2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival :: Saturday, May 5




12:15 p.m. Cherokee Hunters and Wild Red Flame Mardi Gras Indians

1:30 p.m. Baby Boyz Brass Band with New Generation and Undefeated Divas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

2:45 p.m. Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

4:15 p.m. Kinfolk Brass Band with Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, and Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs


Native American Pow Wow
Folklife Stage in Louisiana Folklife Village

1:10 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. Native Nations Intertribal


Cultural Exchange Pavilion

1:35 p.m. Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians

3:05 p.m. Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

4:50 p.m. Indian practice



Mas Mamones
11:10 a.m., Acura Stage
Venezuelan vocalist Manuel Lander and bassist Andrew Wolf formed this Latin jazz/dance ensemble in New Orleans in the mid-1990s and drew praise for albums such as Aguacero y Parranda. Lander moved to New York in 1999, but the group reunited in 2008.

Xavier University Jazz Ensemble
11:15 a.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
For 30 years, Xavier's ensemble has performed contemporary jazz, big band and traditional New Orleans music. Program director John DeFoor has conducted the National Jazz Band at both Clinton and Obama's inaugurations.

Guitar Slim Jr.
11:15 a.m., Blues Tent
Guitar Slim Jr. has the pedigree and experience befitting a bluesman. He is the son of legendary Delta-born, New Orleans-bred Guitar Slim, who recorded "The Things That I Used to Do" (now a blues standard) before dying from alcoholism at age 32. Guitar Slim Jr. found a kindred musical spirit in Stevie Ray Vaughn and toured and recorded with him before his untimely death.

New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra
11:15 a.m., Economy Hall Tent
Formed decades ago by a group of Tulane students including painter George Schmidt, this 18 piece offers a gentlemanly take on the big-band era, particularly on works by New Orleans groups.

Belton Richard & the Musical Aces
11:15 a.m., Fais Do- Do Stage
A Rayne native, Belton Richard picked up the accordion at age 7 and never looked back, playing as a teen with Neg Halloway and the Rayne Playboys and forming at age 20 the band that appears today. His hits include "Un Autre Soir Ennyuant" and "Pardon Waltz" along with "Cajun Streak," a freewheeling take on Ray Stevens' novelty hit.

Cha Wa
11:15 a.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Behind the domineering vocals and chants of frontman and Mardi Gras Indian Eric Boudreaux, Cha Wa brings a jam-band sensibility to this sacred music from the streets of New Orleans. Guitarist Colin Lake's fierce play and improvisational bent propel the band to groovy heights.

New Orleans Gospel Soul Children
11:15 a.m., Gospel Tent
A local nonprofit community group, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children provides positive experiences for children and young adults through a variety of outreach activities along with a monthly concert at Greater Mount Rose Baptist Church.

Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil
11:20 a.m., Lagniappe Stage
In 1999, Riccardo Crespo left a highly successful music career in his native Brazil to explore the Crescent City sound. He has merged them to form his own worldly flavor, showcased in his talents on acoustic guitar, harmonica and viola caipira.

Tarriona "Tank" Ball & the Black Star Bangas
11:20 a.m., Congo Square Stage
Tarriona Ball embodies the rhythmic, musical essence of slam poetry, the genre at which she began to excel as a teenager when she joined the New Orleans Youth Slam poetry team, which propelled her to appearances on HBO's Brave New Voices. In 2010, she released her first album, RandoMe, an eclectic work in which she raps and sings poetry over soul, jazz and rock. In 2011, she joined forces with the BlackStar Bangas, adding their empowering lyrics and quality musicianship to her show.

Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show
11:25 a.m., Gentilly Stage
An alum of raucous rock outfit Cowboy Mouth, Paul Sanchez has bared a kinder, gentler — and hilariously irreverent — soul through an acoustic guitar, performing club gigs with a folksy, singer/songwriter vibe. He's teamed up with local songwriters such as John Boutte to record gems like Stew Called New Orleans and Nine Lives, but this set, featuring tuba player Matt Perrine and trombonist Craig Klein, will likely pull from last fall's release, Reclamation of the Pie-Eyed Piper.

Cynthia Girtley
Noon, Gospel Tent
Inspired by Mahalia Jackson, fellow New Orleanian Cynthia Girtley pours her smooth, rich vocals into gospel classics accompanied by piano.

The Malone Brothers
12:15 p.m., Acura Stage
The Radiators retired but guitarist Dave Malone's blistering yet soulful licks can be heard in this band formed with brother Tommy Malone, guitarist for the subdudes (now on hiatus). Backed by bassist Ray Ganucheau and drummer Erik Golson, the collaboration is a long-awaited dream come true for fans of both brothers.

Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues
12:20 p.m., Blues Tent
With a prodigious guitar talent and devil-be-damned vocal style, veteran blues singer Mac Arnold earned acclaim quickly in his career, having James Brown play in his first band and being hired by Muddy Waters for his band. Yet, this classic example of Chicago blues gave it up to become an organic farmer before resurrecting his career a few years ago.

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
12:20 p.m., Fais Do- Do Stage
Accordionist Curley Taylor was influenced by C.C. Adcock, his friend C.J. Chenier and father Jude Taylor.

Roland Guerin
12:25 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Roland Guerin's bass-playing mom told him he couldn't make music without groove and feeling, but his jazz odyssey didn't begin until he studied under the late music-educator Alvin Batiste at Southern University. In recent years, he has toured with John Scofield and the Piety Street Band as well as Allen Toussaint. In 2011, he released A Different World.

Wendell Brunious & the Music Masters
12:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
A Louisiana native and Southern University graduate now living in Sweden, veteran trumpeter and bandleader Wendell Brunious combines his Juilliard training with years toiling with second-line stalwarts like the Onward and Young Tuxedo brass bands. Brunious' accomplished career also includes a long-standing gig at Preservation Hall and tours with avant-garde musicians such as Lionel Hampton.

Grupo Sensacion
12:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
With bandmembers originally hailing from Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, this New Orleans-based group offers a lively blend of Latin influences, including meringue, salsa, cha chas and more.

Rumba Buena
12:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage
The embodiment of founding percussionist Johnny Marcia's vision to merge jazz and salsa, this local favorite is an 11-piece ensemble that keeps crowds dancing to its driving Caribbean sound.


Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds
12:35 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
A New Orleans rarity in its devotion to old-time country, folk and Americana, Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds add a mystical call-and-response element to their honky-tonkin' good times. Their debut album will be released at this show.


MyNameIsJohn- Michael
12:40 p.m., Gentilly Stage
This six-piece band gives solid proof of an intrepid indie-rock scene in New Orleans. MyNameIsJohnMichael began with a songwriting contest in 2008 and has evolved into a local powerhouse, with "Orphan" — the first single from its unreleased sophomore album — gaining national acclaim. The band excels in soaring vocal harmonies, high-energy performances and instrumentation ranging from trumpets to trash cans.

Voices of Peter Claver
12:50 p.m., Gospel Tent
This 60-voices-strong ensemble includes members, ranging in age from teens to seniors and presents a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel.

The Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste Jr.
1:25 p.m., Blues Tent
This delicious melding of jazz (Joe Krown on Hammond B3 organ), R&B (Walter Washington on guitar and vocals) and funk (Russell Batiste on drums) is one of those only-in-New Orleans amalgamations that define the city's unique groove. The group released Triple Threat in 2010.

Jeremy Davenport
1:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Jeremy Davenport is a St. Louis native whose musical connections to and friendships with Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. inspired a move to New Orleans a decade ago. The suave crooner and trumpeter has appeared everywhere from his namesake club at the Ritz-Carlton to the pages of GQ to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
1:30 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Jeffrey Broussard is hailed as one of the best accordion players performing today. He adds a soulful spin to the traditional zydeco he learned from his accordionist father, Delton Broussard.

Allen Toussaint
1:35 p.m., Acura Stage
The dapper dean of New Orleans R&B largely built his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career behind the scenes as a composer, pianist and producer on scores of hits that define the genre, such as Irma Thomas' "It's Raining" and Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law." Since Katrina, Toussaint has placed his talents more front and center, creating the stellar album The River in Reverse, a 2006 collaboration with Elvis Costello, and his first-ever jazz album, The Bright Mississippi, in 2009.

Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy Band
1:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Tom Sancton learned to play traditional jazz from the legends at Preservation Hall, all detailed in his 2010 book Song for My Fathers. Sancton, Clive Wilson and Lars Edegran are joined by the next generation, including Jason Marsalis and St. Augustine alums Ronell Johnson and Kerry Lewis in this band.

Mariachi Jalisco
1:45 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Despite its rich and varied musical traditions, Louisiana has always lacked a true mariachi band — until now. This relatively new Baton Rouge quintet packs all the pomp and pageantry of mariachi but adds to its Stage
presence a roster of veteran musicians all formally schooled at conservatories in Havana, Cuba.

Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers
1:45 p.m., Gospel Tent
Led by Tyronne Foster, the Arc Singers have established themselves through their mastery of complex vocal harmonies and arrangements.

Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal & Thierno Dioubate of Guinea
1:50 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
An energetic mix of West African rhythms and jazz-minded improvisations, this act features the talents of two griots (oral historians): Morikeba Kouyate, a master of the African harp (kora) from Senegal, and Thierno Dioubate, a balafon and djembe player from Guinea. Their sound is rounded out by New Orleans jazzmen: bassist James Singleton and saxophonist Tim Green.


Big Sam's Funky Nation
1:55 p.m., Congo Square Stage
A charming personification of New Orleans' hip-shaking, toe-tapping good times, Dirty Dozen Brass Band alumni Sam Williams assembled a stellar cast of supporting musicians around his trombone mastery to forge a sound that somehow makes the city's funk funkier and jazz swing faster.

Anders Osborne
2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage
This native of Sweden arrived in 1985 and slowly but surely built a fanbase for his bluesy slide and soulful singing. Osborne's post-rehab album American Patchwork (2010) found his guitar more fierce, frenetic and accomplished, thus garnering national notice. This month, he releases Black Eyed Galaxy.


Bombino of Niger
2:40 p.m., Blues Tent
In his 32 years, trilingual cultural icon Omara "Bombino" Moctar has witnessed violent political upheavals in Niger, which threatened to decimate his nomadic Tuareg people. In January 2010, Bombino ushered in what will hopefully prove to be a permanent, peaceful acceptance of the Tuareg with a concert at the Grand Mosque in Agadez, delighting the crowd with Hendrix-like licks and African rhythms.

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
2:40 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Son of zydeco pioneer Rockin' Dopsie Sr., Dwayne is a high-energy bandleader, singer and accordion player.

Val & the Love Alive Mass Choir
2:40 p.m., Gospel Tent
Twenty-five years ago, Valentine Bemiss Williams organized youngsters from local churches for an event dubbed 100 Children in White for a community- and family-focused concert that is now an annual event built around this choir.


John Boutte
2:45 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
The nation was finally introduced to John Boutte's stirring vocal style as a result of his bouncy "Treme Song" on the HBO series Treme, but this 7th Ward native has deep Creole roots. His accolades include a 2011 Big Easy Award as Entertainer of the Year.

Patrice Fisher & Arpa and the Garifuna Connection
3:05 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Harpist Patrice Fisher leads this fusion of Latin and jazz styles that incorporates a variety of wind and stringed instruments, combining classical sensibilities and pulsing rhythms to forge a unique sound that ranges from Brazil to Cuba in its inspiration.

Young Tuxedo Brass Band
3:05 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Young Tuxedo Brass Band — the name is a nod to Papa Celestine's Tuxedo Brass Band — has roots back to 1938 and the iconic late clarinetist John Casimir. Trumpeter Gregg Stafford leads the traditional jazz band now.

Pinstripe Brass Band
3:05 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
The Pinestripe performs all the New Orleans classics along with covers such as Ben E. King's "Stand by Me."

Irma Thomas
3:10 p.m., Acura Stage
The moniker of Soul Queen of New Orleans doesn't do justice to the grace with which Irma Thomas rules the hearts of classic R&B lovers. Seemingly as timeless in appearance and voice as her music, Thomas never fails to delight fans with classics like "It's Raining," "Ruler of My Heart" and "I Wish Someone Would Care."

Better Than Ezra
3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Formed by friends at Louisiana State University in the 1980s, Better Than Ezra has remained a fan favorite, despite the fact that the alt-rock trio's biggest hit, "Good," reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1995 and original drummer Travis McNabb left to tour with country-pop sensation Sugarland in 2009, the year BTE released its latest album, Paper Empire.

Paulina Rubio
3:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Now a household name in her native Mexico, Paulina Rubio joined popular youth group Timbiriche in 1981 at 10 years old. Disbanding with that group after 10 albums, Rubio recorded four albums in the 1990s but truly reinvented herself as a pop-romance princess, and her 2002 release Border Girl sold more than 6.5million copies worldwide.

The Johnson Extension
3:35 p.m., Gospel Tent
The Johnson Extension is led by matriarch Lois Dejean, who conducts four generations of her family.

John Mooney & Bluesiana
3:55 p.m., Blues Tent
Leaving home at age 15 and hired by Delta blues great Ed "Son" House, John Mooney has more than paid his dues in the blues — and that was before moving to New Orleans in 1976. Here, the songwriter, singer and axe-slinger has played with everyone from Professor Longhair to Johnny Vidacovich to James Booker.

The Pedrito Martinez Group
4:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Cuban bandleader and percussionist Pedrito Martinez has earned praise as an electrifying performer. He has carried the Afro-Cuban musical torch, staying true to its rumba traditions, bata rhythms and Yoruba and Santeria vocal-chanting while also ushering in a New World funk captured in explosive live performances, such as the one recorded for the band's latest release, La Luna.

Steve Earle and the Dukes with special guest the Mastersons
4:15 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Texas-bred, Tennessee-trained singer/songwriter Steve Earle is a Townes Van Zandt disciple who's written brilliant tunes like "Copperhead Road" in a career that's recently included acting in HBO's Treme. Here he continues his collaboration with folksy husband-and-wife duo the Mastersons, featuring former Sun Volt member Chris Masterson.

Guitar Masters feat. Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Cranston Clements
4:25 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
Putting these virtuosos together on one bill is a guitar-lover's dream, as it brings together some of New Orleans' finest players for a rocking show that will draw from country, flamenco, blues and more.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band
4:25 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a host of special guests Sunday on the Gentilly Stage, but this set will feature a more traditional lineup and set of traditional New Orleans jazz.

Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians
4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
This storied Mardi Gras Indian tribe, known for rousing tambourine play, carries on its proud tradition despite the death of Big Chief Lionel Delpit last summer.


Aaron Neville's Gospel Experience
4:55 p.m., Gospel Tent
Aaron Neville is known in pop-music circles around the world for his angelic vibrato. In 2010, he released his third gospel album, I Know I've Been Changed. Expect heartfelt, bluesy covers of gospel favorites by the likes of the Staple Singers, Sam Cooke and Odetta.

5 p.m., Acura Stage
There's no denying the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group's impact on American rock. While cell phones have replaced cigarette lighters on the Eagles' perpetual last tour(s), songs responsible for 128-million album sales such as "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy" remain FM gold.


My Morning Jacket
5:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage
Kentucky-bred rock band My Morning Jacket has pulled off the rare artistic feat of being popular and cool. The band returned to the Bluegrass State to record its sixth album, Circuital, in Louisville — perhaps to contrast 2008's New York City-recorded Evil Urges, which took the band out of their psychedelic, Southern-rock comfort zone. The ever-touring band thrives live, and many locals may recall their face-melting 2008 Jazz Fest set — filled out nicely with horn arrangements courtesy of their pals at Preservation Hall.

Herbie Hancock and His Band
5:30 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent
Herbie Hancock — in what is considered the first major initiative as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador — launched International Jazz Day with jet-setting appearances in Paris, New York and New Orleans. For this set, Hancock will unleash the sophisticated funk that defines his style, brilliant enough to score with Miles Davis ("Watermelon Man") and greasy enough to provide a soundtrack to Fat Albert Rotunda, his 1969 debut on Blue Note that marked his cross-over and transcendent melding of soul and jazz.

Warren Haynes Band
5:30 p.m., Blues Tent
Gov't Mule frontman and Allman Brothers axe-slinger Warren Haynes makes the Fair Grounds debut of a band he formed early in 2011 that focuses more on driving R&B and classic soul than his typical jam-infused Southern rock, evident in members such as veteran crooner Nigel Hall and stalwart king of New Orleans rhythm Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band).


5:35 p.m., Congo Square Stage
Shaffer C. "Ne-Yo" Smith was born into a musical Arkansas family but moved with his single mom to Las Vegas. Ne-Yo first made a name for himself by penning R&B sensation Mario's mega-hit "Let Me Love You" before also writing songs for stars such as Mary J. Blige. Now signed to hip-hop/R&B label Def Jam, Ne-Yo's unreleased debut album packs enough positive buzz to send him to super stardom.

New Birth Brass Band
5:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage
Driven by the stirring rhythm section of bass drummer/bandleader Tanio Hingle and snare drummer Kerry "Fat Man" Hunter, this young group is equally at home at Preservation Hall or on the streets. New Birth covers brass-band standards but with a capable horn section also pulls off covers such as Professor Longhair's "Big Chief."

Leroy Jones & New Orleans' Finest
5:55 p.m., Economy Hall Tent
Like many New Orleans natives, Leroy Jones carried a trumpet by age 10, and by age 13 he was leading Danny Barker's famed Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. In later years, Jones joined Harry Connick Jr.'s band, was a highly demanded session player, and bandleader at Preservation Hall.

Hot Club of New Orleans6 p.m., Lagniappe Stage
The Hot Club of New Orleans offers studied interpretations of jazz's golden age, melding the gypsy groove of Django Reinhardt and the sophisticated swing of Duke Ellington for an exuberant, original style that inspires both quiet toe-tapping and dancing with abandon.


Lost Bayou Ramblers6 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage
Applying a punk-rock urgency to the revival of old-time Cajun music, the Lost Bayou Ramblers write new music and deliver a high-octane live show. The band's cover of The Who's "My Generation" is a highlight of the recent release En Francais: Cajun 'n' Creole Rock 'n' Roll, produced by Ramblers fiddler and vocalist Louis Michot.

First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir6:10 p.m., Gospel Tent
This 50-member, gen- eration-spanning choir performs modern and traditional gospel.

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