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Jazz Fest 2017: performance picks for Sunday, May 7


11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
New Orleans Classic R&B Revue

Gentilly Stage
This revue features some enduring icons of New Orleans's golden era of R&B. In 1956, when Chicago's Chess Records ushered Clarence "Frogman" Henry into Cosimo Matassa's studio to record what would become his smash debut, "Ain't Got No Home" — highlighted by his voice ranging from falsetto to the frog ribbits that inspired his nickname. Al "Carnival Time" Johnson is forever linked to his Carnival anthem, which he recorded in 1960 at Matassa's studio. Robert Parker joins them, and his performance is likely to include his infectious "Barefootin'" and that big-selling single's B-side, "Let's Go Baby (Where the Action Is)." The Bobby Cure Band rounds out the bill.

12:05 p.m.-12:50 p.m.
Jonathan "Boogie" Long

Blues Tent
At 28 years old, Baton Rouge-born Jonathan "Boogie" Long is a blues legend in the making. Long picked up the guitar at age 6 and left home at age 14 to tour in local legend Henry Turner Jr.'s band. He's since shared the stage with everyone from B.B. King to Warren Haynes, and the Allman Brothers/Gov't Mule guitar-shredder is clearly a big influence on him. Long has powerhouse vocals and draws sinister licks and wails from his custom Gibson ES355 guitar. A Jazz Fest favorite since his 2013 debut, Long arrives with his Blues Revolution trio (featuring bassist Chris Roberts and drummer Jay Carnegie) on the heels of signing a national distribution deal with Louisiana Red Hot Records for his self-titled debut album and 2016's Trying to Get There. His original songs, such as "Call the Preacher," pack all the old-school blues power of his deft cover choices, such as Robert Johnson's "32 20 Blues."

12:50 p.m.-1:55 p.m.
Luke Winslow-King

Lagniappe Stage
The 34-year-old Luke Winslow-King is known for his intricate guitar play (on electric and acoustic slide), smooth vocal delivery and compelling lyricism. The Michigan native cut his first record in his adopted hometown of New Orleans in 2008 (Old/New Baby, mostly cut live at Preservation Hall) but his breakout arrived in 2013 with The Coming Tide, his first for Bloodshot Records, which helped him reach national audiences. Winslow-King's fifth album, last year's I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always, continues his upward trajectory.

2:20 p.m.-3:20 p.m.
Adonis y Osain del Monte

Blues Tent
Virtuosic drumming, rhythmic patterns that swoop into unexpected twists and turns and extreme riffs on rumba and Cuban pop all play into the crew of dancers and musicians Adonis Panter Calderon formed as Adonis y Osain del Monte in 2013. An expert in his country's rich cultural history, Calderon's credits include assistant directing the recent documentary, The Black Roots of Salsa: The Emancipation of Cuban Rumba and leading the group Yoruba Andabo, which focuses on the early Cuban interpretation of the West African music slaves brought to Havana 500 years ago. The group recently performed for the Rolling Stones at a private concert.
Also performing at: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cultural Pavilion Stage

2:20 p.m.-3:35 p.m.
Sarah Quintana & the Miss River Band

Lagniappe Stage
New Orleans native Sarah Quintana is an accomplished visual artist and yogi who cut her teeth musically in Frenchmen Street nightclubs with The Moonshiners before venturing into a solo career focusing on her jazzy brand of folk music. Inspired by the wonders she finds in the physical and spiritual world around her, Quintana's praised second album, 2015's Miss River, found her along South Louisiana bayous using fishing poles and hydro-mics to record with noted producer Mark Bingham. Her exploration of water as kinetic sound produced tracks such as "New Life" and "In the Devil's Country," which showcase Quintana's delicate acoustic guitar and angelic upper-octave vocals along with Rex Gregory's haunting saxophone and bass clarinet. Last year, Quintana and Keith Porteous cut an album of religious music, Sound Refuge.

2:40 p.m.-3:40 p.m.
Jamison Ross
Zatarain's / WWOZ Jazz Tent
Here's a chance to see a heavy-hitting hired gun lead his own band. Drummer Jamison Ross was born in Jacksonville, Florida and came to the Crescent City to earn a Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans. In 2012, he won the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition and since has established himself as a hot commodity in both local nightclubs and nationally in collaboration with some of the genre's greats. Ross is currently working on a follow-up to his Grammy-nominated 2015 debut album, Jamison.

3:35 p.m.-5:05 p.m.
Kings of Leon

Acura Stage
The Kings of Leon became rock stars not long after the Followill brothers — Jared, Nathan and Matthew — started the band with cousin Caleb Followill in 1999. The band emerged out of Nashville, far removed from the brothers' rigid Pentecostal upbringing in rural Oklahoma and Tennessee. The group's infectious punk edge meshed with Southern soul — plus Caleb's good looks and come-hither crooning — made them critics' darlings and teen heartthrobs. The band has managed to avoid success' pitfalls and has produced a succession of successful albums, and 2016's WALLS features the band firing on all cylinders of high-octane, unabashed rock and roll.

3:55 p.m.-4:55 p.m.
The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas

Gospel Tent
Irma Thomas is best known for hits including "It's Raining," "Ruler of My Heart" and "Time is on My Side," and in recent years, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans" has devoted her rich, soothing voice to the gospel canon in tributes to Mahalia Jackson and featured performances in the Gospel Tent.

4:15 p.m.-5:35 p.m.

Fais Do-Do Stage
Dawes is a Los Angeles-based Americana folk/rock hybrid that shreds hard while thinking deep. Dawes has been a draw on the summer-festival circuit since its 2009 debut, and audiences seem to appreciate its deliberate, expert compositions. The band's latest album is last fall's We're All Gonna Die, a sprawling, multi-textured sonic landscape that represents its most ambitious work to date.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
The Meters

Gentilly Stage
Meters reunions are becoming an almost annual event. This fearsome foursome — Art Neville (keys), George Porter Jr. (bass), Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste (drums) and Leo Nocentelli (guitar) — pioneered New Orleans funk music in the 1960s and served as backing band for city's R&B greats (Lee Dorsey, Dr. John) in the studio. The Meters unleashed a string of anthemic deep grooves on songs from "Cissy Strut" to "Just Kissed My Baby."

5:35 p.m.-6:55 p.m.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Acura Stage
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is the product of a distinguished 6th Ward musical lineage, who at just over 30 years old has stayed true to his roots while pushing the city's musical mix of jazz, funk and rock forward to global acclaim. Andrews also established a nonprofit music academy at Tulane University and penned a children's book. He signed to Blue Note Records and on April 28 released Parking Lot Symphony, which includes an infectious mix of originals and a remixed take "Here Come the Girls," written by Allen Toussaint and originally recorded by Ernie K-Doe.

5:45 p.m.-7 p.m.
Chucho Valdes Quintet

WWOZ Jazz Tent
Will Cuban jazz legend Chucho Valdes play "Border Free" as his native country's music and culture is highlighted at Jazz Fest's Cultural Exchange Pavilion? Valdes recorded the tune in 2013, yet another milestone in a legendary career that positions him as one of the most influential figures in contemporary Afro-Cuban music. For four decades, the pianist, composer and arranger has led the iconic Irakere ensemble, renowned for its high-energy, dance-friendly blend of jazz, rock, classical and Latin styles. Valdes marked 40 years of Irakere with his Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac, which won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2016.

6 p.m.-7 p.m.
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

25th Anniversary
Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage The assembled players of a joyous, raucous blend of klezmer, the traditional music of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe, have lived up to their all-star name. Featuring Ben Ellman (sax, Galactic), Jonathan Freilich (guitar, Tin Men), Glenn Hartman (accordion, organ), Joe Cabral (bass, Iguanas) and Stanton Moore (drums, Galactic), the band is the soundtrack to the peak of Carnival frivolity with annual afternoon shows at d.b.a. on Fat Tuesday. To mark the group's silver anniversary, the Klezmers are releasing a new album (under the name The Meyers) and will welcome a slew of special guests for this show, including Henry Butler, Skerik, "Mean" Willie Green and others.

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