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Instigation Festival brings jazz and dance performances to New Orleans

Local and Chicago artists perform across town Jan. 23-26

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The fourth annual Instigation Festival — an artistic partnership of improvised jazz and dance with performers from Chicago and New Orleans — will perform at venues around town Jan. 23-26.

  Marie Casimir (pictured), a Haitian-American dancer, and Steve Marquette, a Chicago improvisational jazz musician are the co-producers, and Instigations features New Orleanians (trombonist Jeff Albert, multi-instrumentalist Aurora Nealand, musician Kidd Jordan and dancer/choreographer Maritza Mercado-Narcisse) performing with Chicagoans (saxophonist Mars Williams, electronics artist Damon Locks and choreographer/scholar Onye Ozuzu). Jazz composer and saxophonist Ken Vandermark, cellist Helen Gillet and the James Singleton Trio also are part of the various programs, which include more than 40 artists.

  Venues include Sidebar, The New Quorum, Gasa Gasa, New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint and Dancing Grounds. The festival's final performance is Jan. 26 at The Music Box Village, with two dozen musicians and dancers. For ticket information, venues and prices, visit www.instigationfestival.com.

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