New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival :: Saturday, April 28

A note from Count Basin.

My picks are marked throughout the listings.


12:25 p.m. Storyville Stompers Brass Band with Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

1:30 p.m. Red, White and Blue and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians

2:40 p.m. Golden Comanche and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians

4:10 p.m. New Wave Brass Band with Nine Times Men, Single Ladies and Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Native American Pow Wow
Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village

Noon, 1:05 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Boyz Singers and Dancers
Cultural Exchange Pavilion

1:15 p.m. Indian practice

3 p.m. Golden Commance and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians

5:05 p.m. Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians



Southern University Jazzy Jags
11:15 a.m., Gentilly Stage

The modern jazz group is a product of the Baton Rouge university's jazz program, originally organized by clarinetist Alvin Batiste.

Tonia & the Left Field Band
11:15 a.m., Congo Square Stage

Tonia Powell and her three-piece Left Field band perform contemporary R&B, hip-hop and jazz.

Loyola University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Scott Burns leads the university's jazz band specializing in the big band era music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours
11:15 a.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Cameron Dupuy started playing the Cajun accordion at age 11. Now 14, he leads the band that plays traditional Cajun music.

The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent

The family-based, all-female quartet sings soulful New Orleans gospel.


Empress Hotel
11:20 a.m., Acura Stage

The ensemble draws influences from dream pop and '70s one-hit wonders and just completed a U.S. tour. The group released an eponymous debut on local label Park the Van last year.

Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders
11:20 a.m., Blues Tent

Tyrone Pollard leads the band specializing in soulful funk and R&B. The group's 2008 release Mindbender garnered international attention.

The Courtyard Kings
11:20 a.m., Economy Hall Tent

The performers of self-described modern gypsy jazz have standing gigs at bars and restaurants across the city. The released their second album Douces Wild in 2011.

Javier Tobar and Elegant Gypsy
11:20 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This Jazz Fest fixture blends Flamenco with Latin-influenced and Afro-Cuban sounds. Tobar is a songwriter with the Nashville-based music publisher Ash Street Music, but he lives and plays in New Orleans.

Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage

Students from the community college perform big band and modern jazz tunes.

Josh Kagler & the Harmonistic Praise Crusade
12:05 p.m., Gospel Tent

The more than 20-member group comprised of young adults ages 17 to 30 favors gospel contemporary sounds.

D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
12:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

In his five-decade career playing traditional Cajun and Cajun-inflected country music, guitarist D.L. Menard became known as the Cajun Hank Williams. He's also a Grammy winner and a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.


Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue
12:20 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Vanessa Niemann's throwback vocals, recalling Patsy Cline and other country singers, carry the country and swing band. The group has been touring the U.S. following their 2010 release Set Two.

Khris Royal & Dark Matter
12:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage

A product of both the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Berklee College of Music, saxophonist Khris Royal adds electronic elements to his progressive combination of funk and jazz.

Peter Martin
12:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

As musical director for jazz singer Dianne Reeves, the St. Louis-based jazz pianist arranged music for her soundtrack to the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck, in addition to appearing in the film. Martin tours and is serves on the faculties of Southern Illinois and Northwestern universities and is an artist-in-residence with Jazz St. Louis' JazzU program.

Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
12:25 p.m., Acura Stage

The Cajun roots rockers known for their high-energy sets earned a Grammy nod for their 2007 double album La Louisianne Sessions.

Jeremy Lyons with members of Morphine
12:25 p.m., Blues Tent

Slide guitarist, bassist, singer and songwriter Jeremy Lyons performs with members of the alt-rock band that formed in Massachusetts. Together, the group fuses rock and blues and pulls from the Morphine songbook.

Paulin Brothers Brass Band
12:30 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Originally formed by the late Ernest "Doc" Paulin, the traditional brass band is continued by his sons. The group plays frequent gigs at Preservation Hall.

Marc Stone
12:30 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

The singer and guitar player performs gritty Delta blues. He released Trickeration & Rascality on Threadhead Records in 2010.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir
12:50, Gospel Tent

The group includes members from 20 regional Catholic churches and performs choreographed gospel numbers.


Evan Christopher & Clarinet Road
1:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The virtuoso clarinetist specializes in what he calls "contemporary early jazz." Besides being a musician, he is an educator and advocate for the local cultural workforce and music education.

Savoy Music Center of Eunice Cajun Jam
1:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Ann Savoy leads regulars of the weekly jam session held at her family's music store in Eunice, La. The show typically features an orchestra-size collection of various stringed instruments and musicians of all ages.


Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
1:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The trumpeter and vocalist rose through the ranks of local brass bands and now leads his own funk group. He released Meet Me on Frenchmen Street in 2008, and he has toured with Willie Nelson and played for President Barack Obama.

Luther Kent
1:35 p.m., Blues Tent

A former member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, the blues and R&B singer is known for his big voice. His most recent release is 2008's Bobby Bland Songbook.

Storyville Stompers Brass Band
1:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Woody Penouilh leads the brass band that has been playing since 1981. They received the Big Easy Award for Best Traditional Brass Band in 2010.

Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
1:40 p.m., Acura Stage

The England-born pianist plays solo gigs and those under a few different band names, and this latest formation is a trio of piano, bass and drums. Cleary's acoustic piano drives the band's combination of New Orleans funk, R&B and tropical rhythms. He recently released Occapella!.

Cheikh Lo
1:40 p.m., Congo Square Stage

The Senegalese musician is influenced by reggae and different genres of African dance music. His most recent release is 2010's Jamm.

Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
1:40 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Originally from Sweden, the multi-instrumentalist Edegran performs frequently at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe. His New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra revives classic ragtime songs and infuses them with New Orleans sounds.

Pastor Jai Reed
1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent

The New Beginnings Christian Center pastor has sung in the groups Endurance and Nu-Beginnings.

Andrew Duhon
1:45 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

The singer/songwriter sings gentle, guitar-centered alt-country inflected with blues and soul. He released Dreaming When You Leave in 2010.

Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
2:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The Trombone Shorty of Cajun music, the 20-year-old fiddler adds a pop flavor to traditional Louisiana sounds. She released Good Southern Girl in 2010.

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
2:40 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The trumpeter leads the 19-piece big band. It received a 2010 Grammy for Book One.

Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voice
s2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent

Tonia Monique Scott's gospel group has appeared in films including Ray, The Last Holiday and The Skeleton Key.


Pine Leaf Boys
2:50 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

The four-time Grammy-nominated band from Lafayette injects exuberance into traditional and new Cajun music. Their most recent release is 2010's Back Home.

Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmaster
s2:55 p.m., Blues Tent

This throaty singer has mixed R&B, funk and blues since the 1970s. He is also known for his 20-year role as sideman for the late legendary Louisiana vocalist Johnny Adams.

DJ Soul Sister
3 p.m., Congo Square Stage

The "queen of rare groove" spins obscure funk records alongside more familiar jams at her popular music club dance parties. She has hosted her WWOZ Soul Power show for more than 16 years.

Kevin Bryan
3 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

The lead trumpet player for Harry Connick Jr. and the Duke Ellington Orchestra also has a solo career. He is based in New York.

101 Runners
3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and War Chief Juan Pardo lead an ensemble that combines traditional Mardi Gras Indians chants with modern instrumental street funk.


Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
3:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

Lake, the tattooed belter of Depression-era tunes, leads the band specializing in contemporary takes on jazz and swing. The band, often found playing in Frenchmen Street barrooms, released Lucky Devil in 2010.

Voices of the Wetlands All-Stars
3:15 p.m., Acura Stage

The supergroup featuring Tab Benoit, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Johnny Sansone and Waylon Thibodeaux doubles as an education and advocacy group calling attention to coastal erosion and the threat to both Louisiana's wetlands and culture.


Cee Lo Green
3:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage

You can currently see Green (real name: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) dishing advice to amateur vocalists on NBC's The Voice. Before that, he was in the Southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob. While in Gnarls Barkley he gained radio fame for "Crazy" and again as a solo artist for the gospel break-up anthem "F—k You" (or, the radio-edit version "Forget You").

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Mass Choir
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent

The choir based out of the Garden District church has performed at Jazz Fest for more than 20 years.

The New Orleans Bingo! Show
4:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Drawing from vaudevillian entertainments, circus sideshows and cabaret, the uniquely New Orleans variety show incorporates burlesque, mimes, short films, slapstick comedy and a requisite bingo game into its performances. Through the antics, show creator Clint Maedgen's vocals are the highlight.

Dave Koz
4:20 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The Grammy-nominated smooth saxophonist's 2010 release Hello Tomorrow topped Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Koz also is a syndicated radio and television host.

Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark
4:20 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Versatile vocalist Thais Clark, best known for interpreting 1920s blues, accompanies the New Orleans clarinetist.


Carolina Chocolate Drops
4:20 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

The Durham, N.C. string band recently appeared on the soundtrack for the blockbuster The Hunger Games. Influenced by African-American jug band music of the 1920s and '30s, its latest release is February's Leaving Eden.


Bobby Rush
4:25 p.m., Blues Tent

The blues and R&B musician and showman has been playing for more than five decades, and his sets are known for comedic bits and costume changes. His album Hoochie Mama was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.


Midnite Disturbers
4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The original brainchild of Stanton Moore and Kevin O'Day, the Jazz Fest supergroup features an all-star lineup typically including members of Galactic and various brass bands, Big Sam Williams, Trombone Shorty and others.

Kristin Diable & the City
4:40 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

In March singer Kristin Diable and her backing band released a self-titled record, which was recorded in Diable's Pontalba apartment. Diable's sultry, alt-country vocals evoke Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt.

Israel Houghton and New Breed
4:50 p.m., Gospel Tent

Houghton, a worship leader at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, sings Christian music that incorporates elements of gospel, jazz and rock.


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
5:10 p.m., Acura Stage

The Southern California-by-way-of-Florida rockers are best known for early hits "American Girl," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee" and "Waiting," among others. Petty detoured into projects like the Traveling Wilburys, but the Heartbreakers continue to tour and released the album Mojo in 2010.

Soul Rebels
5:20 p.m., Congo Square Stage

The brass band plays weekly late-night gigs at venues from Uptown to Frenchmen Street, showcasing a blend of traditional brass band music with contemporary R&B, funk and hip-hop. The group's most recent album is 2009's No Place Like Home.


5:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Following the massive commercial success of 2007 release The Reminder and its ubiquitous breakout single "1, 2, 3, 4," in 2011, Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist followed up with relatively quieter, introspective Metals.

Jewel Brown and the Heritage Hall Jazz Band
5:50 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

Gregg Stafford directs the band featuring Jewel Brown, a jazz singer who is a veteran of Louis Armstrong's band.

Bamboula 2000
5:50 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

The music and dance ensemble plays African beats based on the bamboula, brought to Louisiana and Congo Square by slaves. The group incorporates reggae, jazz and funk and an array of percussion instruments. They released We Got It Goin' On, their first album in 10 years, in 2010.


Tribute to Wardell Quezergue feat. The Dixie Cups, Robert "Barefootin'" Parker, and Tony Owens
5:55 p.m., Blues Tent

A slate of New Orleans R&B artists performs a tribute to the legendary late music arranger and bandleader who earned the nickname "The Creole Beethoven." He was behind hits like Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff," Robert Parker's "Barefootin'" and King Floyd's "Groove Me."

The Gospel According to Jazz featuring BJ Crosby, Danon Smith, Yolanda Windsay, and Judy Davis
6 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

The female gospel vocalists perform.

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage

Nathan Williams grew up studying the work of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier. For two decades, Williams and his band have performed fast, up-tempo zydeco grooves with roots in soul, the Caribbean and blues.

City of Love Music & Worship Arts
6:05 p.m., Gospel Tent

This large choir features a diverse membership.


High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band
6:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage

The group of bluegrass pickers and singers emphasizes harmony singing and energetic tempos. They released a self-titled album in 2010.



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