

Angelique Kidjo
5:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Vocalist Kidjo is a world-music superstar that's captivated audiences since her 1988 debut album, Pretty. The West Africa native's singing approach is marked by a hearty growl reminiscent of traditional African chants, but she incorporates modern influences and a sweeping range for a new millennium feel. American rock, jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop permeate her work, leading to collaborations with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Santana and Cassandra Wilson. Her latest CD is titled Black Ivory Soul. (See feature story.)

Marcia Ball
5:55 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, R&B
Though she was born in Texas, Gulf Coast queen Marcia Ball was raised in Vinton and is one of Louisiana's favorite adopted daughters. Her piano style is rich in boogie-woogie and New Orleans piano traditions, equal parts Albert Ammons and Professor Longhair, and she backs it up with a pure vocal delivery that can be salty or sweet. Ball's new CD, So Many Rivers, was produced by Austin guitarist and producer Stephen Bruton and is one of the strongest of her career.

Deacon John
5:55 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues/R&B
Deacon John's sets at Jazz Fest are legendary. Deacon learned his version of blues and rhythm and blues at the Dew Drop Inn nightclub and on numerous New Orleans recordings in the 1960s, and he brings that spirit to the stage, the crowd and his fellow musicians. His band is tight, and Deacon John's slide guitar work gets extra greasy on the Fair Grounds. He's also preparing for the imminent release of Deacon John's Jump Blues, a forthcoming CD and DVD documenting a historic live concert featuring Deacon with the likes of Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble
5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Founder Fred Starr on clarinet and tenor sax has been leading this trad jazz group since 1979, performing songs from legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Armand Piron. The band's CDs include Marching, Ragging and Mourning (their homage to brass band and New Orleans funeral traditions), and Hot and Sweet Sounds of Lost New Orleans, featuring trombonist Fred Lonzo and bassist Walter Payton.

Thomas "Big Hat" Fields
6 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
This Rayne native entered zydeco late in life, but he's been making up for lost time. With his wife/bassist, Geneva Fields, he includes more French vocals, zydeco waltzes and other traditional elements than most younger players and plays in a rural, dancer-friendly style that's made him a favorite in clubs and at the festivals.

Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues Band
6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Blues/R&B
Bandleader Cure has led this popular local cover band for three decades. A horn section ensures the band can always pull off New Orleans R&B classics, but its setlists are constantly being updated, incorporating everything from Three Doors Down's "Kryptonite" to Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight."

Coolie Family Gospel Singers

6:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Matriarch Elouise Coolie leads this Slidell-based family ensemble, known for its call-and-response vocals and harmony-filled arrangements.

Noon Dumaine St. Gang Men and Ladies and Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Pinette Brass Band
1 p.m. Renegade Phaze III, Black Eagles and Big Chief Derrick and the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians
2 p.m. Pigeon Town Steppers, N'Krumah Better Boys and No Limit Steppers Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Lil' Rascals Brass Band

11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This ensemble is composed of members based out of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and boasts a modern gospel sound based on shared male and female vocals.

S.U.N.O. Jazz Ensemble
11:05 a.m., Acura Stage, Contemporary Jazz
Under the guidance of legendary saxophonist Kidd Jordan -- the 2003 Big Easy Entertainment Award winner in the Contemporary Jazz category -- this university band's students always present innovative arrangements and unexpected flourishes in their annual Jazz Fest program.

Jimmy Dludlu of Capetown, South Africa
11:10 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent
South African guitarist Jimmy Dludlu's riveting sound draws from diverse influences such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Pat Metheny, with nods to his heritage and the sounds of African innovators Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. His latest CD is titled Essence of Rhythm.

Big Daddy "O" Revue featuring Cherie Mannino
11:15 a.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Blues
Making his Jazz Fest debut, Big Daddy "O" is the Northshore's gift to the blues, putting a swampy spin on the country-blues sound. His Revue, featuring the classically trained vocals of Cherie Mannino, puts a little more boogie into the proceedings. Daddy fathered an impressive debut CD in 2001, That's How Strong My Love Is (Rabadash), featuring Mannino on backup vocals and guest Theresa Andersson on violin.

11:15 a.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
Named for the Cajun custom of showing up at a house armed with instruments and various noise-makers, Charivari is the latest assemblage of musicians that has recorded in various formations as Tasso; McCauly, Reed and Vidrine; and the Mamou Prairie Band. Bandleader and fiddler Mitchell Reed is a close study of traditional Cajun and Creole styles, and like other bands that feature the Reed-Randy Vidrine pairing, Charivari is a tradition-minded band that approaches its music with talent and passion.

Zulu Ensemble Male Chorus
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent, Gospel
From the den of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club bellows this gospel choir. The group is 20-plus strong, offering vibrant workouts of traditional gospel songs.

The Strawberry Jammers
11:15 a.m., Lagniappe Stage, Variety
The Strawberry Jammers show exactly what overcoming obstacles is all about. Providing one of the more delightful, inspiring ways to start the day, the Jammers -- a group of physically and mentally challenged performers from Hammond -- always provide high-energy versions pulled from an eclectic songbook of popular works.

Kipori Woods
11:20 a.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
One of the few young African-American blues guitarists on the local scene, Kipori Woods' increasing maturity is making the nickname "Baby Wolf" sound obsolete. He studied under Ellis Marsalis, of all people, and checks influences such as B.B. King and Walter "Wolfman" Washington in his work. His most recent effort is 2000's Big Black Cadillac.

Amammereso Agofomma of Ghana
11:25 a.m., Congo Square Stage
Since 1975, this Ghana ensemble has brought Western African culture to the world. Featuring 26 members, the group boasts male and female dancers and multiple drummers presenting indigenous costumes, dancing and rhythms.

Iron Mountain Native Dancers
11:30 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
This troupe utilizes traditional and contemporary choreography to illustrate Native American history and rituals.

Unstoppable Gospel Creators
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Vocalist and leader Roosevelt Harris guides this tight ensemble through diverse selections from the gospel canon.

Dave Pirner
12:15 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
"Being in New Orleans has made me see that music is something that makes you feel good," Dave Pirner told us before he teamed with his band Soul Asylum to play the Southern Comfort Hurricane Festival. Indeed, Pirner, who is very close to becoming an adopted son here, contrasts the fury of his garage-rock band with last year's acoustic solo effort, Faces and Names. More of a fixture on the local scene as a listener than a performer, Pirner still plays occasional gigs at places such as d.b.a. or guesting with other performers. His Jazz Fest debut should be one of the most intriguing of the bunch.

La Bande "Feufollet"
12:20 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
Dressed in baggy jeans and the occasional backward baseball cap, these six teenagers look more like slackers than one of the most promising new Cajun bands on the scene. But these kids can play. On their recent eponymous album produced by Steve Riley -- a former Cajun boy genius himself -- these French-speakers (thanks to local language immersion programs) pay their respects to the Cajun masters with accordion- and twin fiddle-based two-steps and waltzes.

Willie Tee
12:20 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz/R&B
Few local keyboardists have the range of Willie Tee, whose grooves check off funk, jazz and soul. He will long be remembered for his tasty R&B hit "Teasin' You," but is also well known for his early '70s recordings with New Orleans funk group the Gaturs.

Kustbandet The Swingin' Swedes of Sweden
12:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Who says only New Orleanians know traditional jazz? This 12-piece Swedish ensemble knows its way around the repertoires of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson and delivers songs such as "Black and Blue" and "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You" with undeniable passion.

Carlos Sanchez "Amanecer Flamenco"
12:20 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Latin
For more than 25 years, the flamenco guitar of Sanchez has been a Jazz Fest staple. The Madrid native began his career in 1950 and has toured with Rosario Ballet Espanol and Antonio Ballet de Madrid. His string wizardry can be heard on his latest CD, Luna y Fragua.

Lee Bates & the Cool Connection Band
12:25 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Blues
New Orleans R&B vocalist Bates' new album is titled Your Pretty Body and features tracks such as "I Love Myself" and "Leave My Booty Alone." The witty Bates first recorded in the '60s for the White Cliffs and Sansu labels, but made a comeback a few years ago with the album Stop Standing Against the Wall.

2nd Nazarine Baptist Church Gospel Choir
12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel

This large mass choir from Algiers has 110 members, and its praise raises the roof with a mix of contemporary and traditional gospel.

The Bluebirds
12:35 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Shreveport trio the Bluebirds roars like a rootsier version of ZZ Top, thanks to the always inventive and soulful slide guitar playing of six-string wizard Buddy Flett. The band plays a mix of classic roadhouse blues mixed with its own original material, and its brand new CD, Highway 80 East, is the best album of the band's career.

Jim Boyd & Kyo-T
12:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage; 4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
This four-piece Native American band out of Washington, D.C., recently recorded an R&B album, and leader Boyd won 2002's Record of the Year from the Native American Music Awards album of the year for alterNATIVES.

Jonny Hawk Creek -- Seminole Stomp Dance Performers
12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., Native American Village Stage
Traditional stomp dancing is the specialty of this Native American troupe.

Pastor Ray T. Inglehart & the Gloryland Baptist Church of Baton Rouge
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Baton Rouge-based Pastor Inglehart leads his choir through an array of gospel styles; he's a charismatic leader who also recorded his own solo CD in 2000.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles featuring Anders Osborne
1:25 p.m., Acura Stage, Mardi Gras Indian/Funk
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux has a new record of Indian chants called Mr. Stranger Man. He'll be playing some of them along with the great songs off his collaboration with Anders Osborne, Bury the Hatchet. Anders' slide guitar complements Monk's hypnotic chants skillfully, and Anders' band with Kirk Joseph on sousaphone, Tim Green on saxophone, and Doug Belote on drums is one of the best in New Orleans.

Kent Jordan
1:30 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
This New Orleans flutist is one of New Orleans' most underrated contemporary jazz players and has played with such esteemed national artists as legendary drummer Elvin Jones.

Ritmo Caribeno
1:40 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Latin
The horn and percussion sections that fuel Ritmo Caribeno's cumbia, merengue, punta and salsa excursions have been the stuff of local Latin jazz for more than a decade now. And just when things get a little too hot, they'll slow things down to a romantic crawl with a soft bolero. Ritmo Caribeno also has served as a great incubator; Latin crooner Fredy Omar got his start with this group.

Chouval Bwa of Martinique
1:40 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, World
Claude Germany and Chouval Bwa of Martinique, along with Claude's wife Joselita will bring their miniature carousel to Jazz Fest, emphasizing the root of chouval bwa music as an accompaniment to the merry-go-rounds (maneges) brought to the islands by the French colonials. It explains the galloping rhythm of chouval bwa (the name is Creole for "cheval bois" or "wooden horse"), played in an early incarnation by a hand-played country drum called simply tambour, accordion and guitars.

Don Vappie's Creole Jazz Serenaders
1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
In the dictionary under the word "irrepressible" is a picture of Don Vappie. One of New Orleans' great trad-jazz ambassadors, Vappie is also a scholarly student of the form. But he's no book geek; Vappie delights everyone with his bubbly demeanor as he plays the banjo or digs into his mammoth collection for his entertaining morning show on WWOZ. In other words, Vappie makes music -- and learning about music -- very, very fun.

David "Honeyboy" Edwards
1:45 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Admittedly, the phrase has become a cliché, but truly, 87-year-old David "Honeyboy" Edwards is one of the last living links to the original Mississippi Delta blues sound. He's played with such legends as Robert Johnson and Big Joe Williams and was discovered and recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress way back in 1942. (According to one source, the field recording was cut short by a massive storm.) Rolling Stone once wrote of him, "He shows that you don't always need a band to move people's feet." A golden opportunity to catch a true living legend.

Hawk Henries
2 p.m., 4 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Flutist Henries is a master flute maker and performer, and his recordings of Native American flute music include First Flight, Keeping the Fire and Tribal Winds.

Praise Community Choir
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This New Orleans-based choir prides itself on writing and arranging original material.

Mavis Staples
2:10 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Gospel
The force behind the Staple Singers' Stax classics "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" never moved too far from her gospel roots while becoming a pop sensation in the late 1960s. And since her father Pops passed away three years ago, Mavis Staples is the standard-bearer of this legendary family gospel name. Her New Orleans connection is impressive: When not out on the road performing the family group's hits, Mavis also tours with a tribute to Mahalia Jackson. Her duet with Bob Dylan, "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking," is one of the highlights of the recently released Dylan/gospel tribute album, Gotta Serve Somebody.

New Orleans Jazz Vipers
2:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Traditional Jazz
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are a big reason why The Spotted Cat went from being a Frenchmen Street curiosity for passersby to a vital neo-trad-jazz hot spot. This isn't your older brother's cover band, either; the Vipers' respect for the old ways translates into more obscure works from folks like Benny Carter or Count Basie instead of going with the obvious. Joe Braun alternates between his saxophone and whiskey-soaked vocals for the band, which also features a pair of trombonists and bass and guitar. This should make for a sweet Jazz Fest debut. Wonder if they'll bring their tip jar.

The funky Meters
2:40 p.m., Acura Stage, Funk
The year 2003 has become the Year of Art Neville. The legendary keyboardist has been honored by both OffBeat magazine's Best of the Beat Awards and Gambit Weekly's Big Easy Entertainment Awards for a lifetime of achievement (see cover story), and fittingly so. His work in the Meters (now the funky Meters) speaks for itself, but don't forget the rugged bass lines of George Porter Jr., the sizzling guitar phrasing of Brian Stoltz and the whomping drums of Russell Batiste. Look for the hits, such as "Cissy Strut" and "Hey Pocky A-way," but really, after all these years, the funky Meters can stay funky long after their (oh so many) younger acolytes are curled up in bed.

Astral Project

2:40 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
When pianist David Torkanowsky left Astral Project, many wondered what affect it would have on the band's sound, which has been a mainstay of New Orleans' modern-jazz scene for more than two decades. Curiously, it allowed the band to stretch out in a different, freer way, as they proved on last year's self-released CD, Big Shot. Instead of replacing the piano, the band allowed more space for saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski and the rhythm section of drummer John Vidacovich and bassist James Singleton to show their stuff.

Gospel Honorees Ceremony
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Longtime New Orleans gospel icon Lois Dejean honors members of the New Orleans gospel community in this awards presentation.

Wanda Rouzan & a Taste of New Orleans
2:50 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, R&B
The Count sometimes wonders if the live wire that is Wanda Rouzan should change the name of her act to "The Spice of New Orleans." Because there is a lot of pizzazz when Rouzan hits the stage, checking off the spectrum of New Orleans classics from jazz, R&B and blues.

Frankie Ford Show
3 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, R&B
In a town known for its idiosyncratic artists, vocalist and pianist Frankie Ford can be an eye-popping and toe-tapping delight. He will forever be remembered as the man who reinterpreted Huey "Piano" Smith's classic single, "Sea Cruise" (with his "HOO-wee, HOO-wee, baby" battle cry). But don't forget his impressive output on Ace Records in the 1950s and 1960s that featured such hits as "Roberta" and "Alimony."

Mary McBride
3 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Country/Rock
She has more than once been compared to another Louisiana-born singer/songwriter, Lucinda Williams. But having been raised primarily in Washington, D.C., McBride informs her work with more than a dose of rock 'n' roll by way of gin-soaked blues. Last summer's Everything Seemed Alright (Bogan), featured rockers like "Boys" ("There are boys who are angels, boys who can't fly/ Boys who like it rough, boys who like to ride/ Boys who spend every night staring at the sky, boys who won't believe you when you wave bye-bye"). Ouch!

Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Lars Edegran founded the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra back in 1967, basing much of the group's repertoire on the works of John Robichaux at the turn of the century (his work is held in Tulane's Hogan Jazz Archives). This is historical preservation at its finest. Legendary trumpeter Lionel Ferbos is an integral contributor to the band's sound.

The Wimberly Family

3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Last year the Wimberly family came on stage dressed in resplendent yellow and red matching suits, as bright as the harmonies it displays on its recent CD, God Did It.

LL Cool J
3:50 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Hip-hop
Somehow, LL Cool J keeps getting away with it; long after venturing into TV and movies, a rapper of his rep long ago would have lost any street cred (please see Will Smith, who may never have had any in the first place). And yet, he's still getting his props, particularly after 2000's G.O.A.T., which keeps his smooth-rapping way with the ladies and still contains enough lyrical punch when he gets serious. (Favorite line: "Columbine happens in the ghetto every day.") Don't call it a comeback, indeed. (See feature story.)

Nicholas Payton & Sonic Trance
4:05 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Last year's Big Easy Entertainment Awards' Entertainer of the Year proved he was a worthy interpreter of the great Louis Armstrong on Dear Louis and being equally at home in the modern and traditional jazz scenes. With his Sonic Trance outfit, the ever-adventurous trumpeter reworks some of the sounds of the '70s fusion scene, as well as paying homage to primary inspiration Freddie Hubbard.

Lynn Drury & Bad Mayo
4:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Country/Folk
On their second CD, Spun, Lynn Drury & Bad Mayo show once again how New Orleans can seep into just about any genre that passes through town. Their duets are country music with a humid groove, partly thanks to Tallahasseeans Dave Stover on bass and Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 and Chris Mulé's guitar workouts.

Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
4:15 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Zydeco
The crowd-pleasing Rockin Dopsie Jr. is one of the musical sons of zydeco pioneer Rockin' Dopsie. He's also one of the only rubboard-playing zydeco bandleaders, combining rubberband dance moves with zydeco versions of tunes ranging from Ernie K-Doe's classic "Mother In Law" to party hits like "Mustang Sally."

The Johnson Extension
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Named for family patriarch the Rev. Herbert Johnson, the Johnson Extension spans multiple generations and features a number of soloists who step out for thrilling vocal leads.

The Holmes Brothers
4:20 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Flush with three-part harmonies and a decidedly spiritualized take on all things soul and blues, the Holmes Brothers -- guitarist Wendell Holmes, bassist Sherman Holmes and drummer Popsy Dixon -- are not your typical R&B group. Their greatest-hits compilation, Righteous!: The Essential Collection, features work culled from their four Rounder albums, In The Spirit, Where It's At, Soul Street and Promised Land.

Lil' Brian & the Zydeco Travelers
4:25 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
That's Buckwheat Zydeco's accordion tattooed on Lil' Brian's bicep, and like Buckwheat, Lil' Brian is a zydeco innovator. In Lil' Brian's hands, that means plenty of funk and hip-hop mixed into his accordion-based music, as he demonstrated in his fine Funky Nation album on Buckwheat Zydeco's Tomorrow Recordings label. This new-breed player is a proficient musician with the chops to back his innovative ideas.

Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band with guest Thais Clark
4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
One of the most respected music historian/educators in the city, Michael White doesn't get bookish when he picks up the clarinet and leads the Original Liberty Jazz Band, which is trad jazz at its finest. He proved as much on his most recent CD, Jazz From the Soul of New Orleans. Still, White's pedigree is impressive, having worked with musicians from the traditional (Danny Barker) and modern (Wynton Marsalis) scenes. Today, he'll also be joined by rowdy vocalist Thais Clark.

Widespread Panic
4:30 p.m., Acura Stage, Rock
Of all the bands inspired by the improvisational fusion of blues, country, jazz and rock that defined the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic is perhaps the biggest (rivaling Phish) and the one band that seems to have adopted New Orleans. Panic's three-night stands in the Crescent City over Halloween weekend have become a must-stop for the veggie-burrito set. The band appears to have overcome the tragic death of guitarist Michael House to pancreatic cancer last summer with the recruitment of longtime friend George McConnell (from the group Beanland). Their new CD, Ball, was released two weeks ago.

Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson & the Spiritual Voices
5:10 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Johnson is a rising star on the national gospel scene and a recent winner of the 2002 Stellar Award for Traditional Group/Duo of the Year. His ensemble performs in the traditional quartet style, but also incorporates contemporary influences; the group's recent CDs include Send a Revival.

Executive Steel Band
5:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Caribbean
One of the best ways to explore the African Diaspora is to explore the sounds of the Executive Steel Band. Roland Lawes leads the way for this group, whose pans are fashioned from oil barrels courtesy of Ellie Manette as they throb with the sound of calypso with a Louisiana flourish.

Third World

5:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Reggae
A longtime favorite of New Orleans audiences, 30-year-old Third World is one of the all-time great reggae bands to come out of Jamaica. One of the few groups to maintain an authentic roots sound even while glossing up their presentation, Third World is best known for hits such as "African Woman," "Now That We've Found Love" and "Cold Sweat." Their new CD, Ain't Givin' Up, is due out next week on Shanachie Records. Their Ultimate Collection compilation was released in 2001.

Irma Thomas & the Professionals

5:45 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, R&B
She may be called the Soul Queen of New Orleans, but Irma Thomas is also the Ruler of the Count's heart. It's very hard for the Count to wait patiently for Ms. Thomas' Jazz Fest sets, which after all these many years never lose their luster. Everyone knows by now how Tommy Ridgley's discovery scored an early hit with "(You Can Have My Husband But Please) Don't Mess With My Man"; how Otis Redding lifted "Ruler of My Heart" for his hit "Pain in My Heart"; and how the Rolling Stones pounced on "Time Is on My Side" and made it their first top-10 hit. If it's raining again, it's raining notes from that supple voice -- one of the all-time greats. Happy Mother's Day early, Ms. Thomas.

Herbie Mann reunion band featuring special guests Larry Coryell, David Fathead Newman and Chuck Rainey
5:45 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
When jazz fans think of the flute's relationship to world music -- long before the term came into vogue -- they often think of Herbie Mann, whose influences are incalculable. His 1961 release, At the Village Gate, is considered one of modern jazz's all-time classics. His reunion with fellow legends Larry Coryell (guitar), David "Fathead" Newman (saxophone) and Chuck Rainey (bass) should make for compelling listening. (See feature story.)

John Mooney & Bluesiana

5:50 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Slide guitar wizard Mooney mixes hardcore Delta blues -- which he learned under the direct tutelage of Son House -- with syncopated New Orleans rhythms based on Professor Longhair's signature sound. He's also got a howling vocal style that only adds to the deep vibe. Mooney has recorded extensively for a number of record labels, both in a solo setting and with his backing band. His most recent CD is 2002's All I Want.

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
5:50 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
Steve Riley and his band are always a Fest highlight. With influences ranging from the Balfa Brothers to Moby, a band once hailed as new traditionalists is now one of the freshest and most continually surprising groups to emerge from the state. Their sweep ranges from twin-fiddle Cajun reels to Clifton Chenier-style zydeco to swamp pop and beyond. In addition to Riley, the Playboy talents include Sam Broussard, fiddler/sax player David Greely and drummer Kevin Dugas.

Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham
5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Legendary wife-and-husband team Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham specialize in inspired jazz and blues informed by swing-era Kansas City. Jeannie toured with Cab Calloway and T-Bone Walker, while Jimmy played trombone with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Ornette Coleman. Jimmy arranges all the songs for their band, and the pair writes witty, original compositions.

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries
6:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel

This church choir is named after founder Thomas Benjamin Watson, who founded the The Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries more than 30 years ago. It boasts a large membership with more than 70 vocalists, making for a deep, rich vocal sound that's perfect to close out the Gospel Tent.


Noon Scene Boosters, Jetsetter Ladies and Popular Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with Tornado Brass Band
1 p.m. Creole Wild West and Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians
2 p.m. Westbank Steppers and Original Prince of Wales Men and Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs with High Steppers Brass Band

Banks Family
11 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Hailing from Violet, this family ensemble is celebrating more than three decades of making traditional and contemporary gospel magic, under the leadership of Valerie Banks.

Dorothy Frime & the Wampus Catz
11:15 a.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
This north Louisiana trio and string band plays an old-time mix of country blues, ragtime, jazz and country.

Jonny Hawk Creek -- Seminole Stomp Dance Performers
11:15 a.m., Acura Stage; 3:15 p.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
Traditional stomp dancing is the specialty of this Native American troupe.

11:15 a.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage
Originally known as the DeLoutre Bottom Boys, this Monroe-based bluegrass band recently shortened its name -- perhaps to avoid confusion with the O Brother, Where Art Thou? band. Named for Bayou DeLoutre, the band is a veteran of the northern Louisiana country and bluegrass festival circuit.

Heritage School of Music Jazz Band
11:15 a.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz Band
Since 1990, this ensemble funded by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has offered talented youngsters in grades five through 12 to learn under the guidance of esteemed local luminaries such as saxophonist Kidd Jordan.

Don Carter
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage
Carter presents a blend of hip-hop inflected jazz, with irresistible rhythms culled from Washington, D.C.'s go-go genre thrown in for good measure.

Kid Simmons' Local International All-Stars
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Trumpeter Simmons leads this collection of musicians from all corners of the world who heard New Orleans' siren call and moved to the Crescent City. For a good representation of this band's deep talent roster, check out its 2002 CD, Live in Store at the Louisiana Music Factory, which features drummer Frank Oxley and banjoist Les Muscutt shining on classics such as "Red Sails in the Sunset" and "I'm Confessin'."

Abita Springs Bluegrass Band
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage, Bluegrass
Abita Springs is a quiet hotbed of Louisiana bluegrass and country talent, thanks to the presence of the dormant Piney Woods Opry series. This ensemble upholds the town's reputation with a mix of ballads and breakdowns that pay homage to the sound of legends such as Bill Monroe and Del McCoury.

Bucktown Allstars
11:30 a.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Variety
This nine-piece R&B band (with a full Memphis-style horn section) is one of the area's most popular cover bands, offering up versions of classics like Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" and Billy Preston's "Will it Go Round in Circles." The band's recent CD is a live recording from Mid-City Lanes, one of the group's regular haunts.

11:30 a.m., Native American Village Stage, Native American
This Native American outfit makes a return appearance at Jazz Fest after making quite an impression last year. Native Peoples magazine raved, "local Native funk band Kostini was perhaps the biggest surprise of this year's Native American Village, presenting a terrific set."

Cosmopolitan Church Choir
11:45 a.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This choir with approximately 30 members made its Jazz Fest debut last year and returns with its mixture of traditional and contemporary gospel.

Roland Guerin Quartet
12:15 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Bassist Guerin is one of New Orleans' most in-demand sidemen, bringing his sense of swing and harmony to the bands of Marcus Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Victor Goines and Mark Whitfield. He's taken those experiences and become a formidable bandleader himself, writing memorable compositions on solo CDs such as 1999's Live at the Blue Note (recorded at the famed New York club) and 2000's You Don't Have to See It, Believe It.

Joe Krown Organ Combo
12:20 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Funk/R&B
Piano man and organ wizard Krown leads this tough-as-nails band through classic Hammond B-3 driven funk, blues and R&B grooves modeled after the classic sounds of Booker T. & the MGs and Jimmy Smith. But Krown is a prolific and engaging composer, too, and original burners like "Mud Flaps" on the Organ Combo's most recent CD, Funkyard, show this formidable ensemble bringing their own musical recipes to the table.

Amammeereso Agofomma of Kumasi, Ghana
12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage, World
Since 1975, this Ghana ensemble has brought Western African culture to the world. Featuring 26 members, the group boasts male and female dancers and multiple drummers presenting indigenous costumes, dancing and rhythms.

Charmaine Neville Band with Reggie Houston and Amasa Miller
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage, R&B/Jazz
The talented daughter of Neville Brother Charles Neville, vocalist Charmaine Neville's longrunning Monday night gigs are a staple for tourists and locals alike. Neville's undeniably warm stage presence adds to her soulful renditions of jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans and African-flavored repertoire. She is expertly backed by her longtime bandmates Reggie Houston on saxophone and Amasa Miller on piano.

Allen Fontenot & the Country Cajuns
12:25 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Cajun
Fiddler Allen Fontenot pioneered Cajun music in New Orleans -- and throughout much of the rest of the world, as well. He's brought his Cajun-country hybrid sound to everywhere from Bourbon Street to the Charles Bronson movie Hard Times, and he's toured frequently with zydeco bands such as the late Rockin' Sidney and locally based Grammy winner Al Rapone.

Dukes of Dixieland
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
For 54 years, the Dukes has held strong to its love for and dedication to classic New Orleans dixieland sounds. But the band isn't afraid to venture into other genres, too, and the band's 2002 CD, Louisiana Legends, featured an R&B flavor with special guest vocalist Luther Kent on "Shake Rattle and Roll" and a reading of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927." And listen for drummer Richard Taylor's version of "Big Noise from Winnetka," which is likely to bring down the house.

The Malvinas
12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Folk
This acoustic folk trio blends the voices of Texas singer/songwriters Lisa Markley and Beth Cahill with esteemed New Orleans singer/songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and fiddler Gina Forsyth. The band recently released its debut CD, I'm Not Like This, and Forsyth especially shines on melodic original compositions such as "Home of St. Francis" and "In the Corner of the Room."

New Orleans Spiritualettes

12:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
Since 1956, the all-female gospel group the New Orleans Spiritualettes has maintained a strict adherence to traditional harmonies and material. Their 1996 CD, I Believe, shows the ensemble's creativity in their personalized arrangements of classics such as "Down by the Riverside."

Eric Lindell
12:45 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Blues/Rock
Guitarist and vocalist Lindell recently moved to New Orleans from California, and his blue-eyed soul vocals and roadhouse-inspired bluesy guitar work quickly made waves on the local scene. His self-titled 2002 CD features Lindell's original songs and inspired horn charts, and Lindell's inroads into the New Orleans music community were evident in guest appearances by Galactic's Stanton Moore and former War drummer Harold Brown. Lindell was also recently a featured guest on virtuoso local drummer Johnny Vidacovich's Wednesday night Maple Leaf gig.

Hawk Henries
12:45 p.m., 4 p.m., Native American Village Stage
Flutist Henries is a master flute maker and performer, and his recordings of Native American flute music include First Flight, Keeping the Fire and Tribal Winds.

Faithful Few Gospel Singers
1:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This small gospel ensemble, backed by a full band, makes its Jazz Fest debut this year.

Clyde Kerr Jr. & Univision
1:25 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
As a mentor to soulful virtuoso Nicholas Payton and up-and-comers like Christian Scott, New Orleans trumpeter Clyde Kerr has been an invaluable contributor to the New Orleans jazz community. He recently supplied arrangements for the first performance of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and on his set today, expect Kerr's masterful tone and phrasing to show why he's one of New Orleans' foremost unsung heroes.

Andy J. Forest Band
1:30 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
Bluesman and harmonica player Andy J. Forest knows his way around Chicago and Delta blues, but also plays rubboard and writes original songs informed by Louisiana sounds and culture. Forest is prolific in the studio and has recorded a number of albums that also feature the talents of peers such as Anders Osborne, John Mooney, Davell Crawford, Tommy Malone and John Fohl. His most recent CD is 2001's Sunday Rhumba.

Kim Carson & the Casualties
1:40 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Country
Singer/songwriter Carson keeps the alt-country flame burning in New Orleans with her blend of honky-tonk, roots rock, blues and rockabilly. She's released three CDs in recent years, and her debut CD, Tonkabilly, featured guitar work from Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock. Her most recent CD, Calle De Orleans, includes background vocals from the Bangles' Vicki Peterson and a duet with Jolene's John Crooke.

Sister Carol
1:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Reggae
Sister Carol, aka the "Black Cinderalla" and "Mother Culture," is one of reggae's most prominent female performers. In the past two decades, her recordings have earned her a Grammy nomination and the attention of director Jonathan Demme, who cast Sister Carol in Something Wild and Married to the Mob. Her reggae style always incorporates themes of social and spiritual consciousness.

Ingrid Lucia
1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Traditional Jazz
Vocalist Lucia has a girlish, arresting voice that's been described as a cross between Betty Boop and Billie Holiday. Since moving back to New Orleans a few years ago after a long stint in New York, Lucia's been embraced anew by local audiences, winning over converts in the funky environs of the Shim Sham Club and the elegant environment of the Ritz Carlton Hotel's French Quarter Bar. Lucia's diversity -- she can sing show tunes, country, standards, trad jazz, you name it -- is evident on her most recent CD, Fortune.

Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias
1:50 p.m., Acura Stage, Mardi Gras Indian/Funk
The Wild Magnolias is unquestionably the most famous Mardi Gras Indian band from New Orleans. The ensemble first made its mark with their landmark early '70s albums mixing traditional Mardi Gras Indian chants with funky electric backing (featuring the likes of Snooks Eaglin and Willie Tee) and, in 1999, released the star-studded Life is a Carnival album, which featured guest spots from Bruce Hornsby and Robbie Robertson. Through it all, the soulful rasp of lead vocalist Bo Dollis is the Magnolias' signature sound.

Gregg Stafford's Young Tuxedo Brass Band
1:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz/Brass
Ever since the legendary late jazzman Danny Barker recruited Gregg Stafford in the early '70s for Barker's Fairview Baptist Church band, trumpeter Stafford has continued Barker's mission of keeping traditional jazz and brass band music alive. Stafford has recorded superb albums with clarinetist and peer Dr. Michael White and today leads the current incarnation of the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, the legendary ensemble that first hit New Orleans in the late '30s.

Bill Miller
2 p.m., 5:45 p.m., Native American Village Stage
Singer/songwriter Miller has experienced mainstream recognition through his collaborations with Nanci Griffith, Peter Rowan and Kim Carnes and high-profile gigs with the likes of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. He writes uncompromising rock and roll songs that address his Native American heritage, and his most recent CD is titled Spirit Rain.

Antioch Full Gospel Choir
2 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
This choir hails from Antioch in North Louisiana, boasting a membership of approximately 40 singers committed to its program of contemporary gospel. The choir is backed by a full band.

George Porter Jr. & the Pardners
2:10 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Funk
As the bass player for the Meters, George Porter Jr. helped create the grooves for New Orleans' all-time funkiest band. Porter's no one-trick pony, though; his wide knowledge and skill with R&B, jazz, blues, rock and more has led to tours and recordings with David Byrne, Tori Amos, Robbie Robertson, and most recently, Gov't Mule. With his own band, the Pardners, Porter drives his bass even harder and steps out for more vocal turns than he does with the current incarnation of the funky Meters.

The Dixie Cups
2:45 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, R&B
If the Supremes or Ronettes were from New Orleans, they might sound like the Dixie Cups. The Crescent City's most famous girl group, the Dixie Cups had two major hits in the '60s, hitting the charts with their percussion and vocal-fueled version of "Iko-Iko," and the lovers and wedding anthem "Chapel of Love." The trio recently received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and still boasts those trademark harmonies in its live shows.

Leah Chase
2:45 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Vocalist Chase sings in a deep, earthy voice perfectly suited for her renditions of jazz standards. In 2001 she released the CD At Last, featuring her estimable takes on classics like "At Last" and "The Very Thought of You." One of the finest recent examples of her talent is the haunting recasting of Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" on Matt Lemmler's Portraits of Wonder album.

Paulette Wright-Davis & Volume of Praise
2:45 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
A repeat nominee in the Big Easy Awards' gospel category, Wright-Davis is a powerful vocalist. Her latest CD, Psalmstress, features guest appearances from Davell Crawford and Marva Wright.

Paky Saavedra's Band Ido
3 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Latin
Singer and bassist Saavedra plays songs from Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic and has been a Jazz Fest fixture since 1976.

Creole Zydeco Farmers
3:05 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
Originally the backing band for Fernest Arceneaux, the Farmers hoe the line by performing no-nonsense zydeco dance music with plenty of accordion-laced R&B. Blues guitarist Chester Chevalier and drummer Clarence "Jockey" Etienne keep the steady groove, which makes the Farmers equally popular with dance crowds at home and on the road.

George French & the Original Storyville Jazz Band
3:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Bassist and vocalist French is one of New Orleans' most expressive and underrated singers. His deep, rich voice and immaculate phrasing has earned him gigs with peers such as The Dukes Of Dixieland, The James Rivers Quartet and Wendell Brunious. One telling barometer of his talent: he was chosen alongside Johnny Adams and Germaine Bazzle to sing with the CAC Orchestra for Rounder Records' Mood Indigo album. Expect swinging versions of trad jazz classics from French today.

Gladys Knight
3:25 p.m., Acura Stage, R&B
Backing band and vocalists the Pips have retired, but leader Gladys Knight will forever be remembered for "Midnight Train to Georgia," the combo's 1974 smash hit. Knight was a formidable soul singer prior to her breakthrough, recording the sizzling original version of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" for Motown Records. In recent years Knight has moved toward a more contemporary urban R&B sound, but her voice still packs plenty of R&B and bluesy wallop after all these years.

Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers
3:30 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
For more than five decades, the Harmonizers have been one of New Orleans' most popular gospel groups, for good reason. The ensemble sings moving versions of traditional gospel classics, led by Sherman Washington. (Washington is also the coordinator of the Jazz Fest's gospel tent.) A highlight of the Harmonizers' Jazz Fest appearance is a special appearance by Aaron Neville.

Carlos Vives y Los Provincia
3:45 p.m., Congo Square Stage, Latin
The booking of Latin superstar Vives is a coup for Jazz Fest, as his "tropical pop" should be a natural fit on the Fair Grounds. Since his 1993 breakthrough hit "La Gota Fria," the lanky Vives has won multiple Latin Grammy Awards and made women swoon with his swarthy looks and soulful crooning. Dejame Entrar is the title of Vives' most recent CD, and it expands his signature sound: traditional vallenato music complemented with Andean rhythms, Carnival flavor, driving accordions, lush production and jazzy explorations.

Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
3:50 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Zydeco
Reportedly at work on a new CD, this native of Crowley has enjoyed crossover success as a session accordionist (he plays on hits by Alan Jackson and others). Leading his own band, Zydecajun, he performs a Southern rock-drenched Cajun style with nods to The Allman Brothers. Nobody squeezes a power chord from an accordion quite like Toups, who also turned in plenty of old-style French tunes on his most recent CD, Little Wooden Box.

Terence Blanchard
4 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
Trumpeter Blanchard is one of New Orleans' leading lights in contemporary jazz. The former member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers went on from his tenure with Blakey to lead his own acclaimed band and score a number of soundtracks for Spike Lee. His latest CD is Let's Get Lost, a tribute to songwriter Jimmy McHugh that featured guest appearances from vocalists Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and Jane Monheit.

Chris Thomas King's 21st Century Blues
4:10 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues

Guitarist and singer/songwriter King is the son of Baton Rouge legend Tabby Thomas and is well-versed in swamp blues, but King is also forging his own distinct path. His recording career includes high-octane blues rock, acoustic country blues, and an in-your-face fusion of hip-hop and blues. You might recognize King from his film role as Tommy Johnson in the Coen Brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Aaron Neville
4:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
While Neville is probably best known for his role in the Neville Brothers and his smash duets with Linda Ronstadt, gospel music is one of his first loves, and he's recorded some superb gospel albums. His most recent album of spiritual material is titled Believe and features his heavenly falsetto on a cover of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." Neville also contributed to the new CD of the same name honoring Dylan's gospel songs.

Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
4:30 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
Willis Prudhomme hails from Kinder, and like many zydeco musicians from the western part of the state, he has an ear for Cajun music, as well. With influences including Cajun pioneer Nathan Abshire, Prudhomme is likely to perform a number of zydeco waltzes and old-style two-steps in this set. He'll also likely perform his "Cornbread Two-Step," the foundation for the hit "Give Him Cornbread" by the late Beau Jocque, who was Prudhomme's neighbor in Kinder.

4:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Funk/Jazz
One of the rising jam bands to land a slot on the upcoming 2003 Bonnaroo music festival, Topaz makes its Jazz Fest debut today. Leader and tenor saxophonist Topaz (yep, just one name, like Prince) leads his band through 1960s soul jazz, '70s funk and edgy modern New York rhythms. The band recently released its sophomore CD, Listen!, which was recorded at Phillip Glass' old studio.

Iron Mountain Native Dancers
4:30 p.m., Native American Village Stage
This troupe utilizes traditional and contemporary choreography to illustrate Native American history and rituals.

Pete Fountain
4:35 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
With almost 100 albums to his credit, clarinetist Pete Fountain has been one of New Orleans music's most recognizable artists for more than five decades. His incomparable Dixieland repertoire and lilting tone first earned attention in Lawrence Welk's Orchestra, and Fountain has since taken his sound around the world. Fountain's local appearances will be scarcer these days, as he just closed down his club at the Hilton Hotel and intends to scale back his schedule. He's earned it.

Mighty Clouds of Joy
5:10 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
One of the world's greatest purveyors of the classic gospel quartet sound, the Mighty Clouds of Joy have spread their message since 1955, winning multiple Grammys, entertaining multiple presidents and sharing the stage with everyone from the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon to Al Green and Stevie Wonder. With more than 30 albums to its credit, the band's most recent CD is titled It Was You. Gospel doesn't get any better than this.

The Neville Brothers
5:20 p.m., Acura Stage, Funk/R&B
New Orleans' most famous musical ambassadors will once again close out Jazz Fest with their traditional headline appearance. Art, Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville embody all that is New Orleans music: funk, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel, all fused into a signature sound. Expect plenty of classics from the band's canon today, as well as signature songs from solo Neville material (Aaron's "Tell it Like It Is") and Neville-related bands such as the Meters ("Hey Pocky A-Way"). In recent years, the Nevilles have capped things off with a stirring version of Bob Marley's "One Love."

The Radiators
5:30 p.m., Louisiana Heritage Stage, Rock
The members of New Orleans rock 'n' roll institution the Radiators are celebrating their 25th anniversary of performing their signature "Fish-head" music this year. The Rads' diverse and always-changing setlists include intriguing covers from sources as diverse as Jelly Roll Morton and Frank Zappa, while original Rads anthems like their hits "Doctor Doctor" and "Like Dreamers Do" keep local and national audiences grooving (and taping and trading the band's live shows). The band isn't resting on its laurels, either; at its recent 25 anniversary celebrations at Tipitina's, the Rads debuted a fresh batch of new material.

The O'Jays
5:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage, R&B
One of the great torchbearers of Philly soul, the smooth vocal arrangements and harmonies of the O'Jays ruled the '70s. Thanks to unforgettable hits such as "Love Train," "Backstabbers" "For the Love of Money," and "I Love Music, Pt 1," the Isleys racked up more than 20 hit singles and sold millions of albums. The band's popularity waned in the '80s, but like their peers the Isley Brothers, the O'Jays remain a vital contemporary act, continuing to tour and record and updating their sound with touches of contemporary R&B.

Buddy Guy
5:45 p.m., Popeye's Blues Tent, Blues
High-octane blues guitarist Buddy Guy took the world by storm with his 1993 "comeback" CD Damn Right I've Got the Blues, which featured devoted Guy fans, including Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, making guest appearances to pay tribute to their idol. But the Louisiana-born Guy's been a force of nature on the Chicago blues scene since the late '50s, making seminal recordings both as a bandleader and with harp partner Junior Wells. Since emerging last decade as a still-vital performer, Guy has recorded and toured relentlessly, and his forthcoming CD, Blues Singer, is an acoustic affair featuring collaborations with Clapton and B.B. King.

The Crusaders reunion featuring Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Ray Parker Jr. & special guest Randy Crawford
5:45 p.m., BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Contemporary Jazz
In 1960, the Crusaders shook up jazz by incorporating Memphis R&B into hard bop, and the band has made stylistic fusions its calling card ever since. From soul jazz to smoother pop excursions, the band's sound has constantly evolved, to the delight of some fans and the disappointment of others. This "reunion" features original member and tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder with later Crusaders contributor Joe Sample on keyboards, fiery female vocalist Randy Crawford and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ray Parker Jr. (yes, of "Ghostbusters" fame).

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
6 p.m., Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, Zydeco
Another bandleading Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie was crowned "America's Hottest Accordionist" by no less an authority than the American Accordion Association. He started on the instrument when he was 7, emulating his dad, Rockin' Dopsie, and began touring with his own band in 1999. His accordion work bears more than a few traces of the R&B-laced style favored by his father.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
6 p.m., Economy Hall Tent, Traditional Jazz
Like its namesake club in the French Quarter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is synonymous with traditional jazz. Every night at 8 p.m., tourists from around the world (and locals, too), head to 726 St. Peter St. to hear virtuosos such as trumpeters Wendell Brunious and Leroy Jones lead an all-star rotating band of New Orleans veterans. The band's "greatest hits" CD, Best of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is the top-selling CD at Tower Records' New Orleans store year-round, indicative of the spell the band casts on listeners. In recent years, touring versions of the band have also released a number of stirring live performances featuring the cream of the New Orleans trad-jazz canon.

Zion Trinity
6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage, Reggae
The local all-female reggae trio just released a terrific new CD titled Eyes on Zion, featuring soulful original songs such as the mission statements "Our Reggae Music" and "Eyes on Zion."

Tyrone Foster & the Arc Singers
6:15 p.m., Rhodes Gospel Tent, Gospel
In recent years, the dynamic rhythms, inspired arrangements, brilliant soloists and the charismatic leadership of Tyrone Foster have earned this New Orleans choir the closing slot at Jazz Fest, and they'll do it again to close out the 2003 Jazz Fest.

CUTLINE: Flutist Herbie Mann's storied career includes forays into Latin and Brazilian grooves, soul-jazz, bop and even disco. -
  • CUTLINE: Flutist Herbie Mann's storied career includes forays into Latin and Brazilian grooves, soul-jazz, bop and even disco.


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