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2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell • 48th Annual Edition

Official Program

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Posters FUN FOUNDATION: A Portrait of The Meters By Francis X. Pavy

A master of South Louisiana iconography, Pavy leverages stage lighting in this imagined portrayal of America’s pioneering funk band performing at the old Municipal Auditorium. Musicologists know The Meters as one of the founding fathers of funk. They were the house band for Allen Toussaint and his record label. They released “Sophisticated Cissy” and “Cissy Strut,” which became Top 10 R&B chart hits, and Fire on the Bayou, an album that included the Top 40 hit “Hey Pocky A-Way.” The band opened for the Rolling Stones’ 1975 and 1976 tours. In 1977, after eight studio albums, The Meters disbanded. It took until 2000 for the band to reunite in San Francisco, an event that was repeated at Jazz Fest in 2006 and 2015. This rare appearance will close out the 2017 Festival. Don’t even think of missing it.

TAKING IT TO THE STREET: A Portrait of Jon Batiste By Brandan “Bmike” Odums

Congo Square at the Jazz Festival is an expanse without artistic bounds. Jon Batiste is a virtuoso pianist, harmonaboard maestro and crooner who balances roles as bandleader on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Artistic Director At Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with teaching and acting (“Treme” and Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”). Brandan “Bmike” Odums works on an equally grand scale and likewise makes new use of old media, having organized ExhibitBe, which became the South’s largest street art gathering. Bmike conceived and created the 2017 Congo Square poster as a 12’ tall spray painting in a single kinetic all-night session. Batiste’s luminescence turns up the chroma on the legend - a double entendre that encompasses the lettering and these twinned artists that keep it real every day.


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Contents FEATURES 18 The Meters, Forever Funky | By Kevin Michaels 20 Buckwheat Zydeco & Pete Fountain | By Alison Fensterstock 24 Cuba Comes to Jazz Fest | By Sarah Ravits

DEPARTMENTS 2 Posters 5 Festival Policies 6 Mayor’s Welcome 9 Producers’ Welcome 10 Shell Welcome 12 Board President’s Welcome 13 Programs and Assets 14 Fans of the Fest 16 Board of Directors 90 In Memoriam 92 Sponsors 93 Festival Production & Staff

FOOD 40 Food Booths Map 42 Food Heritage & Cajun Cabin Demonstration Stages 46 Festival Food

CRAFTS 48 49 52 56 57 58

Welcome to Crafts & Villages & Marketplaces Congo Square African Marketplace Contemporary Crafts Louisiana Marketplace Folklife Village Native American Village

EXHIBITS & DEMONSTRATIONS 59 Grandstand Exhibits 60 Education Programs

MUSIC 31 Daily Tent and Stage Schedules with Map 61 Kids Area 65 Music Makers: A Glossary of the Talent

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2017 PROGRAM New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell Publisher Renaissance Publishing Editor Jessica DeBold Art Director Ali Sullivan Contributors/Writers Kevin Michaels, Alison Fensterstock, Sarah Ravits, Kevin O’Sullivan, Frank Etheridge, Jenny Peterson, Andrea Blumenstein, Geraldine Wyckoff Sales Manager Brooke LeBlanc Traffic Coordinator Terra Durio Production Designers Demi Schaffer, Monique DiPietro, Molly Tullier Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor in Chief Errol Laborde Subscriptions Manager Brittanie Bryant Newstand John Holzer Jazz Fest Program Book Content Team W. David Foster, Design & Internet Director Hillary Kurland, Graphic Design & Creative Services Coordinator Rhonda Ford, Promotions Office Administrator Joshua Brasted, Jacqueline Marque, Douglas Mason, Girard Mouton III, Dino Perrucci, Zack Smith, J.R. Thomason, Mike Lirette, Photographers

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FESTIVAL POLICIES PARKING Parking on site is available for pre-purchase ONLY with the Big Chief, Grand Marshal and Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP packages at $225 first weekend; $300 second weekend. A limited number of Accessible spaces for people with disabilities will be for sale at the gate – firstcome, first-served – at $60 per day. No parking or unloading on-site for oversized vehicles, such as RVs and charter buses. Limited parking for bicycles is available free of charge at the Gentilly Boulevard and Sauvage Street pedestrian gates. Note: Parking in the surrounding neighborhood is restricted and NOT recommended. Patrons are encouraged to use alternative modes of travel, such as Jazz Fest Express, public transportation, carpools and bicycles.

Festival Policies All bags will be searched and persons and vehicles will be subject to search. Prohibitions will be strictly enforced. Small bags and backpacks (17” x 12” x 10”) only and 12pack non-rolling soft coolers are permitted. Absolutely no large or hard coolers, including

thermoses, whether carried or in vehicles. No tailgating. Wagons, pull-carts or rolling bags, pets, glass, personal tents, metal poles, shade canopies/shelters, beach or pole-style umbrellas and athletic games are not allowed. Wheelchairs/medical scooters are permitted. Push-strollers for children are permitted. Blankets and ground tarps may not exceed 6’ x 8’. Single, collapsible chairs are permitted – large chairs with rockers, foot rests, side tables are not permitted. Setting up of chairs, ground tarps or blankets is not permitted in Standing Room Only areas at any time. Inserting stakes, poles or any other objects into the ground is prohibited. Video and audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. No unauthorized vending. Weapons, illicit drugs and other contraband are strictly prohibited. No outside beverages whether carried or in vehicles except factory sealed water for personal consumption. Festival reserves the right to deny entry or remove from the grounds anyone in violation of these policies. Please see all prohibitions posted at and at the Festival.

Services for People with Disabilities Services include accessible parking, shuttle buses and toilets. The Festival also provides reserved wheelchair seating, reinforced pathways across the dirt track and American Sign Language Interpreter services (please give us as much advance notice as possible). The Access Center is located in front of the Grandstand and has Assistive Listening Devices for the Acura and Gentilly Stages; codes and maps to the accessible portable toilets; a text telephone (TTY); and Festival information in braille, large print and in audible format. A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available for loan. For further information, visit the Access Center during the Fest, call (504) 410-6104, email, or go to our website and click on “patrons with disabilities” under “Info.”

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Mayor’s Welcome Dear Friends, It is a distinct pleasure as Mayor of the City of New Orleans to welcome you to the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In a city that is known for its festivals held throughout the year, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups, including its unparalleled showcase of Louisiana’s unique culture. Set against the backdrop of summer in New Orleans, there is no better city to host this seven-day event. With names like Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, the Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Usher and The Roots and other international, national, and local artists scheduled to appear, this year’s 48th Jazz Fest has something for everyone. As you gather at the historic infield of the Fair Grounds Race Course, take a look around at the third oldest racetrack in America, open since 1872. A destination in itself, this 145-acre landmark is frequently transformed into ground zero for crafts, food and culture located in the heart of New Orleans. For generations, the Fair Grounds and Gentilly area have held a special place in the hearts of local residents, and you are sure to enjoy the setting. I invite you to revel in one of the most authentic cultural experiences in the world. In the end, I know you will be sure to make the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival an annual date on your calendar.


Mitchell J. Landrieu Mayor, City of New Orleans


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On behalf of all of us at AEG Presents, we are happy to welcome you to one of America’s most beloved cultural experiences, the 48th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

New Orleans. What a city. The architecture in the French Quarter, with a Spanish tinge. The history. The War of 1812. Andrew Jackson. The Mississippi River with its picturesque steamboats. Crawfish étouffée. Andouille. Muffulettas. Gumbo. Jambalaya. All part of American cuisine. The restaurants. From Tujague’s to Galatoire’s to Commander’s Palace in the Garden District. But above all, the music. Those of you who have been coming to the Festival since its beginnings in 1970 and have had the wherewithal and foresight to collect the posters symbolizing those individuals who have become part of New Orleans lore are lucky. You have a catalog of the great names whose artistic contributions have contributed to the music that has thrilled the world for over a century. What other city can claim Louis Armstrong, who in effect created the jazz language that has influenced every singer and musician since? The handkerchief-waving Al Hirt, whose performance and entertaining on Bourbon Street swept the country. The great Fats Domino, a pioneer of rock and roll. Professor Longhair, who was an influence on Fats. The one and only Dr. John, who still represents New Orleans at festivals all over the world. The Neville Brothers and Aaron Neville, who made the beautiful “Amazing Grace” his own personal statement. The impeccable Allen Toussaint, whose passing was a deep personal loss to

Festival. AEG Presents is thrilled to celebrate its 13th year as Co-Producers alongside the creative force of Quint Davis and Festival Productions. This world-famous festival began in 1970 and draws over 400,000 music fans from around the globe to the lively and eclectic city of New Orleans, the perfect backdrop for two unforgettable weekends featuring the biggest names in music on 12 stages. This year’s lineup has something for everyone boasting legendary classics such as Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind & Fire to contemporary artists like Dave Matthews, Usher, Pitbull, Lorde, Corinne Bailey Rae and local favorites Harry Connick Jr. and Trombone Shorty. This year we will be celebrating the irresistibly rich culture of Cuba and its deep connection with New Orleans. The air will be filled with Cuba’s melting pot of seductive Spanish/Afro influences across the board. Over 150 Cuban artists have been invited to participate- many in the US for the first time! Guests will be intoxicated with the Cuban rhythm flair of Gente de Zona, Grammy

all who knew him. Mahalia Jackson, about whom I’ve always said that if angels could sing they’d sound like Mahalia. “Just a gigolo,” Louis Prima. Pete Fountain, who maintained the traditions of New Orleans clarinet. Bo Dollis Jr., the Mardi Gras Indians who were known only in the neighborhoods until the Jazz & Heritage Festival brought their talent to a huge public. Jerry Lee Lewis, Irma Thomas are still making the world happy with their music. And another generation: Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. who are the best in what they do. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose traditions have been preserved so well by Ben Jaffe, the son of Allan and Sandy Jaffe, who founded this New Orleans landmark. And this year we honor The Meters, the Kings of Funk. Each of these above artists represent some part of the magical, musical landscape that is New Orleans. Believe it or not this is only the tip of the iceberg. I guess that’s why we call it the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Currently representing New Orleans through the world and who has his own poster is Trombone Shorty. Troy Andrews’ international prominence is carrying the flag of the Saints marching in. Troy has created a foundation that supports the education of the multitude of youth in New Orleans who will carry on the Crescent City traditions. I personally am happy to say that the Trombone Shorty Academy has established

winner Septeto Santiaguero, jazz legend Chucho Valdes, timba kings Los Van Van and so much more. In addition to the music there is the Cultural Exchange Pavilion which will give everyone a rare glimpse to Cuban master craftsmen and artists as they demonstrate their unique and creative process like building a one-of-a-kind humidor, painting a lively mural and even get to chat with tobacco farmers as they professionally roll a cigar. The New Orleans JazzFest continues to be one of the top and sought after festival destinations. Music lovers, art lovers and foodies alike, get ready to soak up a colorful journey for the senses- music, art, folk crafts, activities and an acclaimed food fair featuring Louisiana’s unique cuisine! YOU are an integral part of what makes this festival a memorable experience every year.  Thank you for supporting this annual NOLA tradition!   Jay Marciano COO, AEG Chairman & CEO, AEG Presents

residence at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Rampart St. Boy, do I love New Orleans. On an even more personal note, I must say that I miss my friend and attorney Elliot Hoffman, who passed away in July, 2016; without whose help from the beginning our festival might not have developed as it has. Thanks to all of you for coming to New Orleans to be apart of the tradition so many great artists, staff and the city itself has helped create. George Wein

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Shell Welcome It has been nearly 50 years since jazz impresario, George Wein, was challenged to develop a festival that showcased the unique rhythm of New Orleans. Now a world-famous event drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors, Jazz Fest generates an economic impact of more than $300 million each year. These proceeds are reinvested in the local community in the form of grants and programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment. As the presenting sponsor of Jazz Fest since 2006, Shell is proud to be a part of this tradition. I’d like to take a moment to recognize just two of the dozens of programs established by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and supported by Jazz Fest proceeds: • The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music is the Foundation’s longest-running education program. It provides free music classes to local students and many jazz musicians and educators in New Orleans area are faculty members and alumni. • The Class Got Brass competition brings together brass bands from area schools and seeks to preserve and promote the classic New Orleans brass band tradition through supporting music education. It is because of programs like these, that reach directly into the communities of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, that I take pride in our partnership with the Foundation. I invite you to stop by the Shell kiosk, talk with some of our volunteers and find out more about how Shell Pipeline is committed to operating safely by partnering with 811 “Call before You Dig”. While there, have your photo taken to remember your time at Jazz Fest. My sincere gratitude is with all of our Shell employees for their dedication and hard work in supporting Jazz Fest each year. I’d also like to thank the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s staff and volunteers, Festival Productions, AEG, all of the festival sponsors and vendors – you’ve all made this event the showcase that it is. Bruce Culpepper President, Shell Oil Company US Country Chair

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President’s Welcome Dear Jazz Fest Family, It is my sincere pleasure as president of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to welcome you to the 48th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Some of you are annual pilgrims, returning to a place that rejuvenates your soul each year. Others will experience this spirit-lifting event for the first time - but I hope not the last. As we gather to celebrate the music, culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, there is much excitement about the stellar line-up, which includes legends like Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Buddy Guy, along with charttoppers and late night favorites like Maroon 5, Usher with The Roots and Alabama Shakes. But what makes this festival like none other are the local acts, which represent approximately 90% of the talent on stage. Among that local talent you will again find legends — The Meters, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Aaron Neville, along with chart-toppers and late night favorites Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard, Jon Batiste and Trombone Shorty. And as you explore the Festival, take a minute to discover a new favorite you never heard before. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is unmatched in the quality and diversity of its programming. From the music, to the crafts, to the food there is something for everyone. The festival is the largest showcase of our music, culture and heritage. It is also the largest fundraiser for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to “To promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.” Proceeds from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival along with grants and donations are invested and distributed throughout the local community to ensure the continuation of the traditions of our culture and creativity of our community. 12 Jazz Fest 2017 | Presented by Shell

Under the stewardship of the Board of Directors, a dedicated Executive Director and passionate staff work year round to deliver a variety of programs and manage assets such as: a.) Cultural enrichment programs including Jazz & Heritage Concerts Series, Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and Johnny Jackson, Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration; b.) Education programs consisting of, Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, Class Got Brass, Songwriting Workshops, Mardi Gras Indian Beading and African Drumming Workshops; and c.) Economic development programs Community Partnership Grants, Sync Up Conference and The Catapult Fund. Foundation assets include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, WWOZFM 90.7 broadcasting on radio and streaming on the internet, The George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center and The Jazz & Heritage Archive. I invite you to learn more about the Foundation’s work and programs by visiting and subscribing to our newsletter. I wish you a happy Jazz Fest and on behalf of the Foundation Board of Directors and Staff, THANK YOU! Sincerely, Donna Santiago President, Board of Directors, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Festival and Foundation, Inc.

Programs and Assets The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from the festival, plus other raised funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment.

Programs and activities of the Foundation include: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell Now in its 48th year, Jazz Fest is one of the premier festivals in the world and a signature cultural event for its home city, rivaling Mardi Gras as one of New Orleans’ calling cards to the world. The Jazz & Heritage Gala Each year the Foundation presents a star-studded gala that serves as one of our principal fundraising events. This year, the Gala will be held Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This year’s Gala features “A Neville Family Funktion,” a multi-generational performance featuring featuring Art, Charles, Cyril, Ian, Ivan and Jason Neville, joined by very special guests. Also performing will be Septeto Nacional from Cuba. Proceeds from the Gala benefit our free after-school music program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music. Johnny Jackson, Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration For 28 years, we have hosted a free concert that is both a celebration of gospel music and an outreach for the New Orleans senior citizen community. This year’s concert, which takes place on Monday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, features the world-renowned group The Clark Sisters. Jazz & Heritage Radio: WWOZ 90.7 FM ( Now more than ever, WWOZ’s signal is our spirit. The station’s beloved disc jockeys mix a potent cocktail of Louisiana sounds – from the oldest to the latest. What they spin fills the airwaves of the Crescent City and reaches a global

audience via the Web. Community radio in the truest sense, WWOZ is the heartbeat of New Orleans. The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center Located in the Tremé neighborhood, this 13,500-squarefoot building is a state-of-the-art education and community center with seven classrooms and a 175-seat auditorium, all equipped with the latest in digital media technology. The Center serves as the first permanent home of our main education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, which serves 180 students a week, plus many other activities – such as free community jazz concerts, the Sync Up conference and a number of other educational programs. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive The Archive houses photos, videos, audio recordings, posters, signage, business records and other artifacts from Jazz Fest and all of the Foundations other programs and activities. These materials are made available for scholarly and other types of research. The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music Our principal education offering is the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free afterschool program. Led since 1990 by renowned saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan, the Heritage School teaches the youth of our region the fundamentals of jazz performance and theory. At a time when New Orleans faces extraordinary challenges, especially in the realm of public education, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation is moving steadfastly to reinforce the role of music and culture in the lives of our youth.

Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series With twice-yearly symposia and lectures on issues of culture and commerce, the series delves deeply into the history and continuing relevance of New Orleans music and the way its artists have responded to the world around them.

various times in the year, each one spotlighting a different aspect of our unique culture. These include: The Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival in March, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in June, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in October and the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival in November.

Community Partnership Grants Since 1979, the Foundation has reinvested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community in the form of grants to arts organizations and individuals. More than $3 million has been donated to dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, educational outreach programs, folk artists, music festivals and much more. Since Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation has substantially increased its support for arts and education programs in Louisiana – distributing more than $2.5 million to a variety of arts, educational and documentary projects in the past few years. By investing so much to nurture local artists and organizations, the Foundation is creating an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed over the long term.

Sync Up: The Entertainment Industry Conference During Jazz Fest The Foundation actively supports our culture by increasing the income-earning potential of our local musicians. We have established an annual conference called Sync Up, which brings together many of the international business professionals in music, film and digital media who come to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. The conference also includes Sync Up Cinema, a showcase and networking event for members of the independent film community.

Catapult Fund The Foundation supports nonprofit arts and educational organizations through our Community Partnership Grants. Now we’re also supporting Louisiana startup businesses in the cultural industries with a new program that provides entrepreneurship training along with the opportunity to receive seed funding from the Foundation. See www. Cultural Events The Foundation has a long history of presenting special concerts and festivals throughout the year. The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series has brought the likes of Christian McBride, Marcus Roberts, Brad Mehldau, Cyrus Chestnut and many others to New Orleans, and our work with the NEA Jazz Masters program has resulted in concerts by Slide Hampton, the Heath Brothers and dozens more. We also produce free festivals at

Class Got Brass: The Battle of Brass Bands for Schools In 2012, the Foundation created Class Got Brass – a new program to support music education in the schools while also promoting our cultural traditions. Middle schools and high schools throughout Louisiana are invited to create New Orleans-style brass bands and then to compete – in the form of a second-line parade with celebrity judges – for more than $40,000 worth of prizes that go to the winning schools’ music programs. See Music Education Workshops In addition to the regular classes we teach through the Heritage School of Music, we frequently organize series of workshops to provide additional music education opportunities. These have included sessions on Mardi Gras Indian beadwork and African drumming, plus classes for teenagers on songwriting with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer P.J. Morton. We are currently sponsoring a series of vocal workshops for kids ages 8-12 led by the singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon; these are in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Commission and take place at the NORDC St. Bernard Recreation Center.

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Fans of the Fest Levels of Membership & Benefits Jazz & Heritage Circle $10,000 - BRASS BAND

• Two one-weekend Big Chief Tickets to the weekend of your choice at Jazz Fest 2017 • Access for you and a guest to the Foundation Hospitality Suite at Jazz Fest • Access for two to the VIP hospitality and stage viewing at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival held in October

$5,000 - ORCHESTRA

• Two one-weekend Grand Marshal Tickets to the weekend of your choice at Jazz Fest 2017 • Access for you and a guest to the Foundation Hospitality Suite at Jazz Fest • Access for two to the VIP hospitality and stage viewing at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival held in October

$2,500 - ENSEMBLE

• Two tickets to the Jazz & Heritage Gala, which includes two Seven-day passes to the Jazz Fest 2017 • Access for you and a guest to the Foundation Hospitality Suite at Jazz Fest • Access for two to the VIP hospitality and stage viewing at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival held in October

$1,000 - BIG BAND

• Access for you and a guest to the Foundation Hospitality Suite at Jazz Fest • Access for two to the VIP hospitality and stage viewing at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival held in October

$500 - QUINTET

• Access for you and a guest to the Sync Up Hospitality Suite at Jazz Fest • Access for two to the VIP hospitality and stage viewing at Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival held in October

$250 - QUARTET

• Two tickets to the Jazz & Heritage Saturday Night Concerts during Jazz Fest at the George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

$100 - DUET / TRIO

• Exclusive Jazz & Heritage Foundation item.

$50 SOLO

• Subscription to the Offbeat Electronic Newsletter • Fans of the Fest Bumper Sticker

To become a member and make a contribution online, please visit


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. 1205 Rampart Street • New Orleans, LA 70116 USA Tel: (504) 558-6107 Yes – I want to support the mission of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation and become a “Fan of the Fest.” I will participate at the following level:

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Board of Directors Officers

Advisory Council:

Donna Santiago President Kathleen Turner First Vice President Jeffrey Goldring Second Vice President David Francis Secretary Tara Carter Hernandez Treasurer

Candice Bates Anderson Abhi Bhansali N. Sundiata Haley David A. Kerstein Barbara Lacen Keller Ellen M. Lee Ronald P. McClain Joseph Anthony Moran Julie Wise Oreck J.R. Pegues Charles Rice Jr. Howard L. Rodgers III Kathy Cobette Saloy Leonard Smith III

Board Members: Jay H. Banks Marc A. Barnes Dorian Bennett Gerald Billes Cecil “C.J.” Blache Skipper Bond James B. Borders IV Mickey Caplinger Judge Sidney H. Cates IV Rachel F. Cousin Richard F. Cortizas Beverly Guillory-Andry Douglas Hammel Deborah D. Harkins Barbara Herman Fred J. Johnson Jr. Clifford V. Johnson Allison H. Peña Katy Roubion Karen B. Solomon Parker Sternbergh Suzette Toledano David Torkanowsky

Past Presidents Senate: Judge Michael G. Bagneris Garic “Nikki” Barranger, (deceased) Johann Bultman Arthur Q. Davis Sr., (deceased) Earl G. Duffy Emilo “Monk” Dupre, (deceased) Don T. Erwin Gerald Fedoroff, (deceased) Sarah Allen Freeman Marion Greenup Nancy Marinovic Warren McDaniels, (deceased) Demetric M. Mercadel David W. Oestreicher II Arthur Pulitzer D. Joan Rhodes William “Bill” Rouselle Anthony “Tony” Ruda Joel Sellers Ronald J. Sholes Dan Williams Roxy Wright

Honor Council: Sid Bhansali Michael J. Gourrier Nadir Hasan Johnny Jackson Jr. Henry Lacey Gabou Mendy Rafael Perales Penny Randolph-Biagas William Rucker Steve Tujague

Staff: Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing, Communications Sarita Carriere, Director of Finance and Human Resources Jason Doyle, Production Manager Khalid Hafiz, Assistant Production Manager Dolores Hooper, Associate Archivist Shanna Hudson-Stowe, Development Associate Rachel Lyons, Archivist Don Marshall, Executive Director Jarrod Remetich, Accountant Kia Robinson Hatfield, Program, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

J.R. Thomason Photos

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The Meters, Forever Funky

Music by the Meters Remains Timeless Over Forty Years Later By Kevin Michaels

The Meters, 1980, Photograph by Michael P. Smith © The Historic New Orleans Collection


eters guitarist Leo Nocentelli was initially taken aback by artist Francis X. Pavy’s official 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. Pavy portrays Nocentelli, Meters keyboardist Art Neville, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste in vintage Afros and bell-bottoms. “It’s a collage of different outfits and times,” Nocentelli says. But he quickly came to appreciate the throwback approach. A more contemporary depiction, Nocentelli believes, “wouldn’t have captured the essence of the Meters like this poster does. It captures the feeling we had.”

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The essence of the Meters was, and is, the essence of New Orleans funk. During a prolific nine-year stretch starting in 1968, the Meters cut a succession of classic singles and albums built on laid-back yet air-tight grooves. Neville’s sing-song organ, Nocentelli’s slinky, chicken-scratch guitar, Porter’s deep, rubbery bass and Modeliste’s crisp, syncopated rhythms forged a template for much New Orleans music that would follow. “It doesn’t matter who wrote the song,” Nocentelli said. “If those four guys played it, it would have been the same result. The musicianship was the most important thing.” As was so often the case with New Orleans musical innova-

LEFT: The Meters entertained the crowd at Stage 2, Saturday, April 14, 1973. Photograph by Michael P. Smith © The Historic New Orleans Collection. BELOW: The Meters at Jazz Fest 2015. Photograph by Douglas Mason.

tors, the Meters’ influence far outstripped their commercial success. Eventually, bad luck, bad business arrangements and bad habits pulled them apart. But nearly 50 years after Josie Records released the band’s debut single, “Sophisticated Cissy,” on November 6, 1968, Meters music continues to find fresh life. And Neville, Porter, Nocentelli and Modeliste occasionally regroup to once again remind fans how the funk was formed. The 2017 Jazz Fest will host one such reunion on its closing Sunday, May 7. The core four will likely be augmented by a horn section, as well as Art’s youngest brother, Cyril, who joined the band in the 1970s. Collectively and individually, the Meters have a long history with Jazz Fest, including making multiple appearances in 1970 at the inaugural event. In 1973, Stevie Wonder joined them onstage for his “Superstition.” Various offshoots, including the Funky Meters, have populated the festival’s stages when the original lineup couldn’t, or wouldn’t. After a prolonged estrangement, Jazz Fest producer/director Quint Davis persuaded the original four to reunite at the 2005 festival. They returned to the Fair Grounds the following year for the landmark first Jazz Fest after Hurricane Katrina. The reunions reiterated how the Meters’ roots extend to the bedrock of modern-day New Orleans music. Art Neville sang the Hawketts’ 1954 recording of “Mardi Gras Mambo,” still a staple of the Carnival season, and crooned such enduring New Orleans rhythm & blues singles as “Cha-Dooky Do” and “All These Things.” By the mid-1960s, he was collaborating with brothers Aaron and Cyril in the Neville Sounds, holding down a steady gig Uptown at the Nite Cap. Art recruited the younger Porter, Nocentelli and Modeliste for the band. They were eventually offered a better gig at the Ivanhoe on Bourbon Street, working multiple nights a week. Only Art, Nocentelli, Porter and Modeliste made the move. The streamlined unit’s slippery rhythm section left lots of room for Neville and Nocentelli to riff. Allen Toussaint, the legendary New Orleans producer, pianist and songwriter, caught wind of this super-tight band on Bourbon Street. He enlisted the quartet, rechristened the Meters, as the house band for his myriad recording projects with Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer and many others. Studio sessions sharpened the band’s chops, and their own stripped-down sound emerged. National listeners heard it on “Sophisticated Cissy” and the even more popular follow-up, “Cissy Strut,” based on a

riff they played before breaks at the Ivanhoe. Released in early 1969, “Cissy Strut” peaked at No. 4 on the national R&B chart. The Meters’ first three albums for Josie defined their mostly instrumental, initial incarnation. But after moving to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records – and especially after Cyril Neville joined the roster full-time – songs with more traditional verses and choruses dominated. From the opening “People Say” to the final “Africa,” 1974’s “Rejuvenation” is stocked with stone-cold classics, including “Hey Pocky A-Way.” Like “Fire on the Bayou,” it would follow Art and Cyril to the Neville Brothers. Paul McCartney hired the Meters for a party. The Rolling Stones took them on the road for long tours of North America and Europe. But mainstream success still eluded them. After 1977’s “New Directions,” Art and Cyril left. The others carried on briefly with substitute players, but the mutation had no future. The Meters went away, but their music didn’t. It’s the source material for hundreds of hip-hop samples. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have openly sung the band’s praises, and lobbied – unsuccessfully, so far – for the Meters to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Members of Phish wore out Meters cassettes in their touring van. Galactic and other next-generation New Orleans bands cut their teeth on the Meters. A commercial for Google’s Pixel smartphone that aired nationally during the 2017 Grammy Awards telecast featured the Meters’ jubilant “Hand-Clapping Song.” “What surprises me is the longevity of the music,” Nocentelli said. “That’s music that was done over 45 years ago, and it’s like it was done yesterday.” Why did it last? He credits, “the magical accumulation of musicians. I don’t think that institution would have been successful without those four, individual people that happened to be together in one place, at one time. It was divine intervention.” ♫

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Buckwheat Zydeco

November 14, 1947 - September 24, 2016

By Alison Fensterstock


he story of zydeco music is a singularly American one, patchwork and hybrid, rooted in tradition and constantly refreshed. Its building blocks include bits of language, melody and rhythm that can be traced to Africa, the Caribbean and France. It has absorbed the blues, rhythm, rock and roll, and most recently, hip-hop influences and instrumentation into its sound - from Clifton Chenier’s enthusiasm for electric guitar and saxophone in the early 1950s to the twenty-first century artists who embrace drum machines and samplers. Few artists have seen as much of or, indeed, been as much a part of this history as the accordionist and bandleader Stanley Dural Jr., better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, who died at age 68 in his native Lafayette, La. on September 24, 2016.

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Buckwheat zydeco performing at the 1981 Jazz Fest. Photo By Michael P. Smith Š The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Dural family worked as farmers, and Stanley Jr. lived the life of a South Louisiana country boy, picking cotton, raising chickens, hunting for rabbits and catching crawfish with sewing thread. Stanley Dural Sr. played accordion at home and wanted badly to pass it on to his son, who was less than eager to learn. (“Coming up, I heard him play every day,” Buckwheat explains in the pages of Michael Tisserand’s awardwinning 1998 history The Kingdom of Zydeco. “You better believe, every day, that’s how come I was sick of the accordion, man.”) Instead, he took up piano, taught by his older brother – one of his dozen siblings – at age five. His talent soon asserted itself, and by the time he was nine, Buckwheat, who picked up the nickname from friends who thought his hairdo looked a lot like the character from “Our Gang,” was playing nightclubs. In the early ‘60s, barely teenage, Buckwheat played with Sammy and the Untouchables, an R&B outfit, and then with Paul “Lil Buck” Sinegal, a scorching guitar slinger who would soon also join “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier’s hard-driving band. In 1971, Buckwheat left Lil Buck’s Topcats to start the 15-piece Buckwheat and the Hitchhikers, a fiery, funky big band that delivered soul hits by the likes of Sly Stone and James Brown – the latter of whom inspired a flashy new look for Buckwheat as well as his sound. The Hitchhikers were touring regionally and opening for big names, doing well by many standards, but not, unfortunately, by Stanley Sr.’s. His son was a killer on the keyboards and Hammond B3 organ, but Buckwheat’s dad, a friend of Chenier’s, was no fan. At home, Stanley Sr. would lock up the family piano rather than let his son play rhythm and blues music on it. Chenier, invoked in many fatherson aesthetic arguments (“He’d say, ‘You need to play music like Clifton Chenier,’” Buckwheat told Tisserand), wound up being pivotal to the next

chapter of Buckwheat’s career. In 1975, Buckwheat had put the brakes on the Hitchhikers, and his old boss Lil Buck Sinegal, working in Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band, heard he was free. Buckwheat reluctantly agreed to try a gig with the group, and after playing one of Chenier’s legendary long, highoctane sets, he was sold. He spent a couple of years touring and recording with the band, which took him around the U.S., to Europe and to Africa – and also inspired a new appreciation for his Creole roots. When he left Chenier, he taught himself accordion and started singing lead, and by 1979, he’d formed Buckwheat Zydeco. If Clifton Chenier pushed the borders of zydeco to shape the sound we know today, it was Buckwheat who took it worldwide. In the early ‘80s he recorded for root-focused indie labels, Black Top and Rounder Records, and then, with the help of writer Ted Fox – who would become his lifelong manager – he signed to Island Records. On the international stage, he helped propel a fascination with South Louisiana culture, counting stars like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, U2 and Willie Nelson among his

fans and collaborators and earning raves from the New York Times and Rolling Stone. He earned several Grammy nominations (he finally won one in 2010), played both Clinton inaugurations, placed music in multiple TV commercials, programs and movies, and in 1996, performed for an estimated three and a half billion television viewers at the Olympic closing ceremonies. As he served as zydeco’s premier ambassador, Buckwheat carved out his own singular space in the tradition. He borrowed from rock, funk and blues, putting a Creole spin on songs by Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. In his later years, he also returned often, onstage, to the organ and the soul and blues sound that had captivated him first. Health issues plagued Buckwheat for several years before the artist succumbed to lung cancer last fall, though he remained active nearly up until the end – producing the quirky YouTube show “Buckwheat’s World,” performing, and releasing the work of next-generation zydeco artists on his own Tomorrow label. Five months before his death, he played the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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Pete Fountain

July 3, 1930 - August 6, 2016

By Alison Fensterstock


n a hot Wednesday afternoon last August, Pete Fountain’s last parade rolled. After a traditional Mass at St. Louis Cathedral led by Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond, a throng of mourners followed the horse-drawn carriage that bore Fountain’s body on a winding, upbeat procession through the French Quarter toward the Hotel Monteleone, the traditional stopping point for the clarinetist’s Half-Fast Walking Club on Mardi Gras morning since 1960. The crowd included a critical mass of musicians paying tribute, from longtime sidemen to next-generation

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players who’d grown up on his influence to the clarinet section of the current student band at Warren Easton high school, his alma mater. His casket, visible through the glass walls of a hearse pulled by white horses, featured a treble clef on each corner. Born Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr. in New Orleans on July 3, 1930, Fountain took up the clarinet as a child on the advice of a family doctor who suggested the exercise might strengthen his weak lungs. Inspired by Benny Goodman and New Orleans clarinetists like George Lewis and Irving Fazola, Fountain took to it eagerly; he joined

the band at Warren Easton and was talented enough to pick up work on Bourbon Street as well, long after classroom hours. As the story goes, he dropped out of school to pursue music full-time when a teacher, frustrated by the young Fountain napping in class, asked how much he made on these late-night gigs. The sum was more than the instructor’s salary, and he told his pupil to stick with the music. Later in life, Fountain was awarded honorary doctorates in music from more than one institute of higher learning - but in interviews, he liked to describe himself, with a wink, as an alumnus

of the Conservatory of Bourbon Street. After a few years working as a sideman in the French Quarter, in 1950 Fountain formed the Basin Street Six with his childhood friend, trumpeter George Girard. When that group folded, he joined the Dukes of Dixieland. As rock and roll and R&B asserted themselves in the musical marketplace of the ‘50s, Fountain made ends meet for a time as an exterminator. In 1957, a break came in the form of an offer from the Lawrence Welk show, and Fountain was on his way from bugs to bubbles. Although he went on to become an internationally recognized ambassador for the New Orleans sound, appearing frequently on “The Tonight Show,” performing for presidents and Pope John Paul II and releasing dozens

of albums, the two years he lived in Los Angeles as a featured soloist in Welk’s big band were the longest continuous period he would spend outside of New Orleans. Pete Fountain returned to his hometown in 1960 and like his friend, trumpeter Al Hirt, bought a nightclub on Bourbon Street. The two jazz players presided over a golden era of Bourbon Street, swinging and sophisticated. In 1977, Fountain moved to a swanky lounge in the new Hilton Riverside Hotel, where until its closure in 2003 he presided as “Mr. New Orleans.” Each Mardi Gras morning for close to 50 years, he led the Half-Fast Walking Club on its cheery, brandy milk punch-fueled meander from Commander’s Palace to the Monteleone, riding in a wagon when the walk became

Pete fountain aboard the ss president, april 10, 1973. Photo By Michael P. Smith © The Historic New Orleans Collection.

too taxing. He played the first Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970 and nearly all of the more than 40 that followed, appearing there for the last time – and for his final public performance ever – in 2013, following several years of struggles with his health. Among the mourners at Pete Fountain’s jazz funeral in August was clarinetist Tim Laughlin, a friend and protégé for more than 30 years. Remembering Fountain in the Times-Picayune’s obituary, Laughlin said: “I always said every note of his had a smile on it. Jazz is made up of a lot of emotions – joy, sadness, melancholy, humor, bombast. It happens to be what you’re feeling at the time, but with him, he could play the blues and make it sound so sweet.”

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Cuba comes to Jazz Fest By Sarah Ravits


n 2017, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell welcomes more than 150 Cuban artists, musicians and demonstrators to the Fair Grounds. Rooted in both traditional African rhythms as well as classical Spanish harmony, Cuban music has been immensely influential and notably contributed to the development of jazz. Cuba’s relationship with New Orleans can be traced back to the 19th century when the two cities shared the same trade routes and quickly developed various cultural exchanges and mutual musical influences. Nowadays, AfroCuban rhythms can still be heard in New Orleans brass band music and second line drumming. In 2017, Jazz Fest offers audiences a chance to participate in one of the largest exhibitions of Cuban culture hosted in the United States. Cuban musicians, artists, and craftspeople have been invited to share their stories and provide live demonstrations. It is worth noting that this is one of Jazz Fest’s largest international exhibits to date; the staff has been working for nearly two years, conducting research, traveling and meeting artists. Chucho Valdés, a prominent figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for 50 years, headlines the musical line-up, along with Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona, and timba legend Los Van Van. Musical highlights at the Cultural Exchange Pavilion include both traditional and contemporary music ranging from female rapper Telmary Diaz, a leader in cutting-edge hip-hop and urban music, to Adonis y Osain del Monte’s explosive mix of rumba and traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms. Over both weekends, the heart-jumping rhythms of Conga Los Hoyos parades will take the dancing crowds around the Fair Grounds and into the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, the hub of the Cuban celebration. While its Conga parades are reminiscent of New Orleans’ own second lines and pre-Lenten celebrations, Santiago de Cuba’s Carnival doesn’t

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take place until July. Conga Los Hoyos, hailing from the eponymous district of Santiago de Cuba, is the parade group that unofficially kicks off their hometown Carnival celebration by traveling through the streets and “invading” four rival Conga neighborhoods, with thousands of residents joining in a spontaneous second line. Their instruments include a blend of riotous percussions and a corneta china (Chinese cornet). Inside the Pavilion, guests have the opportunity to exchange with a dozen Cuban master craftsmen and artists, as they demonstrate their creative process. Watch Havana goldsmith Jose Ernesto Aguilera adorn his one-of-a-kind humidors; enjoy an impromptu duo by luthier Gilberto Méndez and son from Santiago de Cuba; and chat with tobacco farmer Benito Camejo, from the Western Province of Cuba, to gain insights on how tobacco is grown, harvested and cured on his farm before being rolled into the perfect cigar. Sculptor Osmany

Betancourt, known as “Lolo” will mold expressionist self-portraits out of clay, while visual artist Roberto Guerra develops a brightly-colored 20’ mural outside the Pavilion over the seven days of the Festival. A selection from the photo exhibit “The Light in Cuban Eyes” highlighting the work of emerging and established Cuban photographers, and a multimedia presentation on Santiago de Cuba’s Conga and Carnival traditions will offer additional insights on both contemporary and popular culture in Cuba. For a complete Cuban experience, tostones with mojo (fried green plantains with garlic sauce) and other native dishes will be served at the Congreso Cubano’s food booth located right outside of the Pavilion. Visiting artists and Paladar owner Ruddy Fernandez, along with local Cuban restaurateurs and community members will also show prepare traditional Cuban fares including Ropa Vieja, Tostones y Maduros and Cuban black bean soup on the Food Heritage Stage.

Weekend 2 Thursday MAY 4 Conga Los Hoyos The Pedrito Martinez Rumba Project feat. Roman Diazro Changüí Guantánamo Pedrito Martinez and Roman Diaz - Interview Conga Los Hoyos Parade Changüí Guantánamo The Pedrito Martinez Rumba Project feat. Roman Diaz

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Saturday April 29 Grupo Caury Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro The Pedrito Martinez Group Grupo Caury Telmary y Habana Sana Conga Los Hoyos Parade The Pedrito Martinez Group Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro Telmary y Habana Sana

Cultural Exchange Pavilion 11:30 AM-12:15 PM Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do 12:25 PM-1:15 PM Cultural Exchange Pavilion 12:35 PM-1:30 PM Jazz & Heritage 1:45 PM-2:25 PM Cultural Exchange Pavilion 1:55 PM-2:45 PM Parade Base to Pavilion 2:30 PM-3:15 PM Zatarain’s / WWOZ Jazz Tent 2:40 PM-3:50 PM Cultural Exchange Pavilion 3:20 PM-4:15 PM Cultural Exchange Pavilion 4:35 PM-5:30 PM

SUNday April 30 Conga Los Hoyos Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro Grupo Caury Luthier Gilberto Méndez - Interview Conga Los Hoyos Parade Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro Telmary y Habana Sana Grupo Caury Gente de Zona Telmary y Habana Sana Telmary y Habana Sana

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Saturday May 6 Changüí Guantánamo The Pedrito Martinez Rumba Project feat. Roman Diaz Changüí Guantánamo Septeto Santiaguero Adonis y Osain del Monte Conga Los Hoyos Parade The Pedrito Martinez Rumba Project feat. Roman Diaz Adonis y Osain del Monte Los Van Van Septeto Santiaguero

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Kids Tent Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Cultural Exchange Pavilion Parade Base to Pavilion Jazz & Heritage

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Artist Demonstrations BOTH WEEKENDS, 11AM – 6PM

Benito Camejo Nodarse – Cigar Roller – Viñales, Cuba María Gurrola Ruiz and Victor Pichardo – Cigar Rollers – New Orleans, Louisiana Benito Camejo Nodarse is a tobacco farmer from the valley of Viñales in Pinar del Rio, the Western region of Cuba famous for growing arguably the best tobacco in the world. Benito will share insights on how tobacco is grown, harvested and cured on his farm. During the “golden age” of cigars (1880s to 1930s), New Orleans was known as the cigar manufacturing capital of the United States and the gateway for Cuban tobacco into the world. When it started operating in 1999, the Cigar Factory reintroduced this tradition in New Orleans, using tobacco imported from Nicaragua, Brazil, Ecuador and Cameroon. New Orleans-based cigar rollers María Gurrola Ruiz and Victor Pichardo will show off their skills in hand rolling the perfect cigar. Jose Ernesto Aguilera and Oany Martínez – Humidor Makers – Havana, Cuba Jose Ernesto Aguilera is a self-trained artisan and goldsmith from Havana and the owner of Humidores Habana, which manufactures and exports Cuban humidors throughout the world.  He is renowned for his one-of-a-kind humidor pieces, combining metal and wood into beautiful works of art. With the help of long-time collaborator Oany Martínez, he will build unique and intricate humidors at the Festival. Elio Miralles Rodríguez – Costume Designer – Santiago de Cuba Costume designer Elio Miralles Rodríguez is a fixture of the carnival of Santiago de Cuba, where he has won numerous prizes for his elaborate floats on wheels known as Los Hombres Carrozas, comprised of recycled materials such as candy wrappers and pill boxes. Elio will create an original walking float throughout the course of the Festival. Gilberto Méndez Méndez and Gilberto Méndez Lainati – Luthiers – Santiago de Cuba Gilberto Méndez Méndez and his son proudly represent a long-time Cuban tradition of hand making string-instruments. At the Festival, they will demonstrate the many steps of building a Cuban tres. They will also perform classic songs from the Cuban son and trova repertoire. 

Painting by Roberto Guerra

Roberto Guerra Hechavarría – Painter – Santiago de Cuba Roberto Guerra Hechavarría is an important and prized figure of Cuba’s naive painting movement. Roberto will paint his bold and colorful scenes of the Cuban countryside on a 20 foot mural erected in front of the Pavilion. Gloria Nápoles Veranes – Fiber Figurine Artist – Santiago de Cuba Using Malagueta fiber (dried up reed harvested on the banks of the nearby river), leaves and other materials found in nature, Gloria creates delicate dolls and figurines inspired by Cuban traditions and daily life.   Osmany Betancourt Falcón – Sculptor – Matanzas, Cuba Osmany Betancourt Falcón known as «Lolo» is a well-known contemporary sculptor from Matanzas whose work has been shown at the Havana biennale and other prestigious art fairs. Using wood, clay and bronze, he focuses on the social issues of Cuban contemporary life. Lolo will create clay pieces at the Festival. Raicel Lázaro González Cruz and María de la Paz Fernández García – Percussionists – Havana, Cuba Raicel Lázaro González and María de la Paz Fernández García represent the younger generation of Cuban percussionists in Cuba,  and have appeared with the Frank London group from New York and Marcus Miller in Paris, France. They also perform with rap artist Telmary, and will join her on stage April 29th and 30th. At the Pavilion, they will also perform and show some of the traditional techniques used to tune and stretch a skin over the body of a drum.  


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Gloria Napoles Veranes - Photo By Tomas Montoya

Photography Exhibit: A Selection from “The Light in Cuban Eyes” This exhibit, based on Madeleine Plonsker’s collection of contemporary Cuban photography, highlights the work of both emerging and established Cuban photographers, providing a glimpse into contemporary life and esthetics in Cuba. The Light in Cuban Eyes exhibit was first shown at Lake Forest College in Illinois in 2015. “¡Arrollando con la Conga!” Multimedia Presentation – Santiago de Cuba’s Carnival and Conga Parades This video footage collected over a span of 15 years by Cubans William Sabourin and Tomas Montoya documents the phenomenon and importance of Congas, or street parade groups, within the cultural fabric of Santiago de Cuba. This footage illustrates not only the spirit and uniqueness of Santiago, but also the strong cultural connection between Cuba and New Orleans. Members of Conga Los Hoyos, Santiago’s most renowned Conga, who appear in the video footage will parade throughout the Festival grounds and perform at the Pavilion. 26 Jazz Fest 2017 | Presented by Shell

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Cuban Food Congreso Cubano Food Booth Both weekends, 11 am – 7 pm Outside of the Cultural Exchange Pavilion Cooking Demonstrations Mata Jibaro - Ruddy Fernandez, Cuban Chef Saturday April 29th – 3:30pm – 4:20pm Food Heritage Stage Ropa Vieja – Ivette Perez, Cuban Chef Sunday, April 30th – 12:45pm – 1:45pm Cajun Cabin Tostones y Maduros – Orlando Vega, Congreso Cubano Thursday, May 4th – 2:30pm – 3:20pm Food Heritage Stage Cuban Black Bean Soup – Vivian Nieto, Churros Café Friday, May 5th – 1:30pm – 2:20pm Food Heritage Stage Gente De Zoya

Other Highlights

Kids Drumming Workshops Faubourg Tent, Adjacent to Kids Tent 2nd Weekend – 11:00am – 6:00pm Kids of all ages are invited to jam on drums and percussion instruments with Dancing Drum. Learn popular rhythms from Cuba such as Tumbao, Cha-Cha-Cha, Comparsa, Clave and more. “Murmurs from Cuba” Multicultural Triptych Mural Collaboration – Grandstand Both weekends, 11am – 7pm New Orleans-based Cuban artists will express their experience as their culture merges with the New Orleans art culture. This collaboration features Cuban artists Pedro “Piki” Mendizabal, Ramiro Diaz and Elizabeth Rodriguez; and New Orleans artists Lionel Milton, Brandon “B Mike” Odums, Mario Padilla, and Rotherin Ratliff. 

Local Performers

Friday April 28 Michael Skinkus and Moyuba Lagniappe Stage – 11:30am – 12:20pm Alexey Martí Jazz & Heritage Stage – 4:15pm – 5:20pm Sunday April 30 Lawrence Sieberth’s Estrella Banda Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent – 2:40pm – 3:40pm

Conga parade - Photo By Tomas Montoya Gonzalez

Thursday May 4 Bamboula 2000 featuring David D’Omni of Cuba Jazz & Heritage Stage – 11:20am – 12:20pm Muévelo featuring Margie Perez Lagniappe Stage – 1:50pm – 2:45pm Papo y Son Mandao Jazz & Heritage Stage – 3:05pm – 4:05pm Friday May 5 Mariachi Jalisco US Jazz & Heritage Stage – 1:15pm – 2:00pm Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Jalisco US Folklife Village – 3:45pm – 4:15pm Saturday May 6 Grupo Sensación NOLA Lagniappe Stage – 11:30am – 12:30pm Sunday May 7 AsheSon Jazz & Heritage Stage – 4:25 – 5:25pm Humidor by Jose Ernesto Aguilera

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Food Area 1 1. Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Bread, Sausage & Jalapeño Bread 2. Cajun Jambalaya, Fried Chicken 3a. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, *Fruit Salad 4. Hot Sausage Po-Boy, Crawfish Sausage Po-Boy, Italian Chicken Sausage Po-Boy 5. Pecan Catfish Meunière, Seafood Mirliton Casserole, Fried Crab Cake w/ Smoked Tomato & Jalapeño Tartar 6. Alligator Pie, Crabmeat Stuffed Shrimp, *Fried Green Tomatoes 8. Muffuletta, *Vegetarian Muffuletta, Roast Beef Po-Boy, Turkey Giardiniera Po-Boy, Turkey Giardiniera Salad 9. Boiled Crawfish, Louisiana Crawfish Etouffeé, Cajun Crawfish Rice, Spicy Boiled Potatoes 10. BBQ Brisket Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Sandwich 11. *Spinach Artichoke Casserole, Seafood Au Gratin, *Sweet Potato Pone 12. Cajun Duck Po-Boy, Cajun Shrimp & Duck Pasta 13. • Red Beans & Rice w/ Sausage, *Vegetarian Red Beans & Rice, Blackberry Cobbler 14. Crabmeat Po-Boy, Creole Stuffed Crab, Catfish Almondine, *Potato Salad 15. • Boudin, Boudin Balls, Shrimp & Lump Crab Ravigote, Louisiana Crawfish Remoulade 16a. • Alligator Sauce Piquante, Shrimp & Grits, Shrimp, Sausage & Okra Gumbo 17. Cochon de Lait Po-Boy 18. Louisiana Crawfish Po-Boy, Guil’s Louisiana Crawfish, Fried Gator Po-Boy, Guil’s Gator w/ Fried Jalapeños & Onions


CONGO SQUARE 44. • Sno-Balls, Sugar-Free SnoBalls, Ice Cream Stuffed Sno-Ball 45. Jamaican Chicken, Caribbean Fish, Curry Chicken Pattie, *Steamed Vegetables 46. • Dibbi (Grilled Steak Pita), *Spicy Grilled Tofu & Veggies w/ Peanut Sauce, *Couscous w/ Yogurt Sauce 47. •*Jama-Jama (Sautéed Spinach), *Fried Plantains, Poulet Fricassee (Chicken on a Stick) 48. Sweet Potato Turnover, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Banana Nut Bread 49a. Strawberry Lemonade FOOD AREA 2 23b. Rosemint Herbal Iced Tea, Mandarin Orange Herbal Iced Tea, Regular Iced Tea 24. • Café Au Lait (Hot, Iced, Frozen), Black Coffee (Hot, Iced) 25. Fried Soft-Shell Crab Po-Boy, Fried Des Allemands Catfish Filet Po-Boy 26. • Spicy Natchitoches Meat Pie, Crawfish Pie, *Broccoli & Cheese Pie 27. Pheasant, Quail & Andouille Gumbo, Crab & Crawfish Stuffed Mushrooms, Crawfish Enchilada 28. Strawberry Shortcake, Key Lime Tart 29. • Gyro Sandwich, *Falafel Sandwich, *Hummus w/ Pita, *Tabouli w/ Pita, *Greek Garden Salad 30. Shrimp Yakisoba (Pan Fried Noodles), Yakiniku Po-Boy (Japanese BBQ Beef), Crabstick & Cucumber Salad,*Seaweed & Cucumber Salad 32. • Tagine of Lamb (Lamb Stew w/ Basmati Rice), Merguez (Grilled Lamb Sausage), Crawfish, Spinach & Zucchini Bisque, *Tunisian Salad 33. • Cuban Sandwich 34. Louisiana Strawberry Ice, Lemon Ice, Specialty Flavor Gelato, Spumoni, Cannoli, Fig and Sesame Cookies 35. • Grilled Chicken Livers w/ Pepper Jelly, *Crowder Peas & Okra, *Collard Greens, Crispy Wings, *Fried Okra

KIDS 3b. *Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, *Grilled Cheese Sandwich *Fruit Salad, Lemonade, Crispy Rice Treats 16b. *Fresh Corn on the Cob, Shrimp & Corn Muffin, Cupcakes 62b. Fresh Roasted Jumbo Peanuts, Glazed Pecans, Popcorn 22b. *Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Sloppy Jeaux Sandwich, Huckabuck Frozen Cups

GRANDSTAND 65. Freshly Shucked Oysters on the Half Shell, Louisiana Crawfish Salad Roll 58c. Old Fashioned Handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches

CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILLION 69. Ropa Vieja (Braised Steak), Frijoles Negros (Black Beans and Rice), Tostones (Fried Green Plantains), Paleta de Café con Leche (Coffee Ice Pop)

LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE VILLAGE 64. Smoked Sausage Macque Choux, Creamy Shrimp Macque Choux; *Fry Bread, Indian Tacos

Balls, Popcorn 56. Pies: Apple, Bean Custard, Cherry, Coconut, Pecan, Sweet Potato 57. • Coconut Macaroon, Brownie w/ Pecans, Cream Puff, Chocolate Éclair 59a&b. Lump Crab Stuffed Beignet, Praline Stuffed Beignet, Assorted Pralines, Sweet Potato Cookie, Praline Shoe Sole 60. Roman Chewing Candy 61. Sno-Balls, Sugar-Free Sno-Balls 62a. Fresh Roasted Jumbo Peanuts, Glazed 21b. Mango Freeze 63. Strawberry Smoothie, Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries 49b. Strawberry Lemonade 66. Jumbo Lucky Dog

• Denotes Discount with coupon | *Denotes vegetarian item

HERITAGE SQUARE 23c. Rosemint Herbal Iced Tea, Mandarin Orange Herbal Iced Tea, Regular Iced Tea 50. • Goi Cuon (Spring Roll), Bun (Vermicelli w/ Shrimp or Beef), Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Roll) 51. Beignets, Café Au Lait (Hot, Iced, Frozen), Milk, Chocolate Milk 52. Crawfish Bisque, Creole Filé Gumbo, Trout Baquet 53. Home Made Pies and Cakes featuring Lemon Meringue Pie, Creole Cream Cheese Cake w/ Strawberries 54. • BBQ Pork Ribs, BBQ Turkey Wings, Meaty White Beans, *Cole Slaw, Peach Cobbler 58a. Old Fashioned Handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches AROUND THE GROUNDS 55. • Sno-Balls, Sugar-Free Sno-

37. Jambalaya 38. • Cajun Chicken & Tasso w/ Creole Rice, Shrimp Remoulade Po-Boy 39. Crawfish Strudel, White Chocolate Bread Pudding 40. Cracklins, Fried Sweet Potato Chips 41. Fish Taco, Shrimp Taco, Chicken Taco 42. Creole’s Stuffed Bread; Sausage, Pepperoni & Mozzarella Stuffed Bread 43. Crawfish Monica ®

19. Crawfish Sack, Oyster Patties, Crawfish Beignets 20. Fried Shrimp Po-Boy, Fried Oyster Po-Boy, Fried Oyster Spinach Salad, Panéed Chicken Po-Boy, *Stuffed Artichoke 21a. Mango Freeze 22a. Ya Ka Mein, *Vegetarian Ya Ka Mein, Fried Pork Chop Sandwich, Traditional Bread Pudding w/ Rum Sauce 23a. Rosemint Herbal Iced Tea, Mandarin Orange Herbal Iced Tea, Regular Iced Tea

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food heritage & cajun cabin demonstration stages As Jazz Fest marks its 48th year, the Food Heritage and Cajun Cabin Stages again bring a variety of new chefs, and returning favorite chefs and cooks to demonstrate Louisiana’s culinary traditions. From fresh gulf seafood to the wealth of wild fish and game found here in the Sportsman’s Paradise, this year’s demonstrations reflect the rich flavor of the state. We also celebrate the abundant multi-cultural influences on our modern day food ways. The 2017 Food Heritage Stage features four Cuban chef demonstrations to celebrate our 2017 cultural exchange. Mr. Okra, New Orleans last singing street vendor will join us once again near the Jazz and Heritage Stage on the first festival weekend. Special thanks to Tomás Montoya for the images of Cuba.

Food Heritage Stage

3:30 PM

Friday, April 28

Cuban Chef

11:30 AM

Cuba Comes to Jazz Fest Tamales En Cazuela

Ruddy Fernandez

Gulf Seafood Couvillion

Sunday, April 30

Isaac Toups

11:30 AM

Toups South

12:30 PM

Caribbean chicken & potato Curry

Anne Lloyd

Banana Pudding


Maggie Scales

12:30 PM

La Boulangerie

1:30 PM

Crawfish & grits

Todd Pulsinelli

Frog Leg Fricassee

Restaurant August

Aaron Burgau

1:30 PM


2:30 PM

Oyster Mania

Tenney Flynn

Mushroom Tasso Jambalaya

GW Fins

Anne Churchill

2:30 PM

Bon Mange Catering

3:30 PM Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Crawfish Remoulade

Bryon Peck Elizabeth’s

Saturday, April 29 11:30 AM Crawfish Daniel

Chip Flanagan

Crabmeat Remick

2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Emeril’s Delmonico

Cuba Comes to Jazz Fest Tostones Y Maduros

Homemade Sausage Pizza w/ Peppers and Onions

3:30 PM

Anthony Scanio

Orlando Vega

Michael Friedman

Crispy Sweetbreads

Congreso Cubano

Pizza Delicious

Jason Goodenough

3:30 PM

3:30 PM

Drunken Sailor Shrimp w/ Popcorn Rice

Stuffed Mushrooms

Pete Page American Sector Restaurant

Soul Sisters Creole Vegetarian Catering

Friday, May 5

Saturday, May 6

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

BBQ Shrimp

Corn Cakes w/ Barbecue Crawfish

Michelle McRaney

Austin Kirzner Red Fish Grill

Carrollton Market

Thursday, May 4 11:30 AM

Ralph’s on the Park

Alligator Sausage Po-Boy

12:30 PM

Napoleon House

Red Beans & Rice Calas

Poppy Tooker

Chris Montero 12:30 PM

Ausettua AmorAmenkum

Louisiana Eats!

Fresh Cheesemaking

1:30 PM

Richard Sutton

Mr. B’s Bistro

St. James Cheese Company

12:30 PM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Crawfish Fontina Beignets

Chocolate Party!

Michael Isolani

Cheryl Scripter

Backyard Crawfish Boil Soup

Frank Brigtsen Brigtsen’s

Oyster Dressing


Bittersweet Confections

2:30 PM

Roland Swazy & Joe Balderas Mother’s Restaurant

1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Cuba Comes to Jazz Fest Cuban Black Bean Soup

Boudin Tamales

Vivian Nieto

Meril Restaurant

Chicken Étouffée

Kid Chef Eliana Eliana Cooks!

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Wilfredo Avelar

2:30 PM Crawfish & Andouille Stuffed Mirliton

Brett Duffee Rosedale

3:30 PM Red Fish Chauvin

Diana Chauvin Galle

Cajun Cabin Stage

Sunday, April 30

Saturday, May 6

11:30 AM

11:30 AM Sausage Sauce Piquante

Friday, April 28

Spicy Charred Pigs Foot w/ Citrus & Cane Syrup

Marcus Jacobs

Holy Ghost Community Diner

11:30 AM Louisiana Seafood Boil

Dudley Passman

Marlie’s Grill

12:45 PM

James Eaglin 12:45 PM Shrimp Cakes w/ Braised Greens


Cuba comes to Jazz Fest Ropa Vieja

12:45 PM

Ivette Perez

Grand Isle Restaurant

Cuban Home Cook

2:00 PM

SOS Shells

2:00 PM

Fried Alligator

Dexter Guillory


2:00 PM

Seafood Jollof

Dana Honn

Riceland Crawfish


Bryan Gowland

La Thai

Sunday, May 7 11:30 AM Grillades w/ Smoked Bacon Grits

Greg Sonnier

Curry Goat w/ sweet potato gnocchi

Chargrilled Oysters

Greta Bourgeois

Chicken & Andouille Gumbo


Abita Springs, LA

Friday, May 5

Compère Lapin

Saturday, April 29

Louisiana Seafood Boil

1:30 PM

11:30 AM

Nina Compton

Oysters w/ West Indies Crab Salad

Jacob Cureton

Korean Beef Short Ribs

Joyce Park


Little Korea BBQ

2:30 PM

12:45 PM

Shrimp Creole

Tanya Dubuclet

Corn Maque Choux

Lora Ann Chaisson

Neyow’s Creole Café

United Houma Nation

3:30 PM

2:00 PM

Smoked Alligator & Turkey Gumbo

Michael Lena Parkway Bakery and Tavern

Paneed Artichoke Hearts w/ Crawfish Sauce

11:30 AM Dudley Passman

Ryan Haigler

Sunday, May 7 11:30 AM Crispy halloumi w/ strawberries and peppers

Zachary Engel


Shaya Restaurant

12:45 PM

12:45 PM

Oyster Pan Roast

Bill Jones

Whole Fish Escabeché

Eason Barksdale



2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Cajun Cracklins

Phlip Moseley Blue Oak BBQ

West African Peanut Stew

Alerion Angelin Brown Girl Kitchen

Richard Heyd St. Bernard Fire Department

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festival food CRACKLINS, FRIED SWEET POTATO CHIPS Fatty’s Cracklins St. Francisville, LA FISH TACO, SHRIMP TACO, CHICKEN TACO Taqueria Corona New Orleans, LA CREOLE’S STUFFED BREAD; SAUSAGE, PEPPERONI & MOZZARELLA STUFFED BREAD Creole’s Lunch House Lafayette, LA CRAWFISH MONICA ® Big River Foods New Orleans, LA


*Denotes Vegetarian Items




Louisiana FOLKlife village Smoked Sausage Macque Choux, Creamy Shrimp Macque Choux, *Fry Bread, Indian Tacos United Houma Nation Golden Meadow, LA








Photo by josh brasted

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Welcome to Crafts, Villages & Marketplaces! Beginning in the early ‘70s with a handful of artisans –from self-taught painter and street preacher Sister Gertrude Morgan, to acclaimed jewelry designer Mignon Faget and Louisiana Coushatta basket weavers – the Festival’s Crafts now include the diverse works of hundreds of regionally and nationally acclaimed artists in multiple distinct event venues.

Contemporary Crafts set among blues, jazz and gospel music tents in Heritage Square, is a nationally recognized showcase of alluring handcrafted clothing, beautiful leather goods and musical instruments, along with a brilliant array of paintings, photographs, sculptures and irresistible jewelry. Certain to please your creative inquiries, observe ongoing skilled demonstrations of metal work and printmaking, as well as pottery turning. Filled with music, art and energy, the Congo Square African Marketplace is alive with the culture and spirit which helped create the jazz and heritage for which New Orleans is known. You will find an array of local, national and international artisans exhibiting ancient crafting techniques, as well as modern variations and adaptations of those techniques. Enjoy the exchange of wares, customs and ideas that embodies a true marketplace experience as you encounter people and art from throughout the African Diaspora. While at the market, be sure to visit the Sankore Pavilion with African drum carvings by master drummers Mark Vaugh, Red Flame Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Zambian’s Youth Artists and an exhibit celebrating 36 years of Koindu at Congo Square. In Louisiana Marketplace, the state’s finest traditional and contemporary artists display and sell hand-colored photographs, Creole and Acadian furniture, whimsical jewelry and other creations that evoke the state’s unique cultural landscape. In the Louisiana Folklife Village, master craftsmen and tradition-bearers create cultural treasures by using generations-old techniques. Here, Cajun musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, fishermen knit shrimp nets and boat-builders transform bald cypress into the graceful pirogues and skiffs that ply our waterways. Watch as New Orleans architectural tradesmen forge decorative ironwork and mold ornamental plaster medallions characteristic of historic New Orleans homes. Learn the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, and watch as float-makers create carnival masterpieces from papier-mâché. Visit the Folklife Village and bear witness to our state’s unique cultural history. A component of the Folklife Village, the Native American Village celebrates the rich heritage of our state’s indigenous peoples. Here you can see demonstrations of traditional indigenous crafts from many of the Louisiana Native tribes such as the art of basket weaving, wood carving, and beadwork. You can also taste traditional Native American foods such as fry bread and maque choux while enjoying traditional pow wow dancing.

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congo square african marketplace FILLED WITH MUSIC, art and energy, the Congo Square African Marketplace is alive with the culture and spirit which helped create the jazz and heritage for which New Orleans is known. You will find an array of local, national and international artisans exhibiting ancient crafting techniques, as well as modern variations and adaptations of those techniques. Enjoy the exchange of wares, customs and ideas that embodies a true marketplace experience as you encounter people and art from throughout the African Diaspora.

Weekend 1 Tent D OIL AND ACRYLIC ON CANVAS Ted Ellis T. Ellis Fine Art, Inc. Friendswood, TX HAND BUILT CLAY MIXED MEDIA CRAFTS Grace Kisa studiokisa Lawrenceville, GA FIGURATIVE ART FROM WIRE, PAINT, RECLAIMED MATERIALS, GEMSTONES, ETC. Alice Jarrett Art By Alyce Faye Hillsborough, NJ METAL AND STONE JEWELRY Sekou Ra Regal Adornment Billingsley, AL

Tent M HAND TIE DYE AND BATIK CLOTHES Uzo Ezekwudo Chapel Hill, NC ACRYLIC ON WOOD AND CANVAS Kelvin Baldwin Art by Kelvin Baldwin Olive Branch, MS

ACRYLIC PAINT ON CANVAS OR RAG PAPER Kevin Elder K Elder Art New Orleans, LA MOROCCAN GOATSKIN, METAL & HENNA LAMPS Hamid Naciri On The Road to Marrakech Wilmington, DE

Tent O CLAY SCULPTURE Elliott Hubbard Art by Elliott Hubbard Fairburn, GA ACRYLIC ON BOARD Wayne Manns New Orleans, LA OIL ON CANVAS Jonathon Romain Romain’s Studio Peoria, IL AUTHENTIC JEWELRY MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS Birama Berthe Muso Masiri Baltimore, MD

Tent P

Tent R


HAND-DYED AND SHAPED HATS Shirley Wilfred Wilfred Designs Covington, LA

MIXED MEDIA 3D WALL SCULPTURE Chuks Okoye Apel Company Inc. Riverdale, GA CERAMIC AND GLASS JEWELRY Evette Everett College Park, GA AFRICAN AND WAX PRINT CLOTHING Nana Long African Hi Fashion Lithonia, GA

Tent Q TRIBAL AFRICAN BEAD JEWELRY Dr. Shirley De’Vard Bruce’s Jewelry Baton Rouge, LA RAFFIA, BANANA, & PALM BASKETS, HANDBAGS Andre Fields Wanawake Beverly Hills, CA WATERCOLOR PAINTING William Kwamena-Poh Osibisa Fine Arts Savannah, GA STERLING SILVER & 14 KT GOLD GEMSTONE JEWELRY Henry Osaygefo Colby Timbuktu Ellenwood, GA

HANDCARVED LEATHER HANDBAGS Sylvester Robbie Robinson Robbiewear Chicago, IL AFRICAN PRINT, MUD CLOTH AND TIE DYE CLOTHING Aita Carmichael La Linguere Fashions New York, NY ACRYLIC ON WOOD AND SHEETS OF METAL Aly Kourouma Los Angeles, CA

Tent S BATIK, TIE-DYED & EMBROIDERED WEST AFRICAN CLOTHING Desari & Jabriel Jabbar Stone Mountain, GA HAITIAN ARTWORK & STRAW HATS Marie-Jose Poux New Orleans, LA ARCYLIC PAINTINGS Jerome Anderson New Orleans, LA STERLING SILVER & GEMSTONE JEWELRY Doctor Foots Foots Place New Orleans, LA

MIXED MEDIA METAL WALL SCULPTURE Darrin Butler Colorsinwood New Orleans, LA HANDMADE ZIPPER AND FABRIC JEWELRY Ndeye Gueye Ndeye Fashion New Orleans, LA


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Tent W CUSTOM SHOES Sophie Eckrich Teysha Austin, TX



AFRICAN JEWELRY, OILS, INCENSE, & HANDMADE ORGANIC SOAPS Jacquelyn Richards King & Queen Emporium Int’l New Orleans, LA

HAND-DYED HATS Athlone Clarke ART CORE Douglasville, GA


SILVER & BRASS METAL AFRICAN JEWELRY Adrienne Lockett Adrienne Lockett Designs East Orange, NJ

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AFRICAN CLOTHING & CRAFTS Moustapha Sow One Love LLC New Orleans, NY

STONEWARE CLAY Kimmy Cantrell Clay by Kim College Park, GA


WOODEN, CERAMIC AND CARVED SCULTURES & BASKETS Sebigne Dioume Motherland African Arts New Orleans, LA

AFRICAN FINE ART Otis Williams Trenton, NJ

BASKETRY, POTTERY, WOOD CRAFTS, PAINTINGS Bernadette Gildspinel La Belle Galerie New Orleans, LA

WEST AFRICAN CRAFTS Abdou Ndir AZ Fashion New Orleans, LA


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MIXED MEDIA ARTWORK Frank Frazier Visions in Black Dallas, TX

TENT N OIL/ACRYLIC ON CANVAS Courtney Buckley New Orleans, LA 2D & 3D FABRIC COLLAGE Wycliffe Bennett Linc’s Art Atlanta, GA

STERLING SILVER JEWELRY Chester Allen New Orleans, LA MARDI GRAS INDIAN SUITS MADE OF BEADS, FEATHERS, AND SEQUINS New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indian Co-Op, Inc. NewCorp, Inc. New Orleans, LA




TENT Q HAND-DYED HATS Ella Isaac L.I.P.S. Cinnaminson, NJ COLLAGE OF MAGAZINE PAPER ON GLASS Carl Crawford Collage Illusion Columbia, SC ACRYLIC ON CANVAS John Sims John Sims Artwork Birmingham, AL STERLING SILVER & 14 KT GOLD GEMSTONE JEWELRY Henry Osaygefo Colby Timbuktu Ellenwood, GA

TENT R ACRYLIC ON WOOD RELIEF Terrance Osborne Gallery Osborne Gretna, LA AFROCENTRIC DESIGNS IN CONTEMPORARY STYLES Abdul Diouf Aziz Fashions New York, NY HANDCRAFTED, ARTISAN MADE CLOTHING FROM WEST AFRICA Jennifer Breen Wow Wow by Wunmi Brooklyn, NY ACRYLIC ON CANVAS Christina Pappion Mandeville, LA

TENT S BATIK, TIE-DYED & EMBROIDERED WEST AFRICAN CLOTHING Desari & Jabriel Jabbar Stone Mountain, GA HAITIAN ARTWORK & STRAW HATS Marie-Jose Poux New Orleans, LA OIL ON CANVAS Phillip Snead Rare Imaje Baltimore, MD STERLING SILVER & GEMSTONE JEWELRY Doctor Foots Foots Place New Orleans, LA




STERLING SILVER, BRASS & COPPER GEMSTONE JEWELRY Adam Eccleston Universallove Jewelry Macon, GA

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS Stuart Mcclean stuArt Mcclean Collections New Orleans, LA


EGYPTIAN CLOTHES AND STATUES Khaled Hegazzi Pharaoh’s Cave: Treasures from Egypt New Orleans, LA


MOROCCAN CLOTHING AND JEWELRY Fatiha Khanboubi Casablanca Bazaar New Orleans, LA

ACRYLIC, MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS Andre Guichard Gallery Guichard Chicago, IL HANDPAINTED & SEWN GARMENTS Allohn Agbenya Allohn Designs Carson, CA




TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HAND-DYED BATIK CLOTHING Nnamdi Ibenagu Nnamdi African Origins Chapel Hill, NC


TEXTILES AND CLOTHING FROM SENEGAL Fampodgie Kaba Ngaya Blankets and Clothes New Orleans, LA BANANA LEAVES, ELEPHANT GRASS & CORN HUSKS ON PAPER Western Mwamlima African Connection Norfolk, VA

HANDBAGS, SHOES, DECORATIVE PILLOWS, & HAMMOCKS Nicole Pazos Brecha Metairie, LA GOAT SKIN & LEATHER BAGS AND THE LAMPS Suzy Cameleon Wilmington, DE Presented by Shell | Jazz Fest 2017 51

contemporary crafts A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED Showplace of artists displaying and selling HANDMADE fine art and crafts. Each weekend offers a different array of acclaimed craftspeople representing the best of Louisiana and the United States. All genrés of the most exciting, skillfully HANDMADE crafts to be found anywhere, anytime can be found in Contemporary Crafts. As countless other fairgoers have done, find your very own distinct piece of art, running the Jazz Fest gamut from funky to fine.

WEEKEND 1 Tent D GEOMETRIC FOLDED PAPER VESSELS Beth LaCour Flagstaff, AZ Original etchings & mixed media on paper Marina Terauds North Branch, MI HANDPULLED TRADITIONAL PRINTMAKING Christopher Kirsch New Orleans, LA HANDCARVED PORCELAIN Karen Newgard Asheville, NC

Tent F SCULPTURAL LEATHER MASKS & ACCESSORIES John Flemming Flemming Studio New Orleans, LA ANIMATED CARVED WOODEN SCULPTURE Woody Jones Mechanical Amusements Ltd. Decatur, GA FUNCTIONAL WHEELTHROWN & ALTERED STONEWARE Don McWhorter Carrollton, GA NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Frank Relle Frank Relle Photography, LLC New Orleans, LA THREE DIMENSIONAL JEWELRY Niki Fisk Niki Fisk Jewelry New Orleans, LA NARRATIVE ACRYLIC PAINTINGS & SALT FIRED PORCELAIN Dennis Siporski Devils Swamp Studios Covington, LA HANDCAST PAPER RELIEFS & EARTHENWARE SCULPTURE Ruth Siporski Siporski Designs Covington, LA KNIVES, SHEATHS & DISPLAY STANDS Jake Asuit Jake 2 Jake Custom Knives Cleveland, GA


Chattanooga, TN

HANDPAINTED SHIBORI WEARABLES Kate Beck Kate Beck Textiles New Orleans, LA


Tent H LINEN JACKETS & QUILTED COATS Robert Stadnycki It’s OK To Have TOO Much Fun Harrisburg, PA DIGITAL ART Kate Harrold Kate Harrold Photography Nashville, TN JEWELRY CREATED FROM FOUND AUTOMOTIVE STEEL Pyper Hugos Jarrod Eastman You Got Mojo Bozeman, MT

Tent G CONCRETE & GLASS SCULPTURE Michael Eddy Covington, LA WOODCUT PRINTS Pippin Frisbie-Calder New Orleans, LA SCULPTED WOODEN ART BOXES Greg Little Prairieville, LA MIXED MEDIA PORCELAIN SCULPTURE Cathy Rose New Orleans, LA SLOW EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY Alan Zakem New Orleans, LA ENAMEL STeRLING & COPPER JEWELRY William & Lisa Bailey Bailey’s Dripping Springs, TX FELTED GARMENTS & ACCESSORIES Barbara Poole B. Felt Lowell, MA CARVED SHELL & POD JEWELRY Ayala Naphtali New York, NY ALBUM COVER TOTE BAGS Raymond Ruggeri Milton Harrison Rediscover Handbags Chicago, IL CAST & FABRICATED BRONZE SCULPTURE Thomas Wargin Wargin Sculpture Menomonee Falls, WI

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FABRICATED & TEXTURED JEWELRY Margo Manning New Orleans, LA SCULPTED CERAMIC BOWLS & SCULPTURES Jaye Parrish J3 Design New Orleans, LA LOUISIANA NATURE PAINTINGS Michael Guidry Michael Guidry Studio New Orleans, LA APPLIQUED METAL MIRRORS & WALL RACKS Hayley Nolte Scot Ray Philipsburg, MT LEATHER BAGS & BELTS Horace & Shawn Thomas Thomas Leathers Belton, TX FOUND OBJECT FURNISHINGS Ross Lunz Skimmer Studio New Orleans, LA HANDBLOWN GLASS Thomas Spake Thomas Spake Studios



Tent I CARVED, BLOWN & FLAT GLASS SCULPTURE Sandra Brewster Holiday, FL CUSTOM DESIGNED EYEWEAR & JEWELRY Enoch Ecclesiastes Work With E.Y.E.S. New Orleans, LA OIL PAINTINGS Joachim Knill Hannibal, MO CLOTHING Ute Monjau-Porath Imaginess Tukwila, WA JEWELRY WITH SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES Jennifer Chenevert Lyon Studio New Orleans, LA CERAMIC POTTERY Bob Briscoe Robert Briscoe Stoneware Minneapolis, MN HANDCARVED FUNCTIONAL ART LAMPS

contemporary crafts Phil Galatas Slidell, LA ONE-OF-A-KIND MIXED MEDIA WALL ART Epaul Julien New Orleans, LA ORIGINAL DRESSES & GOWNS Maureen Roberts Michael Lublin MoMo SoHo, LLC New York, NY MILLINERY Ignatius Creegan Rod Givens Ignatius Hats Petersburg, VA

Tent J ALUMINUM & RESIN JEWELRY & METAL SCULPTURE Kristin DeSantis Marc Kriewaldt Allenspark, CO HANDPAINTED CIRCUS STYLE BANNERS Molly McGuire Magwire Art, LLC New Orleans, LA ONE-OF-A-KIND FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES Ford Thomas Baton Rouge, LA CONCEPTUAL JEWELRY Connie Verrusio Verrusio Studio Highland, NY ORIGINAL PAINTINGS DEPICTING NEW ORLEANS CULTURE Karen Ocker New Orleans, LA Glass tableware & lighting Marianne Shepardson Black Mountain, NC HANDCUT & PAINTED TWO DIMENSIONAL SCULPTURES Chris Beck Dalton, GA HANDBLOCKED SEWN HATS Tracy Thomson Kabuki Design Studio New Orleans, LA

Tent K ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS ON WOOD SURFACES Beth Bojarski Mark and Beth, LLC Milwaukee, WI RECYCLED STEEL SCULPTURES Mark Winter Mark and Beth, LLC Milwaukee, WI BATIK Gina Castle Batik on Silk Slidell, LA

SCULPTURAL JEWELRY Jennifer Bauser New Orleans, LA HAND DYED SILK CLOTHING Herion Park Herion Herion Osprey, FL ORIGINAL DESIGN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Bob McNally Rockaway, NJ HANDBLOWN & SCULPTED FREE FORMED HOT GLASS, MOUNTED ONTO WOOD Warner Whitfield Beatriz Kelemen Whitfield Designs, Inc. Ocala, FL ONE-OF-A-KIND SILKSCREENS Teri Causey Ft. Myers, FL INDUSTRIAL & ROMANTIC JEWELRY Thomas Mann Thomas Mann Design New Orleans, LA

WEEKEND 2 Tent D ONE-OF-A-KIND MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE Josh Cote Cote Fine Art Bakersville, NC MACRAME JEWELRY Coco Paniora Salinas Rumi Sumaq Vineyard Haven, MA MOSAIC SCULPTURE Christine Ledoux Mosaic Bayou New Orleans, LA WHEEL THROWN PORCELAIN Rachael & William DePauw Rachael DePauw Pottery New Orleans, LA

Tent F REPOUSSEE & CAST JEWELRY Ricky Boscarino Luna Parc Sandyston, NJ LIMITED EDITION ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS Andy Levin New Orleans, LA PURSES MADE OF RECYCLED COWBOY BOOTS Stephany Lyman SideKick New Orleans, LA SCULPTED FIGURES IN PAINTED WOODEN BOXES Nicario Jimenez Artist of the Andes Naples, FL


NARRATIVE JEWELRY OF SILVER & GOLD Susan Frerich Susan Elnora Richmond, VA

CARTOGRAPHIC CLOTHING DESIGNS Ellen Macomber Elm Designs, LLC New Orleans, LA



EARTHENWARE Nancy Gardner Burton Isenstein Nancy Gardner Ceramics Oak Park, IL

WOOD BOXES Ray Jones Ray Jones Woodcrafts Asheville, NC INK TRANSFERRED DIGITAL ART Amanda Bennett Keri Satterfield New Orleans, LA DYED SILK CLOTHING Betsy Giberson Warner, NH

Tent G SCULPTED FURNITURE Kevin DesPlanques Sublime Rockers Mancos, CO

LATHE TURNED VESSELS Steven Potts Branching Out Chattahoochee Hills, GA LEATHER HATS Gary & Lee Watrous Head ‘N Home Hats Freedom, CA SCULPTURAL JEWELRY Melissa Finelli Melle Finelli Jewelry Boston, MA GOLD, SILVER OR COPPER LEAFED PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Bryant Atlanta, GA

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contemporary crafts LATHE TURNED & CARVED FABRICATED JEWELRY Lisa Cimino CHEE-ME-NO Baltimore, MD

LEATHER ART BAGS Khali Keyi Khali Kwodwo KeyiKo Afrikan Arts Hyattsville, MD

SCULPTED & BLOWN GLASS Andrew Pollack Andrew Jackson Pollack Designs New Orleans, LA

HANDBUILT CERAMICS Jenny Mendes Mark Roegner Heath Road Studio Chesterland, OH

WOOD BOXES Peg Martinez Square Peg Artistic Woodworks New Orleans, LA STRUCTURAL HANDBAGS Libby Mitchell Add Libb Charleston, SC

Tent H CANE & MURRINI GLASS OBJECTS Kaeko Maehata Augusta Glass Studio Augusta, MO HANDBLOWN GLASs Sam Stang Augusta Glass Studio Augusta, MO MIXED MEDIA FUNCTIONAL LAMP DESIGNS Feltus Wirtz Madisonville, LA

ETCHED METAL ART JEWELRY Brandi Couvillion New Orleans, LA BLOWN & CAST GLASS Paul Willsea Carol O’Brien Willsea & O’Brien Glass, Inc. Naples, NY STERLING SILVER JEWELRY Theresa Carson Theresa Carson Jewelry Baltimore, MD PAINTED PAPERS SEWN INTO ASSEMBLAGE Michael Madzo Nashville, TN

Tent I ANODIZED ALUMINUM JEWELRY Gogo Borgerding Gogo Borgerding Jewelry New Orleans, LA MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE & WALL ART John Whipple Winter Park, FL FORGED & FABRICATED STEEL FURNISHINGS Rachel David Red Metal New Orleans, LA HANDRAWN & EMBROIDERED ARTWORK Lizzy Carlson New Orleans, LA IRON FURNISHINGS John Perilloux John Perilloux Metal Art Robert, LA HAND FORGED IRON JEWELRY Nancy Perilloux Nancy Fe Designs Robert, LA


WHEEL THROWN PORCELAIN Craig & Ana McMillin Studio McMillin Folsom, LA

OPTICAL DEVICES Mark & Carol Reynolds Kaleidovisions Austin, TX

LINEN & COTTON TEXTILES Caroline Muneoka Designs by Masue New Orleans, LA

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LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPHY Jose & Cecelia Fernandes GoZePa New Orleans, LA GOLD & SILVER JEWELRY WITH SEMI PRECIOUS STONES Jayne DeMarcay Demarcay Design Abita Springs, LA HANDCRAFTED KNITWEAR & CLOTHING Susan Otterson Susan Otterson Knitwear Janesville, WI

Tent J WEARABLE MINIATURE COLLAGED JEWELRY FRAMED IN SYNTHETIC IVORY Victoria Varga Daniel Brouder Victoria Varga Jewelry Cumberland Foreside, ME HANDPULLED BLOCK PRINTS Kreg Yingst Pensacola, FL MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURES & MOSAIC JEWELRY Betsy Youngquist Betsy Youngquist Rockford, IL HANDPAINTED SILK Kathy Schorr Kathy Schorr Designs New Orleans, LA

contemporary crafts MODERN METAL & CLOISONNE JEWELRY Vitrice McMurry New Orleans, LA DESIGNED & DRAFTED GARMENTS & BAGS Lori O’Neill L. O'Neill Design Santa Rosa, CA

WALL MOUNTED & FREE STANDING SCULPTURE Dakota Pratt Dakota Pratt Design Dallas, TX LAYERED METAL JEWELRY Maria Fomich New Orleans, LA

OIL PAINTINGS Sarah Nelson New Orleans, LA

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Patrick Potter Metairie, LA

BLOWN GLASS Mark Rosenbaum Rosetree Glass Studio New Orleans, LA


Tent K STAINLESS STEEL CHAIN WEARABLES & ACCESSORIES Elaine Unzicker Unzicker Design Ojai, CA PAINTING & PRINTMAKING Alla Tsank Alla Tsank Art Studio Encinitas, CA

GOLD JEWELRY Ashleigh Branstetter Ashleigh Branstetter,LLC New Orleans, LA flameworked glass floral sculpture Ronnie Hughes Hughes Glass Studio Laurel Springs, NC

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louisiana marketplace Louisiana Marketplace features exceptional HANDMADE crafts uniquely representing New Orleans and Louisiana’s architecture, music and culture. Through a variety of artistic media, offered by the state’s finest traditional and contemporary artists, find outstanding Creole and Acadian furniture, stunning photography of our famous musicians and cultural icons, symbolic fleur-delis jewelry and much more. You will be unable to resist possessing a distinctive tangible piece of Louisiana’s unique culture. This diverse gathering of emerging and established artisans from across the state is right at home next to the incredible music at the Fais Do-Do stage, and ongoing traditional folk demonstrations in the Louisiana Folklife Village.


OIL ON CANVAS Linda Lesperance Linda Lesperance Fine Art New Orleans, LA

CULTURAL WEARABLES & WALL ART Annie Odell Fit To Be Tied River Ridge, LA


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FABRICATED METAL SCULPTURE Pat Juneau Juneau Metalworks Scott, LA


HANDBUILT ACOUSTIC GUITARS Steve Walden Steve Walden Guitars New Orleans, LA

Tent E TRADITIONAL ACADIAN & CREOLE FURNISHINGS Greg Arceneaux Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmakers, Inc Covington, LA INK & WATERCOLOR ON COTTON PAPER Nurhan Gokturk Nurhan Gokturk Studio, LLC New Orleans, LA LEATHER GOODS Jean Makin Jean Lorent Leatherworks, LLC New Orleans, LA STONEWARE POTTERY EMBELLISHED WITH IMAGES OF LOCAL CUISINE Emily & David Wortman Wortman Pottery Bush, LA SCULPTURAL JEWELRY Abigail Poplin New Orleans, LA

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ONE-OF-A-KIND FRAMES & FURNISHINGS David Bergeron Bergeron Woodworks Thibodaux, LA

Tent E TWO DIMENSIONAL MIXED MEDIA Dr Bob Shaffer Dr. Bob Art New Orleans, LA LOUISIANA ALLIGATOR BELTS & LEATHER GOODS Robert Friedrich Crescent Belt Slidell, LA

CULTURALLY REFLECTIVE HANDBUILT CLAY ART Joy Gauss Blue House Studio New Orleans, LA PERFORMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY Scott Saltzman New Orleans, LA BLOWN GLASS & MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE Teri Walker Chad Ridgeway RidgeWalker Glass New Orleans, LA

louisiana folklife village Like its signature dish, gumbo, Louisiana is a spicy stew comprised of many distinctive elements: European, African, Cajun, Creole, Latin, Cuban, Isleño, Native American, and practically everything in between. To experience this unique culture firsthand, step into the Louisiana Folklife Village and discover many of the state’s generations-old traditions - and some emerging ones, too! Here you can see artists create elaborate sculptures for Mardi Gras floats, blacksmiths forge decorative ironwork for French Quarter balconies, musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, and Mardi Gras Indians bead their suits. Learn how to knit a shrimp net, paint a Day of the Dead sugar skull, and master the art of hair braiding. These are only a few of the dozens of traditions featured in the Louisiana Folklife Village that bear witness to our state’s unique cultural history. During the first weekend, we feature a new Recreation Tent. Special demonstrations of the games of Craps, Bourre, and Cuban style dominoes will be featured and taught to Festival-goers. On the second weekend, visit the Ritual and Celebration in Louisiana Tent where we spotlight Mardi Gras culture and costuming. Also a highlight, Mariachi Jalisco joins us on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) to play a mariachi set from 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm.

 Weekend 1 Tent B CULTURAL TRADITIONS: FOLKLIFE IN LOUISIANA COMMUNITIES CULTURAL HAIRSTYLES Zina Harris Gretna, Jefferson Parish AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILTING Cecelia Pedescleaux Marrero, Jefferson Parish DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTAR Cynthia Ramirez New Orleans, Orleans Parish HENNA Mehwish Tanveer New Orleans, Orleans Parish


SOCIAL AID AND PLEASURE CLUB CRAFTS Ronald Lewis New Orleans, Orleans Parish CAJUN MARDI GRAS MASKS & COSTUMES Georgie Manuel Eunice, St. Landry Parish MUSES GLITTER SHOES Krewe of Muses New Orleans, Orleans Parish

Tent G ARCHITECTURAL TRADES - MASTER BUILDING ARTS IN LOUISIANA RESTORATION CARPENTRY Dwayne Broussard Patterson, St. Mary Parish LATHE WOODTURNING Marvin Hirsch & John Hartsock New Orleans, Orleans Parish

PLASTER WORK Jeff Poreé New Orleans, Orleans Parish

CAJUN ACCORDIONS Clarence “Junior” Martin Scott, Lafayette Parish

SLATE & COPPER ROOFING Lionel Smith, Jr. Kenner, Jefferson Parish

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Blacksmith Demo Annex


ARCHITECTURAL IRON WORK Darryl Reeves New Orleans, Orleans Parish

MARDI GRAS FLOAT MAKING Tana Barth New Orleans, Orleans Parish


MARDI GRAS INDIAN CRAFTS & TRADITIONS Big Chief Tyrone Casby New Orleans, Orleans Parish

Tent B THE WORK OF MANY LIVESWATERWAYS IN LOUISIANA TRADITIONAL BOAT BUILDING Tom Colvin Mandeville, St. Tammany CRAWFISH TRAPS & DEEPWATER NETS Kernis Huval Sunset, St. Landry Parish DUCK CARVING John Hacsunda Lafayette, Lafayette Parish NET MAKING & MINIATURE BOAT BUILDING The Robin Family St. Bernard, St. Bernard Parish

Tent C MADE BY HAND- CRAFTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE IN LOUISIANA STRINGED INSTRUMENT REPAIR Calvin Ardoin Opelousas, St. Landry Parish ORNAMENTAL WOODWORKING Charles Gillam New Orleans, Orleans Parish FILÉ GRINDING Lionel Key Jr. Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish

MARDI GRAS BALL GOWNS Royal Design House New Orleans, Orleans Parish SOCIAL AID AND PLEASURE CLUB CRAFTS Wynoka Boudreaux Ladies of Unity, LLC New Orleans, Orleans Parish

Tent G ARCHITECTURAL TRADES - MASTER BUILDING ARTS IN LOUISIANA MILLWORK Heinz Gautschi New Orleans, Orleans Parish DECORATIVE PAINTING & RESTORATION Diane Killeen New Orleans, Orleans Parish CYPRESS SHINGLES & WATER CISTERNS Ray & Danny Weimer Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish CEMETERY RESTORATION Heather Knight New Orleans, Orleans Parish

Blacksmith Demo Annex BLACKSMITHING Russ Forshag Amite, Tangipahoa Parish

CRAPS John Mierl New Orleans, Orleans Parish BOURRÉ Arnaud & Gidroz Families NUNU Arts & Culture Collective Arnaudville, St. Martin / St. Landry Parishes CUBAN DOMINOeS Jose R. Diaz Kenner, Jefferson Parish

Tent D LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULERRITUAL AND CELEBRATION IN LOUISIANA MARDI GRAS INDIAN CRAFTS & TRADITIONS Big Chief Victor Harris Spirit of Fi Yi Yi Mandingo Warriors New Orleans, Orleans Parish Presented by Shell | Jazz Fest 2017 57

Native american village WEEKEND 1 Tent A LOUISIANA NATIVE NATIONS PINE NEEDLE BASKETS Marjorie Battise Coushatta Kinder, LA WOOD CARVING Ivy Billiot United Houma Nation Houma, LA WOOD CARVING & MINATURE BOATS Douglas Fazzio United Houma Nation Houma, LA PINE NEEDLE BASKETS Becky Meziere Clifton Choctaw Clifton, LA

Louisiana is rich in Native American culture. A celebration of the influence of Louisiana tribes, the Native American Village within the Folklife Village focuses on the rich heritage of our state’s indigenous peoples. Relax under the shade canopy of a palmetto-thatched chickee while enjoying traditional drumming and singing by Southeastern dance and pow wow troupes. Taste traditional southeastern maque choux as you watch demonstrations of basket weaving and woodcarving by Louisiana’s tribal elders and their apprentices. The Native American Village offers Festival-goers an oasis of tranquil charm. The Native Nations Tent showcases Louisiana’s indigenous craftspeople, many of them Elders, from state and federally recognized Louisiana tribes including United Houma Nation, Jena Band of Choctaw, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and Louisiana Band of Choctaw. MUSIC There will be daily exhibition pow wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. Festival-goers will have a unique opportunity to learn about the origins of these diverse dances and marvel at the colorful regalia and intricate movements that characterize the southeastern pow wow. This year’s Drum groups include Black Lodge and Native Nations Intertribal.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM On Thursday, April 27th the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, will present an educational program for Native American youth at the Houma Municipal Auditorium in Houma, Louisiana. The workshop will feature award-winning music producer DJ Shub from Ontario Canada.


Native Nations Intertribal

Friday April 28 12:05 – 12:25

Thursday May 4 12:00 – 12:20

1:15 – 1:35 4:00 - 4:25

2:35 – 2:55 3:55 – 4:25

Saturday April 29 12:00 – 12:25

Friday May 5 12:55 – 1:20

1:15 – 1:40 4:05 – 4:35

2:30 – 2:50 5:35 – 6:00

Sunday April 30 12:00 – 12:20

Saturday May 6 12:05 – 12:25

1:15 – 1:35 3:50 – 4:20

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1:15 – 1:35 3:45 – 4:15 Sunday May 7 1:00 – 1:25 2:20 – 2:40 3:45 – 4:15

PINE NEEDLE BASKETS Myrna Wilson Coushatta Elton, LA

WEEKEND 2 Tent A LOUISIANA NATIVE NATIONS BASKET WEAVING Lora Ann Chaisson United Houma Nation Montegut, LA RIVER CANE BASKETS John & Scarlett Darden Chitimacha Charenton, LA GARFISH SCALE JEWELRY Janie Luster United Houma Nation Theriot, LA WOOD CARVING Roy Parfait United Houma Nation Dulac, LA

grandstand exhibits The air-conditioned grandstand gives Festival-goers a chance to take an intimate look

at the vibrant culture, cuisine and art of Louisiana. This year’s programs include specials exhibits spanning both weekends on the First Floor, West Wing and four intriguing stages: The Food Heritage Stage (First Floor East), The Cajun Cabin (on the apron outside Food Heritage), the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage (Second floor East), and the Lagniappe Stage (in the outdoor paddock).


counterpart, the ceramics nonetheless emerged as some of the finest expressions of American Arts and Crafts and today are found in museums the world over. The exhibit will examine both art forms’ embrace of standardization and improvisation, the influence of New Orleans’ distinct cultural and physical landscape, as well as the modest economic opportunities offered to their practitioners—two marginalized groups traditionally excluded from wage-earning enterprises. Images of pottery will be paired with period lyrics, underscoring the shared aesthetic foundation of these otherwise distinct creative expressions.

Director Sylvester Francis, a.k.a. Hawk Mini Camera, shares his life’s work, The Backstreet Cultural Museum, with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The exhibit includes famous Jazz Funeral photography and memorabilia, Social Aid and Pleasure Club crafts, second-line mementos, and recorded film footage of New Orleans’ funerals, second-lines, Baby Dolls, Skull and Bone gangs and Mardi Gras Indians. The Backstreet Cultural Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection related to New Orleans’ African American community-based masking and processional traditions.


MURMURS FROM CUBA In honor of our 2017 Cuba spotlight at Jazz Fest, we will feature a multicultural triptych mural collaboration to be displayed in the Grandstand.  The influence of Cuban culture is undeniable and deeply inserted in New Orleans life. Cuban artists, residing in New Orleans, will express their experience as their culture merges with the New Orleans art culture.  Pedro “Piki” Mendizabal, Ramiro Diaz and Elizabeth Rodriguez will lead the painting of one side of the mural with their unique Cuban perspective, while New Orleans artists Lionel Milton, Brandon “B Mike” Odums and Rotherin Ratliff  will lead the completion of the other side of the mural.  Mario Padilla, Rotherin Ratliff and Pedro “Piki” Mendizabal will come together to work on the center piece as they merge their perspectives on the beauty of preservation, survival, and freedom of expression.

PETE FOUNTAIN: A LIFE HALF-FAST PRESENTED BY THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM The quintessential New Orleanian, Pete Fountain embodied the values of his hometown. Surrounded by family and friends, he always exhibited an infectious joie de vivre. The virtuoso took his music seriously, but he never took himself too seriously. He became one of the most famous residents of New Orleans, but it never went to his head. As a young clarinetist, Fountain quickly rose to the top by playing with the Dukes of Dixieland and Al Hirt. By 1957 he gained fame as a regular on The Lawrence Welk Show. Known for his 1959 recording of “Just A Closer Walk with Thee,” his prodigious recordings include everything from traditional New Orleans jazz to instrumental pop hits. Fountain became

an even bigger celebrity after numerous appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. All the while, he maintained his attachment to his hometown, opening a club on Bourbon Street in 1960, which lasted until 2003 after a late 1970s move to the Hilton Riverside. Each Mardi Gras, Fountain and his Half-Fast Walking Club, would start at Commander’s Palace and wind its way to the French Quarter. Despite his renown, he remained a beloved and down-toearth figure to the end.

The Blues Center Pop-Up: Save the Blues Foundation (with help from a Jazz Fest Community Partnership Grant) presents The Blues Center Pop-Up. It is a first peak at an

“THE MOST NATURAL EXPRESSION OF LOCALITY”: JAZZ, NEWCOMB POTTERY, AND THE CREATIVE IMPULSE IN TURN-OF-THE CENTURY NEW ORLEANS The year 1895 marked the birth of two important American art forms in New Orleans: jazz and Newcomb pottery. Like jazz, Newcomb pottery developed from the city’s distinctive cultural milieu in the decades following the Civil War. But while the musical genre was taking root in New Orleans’ “Back O’ Town” neighborhoods, the ceramic wares were literally taking shape in the Garden District classrooms of the pioneering all-women’s Newcomb College. Lesser known than their musical

innovative future downtown New Orleans museum, treating fans to a curated smorgasbord of music familiar from yearly festivals. BC exhibits, radio and web productions will contextualize local and regional contributions to Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country and R&B helping fans gain a deeper understanding of the surrounding culture. The exhibit includes an interactive music map with video, audio, photos and text connecting fans with an array of deserving roots artists. Save the Blues Foundation is committed to growing the New Orleans cultural economy with jobs for musicians, writers, DJ’s, visual artists, etc. while lifting careers with promotion, performance venues and scholarship. The BC facilitates cross-cultural understanding including educating students and visitors while creating archives to preserve the sounds, sights and stories.

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educational programs




Corinne Bailey Rae Thursday, April 27 — 10:00 AM

Thursday, May 4 — 9:30 AM


School Day at the Fest!

Houma Municipal Auditorium Monday, May 1 — 10:00 AM

Gospel is Alive! The Clark Sisters Joanna Hale-McGill The Council on Aging Choir Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Monday, May 1 — 10:00 AM

Jazz Fest Swings The Groove Masters feat. Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, and Jason Marsalis DJ Ro Host: Shaddy Feel Good Mcdonogh 35 Senior High School Wednesday, May 3 — 10:00 AM

Rise Up, Renew, Rejoice! Erica Campbell DJ Ro Host: Shaddy Feel Good St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School

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Rude Jude DJ Chicken & DJ MuShatt Zohar & The Free Spirit Network The Tainerz The New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies feat. Music Ambassador, D.J. Hektik Cupid The Original Pinettes Brass Band feat. Untouchables Social Aid and Pleasure Club & Wild Red Flames Indians School Day Sketch by Artist Christina Pappion Fair Grounds Race Course Friday, May 5 — 1:00 PM

Reclaiming the Rhythm! Corinne Bailey Rae DJ Ro Host: Shaddy Feel Good Lusher Charter School

kids area The many ages of Jazz Fest


This area is truly a “mini-Jazz Fest,” featuring Louisiana’s distinctive cultural and environmental heritage through demonstrations, performances, guided art experiences, and collaborative activities— all in our six activity tents, spilling across the field, and in our large performance tent. For the first time, this year’s activities celebrate May Day, with a focus on Spring and conserving our natural world. This area is the domain of the young, and also of many professionals and retired folks who return to take part as volunteer guides each year. Cultural Crossroads workshops allow visitors to join professional papier-mâché artists Dana Buehler and Caroline Thomas as they build a full-sized Carnival float, a centuries-old example of recycled art for which New Orleans is renowned. Arts Demo Meret Ryhiner and the International School of Louisiana’s Circus Arts students will share their traditional skills at balancing, juggling, and other “zero footprint” skills. In Thursday’s Young Artists Workshop, Kenneth Scott, Jr., and his students teach kids about the techniques and works of Louisiana artists. Land and Waters hosts community groups for kids, like 4-H, and for all ages, such as Louisiana Master Naturalists, that include children in their everyday efforts to protect Louisiana’s ecosystem by using native plants to create habitats for local winged wildlife. Check out the living bee, bird, and butterfly garden! Heritage Tent activities focus attention on our natural world, from sailing with wind power to creating art with the power of the sun. Crafts will help the endangered Monarch butterfly population, feed backyard wildlife, and help Jazz Fest recycle. Faubourg Tent invites you to stretch, move, and salute the sun with Kidding Around Yoga on Week One! Dancing Drum (Week Two) shares rhythms and instruments from around the world, including those of our own region. Join us and jam in an exhilarating drum circle under his expert guidance. At the Back Porch Theatre, John Lehon hosts special guests who join him in storytelling, song, and dances from many cultures. Kids conduct interviews and form bands, hear and tell jokes, and learn some magic tricks while being entertained by others that defy explanation.

Primarily featuring the great wealth and diversity of local talent in performers of all ages, and varied local cultures, the Kids Performance Tent also presents select touring performers who collaborate in interpreting aspects of our heritage through music, dance, and theater. Note: In all areas of the festival, children may not be left unattended. Unaccompanied children are escorted to the Police Trailer for safekeeping until they are reunited with their adult companions.

ART WORK The Kids Tent Banner Project has been bringing color to the area and showcasing phenomenal young local artists for over 35 years. The Festival provides much appreciated art materials (canvas and paint) and requests banners on a loose theme each year and provides some passes for students to see their work hanging at the festival. The banners are returned to the schools immediately after each festival, and a brand new batch is created the next year! Public school students have created 2017 banners featured in the Kids Area under the direction of the following teachers:

Sarah Dearie, Audubon Charter

Derika House-Nisse, Lionel Collins



Miriam Denis-Harper, Belle Chasse

Dixie Moore, Homer Plessy

Middle School Academy

Community School, Renew Cultural Arts Academy & Accelerated High School

Dixie Faciane, Ben Franklin Elementary School

Elizabeth Gladding, Edna Karr High School

Linda Hall Villavasso, Bethune Elementary School, McDonogh #35 High School Mary Hannon, Warren-Easton High School

Laurie Holley, Thomas Jefferson

Amelie Prescott, Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School for Science and Technology, Craig Elementary School Katrina Struloeff, Walter L. Cohen College Prep High School

Elise Vandergriff, Audubon Charter School

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YOUNG AUDIENCES PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE Young Audiences of Louisiana is the leading provider of arts education and integration programs in the state of Louisiana. Through 50 years of experience Young Audiences has evolved to serve the everchanging needs of students, educators, and administrators in our state. 12:40 – 1:25

KIDSMART SHOWCASE In 12 New Orleans public schools, KID smART blends academic subjects with theatre, dance, visual art, and poetry to make classrooms more effective and joyful places to learn! 1:50 – 2:35

ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE Located in the heart of Musicians’ Village, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (the “Center”) broadens opportunities for underserved children, youth, and musicians. Since 2012, the Center provides afterschool and Saturday music lessons for children ages 7-18 in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans. Formed in 2015, students in the Ensemble practice once a week for 90 minutes. The group performs a varied repertoire that explores all genres of jazz, from traditional New Orleans music to the music of the Swing Era and the Blues. The Ensemble has performed as an opening act for the EMCM Presents monthly concert series, and select students have traveled to various regions of the United States performing at events representing the Center. 3:00 – 3:45

LEILA PHILLIPS Leila Phillips is a 15 year old jazz vocalist from Mandeville, LA who has performed many times at the Mandeville Sip and Stroll, the St. Tammany Holiday of Lights, N’Tinis Jazz and Broadway Night, and has an upcoming performance in the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U. S. Mint. She has been studying voice for three years with Gail Adams and is inspired by the repertoire of Ella

Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Amy Winehouse to name a few. Accompanying her will be a band coordinated by Damon Batiste of the acclaimed Batiste musical family. 4:10 – 4:55

SEQUOIA CROSSWHITE Sequoia Crosswhite is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a descendant of Chief War Eagle and Chief Swift Cloud. He is an accomplished musician, grass dancer and historian, and his handmade flutes and musical recordings uphold the traditions of his Lakota ancestors. Much of his music is a fusion of hip-hop, rock, and lyrics about Indian heritage and contemporary life. 5:15 – 6:00

THEATRE ON TAP Theatre on Tap is New Orleans’ Premier Rhythm Tap Dance Company whose mission is to celebrate, promote, preserve, and share America’s indigenous dance form in the birthplace of jazz. Emmy Award and Big Easy Award Winning founder and artistic director and principal choreographer, Heidi Malnar leads the company, now in its fourth year. The company offers first-hand opportunities through classes, workshops, master classes, company memberships, and live performances with the hopes of uniting diverse individuals through the power of shared rhythm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 11:30 – 12:15

ASHÉ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER KUUMBA INSTITUTE New Orleans’ Kuumba Institute is a program of Ashé Cultural Arts Center presenting a multi-disciplinary showcase of performance art celebrating life and cultural traditions of the community through poetry, drama, music, and dance. The mission is to inspire students to use culture and the arts to help develop their power of expression and encourage the building of relationships within the community and throughout the world. Through colorful rhythms and dance, learn about the deep African roots of our city!

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12:40 – 1:25

GREY SEAL PUPPETS Drew Allison is the founder of Grey Seal Puppets, based in Charlotte, NC, and is involved in all phases of production. For the past thirty years, Drew has performed regularly on television and stage including such venues as The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Tampa Theatre and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1994 Drew was awarded The President’s Award by The Puppeteers of America for outstanding achievement in the art of puppetry. He has received three prestigious UNIMA Citations of Excellence for Grey Seal Puppets’ productions of A Show of Virtues (2007), Bathtub Pirates (1997), and Animal Farm (1986). 1:50 – 2:35

MUGGIVAN SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE Under the direction of champion dancer and certified Irish dance teacher, Joni Muggivan, TCRG, enjoy the fancy footwork of these competitive dancers ages 5 through adult - and learn a few steps yourself! 3::00 – 3:45

JOHNETTE DOWNING AND SCOTT BILLINGTON It’s a boogie on the bayou when award winning singer and children’s book author Johnette Downing and Grammy® winner Scott Billington share their cultural celebration of Louisiana roots music with families. Children dance and sing along with Cajun, Creole, blues, Isleño, jazz and zydeco tunes in an interactive hip-shaking, toetapping, two-stepping good time. “A match made in roots music heaven,” says Herman Fusillier, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans 4:10 – 4:55

CRESCENT CITY LIGHTS YOUTH THEATER This long-standing community group, directed by Julie Condy, presents fully staged musicals with casts of children from across Greater New Orleans backed by a live jazz band. Fantastic singers and dynamic performers, this group entertains all ages!

5:15 – 6:00

YOUNG GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME The Young Guardians of the Flame group was established in 1989 by the late Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. Today this eclectic youth group range in age from 1 – 16 years old and continues to share the traditions of Mardi Gras Indian culture with audiences throughout the United States. The Young Guardians embrace the collective inherent warrior heritage of its membership with ceremonial attire (spectacular original art dress of plumage, narrative beaded images and rhinestone designs), ritual processions, spirited coded dances, sacred chants and ancient percussion rhythms. The Young Guardians are dedicated to authentic preservation of indigenous cultural traditions from the African Diaspora that emanate from New Orleans, Louisiana.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 11:30 – 12:15

OMOSEDE CHILDREN’S DANCE THEATRE Omosede Children’s Dance Theatre’s vision is to instill the love of the arts in children through performance. “Omosede” is a Nigerian word that translates to “A Child is worth more than a King”. The group, created by local choreographer, performer, and educator, Mama Baderinwa Rolland, has been in existence for over a decade and consists of boys and girls, ages 4 to 14, drumming and dancing. Omosede has performed at the Congo Square Festival with the adult group Chakra Dance theatre, at Haitian Flag Day, and Hope for Haitifund raiser for Haitian Orphans. The performance features storytelling through music, movement and song. Our current work is based on a Haitian Folktale “I’mTipingi”, an interactive performance that integrates theater, music, song, and dance. 12:25 – 12:35 & 2:50 – 3:00

VERSAILLES LION DANCE TEAM Tuan Mai directs a youth troupe from the New Orleans East Vietnamese community in amazingly athletic traditional dance presentation. Do not miss these amazing young athletes and their beautiful, huge Lions as they interact out among the audience!

12:45 – 1:30

JAVIER’S DANCE COMPANY presents across the border Javier Juarez is the Artistic Director of Javier’s Dance Company, based in Slidell. Javier has been teaching and performing statewide for the past 30 years. Javier’s Dance Company performs innovative new works and authentic Hispanic folk dances drawing on the themes, rhythms, techniques, music and color of various lands. The audience will thrill to the sight, sound and excitement of this cultural diverse program as they present Across the Border. 1:50 – 2:35

DI FILIPPO MARIONETTES Di Filippo Marionettes was created by Remo Di Filippo in 2012, joined in 2014 by Rhoda Lopez. Based in Italy, the company has toured in professional circuits in thirteen countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Greece and the USA; and hopes to continue to share the world with their marionettes, and share their marionettes with the world. Performing shows without words, characters tell their stories with their movements. From profound to playful, enchanting to poetic, suitable for the child inside all of us! 3:10 – 3:55

SQUARE DANCE NOLA WITH LOST IN THE HOLLER Come square dance to traditional live music with a square dance caller to lead children and families in simple and fun dances! Learn some dance steps to take home with you! 4:15 – 5:00

MILLISIA WHITE’S NEW ORLEANS BABY DOLL LADIES Established 2005, Millisia White’s New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies is a performance troupe and culture bearer carrying on the legacy of one of New Orleans’ most endearing African American, Mardi Gras traditions of dollmasquerading (circa 1912), featuring added dynamics of Music Ambassador D.J. Hektik. Notably as of Mardi Gras 2016, the City Of New Orleans honored the group with an official Mardi Gras Day Walking Parade. Dance has always been instrumental to the development of New Orleans’ culture of Jazz and much like the women of the jazz era before them, Millisia

White’s New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies convey and perpetuate a contagiously uplifting, smart and sassy message of empowerment and artistic excellence in each performance! 5:20 – 6:05

CURTIS PIERRE WITH SAMBA KIDS Founder and leader of Casa Samba, this virtuoso performer in Brazilian samba traditions presents dynamic program featuring instruments, rhythms, and dances of Brazil along with his students. Casa Samba’s vision is to train children and adults throughout the Gulf South into practitioners of Brazilian traditional music, dance and cultural arts. Curtis Pierre, has studied over the past 25 years to gain the knowledge and expertise on Brazilian music and dance, and has adopted the philosophy of the samba schools in Brazil, taking social responsibility for safeguarding children and providing them with creative and challenging opportunities and experiences other than what is found in the streets. Be amazed at Curtis’ skill as Malabarismo (pandiero juggler), as he is known as one of the three best in the United States!

THURSDAY, MAY 4 11:30 – 12:15

KAMAU AND SPIRIT OF THE DRUMS The late Abdoulaye “Papa” Camara introduced life-long New Orleans musician, Wesley Phillips to Senegalese culture in 1990. Wesley has studied with former members of the Senegal National Ballet and has played with several Mardi Gras Indians groups. The Spirit of The Drums made its debut in Dakar, Senegal in December 2013 with a drummer and dancer presenting rhythm, song, and dance. The full production with drummers, singers and dancers is educational and entertaining, and suitable for all age groups. The story of the African drum, the Tambourine, and the Bass drum in the street rituals and celebrations of New Orleans is told with original poetry and songs. 12:40 – 1:25

GRAYHAWK PRESENTS NATIVE AMERICAN LORE AND TALES Houma, LA native relates lore and traditional tales, as well as comical stories from his own Choctaw culture. Enjoy this warm

storyteller’s presentation from right here in Louisiana!


1:50 – 2:35

KAT WALKER JAZZ BAND - SCAT WITH Miss KAT Singer Kat Walker leads her live jazz combo in upbeat, familiar classics. Come prepared to get onstage and improvise, or “skat”, along with Kat!

11:30 – 12:15

OPERACRÉOLE Experience the connections between Jazz and Opera from New Orleans’ history in an exciting presentation featuring powerful singing, and audience participation, directed by Giovanna Joseph. Presenting Opera at Jazz Fest, this group showcases an important part of the city’s music heritage, offering a gorgeous and completely absorbing presentation for all ages in song and story!

12:40 – 1:25

ADELLA, ADELLA THE STORYTELLER WITH AMBER-ZU THE CONDUCTOR Don’t miss celebrated actress and storyteller, Adella Gautier in participatory tales for all ages led by Conductor, Amber-Zu! 1:50 – 2:35

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YOUNG AUDIENCES AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM ENSEMBLE Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) is the leading provider of arts education programs and services in Louisiana. With over 50 years of experience in the field YALA has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children and youth each year. Young Audiences African Drum and Dance Ensemble is a fusion of students grades 3 – 12 from many of the schools in YALA’s network including West Jefferson High School and Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton. Under the direction of YALA master teaching artist Tiffany Knighten-Buddington, these talented students bring high-energy music and dance for all audiences to enjoy.

DAVID AND ROSELYN World touring duo David & Roselyn present traditional blues, jazz, and folk on a variety of instruments. All ages love the way this duo, sometimes joined by their grown children, fill the tent with their powerful music and warm personalities! 3:00 – 3:45

CALLIOPE PUPPETS Karen Konnerth’s Calliope Puppets, based in New Orleans, bring back folklore and mysterious tales in their adventures performing and teaching around the world. Fun audience participation in every one! Come see Foolish Jack aggravate his poor mother yet again in “Foolish Jack Goes to Work”, from the Appalachian mountains.

4:10 – 4:55

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THE SWING SETTERS Fun, interactive band for children and families featuring Jayna Morgan on vocals, Alex Owen on trumpet, Greg Agid on clarinet and saxophone, David Phy on trombone, Ted Long on guitar, Joe Kennedy on piano, Alan Broome on bass, and Gerald French on drums. This super fun group gets everyone singing and dancing along to children’s classics!

DONALD LEWIS Acclaimed New Orleans actor and storyteller Donald Lewis performs a selection of interactive stories from the international oral tradition. He has performed at the Smithsonian Institute as well as the Manhattan Children’s Museum. He will appear with a special guest!

5:15 – 6:00

THE ISL CIRCUS ARTS KIDS Meret Ryhiner directs students from The International School of Louisiana in a highly imaginative circus skills performance. This fantastic troupe features amazing acrobatic skills, as kids flip through the air, balance on giant balls, and dance on stilts! You’ve seen their young stilt walkers in carnival parades!

5:15 – 6:00

DAVID BATISTE, SR. AND THE RENEW SCHOOLS TURNAROUND ARTS CHOIR David Batiste, Sr., a Louisiana Hall of Fame musician, and his family have been working with ReNEW schools since its inception, bringing groups of students to perform for Michelle Obama two times during the Obama Administration. The Turnaround Arts Choir has performed together in numerous locations across the city including the House of Blues, Generations Hall, the Trinity Concert Series, and City Council.

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SATURDAY, MAY 6 11:30 – 12:20

STEPHEN FOSTER’S FOSTER FAMILY MUSIC PROGRAM Dedicated musician and community supporter directs students from the community arts center in a presentation of music and dance. Always a stunning array of talent, Mr. Foster’s unfailing dedication to New Orleans children is apparent in the musicianship showcased here! 12:35 – 12:50 & 3:30 – 3:45

RISING DRAGON LION DANCE TEAM Spectacular, traditional Vietnamese lion dancers based in Marrero, LA, directed by Mr. Martin Nguyen. Be amazed at these incredible athletes, and the gigantic, dancing Lions! 1:15 – 2:00

CHANGÜÍ GUANTÁNAMO OF CUBA Since its creation in 1949, Changüi Guantánamo has been preserving the traditional musical style of Changüi music, which is considered one of the ancestors of Cuban “son”. In the rural communities of South Eastern Cuba, couples dance to the sounds of the Cuban tres (a guitar with three sets of double strings) backed by a series of percussions including bongos, maracas and the marímbula (a hollow wooden box with metal strips). 2:25 – 3:10

TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA Trout Fishing in America is one of the biggest sounding and most joyful duos anywhere. Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have been performing together for 40 years on a musical journey that has taken them to all 50 states, Europe, and Canada. They’ve received 4 Grammy nominations, 3 Indie Awards, and most importantly, a loving and loyal following. As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine, but together they blend seamlessly, each of them bringing out the best in the other. The power that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny. 4:05 – 4:50

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610 STOMPERS The beloved New Orleans based 610 Stompers are “Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves”. Founded in 2009, they are now a 100 member, all male dance group whose bold mission is to return the ordinary man to the glory of dance. Seen in carnival parades and other special events around town, the “Stompers” also participate in countless charitable causes raising and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars. But while spreading charity is a big part of what they are about, spreading their passion for dance is the true soul of the group and lasting mission. It’s what keeps them going and growing and dancing into the hearts (and feet) of their fans. They’re coming your way, so get ready to get down with the 610 Stompers!

SUNDAY, MAY 7 11:30 – 12:15

ANYA HOLLINGSWORTH WITH ARTS Anya is an accomplished violinist in 8th grade from Arlington, Texas, eldest child of Rev. and Sis. Antony Hollingsworth. She has studied violin for nine years and plays a variety of venues including the Young People’s Orchestra under The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, churches and Youth Revivals along with community awareness fundraisers. Anya plays gospel, pop, rock, classical, kid’s tunes, jazz etc. She believes music tells personal and historic stories that connect humanity and is currently honing her skills to work on original musical compositions using her acquired knowledge from music around the world. Anya Hollingsworth is collaborating with ARTS to provide a festive and fun family experience featuring a variety of musical genres. The group, ARTS, consists of three powerful young singers and songwriters from the Dallas Ft Worth area, Kir’ Ondria Woods, Jamilla Johnson, and Harper Jones, all accompanied by veteran pianist Carolyn Donnell and drummer Larry Donnell II. Get ready to celebrate with Anya Hollingsworth and Arts.

12:40 – 1:25

ROYAL BOYS CHOIR From New Orleans, The Royal Boys Choir consists of young men, ages 10-14, singing of hope and change. Directed by Reginald Varnado, Jr., the group aspires to spread the message of love and non-violence throughout the world. Enjoy the voices of and be inspired by these strong young men! 1:50 – 2:35

KAI KNIGHT’S DANCE ACADEMY Stunning community ensemble of youth and young adult performers explore history and community through dance. Kai grew up dancing in Kids Tent shows, and has been leading her own company for some time, inspiring not only her wide age range of dancers, but audiences as well in deeply expressive presentations of dance. Come to admire and be inspired! 3::00 – 3:45

HOBGOBLIN HILL PUPPETS A traveling troupe founded by Alice Wallace of Youngsville, Louisiana, in 1987, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets has a unique style of hand-carved and sculpted puppets in researched historic costumes. The group brings quality puppetry to festivals, libraries, and puppetry conferences. They have traveled as far as Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, New York, and to every corner of Louisiana. The style of puppetry of the troupe is a wide variety of humorous or satirical skits that will appeal to both children and adults. 4:10 – 4:55

CAPOEIRA NEW ORLEANS The aim of Capoeira New Orleans is to promote awareness of Brazilian culture through the AfroBrazilian arts, primarily Capoeira. A big focus is the kids program here in New Orleans as well as in Goioerê, Paraná, a small rural town in southern Brazil. Capoeira and its rich history not only create an atmosphere for physical fitness, respect and discipline in the youth but also for personal and social growth and creative expression. Our community invests funds from classes and fundraising into our local and international programs that create opportunities for participating kids. Try out these expressive movements yourself in the warm and welcoming dance circle!

5:15 – 6:00

CULU CHILDREN TRADITIONAL AFRICAN DANCE Founded in 1988 by Mariama Curry, Abdoulaye Camara, and Zohar Israel, “Culu” is a Mandinko word that means “Discipline”. Culu is dedicated to the presentation, preservation, and historical documentation of traditional African culture and folklore through dancing, drumming, singing, and theater. Performing for such greats as The Neville Brothers, Brandy, Ziggy Marley, Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and more, Culu has traveled the country performing, and studying with master drummers and dancers. Close out the Kid’s Tent for 2017 with these fantastic young dancers and drummers!

music makers —#— 101 Runners (Funk/Mardi gras indians) This high-energy collective of Mardi Gras Indians and funk musicians lend positive vibes to an all-around solid repertoire that incorporates the best of New Orleans’ local traditions. 79RS GANG (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) 79rs Gang are a Mardi Gras Indian group with a contagious, spirited sound. They perform songs and chants rooted in old traditions of the parading Indians and blend their repertroire with more contemporary beats, always to an enthusiastic crowd. Uniting the Big Chiefs of the Seventh Ward Creole Hunters and Ninth Ward Hunter tribes, 79ers is led by Jermaine Bossier and Romeo Rougere.

—A— A SALUTE TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG FEATURING HUGH MASEKELA AND DR. MICHAEL WHITE (JAZZ) South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer Hugh Masekela and collaborates with Dr. Michael White, a New Orleans-based clarinetist, bandleader, composer, musicologist, jazz historian and educator with a topnotch local band to pay tribute to Louis Armstrong. A TRIBUTE TO BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO FEATURING NATHAN WILLIAMS, C.J. CHENIER, COREY LEDET AND THE ILS SONT PARTIS BAND (ZYDECO) Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., was an accomplished accordionist and ambassador of zydeco music who performed under the moniker Buckwheat Zydeco. While he passed away in September 2016 at the age of 68, these proteges, collaborators and likeminded artists will pay a rousing, heartfelt tribute to one of the great zydeco masters. A TRIBUTE TO JO “COOL” DAVIS WITH CORDELL CHAMBLISS AND THE GOSPEL ALL-STAR BAND FEATURING BARBARA SHORTS, CHARLES MOORE, ROBERT PATE AND MORE (GOSPEL) Jo “Cool” Davis, the charismatic New Orleans gospel singer and mainstay of the gospel tent at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, passed away in August at the age of 63. As a tribute to his life and legacy of bringing joy and praise to thousands of people over the years, he will be honored by a variety of talented fellow gospel singers.

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A TRIBUTE TO PETE FOUNTAIN FEATURING TIM LAUGHLIN, EVAN CHRISTOPHER, WENDELL BRUNIOUS, BANU GIBSON, AND IZZY HARRELL (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Pete Fountain was a venerable clarinetist who passed away last year at the age of 86 after performing for decades. In this tribute, he will be honored by some of New Orleans’ most recognizable jazz artists: clarinetist Tim Laughlin, vocalist Banu Gibson and trumpeter Wendell Burnious. Fountain’s young granddaughter, Izzy Harrell, a budding musician herself, will also join in to pay tribute to the legend. AARON NEVILLE (R&B) The Neville family has a rich Jazzfest tradition and a special place in the heart of New Orleans. As one of the four Neville Brothers, a group that claimed fame in the 1970s and had been Jazzfest’s Sunday night closing act for over two decades, Aaron Neville launched his solo career in 1989 and has since released four platinum-selling albums. With soulful R&B vocals and unique songwriting, Aaron Neville has been bringing in the crowds to his Jazzfest sets every year since 2012. ADONIS Y OSAIN DEL MONTE OF CUBA (CUBAN) Named for one of the Orishas of Santeria, the band offers a modern

interpretation of traditional AfroCuban folklore, blending it with timba, Havana’s Conga parade rhythms, and beats from Cuba’s current popular music. Prepare to be mesmerized by unbelievably fast-paced percussion and amazing dancers who tell Cuban folklore through movement. ALABAMA SHAKES (BLUES/ROCK) Formed in 2009 in Athens, Alabama, Alabama Shakes now tour with their four grammy’s in tote and play in grand halls all over the world. Though they identify as a blues rock band, their stardom comes from their one-of-a-kind sound that dabbles in an eclectic mix of genres from blues funk all the way to 80’s indie punk. ALEX MCMURRAY (SINGER/SONGWRITER) A New Orleans fixture since the ‘80s, singer/songwriter and guitar slinger Alex McMurray is now widely recognized as the embodiment of the downtown New Orleans lifestyle: sketchy bars, cracked sidewalks, fallen-down houses, tattered hearts, broken spirits and discarded chicken bones. Often compared to Tom Waits, his most recent album is I Will Never Be Alone In This Land. ALEXEY MARTI (CUBAN/NEW ORLEANS) Drummer Alexey Marti incorporates elements of modern New Orleans percussion into his

flavorful Cuban conga and rumba music and the result is a danceworthy, entertaining and highenergy show. ALIA SHAWKAT AND JAMES WILLIAMS WITH THE NEW ORLEANS SWAMP DONKEYS TRADITIONAL JASS BAND (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) You may know her as Maeybe from Arrested Development or from her latest TBS comedy “Search Party,” but Alia Shawkat is also a soulful jazz singer and since 2015 has been performing with the hip 1910s speakeasy jazz group, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. With their Louis Armstrong-sounding frontman, James Williams, this world-class ensemble will be playing a versatile set of classics and originals that are sure to have the crowd in a timeless groove. ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART’S MUSCLE THEORY (BLUES/COUNTRY/ROCK) Grammy Award winning Alvin Youngblood Hart is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of country blues, known as a leader in 1960s and 1970s guitar rock, as well as Western Swing and vintage country. With his collaborators, he presents an explosive blend of roots rock music and blends multiple genres. AMANDA SHAW & THE CUTE GUYS (CAJUN) Amanda Shaw and her fiddle have been a Jazzfest favorite since she

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music makers was 10 years old. Now 24, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys are still rocking. With mastery over her instrument, Shaw is set out to mix her cajun dancehall roots with more mainstream folk-pop and she hits the nail on the head. The sweet sounds of the southern fiddle with a dash of mud stompin’ grit will have the crowd shouting Ça c’est bon! AMOS LEE (FOLK/POP) Hailing from Philadelphia, the serenading sounds of singersongwriter, Amos Lee, have reached the charts of Billboard and Rolling Stone; and for good reason. His complex acoustic guitar melodies combined with his classically beautiful folk tenor mixes and intertwines into sounds that just simply belong together. ANDERS OSBORNE (BLUES/ROCK) A New Orleans treasure, Anders Osborne combines a shamanic steel guitar wail, expertly arranged musical structure and a soulful, hair-tingling voice into a truly authentic blues-rock experience. As a showman, Anders Osborne is sure to jam, showing off his mastery over the guitar and his passion for having fun on the stage. ANDRE’ SIMMONS-FRANKLIN (GOSPEL) New Orleans gospel artist André Simmons-Franklin delivers his praise with a profound, sincere style, captivating his audiences from near and far with his devotion and talent. ANDREW DUHON (FOLK/AMERICANA) New Orleans-based singer/ songwriter/storyteller Andrew Duhon, a Grammy nominee, has toured solo for much of his career, but his latest group, The Andrew Duhon Trio, brings a new musicality to the tunes with upright bassist, Myles Weeks and drummer, Maxwell Zemanovic. ANDREW HALL‘S SOCIETY BRASS BAND (BRASS) More than 40 years ago, this group formed with the mission to keep the traditions alive. They showcase traditional brass at funerals, stage shows and conventions in Greater New Orleans and beyond. ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS GOSPEL CHOIR (GOSPEL) This supergroup of more than 100 members combines talented singers from area Catholic churches and are known for high-energy gospel performances.

ARTHUR AND FRIENDS COMMUNITY CHOIR (GOSPEL) This group was founded in 2008 by Arthur J. Gremillion. The spiritual ensemble seeks to remove burdens and elevate their audiences. ASHESON (LATIN JAZZ/ CUBAN) Drawing heavy influences from Cuba, AsheSon performs a variety of Latin Jazz; the group fills their repertoire with trumpets, flutes, congas, Cuban tres and classical guitar. ASTRAL PROJECT (JAZZ/FUNK) This quartet plays on the deep grooves of New Orleans jazz with a quality of improvisation few have reached. The sexy style of the seven-string guitarist, Steve Masakowski really pushes the emotionally gripping saxophone lines of Tony Dagradi to a riveting energy teetering on some cosmic precipice; all magically held together by the telepathic bass and drum duo, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich. AUDREY FERGUSON & VOICES OF DISTINCTION (GOSPEL) After Hurricane Katrina, Audrey Ferguson and the Voices of Distinction relocated to Baton Rouge, but they still return to New Orleans to perform and have played at Jazz Fest every year since 2001.

—B— BAMBOULA 2000 (JAZZ/INTERNATIONAL) Bamboula 2000 combines numerous New Orleans musical traditions, blending New Orleans music, international influences and percussion. It’s led by percussionist Luther Gray, and joined by Cuban guest, David D’Omni. BATISTE FATHERS & SONS (JAZZ) The legendary Batistes of New Orleans have had music in their blood for many generations, and this newly formed group keeps it in the family. Each member brings in a unique talent that has been cultivated in their hometown, and it is clear that the bond of a family that plays music together is unbreakable. David is on the keyboard, Jamal, Ryan and Russell are on drums and percussion, with Damon on vocals. BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET (CAJUN/ZYDECO) For more than 40 years, Beausoleil has been showcasing their Cajun roots to audiences, blending in elements of zydeco, New Orleans

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jazz, Tex-Mex and blues to a create a unique sound. BELOIT MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ORCHESTRA (JAZZ) The Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra, hailing all the way from Wisconsin, has played at numerous festivals and competitions across the country as well as being invited to perform at a celebrity wedding in Napa Valley, California last fall. This year this group of high schoolers brings its talent to the Fair Grounds to showcase some of their best work. BETTY WINN & ONE A-CHORD (GOSPEL) Founded in 1995, Betty Winn & One A-Chord has grown tremendously in its 20-plus years of existence. The group generally features six to 10 vocalists, though the numbers can swell up to as many as 40. They perform classic gospel tunes. BIG CHIEF BIRD AND THE YOUNG HUNTERS MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) Big Chief Bird and the Young Hunters tribe have been masking and parading around New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhoods since the mid’90s. The Young Hunters are fueled by a desire deeply rooted in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian tradition. Big Chief Bird’s vibe is rhythmic and samples different cultures. BIG CHIEF DONALD HARRISON (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. is known for his “Nouveau Swing” style of jazz, which merges swing with modern dance music. He is also the son of legendary Mardi Gras Indian and founder of the Guardians of the Flame tribe, who carries on his father’s masking tradition as the big chief of Congo Square Nation. BIG CHIEF JUAN & JOCKIMO’S GROOVE (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) Big Chief Juan Pardo leads this group of New Orleanians who incorporate the storied traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians with a heaping dose of rhythm, percussion and funk while sporting elaborate, handmade suits. BIG CHIEF KEVIN GOODMAN & THE FLAMING ARROWS MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) The Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian Tribe began in 1962 in the 7th Ward and has raised four generations of Flaming Arrows to this date. Still masking to this day,

the group is led by Big Chief Kevin Goodman, a torchbearer of culture who demonstrates the storied history and colorful traditions. BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX & THE GOLDEN EAGLES MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) Monk Boudreaux leads the Golden Eagles and is widely known throughout the Crescent City for his longtime collaboration with Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias. Since the very first Jazz Fest in 1970, Boudreaux has made numerous appearances and continues to be a torchbearer for the traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians. BIG FREEDIA (BOUNCE) If you’re a New Orleanian, than “you already know!” Big Freedia the Queen Diva is the Queen of Bounce and a New Orleans icon. Bounce music is a subgenre of hip-hop known for its call and response repetition, quick pace and the booty shaking dances that ensue on stage, in videos and on the street. Big Freedia goes all out with truly insane choreography, unbelievable energy and non-stop crowd involvement. BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION (FUNK/ROCK) Named Where Y’at Magazine’s Best New Orleans band in 2016, awarded the Best Rock Album by Big Easy Awards in 2014 and adorned with three Golden Mic Awards from his mind melding trombone solos on Jam Cruise, Big Sam and his Funky Nation tour all over the world selling out concert halls and moving crowds at countless festivals with their special brand of New Orleans funk-rock. BILL SUMMERS’ JAZALSA (LATIN JAZZ) Bill Summers is a talented instrumentalist who plays anything from traditional African instruments to pop bottles. With his latest project, he proves to be a cultural visionary who brings diverse influences to his riveting performances. BLODIE’S JAZZ JAM (JAZZ) This group of musicians incorporates the audience into their performance with singing, scatting and percussion. Led by Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder, Gregory “Blodie” Davis, they are a collaboration of jazz elders and the younger generation who share the love of jazz.

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music makers BLUES TRAVELER (ROCK) Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Blues Traveler is known for their live performances. This rock band has covered a wide scope of genres since their start in 1987, but what keeps their music unique is front man, John Popper’s spellbinding harmonica melodies and improvised solos. BO DOLLIS, JR. & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) Bo Dollis Jr., son of the legendary Mardi Gras Indian leader, continues on his father’s tradition as Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias. One of New Orleans’ most revered Mardi Gras Indian tribes, the Wild Magnolias preserve the tradition in bright, colorful costumes, chants and dancing. BOBBY LOUNGE (BLUES/R&B) Hailing from McComb, Mississippi, Bobby Lounge is a singersongwriter who is part-roadhouse piano player, part-shtick, and has garnered a cult-like following for his eccentric and engaging stage persona. BONERAMA (ROCK) Trombones growling vintage funk and classic rock tunes in a style uncanny, foot stomping grooves and instrumental improvisation with a flare unrivaled, Bonerama is one of a kind. Rolling Stones praised Bonerama in 2005 as “the ultimate in brass balls” and it shows in concert. When Bonerama covers classics like Led Zeppelin’s “Ocean” or the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” with trombones, it is absolutely mystifying, stimulating and transportative all at once. BONEY JAMES (SMOOTH JAZZ) Saxophonist, songwriter and producer Boney James is a fourtime Grammy Award nominee who has sold more than three million albums in his career. Hailing from New York, he offers smooth jazz that is infused with energy and is known for crowd-interaction. BOYFRIEND (HIP-HOP) Boyfriend is New Orleans’ very own nerdy, sex positive, burlesque hiphop artist. Boyfriend, performing in giant hair curlers, librarian specs and her undergarments is a boss. At times she spits her empowering rhymes a mile-a-minute and at others she is dancing to her bassheavy beats in a style she likes to call “rap cabaret.” Keep an eye-out for The Camel Toe Steppers at her Jazz Fest performance.

BROTHER TYRONE & THE MINDBENDERS (R&B) Longtime performers at Jazz Fest, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders always provide stirring, soulful R&B spectacles. BRUCE DAIGREPONT CAJUN BAND (CAJUN) A musician since the age of 5, Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun roots run deep. The multi-instrumentalist helped popularize the genre of music and dancing in cosmopolitan New Orleans with his weekly fais do do (Cajun dance party) sessions at storied music club Tipitina’s in Uptown New Orleans. BUDDY GUY (BLUES) The highly revered Louisiana native, Buddy Guy is a blues guitarist who has heavily influenced the music made in the last fifty years. His aggressive electric guitar playing, distorted riffs and long improvised solos gave birth to rock and roll as we know it today. Guy has won seven Grammy Awards. He received the National Medal of Arts, was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was given the title “Greatest Living Electric Blues Guitarist.”


C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND (ZYDECO) CJ Chenier is the son of Clifton Chenier, the “King of Zydeco.” Keeping his father’s legacy alive, he has teamed up with internationally known acts including Paul Simon. He now regularly plays with the Red Hot Louisiana Band to create his beloved mix of zydeco, R&B and funk. CAESAR BROTHERS FUNKBOX (FUNK) This lifelong musical team of two brothers, drummer Rickey and keyboardist Norman Caesar, were born and raised in New Orleans. Their high-energy repertoire incorporates funk and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms. CARSIE BLANTON (JAZZ/ROCK/FOLK) After growing up in Virginia, Carson Amanda “Carsie” Blanton is now a New Orleans-based singer/ songwriter who shines on guitar and piano. Blanton has released five studio albums and performed as the opening act for several Paul Simon shows. Her style incorporates jazz, rock and folk music.

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CC ADCOCK + THE LAFAYETTE MARQUIS (SWAMP POP/ ZYDECO/ CAJUN) Singer, songwriter, guitarist and blues rock musician CC Adcock writes, records and tours with his band The Lafayette Marquis and is renowned for his Cajun, Zydeco, electric blues and swamp-pop influenced sound. He’s also a Grammy-nominated music and film producer as well as a film and TV composer. CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT (BLUES) Cedric Burnside, who leads this group, is the grandson of legendary bluesman RL Burnside. Hailing from Northern Mississippi, Burnside and his collaborator Trenton Ayers come together to create a sound that is a blend of traditional blues and new-school funk. CEDRIC WATSON ET BIJOU CREOLE (ZYDECO) Two-time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson is a vocalist, fiddle player and accordionist who explores the roots of Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole music with his band, Bijou Creole. CHA WA (MARDI GRAS INDIANS/FUNK) Cha Wa hails from New Orleans and carries on the storied traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians, while infusing their music with contemporary street funk... Look for singing, chanting, rhythms to get you on your feet, and deep grooves. CHANGÜÍ GUANTÁNAMO OF CUBA (CUBAN) Changüí Guantánamo performs a rural music style that pre-dates Cuban Son and originated in the Guantanamo region of Cuba. Instrumentation inclujdes featuring a tres (a guitar with three sets of double strings), backed by a marimba, bongos, a guayo and maracas. CHARLIE GABRIEL & FRIENDS (JAZZ) Fourth-generation jazz musician Charlie Gabriel plays the clarinet, saxophone and trombone for New Orleans’ iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Leading his own set, he will be joined by fellow esteemed jazz musicians. CHARMAINE NEVILLE BAND (JAZZ/ FUNK) A member of the iconic Neville family, Charmaine Neville -- the daughter of Charles — holds her own as a a bandleader, performing a blend of R&B, blues and funk. CHILLUNS (ROCK/COUNTRY) Chilluns exemplify the phrase, “it runs in the family.” Specifically, the

band consists of two generations of musicians, including Guitarist Spencer Bohren and his drummer son, Andre Bohren; Radiators guitarist Dave Malone and his bassist son Johnny and voaclist daughter Darcy Malone; and Twangorama guitarist Cranston Clements and his daughter Annie Clements, who plays bass in Sugarland and is currently touring with Maren Morris; and veteran keyboardist Marc Adams. Playing a combination of classic tributes and original material, the bands gathering is a special occasion to catch at this year’s Fest. CHOCOLATE MILK (FUNK) New Orleans-based Chocolate Milk rose to prominence in the ‘70s and ‘80s and have an impressive resume to boot, as they have performed live and as the studio band for the late, legendary Allen Toussaint; plus they have recorded with Paul McCartney. Expect a groovy performance to bring you back to the heyday of New Orleans funk. CHRIS CLIFTON & HIS ALLSTARS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Trumpeter Chris Clifton puts on an unbeatable show as bandleader of the Allstars, and his repertoire is impressive, as he is a music legend who once played alongside Louis Armstrong. CHRIS OWENS (CABARET) Elaborate Bourbon street queen Chris Owens dazzles her audiences not just with her flamboyant rhinestone ensembles, but with her loud, excitable stage presence. She has been dancing and singing in the heart of the French Quarter for decades, and offers a few surprises and a varied repertoire. CHUBBY CARRIER AND THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND (ZYDECO) The affable Chubby Carrier fronts this longtime Zydeco band, guaranteeing audiences a “swamp funky good time.” In between songs he interacts with the crowd, encouraging everyone to get on their feet and dance along with their tunes. CHUCHO VALDÉS QUINTET (CUBA) Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdes has been a crucial figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. He has won six Grammy Awards in the U.S., and three Latin Grammy Awards. The legendary Cuban jazz leader

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music makers get-up-and-move attitude that jives with any dance floor enthusiast. With their stylistic simplicity and harkening to a time of ease and ecstasy, this New Orleans’ classic is a roots-rockin’ band full of boudin boogie-woogie.

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CYNTHIA SAYER & HER JOYRIDE QUARTET (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) The award-winning banjo player and vocalist, Cynthia Sayer leads her talented ensemble into some hot jazz. With Dennis Lichtman on clarinet and violin, Mike Weatherly on stand-up bass and vocals and Larry Eagle on drums, Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet are top-class jazz performers and sure to be a festival favorite.

will have the Jazz Tent on its feet dancing. CLIVE WILSON’S NEW ORLEANS SERENADERS WITH BUTCH THOMPSON (JAZZ) Known for their hypnotic performances that display generations of traditional jazz influence, these musicians have been friends for four decades, sharing charisma and talent on stage together. COMANCHE HUNTERS MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) The Comanche Hunters of New Orleans, named for a Native American nation from the Great Plains, hail from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and feature dozens of members who parade and chant in intricate, hand-made beaded suits and feathers. CONGA LOS HOYOS OF CUBA (CUBAN) Hailing from the Los Hoyos district of Santiago de Cuba, Conga Los Hoyos is an Afro-Cuban institution which dates back to 1902. They unofficially kick off the Carnival season in their home by parading through the streets and “invading” five rival conga neighborhoods. Led by Chinese cornet, the conga is an energetic blend of drums and metal percussion playing rhythms that make you dance in the street. CONNIE AND DWIGHT FITCH WITH THE ST. RAYMOND & ST. LEO THE GREAT CHOIR (GOSPEL) New Orleans natives Connie and Dwight Fitch are the music ministers at St. Raymond and St.

Leo the Great Church. They take the stage by storm, accompanied by their own children and a talented choir that projects soulful praise to the high heavens. COOLNASTY FT. ASSATA JONES AND RAY WIMLEY & 3D NATEE (HIP HOP, R&B, JAZZ FUSION) Straight out of New Orleans’ music scene, CoolNasty ft. Assata Jones and Ray Wimley & 3D Natee fuse smooth jazz with poetry in the form of Hip-Hop and R&B beats. Each member offers their own distinct talent and sound, colliding together for an abstract easy listen. Myla Bocage is on the keys, Ben Kahn is on the guitar and vocoder, Wayne ‘Doc’ Matthews on drums and Phil Sylve on saxophone and vocals to top it off. COOT (ROCK) COOT was formed in New Orleans in 1994, and members include Brian Rueb, Hirsh Katzen, Dan Weiner, Aaron Wolfson, Andreas Argenti. The band plays primarily rock-and-roll infused with the local flavor of their hometown. COREY HENRY & TREME FUNKTET (JAZZ) Hailing from New Orleans’ musically rich Treme neighborhood, Corey Henry learned to play jazz from both his relatives and other iconic New Orleans musicians living in the area. As a bandleader he showcases the best of the area’s traditions, impressing audiences with his signature trombone style and his strong singing voice.

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COREY LEDET & HIS ZYDECO BAND (ZYDECO) Corey Ledet has studied the originators of the Creole/Zydeco music such as Clifton Chenier, John Delafose, and Boozoo Chavis and has the ability to infuse old and new styles of Zydeco into his unique sound. CORINNE BAILEY RAE (SOUL/R&B/JAZZ) British musician Corinne Bailey Ray is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is also a Grammy nominee. Her most recent album, 2016’s The Heart Speaks in Whispers, debuted No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B chart. COWBOY MOUTH (ALTERNATIVE ROCK) A New Orleans based alternative rock band, Cowboy Mouth is known amongst the jam band scene for their raucous vocals, gripping powerhouse guitar work, and lead drummer up front and center. Formed in 1992, Cowboy Mouth has hit Billboard top charts and has been inducted in the Louisiana Hall of Fame. CRAIG ADAMS & HIGHER DIMENSIONS OF PRAISE (GOSPEL) The New Orleanian gospel singer, Craig Adams and his band have toured the world over since their founding in 2002 with energetic singing, dancing and soul moving piano lines. In the Gospel tent the soulful Craig Adams will be directing his 16-voice ensemble. CREOLE STRING BEANS (SWAMP POP) Original party band, Creole String Beans, mix swamp pop with a creole twist to create a foot-twisting,

CYRIL NEVILLE & SWAMPFUNK (FUNK/ ROCK) Past member of The Meters and one of the Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville is a critically acclaimed percussionist that is featured in recordings with musicians big and small. Since 2010, Cyril Neville has been touring with Galactic and leading his two bands Royal Southern Brotherhood and SwampFunk. Rounding up a talented ensemble of musicians, SwampFunk plays fresh cuts of some of New Orleans most coveted funk.

—D— DALE WATSON AND HIS LONESTARS (COUNTRY) Dale Watson and His Lonestars are a favorite amongst alt-country fans for their authentic, roots-based country music featuring steel guitars extended foot-stompin’ solos. Watson labels his music “Ameripolitan” for its western swing and rockabilly feel and to distinguish his roots-based formats from mainstream country pop. DARIUS RUCKER (COUNTRY) Since departing from Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has released four highly esteemed country albums. Rucker’s singles have topped the Billboard charts, he’s received multiple Country Music awards, two Grammys and his album, Learn to Live has received Platinum status. DAVE MATTHEWS AND TIM REYNOLDS (ROCK) Since the world went crazy over the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City performance in 2007, Matthews and Reynolds have

music makers joined permanent forces in creating mind-bending acoustic and slide guitar renditions of some of the best Dave Matthews Band songs. As Dave’s guitar guru, Tim Reynolds has an incredibly unique musical ear, adding just the right ambiance and flare to the emotionally riveting Dave Matthews’ songwriting. DAVELL CRAWFORD & ONE FOOT IN THE BLUES (R&B) A natural-born entertainer, piano prodigy Davell Crawford comes from a long, distinguished Creole family and is a now a seasoned legacy in the tradition of Fats Domino and James Booker. His stature as the modern torchbearer for this legacy was cemented last year with his lauded Basin Street Records release, Piano in the Vaults, Vol. 1. DAVID L. HARRIS (JAZZ/BLUES) Born in Baton Rouge and now based in New Orleans, David L. Harris picked up trombone as a teenager and never looked back in forging an elegant sound that blends sophisticated modern jazz and soul-stirring blues. Dapper in the mold of Wynton Marsalis, Harris, also a composer and vocalist, has wowed audiences around the world and last month released his first solo album, Blues I Felt. DAWES (INDIE-FOLK) Hailing from Los Angeles, Dawes is an indie folk-rock band that formed in 2009. Dawes has released four studio albums, each better than the last, and gained national fame after appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2010. Their harmonic instrumentation and complex composition set them apart from the dense folk-rock scene as having a sound that melds simplistic tradition with colorful experimentation. DAYMÉ AROCENA OF CUBA (CUBAN/JAZZ) Singer, composer, arranger, choir director and band leader, 24-yearold Daymé Arocena is a charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her dressing in white, is a visible reminder of her induction into the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, which she incorporates chants into her jazz and Cuban neo-soul style. DEACON JOHN (BLUES) Born and raised in New Orleans, Deacon John (John Moore) is a blues artist who has worked with numerous musical legends since the 1950s, including Allen

Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and Lee Dorsey. An inductee to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame, Deacon John is renowned for his musical versatility and slide guitar.

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DEAK HARP (BLUES) Playing harmonica since he was 12 years old, Deak Harp is a bona fide bluesman. Combining diddley bow, snare drum, stomp box, amplified harmonica, and vocals, Harp is well-steeped in the gritty, electric Chicago blues style, he brings a powerful tone and blistering energy to his performances. DEBBIE DAVIS & THE MESMERIZERS (JAZZ/ AMERICANA) A true New Orleans gem, singer/ ukulele player Debbie Davis is just at home performing a cappella in the Pfister Sisters, belting out sultry blues standards and Amy Winehouse covers, or gently crooning jazz classics with piano accompaniment. With the Mesmerizers, Davis fronts a tight quartet of top-shelf talent in Alex McMurray (guitar), Josh Paxton (piano) and Matt Perrine (sousaphone). DEITRICK HADDON (GOSPEL) Detroit-born gospel star Deitrick Haddon exploded on the scene six years ago with his hit “Well Don,” earning him a huge fan base drawn to his hip-hop/R&B-infused gospel sound, still full of all the faith spirituality in his uplifting—though keeping-it-real—message. Over the last decade hit songs like “Have Your Way” continue to top gospel charts and his 2015 album Masterpiece was highly acclaimed for his unique, passionate style. A featured preacher on reality show, Preachers of L.A., Deitrick has developed a strong following. DELFEAYO MARSALIS PRESENTS THE UPTOWN JAZZ ORCHESTRA (JAZZ) The third-born son of legendary local jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis has well established himself as both a player and producer worthy of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Master designation. Regular gigs in local nightclubs and across the globe have sharpened his sprawling Uptown Jazz Orchestra into a big-band ensemble made up of students and stars (anchored by Dirty Dozen saxophonist Roger Lewis) known for delivering both a second-line swagger and intense improvisation.

DILLARD UNIVERSITY’S VISIONQUEST GOSPEL CHOIR (GOSPEL) An integral, inspiring part of life at New Orleans’ renowned HBCU Dillard University, the school choir’s mission is to shape the spirituality, leadership schools and musical aspirations of students in VisionQuest. The choir is equally at home in the on-campus Sunday services in Lawless Chapel, the city’s Martin Luther King Day celebrations and Jazz Fest, making its fourth appearance this year. DIRTY BOURBON RIVER SHOW (BRASS/ TRADITIONAL JAZZ/ROCK) Since their formation in 2009, the New Orleans based Dirty Bourbon River Show has showcased its highenergy performances all across the country. The unique sound of Dirty Bourbon River Show is an amalgam of blues, ballad, brass and Eastern European piano, creating what can only be described as circus-rock. Their mystifying music harkens to wild nights in old New Orleans with absinthe fueled medicine shows and the smell of voodoo in the air.

DJ SHUB (ELECTRONICA/NATIVE AMERICAN) A rarity at Jazz Fest by virtue of hailing from Canada and spinning EDM beats far from sounds typically heard at the Fair Grounds, DJ Shub (who left A Tribe Called Red in 2014) is a powerful force beloved for both hard-hitting electronica and devotion to the Canada’s indigenous cultures. He blended both inspirations in the driving drums and soaring vocals of the sixtime Grammy-nominated Northern Cree singers on his 2016 smash track, “Indomitable.” DON VAPPIE AND THE CREOLE JAZZ SERENADERS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Don Vappie’s on-stage eloquence, dapper style and reverent approach to traditional New Orleans jazz certainly establish him as a treasured throwback to the golden era of Dixieland. Accomplished as a composer, singer and educator, it is his jaw-dropping virtuosity on banjo—weaving in flourishes of funk and West African swing—that draws comparisons to Jimi Hendrix

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music makers and praise as among the best banjo players on the planet. DOREEN’S JAZZ NEW ORLEANS (JAZZ) “Queen Clarinet” Doreen Ketchens ranks among the first and finest female bandleaders in New Orleans. Now with roughly twodozen albums released on her own DJNO label, Ketchens is as capable of electrifying audiences with inspired takes on classics such as “Basin Street Blues” and “House of the Rising Son” anywhere from her roost busking on Royal Street to famed opera houses around the world. DOYLE COOPER JAZZ BAND (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Forming one year following Hurricane Katrina, the Doyle Cooper Jazz Band merged the talents of the Treme Brass Band and Storyville Stompers to forge a blistering hot sound. Now a veteran trumpeter, Cooper picked up horn first at age 10 and graduated from the New Orleans Creative Center for the Creative Arts before making an astonishing 42 Jazz Fest appearances by age 24. This year marks the band’s debut in the Economy Hall Tent. DR. BRICE MILLER & THE MAHOGANY BRASS BAND (BRASS BAND/TRADITIONAL JAZZ) A DJ, performance artist, and PhD recognized for his expertise in cultural engagement as it relates to urban planning, trumpeter Brice Miller’s high-energy Mahogany Brass Band last year marked 25 years and is known for its raucous, crowd-pleasing blend of traditional jazz and second-line swagger. DR. JOHN & THE GRIS-GRIS KREWE (BLUES/ROCK) The New Orleans icon and legend, Dr. John has received six Grammy Awards, has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has recorded more than 20 albums. Dr. John’s zydeco, boogiewoogie rock and roll has had New Orleans and the rest of the world enamored since the late 1960’s. Today, Dr. John and his band play highly theatrical shows featuring the oddities of New Orleans music and its unique voodoo-like ability to captivate. DR. MICHAEL WHITE & THE ORIGINAL LIBERTY JAZZ BAND FEATURING THAIS CLARK (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/BLUES) A towering figure over the New Orleans jazz scene, Michael White earned such stature for his achievements as a composer,

bandleader and leading scholar on the city’s brass-band traditions. Yet, it’s his concise, though jubilant, command of the clarinet that sets the tone for the Original Liberty Jazz Band, which he formed in 1981, and joined here by vintage blues vocal delivery of the alwayscaptivating Thais Clark. DUKES OF DIXIELAND (WESTERN SWING/ TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Reformed in 1974 out of the legacy left behind by “the first family of Dixieland,” the Dukes today combine masterful talents of diverse tastes capable of delivering the city’s trad-jazz classics while also playing with the likes of Luther Kent, the Oak Ridge Boys, Moses Hogan Gospel Chorale, and the Pops Orchestra. This versitile group boasts a career with nearly 30 albums and thousands of concert cruises along the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez. DWAYNE DOPSIE & THE ZYDECO HELLRAISERS (ZYDECO) Though a master showman and accordionist in the tradition forged by his late father, the pioneering Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., the Lafayetteborn, Grammy-nominated Dwayne Dopsie and his band infuse their blistering brand of zydeco with a next-level focus on incorporating elements of blues and funk driven by hip-shaking rhythms.

—E— E.L.S. (R&B/DANCE) The three ladies of E.L.S. (Erica, Lisa and Elaine, called “Smiley) has been referred to as “a New Orleans version of the Pointer Sisters” for their show-stopping style designed for the sole intent to make their audiences dance. With hundreds of performances under their belt, their large, multi-faceted band feeds off the crowd’s energy in selecting songs from the likes of Aretha Franklin with covers that range from rock-and-roll, blues, jazz and event country favorites E’DANA & DIVINELY DESTIN (GOSPEL) Vocalist E’Dana Richardson is an integral part of the New Orleans gospel scene. Backed by her band Divinely Destin, her annual appearance in the Gospel Tent always leaves the audience in awe of her powerful voice and commanding stages presence. EARTH, WIND & FIRE (FUNK/POP) Earth Wind and Fire is one of the

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most revered bands of all time. Their funk and disco classics can be heard all around the world from dive bar karaoke to White House social events. The group has received 20 Grammy nominations, winning six. They have been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are credited with changing pop music forever. ED VOLKER’S QUINTET NARCOSIS (ROCK) A creative force in seminal New Orleans counter-culture rock band, the (mostly) retired Radiators, songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist Ed Volker has fronted a couple bands at Jazz Fest over the last few years. His Quintet Narcosis features the talents of percussionist Michael Skinkus, saxophonist Joe Cabral (Iguanas) from his fist post-Rads band (Trio Mollusk) now augmented by Rene Coman (bass) and fellow Radiator Camile Baudoin (guitar). Expect a mix of Volker-penned Rads favorites mixed delightfully random covers. EDDIE COTTON & THE MISSISSIPPI COTTON CLUB (BLUES) Born and raised in Mississippi the son of a minister, Eddie Cotton first fell in love with church music. By his teens, he was an accomplished guitarist, inspired by B.B. King and Buddy Guy. While studying music theory at Jackson State University, he played weekly gigs with local blues legend King Edward, paving the way for his now-seasoned style mixing organic blues with contemporary R&B. EGG YOLK JUBILEE (ROCK/BRASS BAND) Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Egg Yolk Jubilee is over-the-top on stage and often silly in song. This veteran New Orleans band deftly mixes unabashed, full-tilt rock and roll with soaring brass and pulsing backbeat of street-parade, secondline bands. ELEANOR MCMAIN SINGING MUSTANGS (GOSPEL) The exposure and acclaim these students from Uptown’s historic Eleanor McMain Secondary School earned from annual Gospel Tent performances invitations to now-annual tours of Sweden. With minimal instrumental accompaniment, this chorus of several dozen singers builds on stirring vocal harmonies and powerful solos in choreographed lock-step to deliver contemporary gospel favorites such as “I Will Sing Hallelujah.”

ELLE KING (ROCK) Unrepentant in her party-hard lifestyle that launched into highgear following her breakout smash “Ex’s and Oh’s” in 2016, Elle King became the first female artist in six years to hold Billboard’s number-one spot on its Hot Rocks Chart. The 27-year-old daughter of comedian Rob Schneider, commands a banjo as she crafts a sound weaving country, rock, blues and pop, and holds nothing back in tunes like “I Told You I Was Mean.” ELLIS MARSALIS (JAZZ) Ellis Marsalis is recognized, in New Orleans and beyond, for his modern jazz as a pianist, composer and educator. He is the father of four renowned jazzmen, and he has held a 13-year tenure as University of New Orleans’ director of jazz studies and transformed the program into one of international acclaim. His namesake Center for Musicians in the Ninth Ward promotes and assists professional musicians and at-risk youth alike. ERIC LINDELL (BLUES) A California native, singer/ songwriter/guitarist Eric Lindell bounced about the country honing his craft before settling in New Orleans, where he found a welcoming audience and flourished as an artist through constant collaborations and jams with some of the city’s best player. Now nationally known, thanks to Chicago-based Alligator Records signing him, Lindell presents his blue-eyed soul appeal of blistering guitar rifts that accent his lyricism ranging from rowdy to tender. ERICA CAMPBELL OF MARY MARY (GOSPEL/R&B) Christian R&B/urban gospel sensation Erica Campbell rose to stardom in the late ‘90s in the fourtime Grammy-winning Mary Mary duo with her younger sister, Tina Campbell. Since launching her solo career in 2013, she has released two albums —with 2014’s Help winning the Grammy’s Best Gospel Album — and become a nationally syndicated radio host on Radio One’s “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell.” ERICA FALLS (SOUL) New Orleans native, Erica Falls, is vintage soul. She has been nominated by Offbeat Magazine twice for Best Female Vocalist for her smooth, soul-lifting soprano voice. The arrangements of her

music makers songs are as impressive as they are funky making it truly satisfying to listen to.

—F— FEUFOLLET (CAJUN/AMERICANA) The five-piece Feufollet takes Cajun music far beyond the band’s Acadian roots. Reverent to Cajun music’s traditions but raucous in a high-energy, experimental meld of rock, folk and country, the band soars on the rhythm section of Mike Stafford (drums) and Philippe Billeaudeaux (bass) with Andrew Toups’ keys pushing the vocal harmonies of guitarist Chris Stafford and mesmerizing, foot-stomping fiddler Kelli Spring. FI YI YI & THE MANDINGO WARRIORS (MARDI GRAS INDIAN) Led by Big Chief Victor Harris, who has masked Indian on the streets of New Orleans for 50-plus years, the Fi Yi Yi and the Mandigo Warriors are a colorful blend of traditional rhythms and forward-thinking musical adventures. This spiritual, yet modern, funk/soul sound— rooted in African chants and propelled by brass-band horns—is found on their 2016 album, When that Morning Comes. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VACHERIE MASS CHOIR (GOSPEL) Hailing from the River Parish community of Vacherie, the historic First Baptist Church dates back to January 1866. This dozensstrong ensemble reaches harmonic heights on gospel classics such as “Down by the Riverside,” delighting fans from Gospel Tent appearances to the Italian festival circuit. FIRST EMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH MASS CHOIR (GOSPEL) A cherished Gospel Tent staple, this choir serves the prominent “church with a vision” located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood. Performing in the praise style of gospel-music tradition, the First Emanuel Baptist Church is known for sweeping vocal harmonies before an inspired backing band. FLOW TRIBE (FUNK/ROCK) Founded in New Orleans in 2004, Flow Tribe is a funky fresh festival favorite. They have serenaded crowds across the country and has played Jazzfest for the past five years straight. Their quirky stage performance tied to their irresistible songwriting makes it truly

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impossible to not dance; thus their self-ascribed genre, “backbonecracking music.” FRANKLIN AVENUE MUSIC MINISTRY (GOSPEL) Coming from a church with thousands of members that is a shining example of the city’s spirit in its sterling post-Katrina reconstruction, this sprawling choir favorite the “call-and-response” vocal delivery that lifts the crowd to its feet in the clap-along, sing-along glory on gems such as “Lion of Judah.” FREE AGENTS BRASS BAND (BRASS BAND) Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and pulling together the dispersed talents of former members from the Rebirth, Soul Rebels and Hot 8 brass bands, the Free Agents are now well established in their own right in the local second-line/brass band scene. Reverent to that culture, they consistently deliver crowdpleasing, high-energy shows with songs from “buck jump” staples to covers such as the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

—G— GAL HOLIDAY & THE HONKY TONK REVUE (COUNTRY) A local nightclub favorite for bringing a rare dose of bonafide honky-tonk sounds to the Crescent City, Gal Holiday (Vanessa Niemann) croons tear-jerkers, party-starters and murder-ballads alike in the time-honored tradition

of Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt. Her ace backing band weaves in deft touches of bluegrass, Americana, folk and rock (with a punk-ish tinge) to a unique sound cultivated over years of relentless touring. GALACTIC (FUNK/ROCK) The funky jam band octet, Galactic is a New Orleans sensation. Playing at festivals all across the globe, Galactic brings expert musical talent and an unrelenting energy. With a foundation of New Orleans funk, hip-hop and electronica, Galactic smashes through any expectations and with each performance brings an unequaled experience that can’t be found anywhere else. GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE (ZYDECO) Born deep in bayou country in Eunice, Louisiana, Geno Delafose is steeped in the zydeco tradition. He began performing on rubboard with his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys, at age eight and formed his own band following his father’s death, releasing his debut album in 1994, French Rockin’ Boogie. An infectious frontman on vocals and accordion, the Grammy-nominated Delafose is today credited as one of the torchbearers of the “nouveau zydeco” and known for blistering live shows. GENTE DE ZONA (CUBAN/REGGAETON) Among the most anticipated acts arriving at Jazz Fest from Cuba this year as part of the Cultural Exchange Program’s focus on the

island nation, Gente de Zona takes its name for the “zone people,” label used to describe the youthactivism movement surrounding a loose-knit rap collective performing for the public in Havana’s Alamar Natural district. Truly a global phenomenon, the Reggaeton group has refined its pop sound and launched into Latin music megastardom with the single “Bailando” in collaboration with Enrique Iglesias. GEORGE BENSON (JAZZ) A 10-time Grammy winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the ever-dapper George Benson is a direct link to the smooth vocal swing of Nat King Cole. Also a stunning, polished guitarist, Benson’s command of the classic catalogue (“Route 66,” “Mona Lisa”) was immediately apparent on his platinum-selling debut album in 1976 and continues in his global appeal today. GEORGE FRENCH & THE NEW ORLEANS STORYVILLE JAZZ BAND (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Part of the beloved French family closely associated with traditional New Orleans music for generations, bassist George French lends his signature pitch-perfect vocals in fronting a band immersed in the local songbook, capable of both rousing up-tempo numbers such as “When the Saints Go Marching In” and tender, emotive songs like “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”

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music makers GEORGE PORTER, JR. & RUNNIN’ PARDNERS (FUNK) Arguably the funkiest man alive, George Porter, Jr.’s bass grooves define the genre he helped create with his bandmates in the Meters. He’ll reunite with that seminal funk quartet over Jazz Fest, but this show features his long-standing funk outfit the Runnin’ Pardners, rock-steady in their delivery of choice covers and Meters classics such as “Just Kissed My Baby.” GERALD FRENCH & THE ORIGINAL TUXEDO JAZZ BAND (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) A revered institution with more than a century of playing—and creating—the signature sound of traditional New Orleans jazz, the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band has long featured a member from the prominent, prodigious French family at the helm. Following in the footsteps of grandfather (banjoist Albert “Papa” French) and uncle (drummer Bob French), Gerald French is a stately bandleader five years into his tenure, presiding from behind the drums over the city’s timeless song catalogue. GERMAINE BAZZLE (JAZZ) Also an esteemed music educator, New Orleans native and icon Germaine Bazzle uses her remarkable vocal range and classical training to infuse an elegant, avant-garde phrasing for a contemporary jazz style. A charming (and seemingly foreveryoung) performer, Bazzle built her career on stellar shows on stages from local nightclubs to European festivals. GLEN DAVID ANDREWS AND THE TREME CHOIR (GOSPEL) Coming from one of the most musical families in the most musical neighborhood in America, trombonist/vocalist/bandleader Glen David Andrews, the “Treme Prince,” steps away from his typical live band to present a special Gospel Tent showcase. Joined by talented friends and family, Andrews and the Treme Choir praise God with New Orleans zest. GLEN DAVID ANDREWS BAND (JAZZ/BRASS) A show-stopping frontman with a booming vocal command, expert trombone chops and witty stage banter, Glen David Andrews (the “Treme Prince”) is only in his late 30s but has for decades been a vital fixture in the city’s secondline jazz scene. Having overcome personal demons a few years ago

to deliver the deeply personal, triumphant album Redemption in 2014, Andrews has plenty of original material for his seasoned, electric backing band to deliver atop staple New Orleans songs like “St. James Infirmary.” GOLDMAN THIBODEAUX & THE LAWTELL PLAYBOYS (CAJN/ZYDECO) Dedicated to a lively rendering of music from the golden era “Creole La-La” music of the 1920s-30s, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys trace their roots to 1946, when brothers Bebe and Eraste Carriere used a cigar-box fiddle and accordion to play the music of their native rural Southwest Louisiana. The present-day line-up stays true to that traditional instrumentation in a quintet known for a fiery, folkish blend of this infectious, indigenous Louisiana music. GOSPEL INSPIRATIONS OF BOUTTE (GOSPEL) David Diggs and Kevin Drake formed this vocal ensemble backed by a funky, electrified band in 1979 and have delighted Gospel Tent crowds since 1990. Based in the tiny River Parish town of Boutte upriver from New Orleans, the Gospel Inspirations have built a fanbase across the Southeast with inspired takes on tunes by some of contemporary gospel’s biggest names like the Jackson Southernaires and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. GREGG MARTINEZ & THE DELTA KINGS’ SWAMP POP REVUE FEAT. GG SHINN, T.K. HULIN & TOMMY MCLAIN (SWAMP POP) Described by late, great “60 Minutes” reporter (and Jazz Fest aficionado) Ed Bradley as one of America’s greatest hidden treasures, Gregg Martinez started his life as a singer at age eight at St. Peter Catholic Church in the tiny River Parish town of Carencro. Swamp Pop, sometimes referred to as “Cajun Rock n Roll” or “Songs in the Key of Heartbreak” blends R&B, Soul, Blues, and Rock n Roll. Boogie Kings alum, Gregg Martinez leads and all-star revue featuring legendary Swamp Pop vocalists, GG Shinn, T.K. Hulin, & Tommy McLain, each performing their signature Swamp Pop hits. GREGG STAFFORD’S JAZZ HOUNDS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Trumpeter and singer Gregg Stafford assumed bandleader of this long-running ensemble

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following the death of his mentor, Danny Barker, in 1994. Nuance and improvisation weave their way into New Orleans trad-jazz favorites with this group, featuring top local talents, such as Leroy Jones (trumpet), Herlin Riley (drums), Wendell Brunious and Carl LeBlanc (guitar/banjo). GREGG STAFFORD’S YOUNG TUXEDO BRASS BAND (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) A living link to local jazz giant Danny Barker, who coached a young Stafford growing up in Central City watching the street parades and performing in church, Gregg Stafford first performed with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band in 1976 in Washington D.C. for the Smithsonian’s American bicentennial celebration. Its bandleader since 1984, Stafford’s stately trumpet play and stalwart singing style well serve a band formed in 1938 but still thrilling audiences worldwide. GREGORY AGID QUARTET (JAZZ) A classically trained clarinetist able to convey expansive emotion through his always-inspired play, Gregory Agid is seasoned well beyond his years in the New Orleans jazz scene. He studied under the late, great Alvin Batiste, played around the world with Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra and last December released with this quartet his second album, Words Are Not Enough. Look for Agid’s melodic interplay with bassist Max Moran’s rhythms as a defining strength of this young, talented group. GRUPO CAURY OF CUBA (AFRO-CUBAN) An exemplary display of the powerful musical roots and cross-pollinated which cultivated the music of both Cuba and the Crescent City, Grupo Caury members engage in the stirring rhythms and dance of Abakuá, a secret mutual-aid society. Grupo also incorporates other Afro-Cuban traditions, such as Yoruban chants and cantos espirituales. GRUPO SENSACIÓN NOLA (LATIN) Considering its members’ varied countries of origin, Grupo Sensación represents the many paths Latin American natives took toward finding a home in New Orleans. Boasting members from Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and beyond, this group, now in its 13th year, draws from range of styles from merengue to salsa, delivered

with sultry allure and infectious energy.

—H— HARDHEAD HUNTERS MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIAN) Now a perennial fan-favorite at the Fair Grounds, the Seventh Ward-based Hardhead Hunters are relative newcomers among the many long-established tribes. Headquartered in the iconic Bullet’s Bar and led by Big Chief Otto “Chief Fiyo” DeJean, the Hardhead Hunters caused a bit of a stir when opting to create their suits in a flat-bead, pictorial style far removed from custom. Relentless rhythm and a hip-hop sensibility inform songs from traditional chants to Ray Charles covers. HARRY CONNICK, JR. (JAZZ) Harry Connick Jr.’s big band performances are as good as they get. Proud son of New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. has had seven top twenty albums, ten number one US jazz albums and three Grammy Awards. An incredible pianist and vocalist, Harry Connick Jr. is a high-class performer with the showmanship of a trained actor, meriting him a chair on American Idol and his own daytime show. HELEN GILLET (JAZZ) Helen Gillet is a Belgian cellist and vocalist. With her roots in jazz, Gillet has created her own unique brand of cello pop, mixing her European jazz with North Indian, Blues and Classical styles. Since moving to New Orleans in 2002, Gillet has won Best Female Performer and Best Contemporary Jazz Artist from the Gambit Big Easy Awards. HENRY BUTLER’S JAMBALAYA BAND (BLUES/FUNK) A child of the Calliope housing project today widely considered the leading New Orleans pianoman in a proud tradition of James Booker and Fats Domino, blind pianist Henry Butler’s talents require multiple bands. Here in a bluesy, exploratory quartet, Butler finds plenty of space to explore up-tempo, improvised piano boogie in showing his dynamic skills on classic covers (“Hey Now Baby,” “Big Chief,” “Get Out My Life Woman”) culled from a city songbook he now helps command. HENRY GRAY (BLUES) Appearing ageless even now in his 90s, vintage bluesman Henry

music makers Gray was raised in rural Louisiana and first demonstrated talent on the piano at age eight at church. The illustrious, globetrotting career that followed brought collaborations with icons (B.B. King, the Rolling Stones) to appearances at nearly every Jazz Fest, his band rips covers and shares originals from his 58 albums on Chicago’s stored Chess Records. HERB ALPERT AND LANI HALL (JAZZ/POP) Among the best-selling artists in pop-music history, a Grammy Hall of Fame producer and still dashing in his 80s, trumpeter Herb Albert is accompanied by his wife of 40-plus years, Lani Hall, original singer for Albert-produced sensation Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66. Alpert and Hall’s recent-vintage concerts are given high praise for blending covers (the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun,” Van Morrison’s “Moondance”) with original material between plenty of shared stories and smiles. HERBERT MCCARVER & THE PIN STRIPE BRASS BAND (BRASS BAND) Led by an engaging frontman Herbert McCarver III, member of a distinguished local musical family and father of the Young Pinstripe Brass Band’s leader, the Pin Stripes formed in the mid-60s and hasn’t slowed down since. A bridge between the old- and new-school brass band styles, the group packs a dance-party energy with spirited renditions of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and Fats Domino’s “I’m Walking.” HIGH PERFORMANCE (CAJUN) Drummer Kevin Dugas and accordionist/singer Steve Riley long discussed an idea to resurrect the golden South Louisiana sound from the 1960s—dance-friendly songs propelled by twin fiddles and soaring on steel guitar. Dreams became reality in 2008, when the two beloved Mamou Playboys assembled a crack band—Jamey Bearb (fiddle, vocals), Jason Bergeron (fiddle, accordion), Richard Comeaux (steel guitar), Brazos Huval (bass)—for a recorded gig in Breaux Bridge and have yet to slow down in their mission to play the music that is their passion. HIGH STEPPERS BRASS BAND (BRASS BAND) The High Steppers are known to kick Jazz Fest into high gear. The 12-man ensemble, with funky backbeats pushing a powerhouse

horn section with three trumpets, two saxophones, two trombones and the fiery Daryl Fields on tuba, ventures from easy-go covers of traditional New Orleans gems (“Eh, la Bas”) to raucous originals like “Sixth Ward Jam.” HIGHER HEIGHTS REGGAE (REGGAE) A veteran of both local nightclubs and the national festival circuit, Higher Heights covers vintage Studio One Records hits from 1950s-80s Jamaica atop original tunes in a rock-steady style of reggae that draws from its roots as well as the band’s New Orleans hometown sounds of R&B, funk and soul. HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND (AMERICANA) Honey Island Swamp Band is a Bayou Americana band straight out of New Orleans. Joining together in 2006 while living in California after Hurricane Katrina the band put together a roots-based Americana album that featured a searing guitar, a singing mandolin and four vocal harmonies. The Honey Island Swamp Band has since been awarded “Best Roots Rock Artist” by OffBeat Magazine and has cemented themselves into the tribe of New Orleans’ music greats.


and an in-your-face kind of funk, Dumpstaphunk was named Offbeat and Gambit Weekly’s “New Orleans’ Best Funk Band” in 2014. IVOIRE SPECTACLE FEATURING SEGUENON KONE (WEST AFRICAN) Master percussionist and choreographer and Ivory Coast native Seguenon Kone made New Orleans his home in 2008. Since then, he has regularly wowed Jazz Fest crowds with a spirited show that performs in the style of his native West African region in dance, drumming and story with his Ivoire Spectacle ensemble.

—J— J. MONQUE’D & LIL’ CREOLE WILD WEST (BLUES/MARDI GRAS INDIAN) Old-school bluesman J. Monque’D brings his organic prowess on fife, harmonica and vocals along with this typical backing band— highlighted by the stellar organ work on Tom Worrell—for a unique, Jazz Fest-only pairing of young members from one of the city’s biggest Mardi Gras Indian groups, the Creole Wild West, to round out his sound with a chorus of tambourines and vocal harmonies.

JAMBALYA CAJUN BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST D.L. MENARD (CAJUN) Two of the greatest living legacies in Cajun music, the Jambalaya Cajun Band this year celebrates its 25th appearance at Jazz Fest and comes paired once again paired with 85-year-old D.L. Menard. The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member in 1962 recorded ubiquitous Cajun-country anthem “Le Porte en Arrière” (“The Back Door”) whose guitar strumming and crooning mesh magnificently with the traditional instrumentation and mentality of Jambalaya Cajun Band. JAMES ANDREWS & THE CRESCENT CITY ALLSTARS (JAZZ) Taking the nickname “Satchmo of the Ghetto” from his 1998 album of the same name (and produced by the late, great Allen Toussaint), vocalist, trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews is a part of a music-family dynasty from the Sixth Ward. Delivering his songs with the same natural-showman swagger as Satchmo (Louis Armstrong), Andrews puts his whole heart into performances that include brassband staples and originals such as “Sweet Emma,” a tribute to 1960s

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IRMA THOMAS (SOUL) A Louisiana native, Irma Thomas’s title of “Soul Queen of New Orleans” is as fitting as it gets. Irma Thomas has been belting classic R&B soul that tingles the spine and loosens the spirit for over 50 years. In 2007, Thomas received a Grammy Award. IRVIN MAYFIELD (JAZZ) Irvin Mayfield has been at the heart of New Orleans jazz for years. In 2002, Mayfield founded the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and served as bandleader. Blasting complex jazz improvisations and writing truly majestic works of art, Mayfield won a Grammy Award for the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 2010. He redefines his brand of jazz with this year’s performance. IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK (FUNK/ ROCK) Originally formed in 2003 so that Ivan Neville of The Neville Brothers could play a solo gig, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk has since made a crater in the New Orleans music scene. With a double-bass lead, Neville’s organ and clavichord Presented by Shell | Jazz Fest 2017 75

music makers the stellar album, 21st Century Trad Band.

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JAVIER GUTIERREZ & VIVAZ! (LATIN) Formed in New Orleans in 2001, Vivaz weaves the funky backbeats of its hometown with many styles of members’ roots in South America. A sure-fire annual Jazz Fest highlight, the band is fronted by the electric voice and flamenco guitar work of Bolivia-born frontman Javier Gutierrez, who creates a sweeping sound in harmony with the Vivaz’s multiple percussionists, piano, bass and horn section. JEFFERY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS (ZYDECO) One of the most influential acordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco, Jeffery Broussard began his career at age 8 as the drummer in his father Delton’s band. Broussard went on to form his own band, the new-school, R&B-infused Zydeco Force. His current band, Creole Cowboys, delivers a high-energy, dancefriendly style of Zydeco that is rooted in tradition with Broussard on fiddle and accordion, and is described by writer Herman Fuselier as, “Pound for pound, the greatest Zydeco accordionist on the Prairie.”

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by New Orleans traditions but with a modern swing.

JAMES RIVERS MOVEMENT (JAZZ) Nearly 80 years old, multiinstrumentalist James Rivers has performed at every Jazz Fest since its inception. Rivers rose through the ranks in the golden age of New Orleans rock and roll as a much in-demand studio-session player in the 1950s. Equally talented in playing saxophone, flute and harmonica, it’s on bagpipes when he always thrills his crowds as he playfully jumps from the likes of Mary Poppins’ “Chim Chimney” song to the Rolling Stones.

JAMISON ROSS (JAZZ) Soulful 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 has since 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 debut album, Jamison, from 2015.

JAMIL SHARIF (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Though the son of world-renowned trumpeter Emery Humphrey Thompson (Umar Sharif), Jamil Sharif began playing music at age 14, and is as accomplished as a musician as he is an actor, having appeared in countless major film and TV productions. On the musical stage, the bandleader’s dapper elegance matches his command of vocals and trumpet play informed

JASON MARSALIS (JAZZ) Jason Marsalis didn’t follow in the footsteps of his three older brothers by picking up a horn to play his part in New Orleans’ first family of jazz. Instead, he found his passion in percussion and became a master drummer and vibraphonist to ultimately form the tenacious, heavy-touring Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, which in 2015 released

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McBride orchestrates the sprawling group into inspiring takes on compositions by local modern jazz icons such as Clyde Kerr, Jr., Alvin Batiste and Ellis Marsalis. JOE KROWN TRIO FEATURING WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON AND RUSSELL BATISTE, JR. (FUNK) Funky enough to hold down the sacred Sunday night post-crawfish boil slot at the Maple Leaf for many years now, this all-instrumental trio merges incredible talents and melds several of the city’s musical styles with the silky-smooth B3 organ of Joe Krown, the searing blues of guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington and heavy-hitting funk drummer Russell Batiste, Jr. JOE LOUIS WALKER (BLUES) JLW left home at 16 to gig as a guitarist in Bay Area blues bands before his life journey led him to a decade singing for the Spiritual Corinthians. During his Jazz Fest 1985 show with the gospel group, JLW felt the call back to the blues. His fiery brand of electric blues continues to wow crowds around the world and his 19th album, Everybody Wants a Piece, was nominated at this year’s Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

JEREMY DAVENPORT (JAZZ) A swoon-worthy singer in the mold of Harry Connick, Jr., Jeremy Davenport possesses the ability to convey a modern edge to his vibe but still blow his trumpet with all the grace and vigor of a Jazz Age player. With four albums under his belt, Davenport is a festival favorite found weekly in his swank namesake nightclub in the RitzCarlton on Canal Street.

JOHN BOUTTÉ (JAZZ) John Boutte is as New Orleans as it gets. Since the 1990s, this jazz singer has recorded ten albums after recognizing the true potential in the New Orleans brand of jazz and, by channeling the spirit and culture of New Orleans into his lyrics, Boutte has become a local treasure. His “Treme Song” is featured as the theme song for the HBO show, Treme.

JERMAINE LANDRUM & THE ABUNDANT PRAISE REVIVAL CHOIR (GOSPEL) Pastor Jermaine Landrum once again leads the triumphant voices (and funky four-piece backing band) of the life-affirming Abundant Praise Revival Choir. Serving Ebenezer Baptist Church in Uptown New Orleans, the ensemble performs timeless gospel standards such as “Amazing Grace” as well as contemporary numbers.

JOHN MAHONEY BIG BAND (JAZZ) Long a professor in Loyola University’s esteemed Jazz Studies program, John Mahoney expertly executes his original compositions to evoke the feel of the Big Band era. With a band filled with local talents, the multi-instrumentalist leads a performance rooted in traditional jazz but highlighted by rousing improvised solos. This sweeping sound is a favorite at Jazz Fest and Frenchmen Street nightclubs alike

JESSE MCBRIDE BIG BAND (JAZZ) Trumpeter, bandleader and leading local educator Jesse McBride took the reins of the Next Generation, comprised of young, aspiring jazz musicians, from his mentor, the late, great Harold Battiste. More than a decade into this role,

JOHN MOONEY & BLUESIANA (BLUES) John Mooney is a bona fide master of the Delta blues style of slide guitar. Unique and blistering, his slide play works to accent powerhouse vocals delivering intricate lyrics on original material

music makers buoyed by the seamless Bluesiana, the band Mooney has toured with since 1981 and now featuring stellar local drummer Kevin O’Day. JOHNNY SANSONE (BLUES) A veteran of the local blues scene, Johnny Sansone attracts fans of the blues harmonica from around the globe to his annual Jazz Fest appearance. He’s also a remarkable vocalist and songwriter, having penned one of the city’s finest post-Katrina anthems in “Poor Man’s Paradise.” His latest album, Lady on the Levee, features a who’s-who roster of local musicians, friends likely to stop by and sit in at Sansone’s Blues Tent set. JOHNNYSWIM (FOLK/POP) Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, Donna Summer’s daughter, knew they had discovered something special when they met in Nashville in 2005. The tandem clicked creatively and personally, going on to marry in 2008 and moving to Los Angeles to follow their dream as JOHNNYSWIM, a poetic expression of love in voice and guitar. They are now touring heavily behind their buzzed-about sophomore studio album, Georgia Pond. JON BATISTE AND STAY HUMAN (JAZZ/FUNK) New Orleans native, Jon Batiste founded Stay Human in 2004 and became the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2015. Batiste is a multi-instrumentalist singer and bandleader for Stay Human, laying down funky jazz melodies on his piano, melodica, organ and the electric bass. JON CLEARY (BLUES/JAZZ/FUNK) It seems the rest of the music world finally caught on to what New Orleans has known for quite some time: Jon Cleary is a master pianist, songwriter, singer and composer. The British-born Cleary in February won his first Grammy for “Best Regional Roots Album” for Go Go Juice. JONATHON “BOOGIE” LONG (BLUES) Baton Rouge-born Jonathon “Boogie” Long is under age 30 but still thrills festival crowds with this blistering throwback style of the blues. Long’s grandfather played in church and, growing up surrounded by guitars, Long was soon identified as a prodigy before hitting the road at age 14 to open for B.B. King. Long writes original

music that also weaves in soul, country and Southern rock. JONNY LANG (BLUES/ROCK) Jonny Lang’s bluesy blue-eyed soul immediately earned him legions of fans with major-label album debut at age 16, Lie To Me. Sporadically releasing albums since then (his last was 2013’s Fight for My Soul), Lang remains high-profile across the country, with devoted fans cherishing his delicate lyrical mood, mesmerizing stage presence and enough electric-guitar prowess to land a spot on the star-studded 2017 Experience Hendrix tribute tour. JONTÉ LANDRUM AND THE GENTLEMEN (R&B/SOUL) With her mother once a backup vocalist to Boz Scaggs, Jonté Landrum was discovered early in her career singing in local nightclubs, earning praise as “the new Aretha” and recording contracts that took her to London. Now back home and backed by her soulful Gentlemen, Landrum is at home playing R&B hits by the likes of Anita Baker as she is singing gospel in her Baptist Church choir. JOSH KAGLER FEATURING HARMONISTIC PRAISE CRUSADE (GOSPEL) This New Orleans-based choir appeals to audiences in churches, at Jazz Fest, Essence Fest and gigs that take them across Louisiana and all of America. Soaring, heartfelt vocal harmonies carry uplifting anthems as “He’ll Answer” and “It Gets Better with Time.” JR. HEBERT & THE MAURICE PLAYBOYS (CAJUN) Though Widley Hebert, Jr. didn’t pick up his first accordion until his late 20s when his father gave him one as a gift, growing up in the musically-rich, heart-of-Cajun country town of Maurice clearly influenced Jr. Hebert. Backed by the festive Maurice Playboys, he delivers traditional Cajun rhythms with grace and gusto. JUDITH OWEN & KREWE DE JUDE (JAZZ/POP) Judith Owen recently paired up with her husband Harry Shearer to play piano for their riotous sing-along “Christmas Without Tears.” Her songwriting skills are on fine display in her latest album, Somebody’s Child, though her performances— Leland Sklar on bass, Pedro Segundo on percussion, Gabriella Swallow on cello—take a fun turn with inventive covers of Deep Purple and Roxy Music.

JULIO Y CESAR BAND (LATIN) Long a beloved fixture in New Orleans’ Latin music scene, brothers Julio and Cesar both strum guitars and sing to express the finest in the genre’s infectious style with a sound rounded out by a strong percussion section and stirring, well-choreographed dance.

—K— KATHY TAYLOR AND FAVOR (GOSPEL) A veteran success as a recording artist, Kathy Taylor is today Minister of Music in Houston at the nation’s largest United Methodist Church. She’s brought her inspiring voice and message to everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Oprah Winfrey. Here, she’s joined by stellar vocal ensemble Favor, renowned for their meticulous, moving vocal harmonies. KEITH FRANK & THE SOILEAU ZYDECO BAND (ZYDECO) Dubbed with the fitting nickname of “Zydeco Boss,” Keith Frank formed his Soileau Zydeco Band in 1990 and hasn’t slowed down since. He fronts this rocking band on accordion as they swing through zydeco in the spirit of icons like Boozoo Chavis but with contemporary flourishes of D’Angelo and Bob Marley in the mix. KENNY BARRON TRIO (JAZZ) Hailed as “the most lyrical piano player of our time” by Jazz Week magazine and enshrined as a National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, Kenny Barron forged his own trio in the late ‘70s after stints in Ron Carter’s band. A respected educator, Barron is globally recognized for both stirring performances of his brilliant, intricate compositions.

Neal is the son of influential harpist Raful Neal. From his background, the Grammy-nominated multiinstrumentalist today is recognized as the modern gold-standard for that sizzling style of swamp-blues in South Louisiana. He will feature fellow Baton Rouge-based blues musicians, all affected by the flood of 2016, including Harvey Knox, and Mz. Pat. KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND (BLUES/ ROCK) Shreveport native Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s otherworldly mastery of the blues guitar was discovered at a young age. Now a veteran uncompromised in his no-frills, dedicated approach to his craft, KWS has multiple studio albums under his belt, is a festival headliner across the country and just completed the Experience Hendrix tour with fellow Stratocaster wizards. KERMIT RUFFINS & THE BARBEQUE SWINGERS (JAZZ) Kermit Ruffins defines the spirit, swing, swagger and style of traditional New Orleans jazz of the present day. Charming with his ever-present smile and crowdrally cries of “All aboard!” this talented trumpeter, bandleader and composer always delivers a fun, high-spirited set of originals and old-school classics like “Tiger Rag.” KERMIT RUFFINS’ TRIBUTE TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG (JAZZ) Because Louis Armstrong is Kermit Ruffins’ main influence, the New Orleanian jazz trumpeter is dedicating his performance in the Economy Tent to the works of the great Louis Armstrong. Kermit Ruffins received Offbeat’s “Best of the Beat Award” for Best Traditional Jazz Band or Performer.

KENNY BILL STINSON & THE ARK-LAMYSTICS (AMERICANA) A native of Monroe in northeastern Louisiana, Kenny Bill Stinson represents all the influences of his roots-rock sound with elements of country, blues and folk. An accomplished, well-seasoned singer-songwriter, his shows with the Ark-LA-Mystics tend to plug in and tack the tempo up a notch.

KHARI ALLEN LEE & THE NEW CREATIVE COLLECTIVE (JAZZ) A smooth-playing sensation of in-the-know local jazz venues such as The Prime Example, young saxophonist, bandleader and composer Khari Allen Lee is a rising star. With his New Creative Collective, Lee’s third studio album with the group, A New Earth earned rave reviews for adventurous arrangements.

KENNY NEAL & THE BATON ROUGE BLUES REVUE (BLUES) Born in New Orleans and raised upriver in Baton Rouge, Kenny

KID SIMMONS’ LOCAL INTERNATIONAL ALLSTARS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Born in World War II London, John “Kid” Simmons first met legendary

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music makers Preservation Hall trumpeter Georgia “Kid Sheik” Cola in London in 1963. Arriving in New Orleans the next year, Simmons soon befriended local trad-jazz veterans and played with numerous bands, such as a long stint with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band starting in 1973. His Local International Allstars have included such local jazz luminaries as Wendell Eugene and Don Vappie. KIM CARSON & THE REAL DEAL (COUNTRY/ AMERICANA) Raised in cowgirl country of rural Texas and Oklahoma, Kim Carson has long played her high-energy honky-tonk songs for adoring local fans. With a rocking backing band full of pedal-steel twang and footstomping fiddle, Carson’s rootsy sound is carried on superb lyricism and dance-friendly vibe. KIM CHE’RE (GOSPEL) A native New Yorker, Kim Che’re was discovered as a talented singer, dancer and actor early in life before settling in New Orleans and establishing herself as a Jazz Fest fixture since 2007. An educator teaching modern dance and vocals in area schools, Che’re serves as minister of music in a local church, is a radio talk-show host, and recently dropped her R&B-influenced sophomore album, This Time. KINFOLK BRASS BAND (BRASS) Kinfolk Brass Band was founded by brothers Percy and Richard Anderson in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The style of music encompasses and melds Mardi Gras Indian chants, New Orleans funk, modern jazz and traditional brass band sounds. KING JAMES & THE SPECIAL MEN (R&B) King James & The Special Men play a unique, gritty version of classic New Orleans R&B. Frontman Jimmy “King James” Horn tackles obscure classics along with original New Orleans rock-androll songs, backed by a full horn section. KINGS OF LEON (ROCK) Since 1999 the Kings of Leon have been an international sensation. Their blues influenced alternative rock has topped charts around the globe. The group has released seven studio albums and has received a platinum record status, 12 Grammy Award nominations and four wins. KRISTIN DIABLE & THE CITY (FOLK/BLUES)

Sultry and soulful singer/songwriter Kristin Diable has quickly gained attention for her memorizing voice that moves from part catchy popfolk to part old jazz, and always with emotional honesty. The Baton Rouge native’s latest album pays homage to her South Louisiana roots. KUMBUKA AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE COLLECTIVE (AFRICAN) Kumbuka Collective presents African folklore through drum, dance and song from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. Since 1981, Kumbuka Collective has been educating audiences throughout Louisiana, including a signature Calinda dance, which originated in Haiti.

—L— LAKE AREA HIGH SCHOOL “SINGING LEOPARDS” (GOSPEL) The Lake Area New Tech Early College High School’s “Singing Leopards” gospel choir from New Orleans is led by choir director Jessica Harvey who also fronts her own female gospel group. The choir has inspiring acapella selections. LAKE STREET DIVE (ROCK) Led by Rachael Price on vocals, Lake Street Dive combines rock, jazz and soul influences. Classically-trained band members met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the ensemble includes a trumpet and upright bass. With five albums under their belt, the band commands any stage with their blend of soul, rock and jazz influenced pop. LAKOU MIZIK OF HAITI (HAITIAN/WORLD MUSIC) Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talent united in a mission to honor their collective culture and communicate pride, strength and hope. LANDRY WALKER CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (GOSPEL) The award-winning Landry-Walker High School Choir from Algiers is led by choir director Joseph Knox. The 40-plus member band presents lively, moving performances with classic and inspiring pieces at concerts year-

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round. LARS EDEGRAN & THE NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCHESTRA (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Led by Dixieland jazz musician Lars Edegran, this ensemble performs the repertoire of ragtime bands from the turn of the century with a New Orleans flavor. Swedish-born Edegran plays piano, guitar and banjo as well as mandolin, clarinet and saxophone. LAWRENCE SIEBERTH’S ESTRELLA BANDA (JAZZ/AFRO-CUBAN) Jazz pianist and composer Lawrence Sieberth’s newest foray explores the sounds of AfroCuban music featuring original compositions. The high-energy ensemble combines Afro-Cuban styles with a touch of New Orleans funky jazz and includes a horn section. LEAH CHASE (MODERN JAZZ) Leah Chase, the daughter of restauranteur Leah Chase, along with bandleader Dookie Chase, dig into jazz standards and love songs backed by an all-star band. Besides being an exceptional vocalist, she is also known for her sense of humor, and scatting abilities. LEE KONITZ QUARTET (JAZZ) Alto saxophonist and composer Lee Konitz, 89, performs a wide range of jazz styles including bebop and avant-garde jazz. Considered one of the main figures of the cool jazz movement, he participated in Miles Davis’s Birth of the Cool sessions. LEO JACKSON & THE MELODY CLOUDS (GOSPEL) A rollicking gospel ensemble fronted by brothers Leo, Carey and preacher Melvin Jackson, their sound is rooted in singing at church in rural Mississippi. First established in 1965 by Leo and Mabel Jackson, the family tradition carries on with old-school, highenergy performances. LEON BRIDGES (R&B) Resurrecting a sound and style that are the blueprints of R&B, twentyseven-year-old Leon Bridges writes and performs 1950s and ‘60s-style soul music. The Fort Worth native gained a following with his major label debut album, Coming Home, in 2015. LEROY JONES AND NEW ORLEANS’ FINEST (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Jazz trumpeter and singer Leroy Jones performs traditional New Orleans jazz. Influenced by Louis

Armstrong and bebop virtuoso Clifford Brown, the New Orleans native began playing trumpet at age ten and is now a regular performer at Preservation Hall. LEYLA MCCALLA (CAJUN/FOLK) Leyla McCalla, a former member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a highly recognized Haitian folk cellist. Born in New York, McCalla’s musical influences really stuck when she moved to New Orleans and discovered its rich musical traditions which are reflected heavily in her critically acclaimed album, Vari-Colored Songs. LIL’ BUCK SINEGAL BLUES BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST BARBARA LYNN (BLUES) Louisiana zydeco guitarist Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal has played and recorded with Rockin’ Dopsie, Buckwheat Zydeco and on Paul Simon’s Graceland. His band includes a horn section and rub board. R&B guitarist and vocalist Barbara Lynn joins him on stage. LIL’ NATHAN & THE ZYDECO BIG TIMERS (ZYDECO) Longtime zydeco musician Lil’ Nathan released his first CD at age 14 showcasing his mastery of three types of accordions. He began playing in his father’s band at five years old and brings his own original touch to the genre, rocking the stage with high energy Zydeco. LISA AMOS (R&B) New Orleans native and vocalist Lisa Amos brings soulful R&B and slow jams to her audience. She performs at festivals throughout New Orleans and weekly at the Zulu Club, home of the famed Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. LITTLE FREDDIE KING BLUES BAND (BLUES) Delta blues master Little Freddie King came to New Orleans in the early 1950s with a unique style of country blues, eventually sharing the stage with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker. He is a staple in the New Orleans blues scene, always dapper in a colorful suit. LORDE (POP) The New Zealand dream pop sensation, Lorde produced her first album, Pure Heroine, in 2013 when she was 16. Her hit single “Royals” has received two Grammy Awards and she has been named among Time’s most influential teenagers in the world. Internationally known for her accessible electropop, Lorde is paving a new road in pop culture.

music makers LOS VAN VAN (CUBAN) Los Van Van is a celebrated post-revolution Cuban musical group. Using a charanga lineup with a flute, string instruments and rhythm section as its base, Los Van Van adds trombones, synthesizers and drum machines in its performances, presenting high energy timba that will keep you dancing. LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS (CAJUN/FOLK) From the swamps of Louisiana, Lost Bayou Ramblers are a breath of fresh cajun air. The Grammynominated act is comprised of a high energy accordion, a cajun fiddle, upright bass and a waltz rhythm keeping it together. Though they play forgotten cajun classics and sing entirely in Cajun-french, this young band’s live performances are instrumentally experimental and often times incarnating the showmanship of a punk rock group. LOUIS FORD & HIS FLAIRS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Led by second generation New Orleans musician, Louis Ford plays traditional New Orleans jazz adapted in big band songs of the 1930s and 1940s as well as New Orleans traditional favorites. LOUISIANA REPERTORY JAZZ ENSEMBLE (JAZZ) Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble showcases traditional Dixieland Jazz that was first recorded in 1917. The familiar sounds of the trumpet, clarinet, cornet and trombone are featured in the ensemble’s standard tunes. LOYOLA UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE (JAZZ) The Loyola University Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of styles ranging from historically significant pieces written for the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to modern works. Directed by Scott Burns, the band has 17-20 university student members. LUKE WINSLOW-KING (BLUES/FOLK) Luke Winslow-King is a slide guitarist, singer and composer who plays vintage blues and jazz. He performs a variety of styles including improvisational New Orleans jazz, Delta blues, ragtime and American folk. LUTHER KENT & TRICKBAG (BLUES) Blues Hall of famer and singer Luther Kent has been a major part of the New Orleans music scene for more than four decades. His horn-based band “Luther Kent &

Trickbag” mixes swinging blues with New Orleans R&B, led by Luther’s powerful soulful voice. LYLE HENDERSON AND EMMANU-EL (GOSPEL) Lyle Henderson began singing when he was five years old. He began a broadcasting career as an R&B DJ on New Orleans’ based FM98 and transitioned to gospel radio in 1988. Lyle Henderson and Emmanu-EL perform contemporary Christian gospel.

—M— MAGGIE KOERNER (POP/SOUL) Shreveport singer-songwriter Maggie Koerner lays down soulful, sultry and hauntingly vocal performances. She gained fame as a guest vocalist of New Orleans band Galactic and brings heartfelt, raw emotion to the stage. MAGNIFICENT 7 WITH DAVE MALONE, JOHN PAPA GROS, TOMMY MALONE, MARK MULLINS, ROBERT MERCURIO, RAYMOND WEBER, AND MICHAEL SKINKUS (ROCK/ FUNK) The Magnificent 7 is a mash-up of musicians from famed New Orleans bands such as The Radiators, Bonerama, Galactic and more consisting of Dave Malone, John Papa Gros, Tommy Malone, Mark Mullins, Robert Mercurio, Raymond Weber and Michael Skinkus. MAJOR HANDY AND THE LOUISIANA BLUES BAND (ZYDECO/BLUES) Major Handy is a Zydeco musician and blues accordion player from Lafayette. Who sings and plays the guitar, bass and piano. He’s played guitar with zydeco greats Rockin’ Dopsie and Buckwheat Zydeco. MARC BROUSSARD (SOUTHERN ROCK) Lafayette singer-songwriter Marc Broussard mixes funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop with distinct Southern style. The son of Boogie Kings guitarist and Louisiana Hall of Fame member Ted Broussard, Marc combines classic R&B and soul with Cajun influences. MARCIA BALL (BLUES) Marcia Ball is a well-known Texasborn, Louisiana-raised pianist and vocalist who plays an eclectic blend of Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp. She’s known for her rollicking footstomping roadhouse dance party as well as her soulful ballads.

MARGO PRICE (COUNTRY) Country singer-songwriter Margo Price brings a variety of styles to the stage, from honky tonk and rockabilly to blues and fresh twists on classic Nashville country. Husband Jeremy Ivey joins her onstage playing the harmonica and guitar. MARIACHI JALISCO US (MARIACHI) Baton Rouge-based Mariachi Jalisco US is a traditional Latin American mariachi band comprised of six Cuban musicians who entertain and educate about the primarily Mexican mariachi culture. Musicians wear authentic mariachi clothing and explain how each instrument is played. MARK BRAUD’S NEW ORLEANS JAZZ GIANTS (JAZZ) When not playing with Harry Connick Jr.’s Big Band, or leading the band of Harry TV, trumpeter and vocalist Mark Braud plays lively interpretations of New Orleans traditional jazz. Born in New Orleans, Braud comes from a family of world-renowned musicians and continues the tradition. MAROON 5 (POP) Maroon 5 may be one of the most celebrated pop bands to come out of the ‘90s. With their sound continually adapting with the times, Maroon 5 has been able to consistently channel their music into pop charts and Top 40 playlists since 1994. They have won three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards and four Teen Choice Awards for their attention to details that beautifully round out the sound behind Adam Levine’s catchy vocal melodies. MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY (R&B) Philadelphia-born singersongwriter Frankie Beverly founded Maze in 1970 with a combination of soul and a strong influence from Marvin Gaye. For the past 40 years, Maze has been producing honest and raw music that has landed them a huge fan base. The Congo Square audience delight in his annual show, turning the field into one big electric slide dance party. MCDONOGH 35 HIGH SCHOOL GOSPEL CHOIR (GOSPEL) McDonogh 35 High School’s popular student choir remains strong and spirited. It starts with an energetic leader and

continues with powerful soloists who step out from the ensemble. Innovative vocal arrangement and choreography make them a Gospel Tent regular. MEGHAN TRAINOR (POP) With her infections, Grammywinning hit “All About That Bass,” 23-year-old Meghan Trainor has dominated pop charts with collaborations and original songs that blend R&B, reggae and dopwop. The singer also plays the piano, ukulele and guitar among other instruments. MESCHIYA LAKE & THE LITTLE BIG HORNS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/SWING) South Dakota-raised vocalist Meschiya Lake is a popular jazz and swing performer on the New Orleans jazz scene. Lake’s selections are a nod to the early 20th century and the Little Big Horns drive a jazz revival that attracts fans worldwide. MIA BORDERS (SOUL/FUNK) New Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders has captured the attention of local and national audiences with her energetic blend of funk, soul, and contemporary songwriting that reflects much of today’s music in the Crescent City. MICHAEL SKINKUS AND MOYUBA (CUBAN) Multi-disciplinary percussionist Michael Skinkus founded Moyuba in 2002 to create and perform modern jazz compositions based upon the Yoruba sacred songs and Bata drum rhythms of the ceremonial music of Santería and Regla de Ocha in Cuba. MIDNITE DISTURBERS (BRASS/FUNK) This all-star brass band, assembled by drummers Stanton Moore of Galactic and Kevin O’Day plays a hard, funky sound. This group is stacked with notable New Orleans musicians and members are encouraged to take a solo lead when the music moves them. MISS SOPHIE LEE & THE PARISH SUITES (JAZZ) Soulful jazz singer Miss Sophie Lee offers a fresh take on New Orleans jazz with reggae, salsa, Dixieland and swing influences backed by a horn section. Miss Sophie Lee & The Parish Suites released a new album, Traverse This Universe, last year. MOKOOMBA OF ZIMBABWE (AFRICAN/ AFRO-FUSION)

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music makers Mokoomba is a group from Zimbabwe that performs in its native Tonga language. The six members have been playing together since they were teenagers. Their high-energy selections incorporate rap, ska, soukous and Afro-Cuban tunes with their own traditional music. MOTEL RADIO (AMERICANA) In 2014, while attending LSU, Texas native songwriting duo Ian Wellman and Winston Triolo met drummer Eric Lloyd and bassist Andrew Pancamo giving birth to the enthusiastic indie-americana group, Motel Radio. Since moving to New Orleans in 2015, the band has found a home in the colorful music scene, playing weekly gigs at The Maple Leaf and recording their debut EP. After adding keyboardist David Hart following the success of their EP, Motel Radio has hit their stride, gaining traction and fanship around the country. MOUNT HERMON BAPTIST CHURCH PRAISE DELEGATION CHOIR (GOSPEL) This New Orleans gospel choir consists of both adults and young worshippers singing traditional praises and uplifting selections with conviction. MR. SIPP (BLUES) Mississippi-born Castro Coleman is “Mr. Sipp,” a blues singer and guitarist who started playing the guitar at age six after being influenced by B.B. King. A former gospel singer, his selections include soulful ballads and fastpaced boogies backed by a horn section. MS. LISA FISCHER AND GRAND BATON (BLUES/SOUL) Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton play an eclectic mix of progressive rock, psychedelic soul and African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean rhythms. The band re-invents songs by Led Zeppelin, Amy Grant, Little Willie John, and The Rolling Stones, as well as perform originals. MUÉVELO FEATURING MARGIE PEREZ (LATIN/CUBAN) Versatile singer Margie Perez leads Muévlo, a Cuban and salsa band with a horn section whose name translates to “move it” in Spanish. The high-energy ensemble performs catchy and authentic Cuban songs.

—N— NAS WITH GUESTS THE SOUL REBELS (HIP-HOP/FUNK) More than just a rapper, record producer and actor, legendary hiphop icon NAS is a lyrical storyteller and innovative performer hailing from Queens, New York. This year, NAS is collaborating with New Orleans staple The Soul Rebels, an eight-piece brass band that blends funk, soul and rock. The Soul Rebels regularly collaborate with artists to introduce horns and New Orleans flavor to mainstream music. NATHAN & THE ZYDECO CHA-CHAS (ZYDECO) Nathan Williams is an accomplished accordion player who has been performing for over 30 years. The frontman plays fast and furious accordion-driven, fiddle-driven zydeco, complete with a rub board, a sound distinct of his native South Louisiana. NAUGHTY PROFESSOR (FUNK/JAZZ) Formed out of Loyola University in 2011, Naughty Professor is a mind-bending jazz fusion sextet that has gained insurmountable notoriety over the last few years. The band has toured and played with New Orleans jazz legends and has been nominated for “Best Band in New Orleans” by The Gambit Awards for the past two years in a row. With their technical mastery and their showcased imaginative songwriting, Naughty Professor has rocked the foundation of the jazz-funk scene, selling out venues and gathering a tremendous cult following. NAYDJA COJOE (JAZZ) New Orleans-born soulful singer/ songwriter Naydja Cojoe draws inspiration from idols Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline. This gifted musician, with a haunting voice and eclectic repertoire, offers rock n’ roll, jazz, country, blues and R&B. NEW BIRTH BRASS BAND (BRASS) New Orleans musicians that comprise New Birth Brass Band fuse hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian chants, funk and modern jazz with the age-old traditional sounds from the streets and clubs of New Orleans. Look for Squirkyman dancing on stage, as the band turns the Gentilly Stage into a secondline party.

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NEW BREED BRASS BAND (BRASS) New Breed Brass Band infuses funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into the second-line brass band tradition. Founded by five New Orleans natives, including yet another talented member of the Andrews family, and with roots in performing at street parades, the band brings new interpretations of popular songs into their selections. NEW LEVIATHAN ORIENTAL FOX-TROT ORCHESTRA (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/ FOXTROT) This 18-piece orchestra plays period arrangements of popular music from 1890 through 1934, such as ragtime, with particular emphasis on New Orleans composers. Founded in 1972, the ensemble has performed worldwide. NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC R&B REVUE FEATURING CLARENCE “FROGMAN” HENRY, AL “CARNIVAL TIME” JOHNSON, AND ROBERT PARKER WITH THE BOBBY CURE BAND (R&B) An all-star cast of New Orleans R&B musicians including Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Robert Parker and the Bobby Cure Band will reprise their New Orleans Classic R&B Revue show performing their own iconic New Orleans hits. NEW ORLEANS GOSPEL SOUL CHILDREN (GOSPEL) The New Orleans Gospel Soul Children perform a high-energy repertoire of gospel standards and old-school delivery. The choir of “children” of all ages is known for its big sound, joyful singing arrangements and imaginative choreography. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ VIPERS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/SWING) The New Orleans Jazz Vipers have been a swing music staple on Frenchmen Street for over 15 years. The six-piece hot swing band is known for its hard-driving acoustic rhythms and spirited New Orleans horns. NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALLSTARS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HENRY BUTLER, FRANK LONDON, AND MORE (KLEZMER) Led by Jonathan Freilich and Glenn Hartman, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars have performed their own lively New Orleans interpretation of the Klezmer

tradition since 1991. The band’s 25th anniversary will feature New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, New Yorker Frank London of the Klezmatics, and more. NEW ORLEANS NIGHTCRAWLERS (BRASS) New Orleans Nightcrawlers are a ten-piece brass band comprised of Craig Klein on trombone, Jason Mingledorff as tenor and bari saxophone, Brent Rose on tenor saxophone, Barney Floyd on trumpet, Satoru Ohashi on trumpet, Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Kerry “Fatman” Hunter playing the snare drum, and Tanio Hingle on the bass drum. Infusing a variety of jazz, R&B and funk with the sounds of Mardi Gras Indians, the Nightcrawlers embrace the magic of traditional New Orleans music. NEW ORLEANS R&B DIVAS FEATURING THE DIXIE CUPS AND WANDA ROUZAN (R&B) A line-up of legendary New Orleans R&B female artists perform early 1960s classics with their own catchy hits and covers. The New Orleans R&B Divas feature trio The Dixie Cups and Wanda Rouzan, who all bring a mix of old-school R&B and soul to the stage, with a house band led by Brian Quezergue. NEW ORLEANS SPIRITUALETTES (GOSPEL) The group was formed in 1956, in the midst of a New Orleans gospel movement, and performed at the first-ever Jazz Festival. Members continue to rely on strong rhythms and heart-felt harmonies, evoking a rustic feel from this refined, citybased ensemble. NICHOLAS PAYTON & AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE (AFRO/JAZZ) New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton fuses the traditions of his hometown with modern jazz, hiphop, mixtape and spoken-word cultures. Afro-Caribbean Mixtape has influences of bebop, swing, Mardi Gras Indian and Afrodescended dialects. NIGEL HALL (FUNK/R&B) Nigel Hall is a singer, keyboardist and current vocalist of the jam band Lettuce. He has adopted New Orleans as a home base for his funk-flavored soul. His solo project includes ‘60s-style dance floor soul grooves, R&B and more.

music makers NINEVEH BAPTIST CHURCH MASS CHOIR (GOSPEL) Nineveh Baptist Church was organized in April of 1954. Led by Rev. Sam Baker, the choir out of Metairie, Louisiana sings a unique blend of traditional gospel with contemporary songs of worship including “Trinity Praise,” set to a Caribbean beat. NOCCA JAZZ ENSEMBLE (JAZZ) NOCCA Jazz Ensemble comprises masterful young jazz enthusiasts from the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school for musically gifted students. The ensemble showcases classic renditions by their jazz idols as well as pieces illustrating their own modern interpretations.

—O— ONE LOVE BRASS BAND (SKA/REGGAE/ BRASS) One Love Brass Band fuses New Orleans traditional styles with the sounds of the Caribbean, ska and roots reggae. Their 2016 release, Too Big To Fail, includes original compositions as well as a reggae version of St. James Infirmary. ORANGE KELLIN’S NEW ORLEANS DELUXE ORCHESTRA (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Originally from Sweden, clarinetist Orange Kellin came to New Orleans in 1966 and never left. He has played with legendary trumpeters and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In each performance, he shows his love for the traditional musical stylings of the Big Easy.

—P— PALM COURT JAZZ ALLSTARS WITH SAMMY RIMINGTON (TRADITIONAL) This all-star cast of New Orleans traditional jazz performers include Lars Edegran on piano, Topsy Chapman on vocals, Jason Marsalis on drums and native of England Sammy Rimington on clarinet and saxophone PALMETTO BUG STOMPERS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Fronted by “Washboard Chaz,” who plays the signature instrument strapped to his chest, the Palmetto Bug Stompers are purveyors of traditional jazz, bringing the street sounds of New Orleans to the stage with a clarinet, trumpet, trombone and more. PANORAMA JAZZ BAND (TRADITIONAL/ KLEZMER/BALTIC/JAZZ) Panorama Jazz Band has celebrated over 20 years in the New Orleans music scene. With a strong New Orleans party band vibe, they blend in tastes of the Caribbean, Latin America, Klezmer and Eastern Europe. PAPO Y SON MANDAO (CUBAN) Papo y Son Mandao is led by Alexis “Papo” Guevara from Yaguajay, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. With “Son Mandao,” the ensemble includes high-energy percussion and a trumpet performing Latin jazz, salsa, cha-cha and Son Cubano music and dance.

PASTOR DOUGLAS NOEL & FRIENDZ (GOSPEL) Pastor Douglas V. Noel & Friendz are a traditional gospel recording group from Mississippi. Pastor Noel comes from a long line of family singers and the group is made up of family and close friends who are excited about singing praises.

PAT MCLAUGHLIN’S NEW ORLEANS OUTFIT (ROCK/COUNTRY) For more than 30 years, Pat McLaughlin has performed rootsy country music with a unique blend of R&B, country, pop and rock-n-roll. The Nashville native’s New Orleans outfit includes local musicians Alex McMurray, Rene Coman and Carlo Nuccio.

PASTOR JAI REED (GOSPEL) Pastor Jai Reed is a gifted gospel singer and senior pastor of the New Beginnings Christian Center in New Orleans. Because of his golden voice, he has traveled the country and world sharing his passion for God and music.

PATTI LABELLE (SOUL/R&B) Disco pioneer Patti LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as front woman of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, best known for mega hit “Lady Marmalade.” A successful solo career followed, with the career-defining song, “You Are My Friend.” She continues to embody a true diva on stage.

PASTOR TERRY GULLAGE & THE GREATER MOUNT CALVARY VOICES OF REDEMPTION (GOSPEL) Pastor Terry Gullage and the Great Mt. Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir is a 47-member church choir from Louisiana that sings both traditional and contemporary praise and worship. Choir director Pastor Gullage sings in front of the energetic ensemble. PASTOR TYRONE JEFFERSON (GOSPEL) Pastor Tyrone Jefferson brings hand-clapping, foot-stomping, gospel to the stage. The founder and pastor of Abundant Life Tabernacle Church in New Orleans leads the gospel Baptist choir with quartet-style lyrics of gratitude. It’s a soulful handclapping, tambourine-shaking good time.

PAUL PORTER (GOSPEL) Detroit native Paul Leroy Porter has been bringing worship to audiences for more than three decades. He began his career in family gospel group The Christianaires and his personal testimony of triumph over illness is reflected in his grateful praises. PAUL SANCHEZ & THE ROLLING ROAD SHOW (ROCK/R&B) Defined by his hometown of New Orleans, singer-songwriter and guitarist Paul Sanchez is a foundational element of the city’s current rock and roll scene. Sanchez’s songs have appeared in films and television and the Rolling Road Show showcases

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ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND (JAZZ) New Orleans’ Original Dixieland Jazz Band released its first record in 1917, the first jazz band to ever record. Celebrating 100 years of existence, the tradition is kept alive by a new group of talented musicians performing iconic toetapping tunes. ORIGINAL PINETTES BRASS BAND (BRASS/JAZZ) New Orleans’ only all-female brass band, the Original Pinettes Brass Band, play contemporary brass music. Led by snare drummer Christie Jordain, the group has been playing since 1991 and make sure to put on a funky good time.

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music makers Cajun Band is still at the forefront of authentic Cajun music.

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REAL UNTOUCHABLE BRASS BAND (BRASS) The Real Untouchable Brass Band not only provides authentic New Orleans brass band sounds, but also blends in conga and a dash of Latin flavor to their performances. REBIRTH BRASS BAND (BRASS/FUNK) Grammy Award Winning, Rebirth Brass Band, is one of the more prolific brass bands in New Orleans, playing almost nightly in venues, second lines and festivals alike. The spirit of Rebirth Brass band comes straight out of the New Orleans brass tradition and is captured beautifully in their fun, high-energy songwriting. The group is loved by New Orleans so much that our very own NOLA Brewery named their “Rebirth Pale Ale” after them.

like-minded hard-driving rockers, featuring a full cast of “Threadhead” musicians. PAULIN BROTHERS BRASS BAND (BRASS/ JAZZ) Dressed in traditional uniform, the Paulin Brothers Brass Band represents the pioneers of traditional jazz. With their black pants, white shirt, black shoes, tie and band cap, the group performs traditional New Orleans music from the 1920s, the decade the group was formed. PINE LEAF BOYS (CAJUN/CREOLE) This high-energy Cajun and Creole band out of Southern Louisiana is known for wild shows and thoughtful arrangements. Inspired by both old Acadian bands and contemporary forms, accordionist Wilson Savoy leads the group in a knee-knocking good time. PITBULL (HIP-HOP/CUBAN REGGAETON) Pitbull’s performance during Jazzfest 2015 was so hot that he was invited back for more, to headline in the year of “Cuba comes to Jazz Fest.” With Pitbull’s 10 albums and Billboard topping tracks such as “Timber” and “I Know you Want Me (Calle Ocho),” Pitbull is an international reggaeton sensation with a pop sound that will have the crowd in a total trance.

PJ MORTON (R&B/POP) New Orleans native PJ Morton is a successful R&B singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. He is the keyboardist for the pop rock band Maroon 5. Leading his own band, his solo album titled New Orleans, showcases smooth R&B selections with a song featuring Stevie Wonder. POCKET ACES BRASS BAND (BRASS) Founded by childhood friends who reconnected later in life, Pocket Aces Brass Band comprises dedicated musicians celebrating joy and friendship through New Orleans brass music. Influences of jazz, hip hop, rap, rock and R&B are added to the mix. PRESERVATION BRASS (TRADITIONAL BRASS BAND) Daniel “Weenie” Farrow leads on tenor sax with the resident band of famed Preservation Hall. The Preservation Brass is an all-star lineup composed of members of the Olympia, Treme and Tornado brass bands that showcase the skill and musical heritage that is uniquely New Orleans. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND (JAZZ) Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a New Orleans staple. With over 50 years of experience, the jazz group has brought the unique New Orleans jazz genre around the world, winning a National Medal of Arts award

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and producing 31 albums. The group has a rich history and a commitment to carrying on the legacy of Preservation Hall and its sounds. PRESTON FRANK AND ED POULLARD & FAMILY (ZYDECO) Ed Poullard and Preston Frank are vibrant elder statesmen of old-time Creole Zydeco. A native of Eunice, Louisiana, Poullard learned his craft from father and grandfather. Frank, also known as “Big Daddy Zydeco,” is a seasoned Creole-style accordion player. Together, they always have a good time.

—Q— QUIANA LYNELL AND THE LUSH LIFE BAND (JAZZ/SOUL) Because of her immense vocal dexterity, Quiana Lynell is not limited to any style. But with a preference for jazz and soul music, her emotional performances are an arresting display of two genres colliding perfectly.

—R— RAY ABSHIRE CAJUN BAND (ZYDECO) Ray Abshire is a longtime South Louisiana Cajun accordionist and vocalist. Joined on stage by sons Travis and Brent, the Ray Abshire

RHIANNON GIDDENS (FOLK/BLUES) Rhiannon Giddens is the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of Grammywinning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her 2017 solo album, Freedom Highway, mixes politically-charged lyrics with a powerful interpretation of folk and roots music. RICHARD SMALLWOOD & VISION (GOSPEL) Richard Smallwood is a multiGrammy-nominated gospel writer, singer and pianist who formed The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977 in Washington, D.C. Today, he and his group, Vision, blend gospel and classical music in their revival praise and worship. ROBIN BARNES – NEW ORLEANS’ SONGBIRD (JAZZ) Award-winning jazz singer, Robin Barnes is known locally as “The Songbird of New Orleans.” Serenading crowds weekly at the Windsor Court Hotel and the Hotel Monteleone, Robin Barnes’ smooth blend of jazz, soul and R&B has a mystical charm about her. With a voice that reaches unbelievable ranges, Robin Barnes has topped Jazz Album Billboards and made a permanent impression here at home. ROCKIN’ DOPSIE, JR. & THE ZYDECO TWISTERS (ZYDECO/R&B) Making his way out of one of Zydeco’s royal families, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. is known to tinge

music makers his family’s style with drops of R&B and soul. With impressive washboard and accordion playing, the frontman and his Zydeco Twisters turn out rootsy, gritty Zydeco as well as rollicking versions of pop covers. RODDIE ROMERO & THE HUB CITY ALLSTARS (CAJUN/ZYDECO) Performing worldwide for more than 20 years, Grammynominated Roddie Romero & The Hub City All Stars is led by an accomplished accordion and slide guitar player Roddie Romero. The group’s energetic and soulful shows are inspired by the Creole tradition. ROYAL TEETH (POP) Since entering the Indie-pop scene in 2010, Royal Teeth has electrified audiences all across the country, and here at Jazzfest. With an album and two EP’s under the belt, Royal Teeth has made appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly, American Idol and their hit song “Wild” has been featured on commercials, tv shows and movies. RUMBA BUENA (LATIN) Rumba Buena was created by percussionist Johnny Marcia, but he can’t take all the credit, uniting musicians who played in groups like Los Babies and Los Sagitarios, pre-Katrina. This local Latin big band that specializes in salsa and meringue music.

—S— SARAH QUINTANA & THE MISS RIVER BAND (JAZZ) With a background in folk, jazz and Cajun music, singersongwriter Sara Quintana is a charming performer who attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school for musically gifted students. She sings several songs in French, which suits her Cajun style, commanding the Congo Square stage each year with featured dancers and a big sound. SAVOY FAMILY CAJUN BAND (CAJUN) Hailing from Eunice, Louisiana, Marc Savoy has been playing accordion since he was 12 years old. His sound is influenced by ‘bals de maison’ (house dances) held in his father’s kitchen. Alongside his wife Ann, and sons, Joel and Wilson, Savoy and family will transport you to Cajun

Country with sounds of fiddle and accordion rooted in South Louisianan tradition. SEMOLIAN WARRIORS MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIAN) Representing Uptown, Big Chief Yam (James Harris, of Wild Magnolias) heads this Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Witness an integral part of New Orleans culture, complete with original headdresses, percussive sound and drum heavy, cyclical beats sure to give you energy to keep your feet sashaying through the fest. SEPTETO NACIONAL IGNACIO PIÑEIRO OF CUBA (CUBAN) Take a trip to another part of the Creole world with this septet, closely associated with the music of Ignacio Piñeiro, a legendary musician of Cuban son, a genre of music and dance originating in the highlands of eastern Cuba in the late 19th century. It mixes elements of Spanish and African origin, which Septeto Nacional illuminates with their renditions inspired by Piñeiro’s choir driven compositions. Hailing from Havana, this son band is as home at a rooftop club in Cuba as it is travelling the world representing its home country of Cuba. SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO OF CUBA (CUBAN) A prominent group on the current Cuban scene, that plays at famed Casa de la Trova club, a shrine to traditional son music in the cradle of son, Santiago de Cuba. Septeto Santiaguero are winners of the Latin Grammy for “Best Traditional Tropical Album.” Fernado Dewar, founder and tres guitar virtuoso, has taken their contemporary perspective to the septeto format, adding fire to the traditional son sound. Bring dancing shoes! SEVA VENET’S NEW ORLEANS BANJO (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) This Los Angeles bred, New Orleans convert began his New Orleans music career playing with Tuba Fats. Highly inspired by New Orleans traditional jazz, with a sound reminiscent of Danny Barker, Venet has worked with hundreds of other local musicians including Shannon Powell. He leads The Storyville Stringband.

SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE PLAYS THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS, FEATURING DAVID SÁNCHEZ, MIGUEL ZENÓN, SEAN JONES, ROBIN EUBANKS, WARREN WOLF, EDWARD SIMON, MATT PENMAN, AND OBED CALVAIRE (JAZZ) Eight top performer/composers working in jazz today portray Miles Davis through fresh arrangements of his compositions. Original, newly commissioned pieces by each SFJAZZ Collective member are also on the slate for this tribute to one of the greatest Jazz musicians that ever lived, and an honor to the art form of jazz music that continues to evolve today. SHADES OF PRAISE: NEW ORLEANS INTERRACIAL GOSPEL CHOIR (GOSPEL) This group of multicultural singers, under the direction of Al Bemiss, perform contemporary gospel music with a mission to introduce gospel to audiences across racial and denominational boundaries and forge relationships that create racial harmony. SHAUN WARD XPERIENCE (SOUL/FUNK) Son of jazz violinist Michael Ward, Shaun Ward began his professional music career at the age of nine. The Shaun Ward Xperience takes audiences on a musical journey fusing hip hop, R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and rock through the strings of his violin.

SOUL BRASS BAND (BRASS/JAZZ) Soul Brass Band is a premier New Orleans brass band led by acclaimed percussionist Derrick Freeman. Soul Brass Band is steeped in tradition, but it incorporates plenty of of classic soul. SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY BATON ROUGE JAZZY JAGS (BRASS) Performers from the historically black Southern University in Baton Rouge put on a captivating performance. Though they are young, they demonstrate tremendous talent. SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES (ROCK) Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are a Jersey Shore musical group that has been recording albums for more than 40 years. They are closely associated with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, having recorded and performed with The Boss several times. ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER MUSIC MINISTRY (GOSPEL) A group that comes together to sing the praises of God during various Christian holidays, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry is an industrious group of gospel artists that performs with a contemporary sound.

SNOOP DOGG (HIP-HOP) Hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, most widely known for his smooth R&B sound and relaxed rapping style, has dabbled a bit in identity and music in the past couple of years. In 2012, he released his reggae album, Reincarnation, a stark contrast from the sound of his earlier 1990’s albums such as Doggystyle and No Limit Top Dogg. His more recent albums, however, such as BUSH, released in May 2015, and Coolaid, released in July 2016, carry laidback beats that reflect the earlier days of his career, albeit a bit more jazzy.

STANTON MOORE (FUNK/JAZZ) A founding member of Galactic, drummer Stanton Moore has enjoyed a successful solo recording career and has collaborated with numerous well-known artists in a variety of genres. Audiences can expect a blend of high-energy funk and jazz influenced by his upbringing in New Orleans.

SONNY LANDRETH (BLUES) South Louisiana slide guitarist Sonny Landreth released his first album in 1981. He’s known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping and picking strings. His most recent album, Bound By The Blues, presents a bold collection of blues with jazz improvisation and classic rock influences.

STEPHANIE JORDAN BIG BAND (SOUL/ JAZZ) Expect an emboldened, soulful performance from Stephanie Jordan, a New Orleans-bred performer whose nickname is “Lady Jazz.” She has been compared to Diana Krall and DIanne Reeves. STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS (CAJUN) Accordion master and Grammy winner Steve Riley leads The Mamou Playboys with an unmistakable zest for life as they bring French Cajun music to audiences far and wide. The

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music makers TANK AND THE BANGAS (JAZZ/FUNK) Official 2017 NPR Tiny Desk winners and New Orleans Big Easy Awards’ “Band of the Year,” Tank and the Bangas are no longer a secret. Forming in New Orleans, this distinctive group combines spoken word poetry, funk, gospel and rock to create breathtaking narratives and titillating musical journeys for anyone that is given the pleasure to listen. Tank and The Bangas are known for their underground shows that feel like pop-up circus operas matching the quirky quality of one-woman show that is lead vocalist, Tarriona Ball.

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group has been together for more than 25 years and has maintained a reputation for excellence. STEVIE WONDER (SOU/POPL) 22-time Grammy Award winner and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Stevie Wonder is an enduring American icon and groundbreaking creative musical artist of the late 20th century. Although his last original album, A Time to Love, came out in 2005, he’s produced a menagerie of prominent hits, such as “Superstition,” “Higher Ground,” and “Sir Duke,” that remain popular even 30 years after their release. STOOGES BRASS BAND (BRASS/HIP HOP) Considered one of the best brass bands in the business, Stooges Brass Band combines elements of hip hop and funk into traditional New Orleans brass music. Since 1996, audiences have enjoyed their musical party and high-octane shows. Look for DancingMan504 on stage to get the secondline party vibe rolling. STOOP KIDS (INDIE-ROCK) Stoop Kids has a sound unlike any other. Self described as a “Psychedelic Jukebox” Stoop Kids play a genre-bending mix of soul, hip-hop, surf, jazz and traditional rock. With two self-released albums since 2013, Stoop Kids are able to meld musical styles so flawlessly it seems brand new. At times a barbershop

quartet, at others ‘90s hip-hop or early ‘80s funk and soul, this act is only improved upon by their live performances which feature frontman, Griffin Dean’s spontaneous dance moves. STORYVILLE STOMPERS BRASS BAND (BRASS/JAZZ) The Storyville Stompers have played an integral part of the brass band scene in New Orleans and beyond. One of the most prominent brass bands, Storyville continues to play in the traditional style and dresses in the tradtitional black and whites. SUNPIE & THE LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS (BLUES/ZYDECO) Former NFL player Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes is a versatile musicians, who shines on the harmonica, accordion and the occasional turn on the washboard. He has established a worldwide reputation for his sizzling blues and zydeco, as well as AfroCarribean and Haitian-tinged world music. SWEET CECILIA (AMERICANA/FOLK/ CAJUN) Having sung together since childhood, this group comprises sisters Laura Huval and Maegan Berard and first cousin Callie Guidry. They captivate their audiences with gifted harmonies and true to life songwriting. Incorporating Louisiana roots music with country, Cajun, and Americana.

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SWEET CRUDE (INDIE-POP) Sweet Crude may at times sing in Louisiana’s Creole French, but their music is anything but traditional and hardly Cajun; and that’s just what they’re after. With their energetic indie-pop featuring tribal rhythms, powerful vocal harmonies and stick-in-your-head pop hooks, Sweet Crude’s original sound has already formed deep roots in New Orleans since their inception in 2013. SWEET OLIVE STRING BAND (BLUEGRASS) Sweet Olive String Band is a four piece roots bluegrass string band right out of New Orleans. With powerful harmonies over heartfelt lyrics and the spine-tingling melodies on the fiddle and slide guitar weaved together by a strong upright bass, Sweet Olive String Band has captivated crowds at their weekly Chickie Wah Wah shows.

—T— TAB BENOIT (BLUES) Since 1987, Tab Benoit has been showing the world what Louisiana Blues are made of. Benoit has three Blues Music Awards under his belt along with a place in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. With 14 studio records, Benoit has a distinctive charm that is highlighted in his live performances where Benoit becomes a conduit for the sweetness of Southern Louisiana.

TBC BRASS BAND (BRASS) Hailing from the 7th and 9th wards, To Be Continued Brass Band is New Orleans’staple second line band. The group formed in 2002 and became the highlight of post-Hurricane Katrina perseverance after their feature length documentary, “From the Mouthpiece on Back”. TBC’s unique blend of jazz, brass and New Orleans funk-rock has molded their sound into one of the most highly requested second line brass bands in the city. TELMARY Y HABANA SANA OF CUBA (HIPHOP/CUBAN) Telmary Diaz is an award winning afro-cuban hip-hop artist and jazz poet. Her musical energy permeates all language barriers, concocting an unfettered sound with a magic that makes you move. Telmary began her rap career in 1999 where she developed her verbal cunning and began forming her unprecedented flavor of afro-cuban hip-hop by mixing in elements of latin-jazz, funk and slam poetry. In addition to leading her own band, Telmary can be heard as a featured singer on the most current releases by Pedrito Martinez and New Orlean’s own Dr. John. TERENCE BLANCHARD FEATURING THE E-COLLECTIVE (JAZZ) Grammy-Winning Trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard, has been touring with E-Street Collective’s Fabian Amazan since 2012. The two write a hypnotic blend of jazz fusion, R&B and easy listening compositions that feel as if they were recorded from another dimensional plane. In 2015 Blanchard and the E-Collective released their genredefying album Breathless that

music makers embarks any listener on a playful and powerful journey through the minds of the musically enlightened. TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE (ZYDECO) Grammy Award winning Zydeco artist, Terrance Simien is a longtime friend of Jazz Fest. His live performances are mystifyingly engaging and his music is transportative to the high-energy traditions of Creole Louisiana. Simien is renowned for his breathtaking shows; a stage full of drums, a washboard, accordion and Simien’s beautiful voice singing the sweet sounds of Creole French, the Zydeco Experience brings a new breath to the sounds of the past with unparalleled enthusiasm. THE BATTURE BOYS (FOLK-ROCK) When members of two wellrespected folk-rock bands get together to write new music magic happens. This is precisely the case when Tommy Malone of The Subdudes and Ray Ganucheau of The Continental Drifters began writing music under their supergroup title, The Batture Boys. Their emotional folk-rock takes spoonfuls of genres and experiences that the two write into relatable narratives that will make you want to hug your loved ones one second and dance your heart out the next. THE BESTER GOSPEL SINGERS (GOSPEL) The Bester Gospel Singers may be a familiar name to many Jazzfest regulars. This Slidell based Gospel group is known for their a capella gospel and electrifying dance moves on stage as well as off, as they are known to join the audience for a spirit-filled mambo line.

world for bringing gospel music to the mainstream. The Clark Sisters have been on the music scene since the 1960s and have since won three Grammy Awards and are still the highest-selling female gospel group of all time. Each of the Clark sisters brings a distinctive vocal styling into the mix, creating a angelic blend unlike any other in contemporary gospel. THE DESLONDES (AMERICANA/ BLUEGRASS) The Delsondes released their namesake first album in 2015 and since then, the New Orleans-based band brought their rockabilly and country-soul hybrid motif to major festivals in the United States as well as embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom. The unique style of this 5-piece band – and their effect on the crowd – speaks to the vibrant memory of boisterous South Louisiana dance halls. THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND (BRASS/ JAZZ/FUNK) With 45 years of experience as one of New Orleans most influential brass bands, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s energy never dies. The septet has always employed a light-hearted philosophy to their music, making it all about fun and musicological experimentation. By mixing jazz-funk, bebop, afro-latin and caribbean grooves the soundscapes that DDBB produces is vibrant and eventful and will get

even the first-time brassers up on their feet dancing. THE DON “MOOSE” JAMISON HERITAGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC BAND (JAZZ/BIG BAND) The Heritage School of Music Band is composed of the advanced students of the tuition-free music education program named in honor of activist and WWOZ legacy Moose Jamison. Auditions are held annually for this transformative classroom program focused on music performance and jazz fundamentals. The program, honored for its commitment to reinforcing the role of music and culture in the lives of youths, is the educational cornerstone of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. THE DYNAMIC SMOOTH FAMILY GOSPEL SINGERS OF SLIDELL (GOSPEL) The Dynamic Smooth Family is a nationally known gospel group out of Slidell, LA. Their traditional sounds are uplifting and pay homage to the Lord. They have over 40 years of harmonizing under their belt, garnering the group a St. Tammany Parish Lifetime Achievement Award. THE ELECTRIFYING CROWN SEEKERS (GOSPEL) The harmonizing vocals of this gospel quartet is led by founding member, James Williams Sr., and includes a rotation of musicians from his talented family and community. Sometimes, the “quartet” hits the stage with up

to nine vocalists. The Electrifying Crown Seekers have been singing the Lord’s prayer since 1965 and are the keystone for the shrinking number of New Orleans gospel quartets today. THE GOSPEL SOUL OF IRMA THOMAS (SOUL/GOSPEL) Anyone who knows what love is will understand why New Orleans’ soulful vocalist Irma Thomas continues to seduce listeners. The Grammy-award winning “Soul Queen of New Orleans” brings a distinctively New Orleans rhythm to Gospel music, performing music from her gospel album, Walk Around Heaven, the music of Mahalia Jackson and more. Her powerful voice has spanned decades, making this iconic songstress a household name. THE IGUANAS (ROOTS ROCK) The Iguanas showcase a unique hybrid of Franco-Acadian and Mexican ranchera folk in their countless live shows and eight studio albums. The original four band mates, based out of New Orleans, bring a passion for music to their Latin-style Americana. They’ve been playing together since the early ‘90s, forming a signature sound from their continental music influences that is distinctly their own. THE JAZZ EPISTLES FEATURING ABDULLAH IBRAHIM & EKAYA AND HUGH MASEKELA (JAZZ) Famed South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and his Ekaya Chamber Ensemble, are joined

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THE BUCKTOWN ALLSTARS 25TH ANNIVERSARY (ROCK/POP COVERS) The 10 time Offbeat Magazine Award and Gambit Reader’s Poll Award winning cover band, The Bucktown Allstars are celebrating their 25th anniversary. With a powerful horn section blasting over that classic rock and roll sound, The Bucktown Allstars galvanize booty-shaking crowds all across New Orleans and the country at venues and weddings alike. THE CLARK SISTERS (GOSPEL) This all-sister, Detroit based gospel quintet is known all over the Presented by Shell | Jazz Fest 2017 85

music makers by master trumpeter Hugh Masekela to share the story of The Jazz Epistles, a rare remnant of a tumultuous past. The album survives by virtue of luck. The 500 copies made in 1959 were buried and remained hidden during the terrors of Apartheid. The reunion of these giants of South African jazz provides an artful retelling of injustice and tyranny. THE JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO (JAZZ) Joey Alexander’s natural musicality catapulted him into the spotlight during early adolescence. His father, aware of his son’s unique musical talent, took him for jam sessions with veteran musicians in his native Bali and neighboring Jakarta. The jazz piano prodigy continues to mature musically, despite his young age of 13, and maintains focused on developing as a player and collaborating with the musicians rounding out the trio. THE JOHNSON EXTENSION (GOSPEL) Local gospel legend Rev. Lois Dejean counts four generations of her family in this spirited vocal ensemble, which remains an annual Gospel Tent highlight. Between calls for praise and healing in the audience, Dejean leads tender takes on classics like “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” along with rousing up-tempo numbers like “He Lives” and “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus.” THE JONES SISTERS (GOSPEL) The Jones Sisters range in age from 18 with the littlest just twelve. The four performing sisters have three CD singles under their belt and awards including a win in the Dorinda Clark-Cole’s Singers & Musicians Conference in the youth category in 2012 and the Rhythm of Gospel-Award for Youth/Young Adult Artist of the Year in 2014. Their latest project, Too Young, marks the second full project for these youthful ladies of gospel. THE LAST STRAWS (JAZZ/ROCK/SOUL) The Last Straws have been making music in New Orleans and across the globe for over 54 years. Robert Ice, Mo Canert, Rory Doufor, Darryl Barnes, Bill Lee, Bob Wahers and Bruce O’Niel will perform their traditional jazz sounds once more this year on the Economy Hall Tent Stage.

THE LONE BELLOW (INDIE/FOLK) A Southern-born and Brooklynbased indie-folk trio of singer/ songwriters bring a mass of over 40 songs written on the road from a long stint touring. Then Came the Morning opens with a hint of piano and drums for their sophomore release that offers some rock n’ roll and some melancholy in this contemporary country album full of heartbreak. THE MAVERICKS (AMERICANA/LATIN) Twenty-five years ago, Malo and Deakin disrupted the hair metal and punk scene of Miami with their hybrid rhythm that speaks of California honky tonk with a Cuban flair. After a gaining a following in the Nashville scene, the band took a short hiatus. Their new album, Brand New Day, is now available for preorder on their website. THE METERS (FUNK/ROCK) After their reunion debut at the 2015 Jazzfest, the legends The Meters are not going anywhere anytime soon. Formed in New Orleans in 1965 with the champions of funk, Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli and Zigaboo Modeliste, The Meters developed a transformative sound that we know today as f-un-k, funk. With technical mastery and seemingly telepathic stage communication, The Meters flex their groove muscles when playing live. THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS (AMERICANA/ BLUEGRASS/FOLK) With a twinge of DIY, this coastal Alabama quartet plays shows with an upright bass fabricated from vintage suitcases, a violin, acoustic guitar and drums. Smooth lyrics lead their traditional Americana sound in an easy transition from small venue to big stage. THE NEW ORLEANS GROOVE MASTERS FEATURING HERLIN RILEY, SHANNON POWELL, AND JASON MARSALIS (JAZZ/ ROCK/SOUL) Three of New Orleans greatest jazz drummers take the stage as The New Orleans Groove Masters. Herlin Riley (known for the heartbeat of Wynton Marsailis ensembles) plays melodic percussion and is joined by Jason Marsalis, the youngest brother of the First Family of Jazz. Shannon Powell, “The King of

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Treme,” a jazz virtuoso drummer and bandleader, rounds out the ensemble. THE NEW ORLEANS GUITAR MASTERS WITH CRANSTON CLEMENTS, JIMMY ROBINSON, AND JOHN RANKIN (JAZZ) Famous homegrown guitarists take the stage together as The New Orleans Guitar Masters. Offbeat Magazine voted Cranston Clements as Best Rock Guitarist for his skillful, soulful jazz music. Jimmy Robinson, leader of Woodenhead and co-creator of Twongorama earned critical praise for his remarkable compositional skills, marking him one of the greats. John Rankin, a master of solo acoustic guitar, joins the others to round out this legendary trio. THE NEW ORLEANS HIP HOP EXPERIENCE FT. SQAD UP, DENISIA, ROCA B AND T-RAY THE VIOLINIST AND DREAMS 2 REALITY (HIP HOP/RAP) The true diversity presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival comes out with this curated group of New Orleans hip-hop artists including Sqad Up, Denisia, Roca B, T-Ray The Violinist and Dreams 2 Reality. This powerhouse collective promises to give each distinct performer a chance to shine. THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS (FUNK/ ROCK) The New Orleans Suspects is a New Orleans funk-rock supergroup. Formed in 2011, the band has released four albums, each receiving more venerated reviews than the last. The group is comprised of New Orleans best, each musician having played with some of the most highly revered bands in New Orleans and the world, including James Brown, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP (AFROCUBAN/JAZZ) Cuba-born Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez and band mates Jhair Sala, Edgar Pantoja-Aleman and Sebastian Natal create danceready Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat sound. The prolific Martinez is an award-winning percussionist, leading bands since 2005. Their second album, Habana Dreams, was released to widespread acclaim in 2016.

THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ RUMBA PROJECT FEATURING ROMAN DIAZ (AFRO-CUBAN/ RUMBA) Cuba-born Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez and Roman Diaz are master percussionists creating vocal harmony and instrumentals that offer a complex union of Afro-Cuban and percussion. The prolific Martinez offers a union of two passionate rumbas: the Cuban and the flamenco making a diverse and explosive sound. They will be joined by other Cuban musicians who have found new homes in New York and Washington, D.C. THE REVEALERS (REGGAE/WORLD MUSIC) The Revealers are a reggae dance band playing their original material across the Gulf Coast for over 20 years. They’ve won several local awards for best Reggae/World Music band. Since 1997, they’ve made regular appearances at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a funky soulful set that promises a lot of energy. THE REVELERS (SWAMP POP/CAJUN/ ZYDECO) Based out of Lafayette, LA, The Revelers unique swamp pop sound comes from the combined forces of accordion, fiddle, saxophone and guitars. These guys have mastered the grooverock beats from the ‘50s and offer a special blend of historical reverence and modern Cajun/ zydeco. THE REVIVALISTS (SOUL/ROCK) A seven-piece soul-rock jam band straight out of New Orleans, The Revivalists are a captivating live show. Since their inception in 2007, they have been named one of “10 bands you need to know” by Rolling Stone Magazine and have produced three studio albums each better than the last. They have brought a new life to the New Orleans indie-rock scene through their prolific shows and brilliantly crafted music only complemented by their charming showmanship. A regular on satellite radio, The Revivalists are the biggest act out of NOLA since Trombone Shorty. THE ROBERT PATE PROJECT (GOSPEL) Robert Pate is a gospel musician and songwriter with an extensive resume including sharing the stage with some of the bestknown gospel artists. His uplifting performances spanning America

music makers and Europe feature Pate on vocals, organ and keys. He is the music director for Tyronne G. Foster & the Arc Singers and founder of Robert Pate Ministries. THE ROCKS OF HARMONY (GOSPEL) Over 60 years ago, The Rocks of Harmony started sharing their gospel sound with New Orleans. Today, a gospel tent favorite, these gentlemen showcase old-time tradition with a group on stage that spans generations. If you missed the morning service, their rock-gospel groove in honor of the Lord is almost like going to church. THE RON HOLLOWAY BAND (FUNK/JAZZ) Tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway has shared the stage with some of the biggest stars, and now heads his own band. With a high-energy show, the saxophone drives this funk machine highlighting Holloway’s extraordinary range. Holloway showcases his musicality and pushes traditional sound boundaries by using special fingering techniques. THE SOUL REBELS (BRASS/FUNK) With too many awards and nominations to count, The Soul Rebels have been lighting New Orleans on fire since 1991. The critically acclaimed octet brass band plays shows all across the world and on television, showcasing their powerhouse horns and ability to immediately harness their crowd’s energy and create a party-like atmosphere. Not only do they front their own show, but they also back NAS at his Jazz Fest appearance.

or progressive. Continually on the move, they are The Travelin’ McCourys. THE WIMBERLY FAMILY (GOSPEL) Led by the patriarch, Otis Wimberly Sr., this family group of singers out of Marrero, LA is principal to the Louisiana gospel scene. With a musical presence that spans over forty years. The gospel vocalists’ tenure at the Gospel Tent is longstanding and this year marks another season of passion-laced, get on your feet music. THE ZION HARMONIZERS (CHRISTIAN/ GOSPEL) Clap your hands and maybe sing along as The Zion Harmonizers commemorate 78 years. The oldest active quartet in New Orleans is also one of the city’s favorites. They’ve been a staple at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since its launch in 1970, uplifting hearts and souls with their Southern Gospel sound. TIM LAUGHLIN (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Tim Laughlin is an accomplished jazz clarinetist out of New Orleans. He fell in love with the clarinet at an early age, with a passion for jazz following close behind by way of the radio. Since his debut on a Mardi Gras float at the age of fifteen, Laughlin has embraced the life of a performer.

TIN MEN (ROCK WITH A TWIST) Washboard Chaz slapping his personalized washboard with sousaphonist, Matt Perrine and Guitarist Alex McMurray playing the most subtle yet sophisticated jazz behind him is the missing link on anyone’s musical palette that has yet to see the Tin Men. As they swing through genres like jug band, jazz, rock, motown and even heavy metal, this New Orleans trio is as entertaining as they are interesting. TOM MCDERMOTT & FRIENDS (RAGTIME) New Orleans piano player, composer and music journalist Tom McDermott performs with a cast of musical friends for the festival show. The St. Louis-born musician has mastered the traditional sounds of New Orleans jazz, and creates his own music from a wide range of influences rooted in humor and sincere feelings. For more than a decade, McDermott has focused on the sounds of Brazil as a source of inspiration. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (ROCK) The classic rock icons, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were on the forefront of the bluecollar heartland rock movement that captured the hearts of all of America and is still played prolifically on radio stations to this day. Since their first, self-titled release in 1976 up to their latest

album, Hypnotic Eye in 2014, Tom Petty’s relatable lyrics and roughhouse rock and roll is as moving today as it’s always been. TOMMY SANCTON’S NEW ORLEANS LEGACY BAND (JAZZ) Tommy Sancton wears many hats as an author, educator and a talented clarinestist, and his band’s presence at Jazz Fest brings a touch of romance and nostalgia, as they continue to keep alive the jazz revival of the 1960s -- much of which Sancton learned from the late great George Lewis.. TONIA SCOTT & ANOINTED VOICES (GOSPEL) For more than two decades, Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices have shared their faith with audiences far and wide — and even on the silver screen. With a powerful voice, Tonia leads her group with strength and grace to rock the Gospel Tent. TONYA BOYD-CANNON (SOUL) Soul singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon is a versatile soul vocalist who performs every show as if it’s her last. As a strong contender on “The Voice,” Tanya Boyd-Cannon proved her raw power and vocal versatility to millions of viewers. TOPSY CHAPMAN & SOLID HARMONY (BLUES/JAZZ/GOSPEL) Infusing traditional gospel music with jazz, Topsy Chapman, along with her daughters, Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips,

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THE SOUTHERN SONS OF MEMPHIS (CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL) Lead vocalist Bob Holloway is dedicated to ministry through gospel. The Southern Sons of Memphis are a group of men committed to singing traditional gospel music. For over 20 years, the Sons of Memphis’ music is rooted in the Word and are committed to their mission as inspired servants. THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS (BLUEGRASS) Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s legacy of powerful bluegrass music. With the addition of Jason Carter on the fiddle and Alan Bartram on bass, their sounds – based in skill in tradition – press their music forward to new territory – both traditional Presented by Shell | Jazz Fest 2017 87

music makers perform with heart and soul and leave their audiences with a renewed energy and zest for life. TORKESTRA: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FEATURING GERMAINE BAZZLE, KERMIT RUFFINS, CLINT JOHNSON, AND MORE (JAZZ/FUNK/BRASS) A special project formed by renowned New Orleans pianist David Torkanowsky, TORKESTRA is a super group of New Orleans musical legends and icons that paint with music, a must see masterpiece of rhythms and melodies. TOWER OF POWER (FUNK) Coming out of Oakland, California in 1968, Tower of Power is a pioneer of East Coast funk and soul. The now 10 piece band features crisp horns, vocal harmonies and that oldschool funk that can only be characterized as “soul with a capital ‘S’.” TRAVERS GEOFFRAY (ROOTS ROCK/ AMERICANA) Keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Travers Geoffray infuses a youthful vigor into classic New Orleans roots music, and his

wandering spirit, which has led him on road trips across America, is evident in his performance. Once billed as Mississippi Rail Company, Travers is performing under his actual name to allow for more diversity in his song style. TREME BRASS BAND (BRASS) New Orleans’ legendary Treme Brass Band has played traditional New Orleans brass band music for decades. They perform at a variety of local music clubs, festivals and second-lines all around New Orleans and throughout the world. TREY ANASTASIO BAND (ROCK) Hugely followed guitarist and composer, Trey Anastasio is one of the most revered improvisationists in the jam band scene. He is most famously known for his four-piece, Grammy nominated band, Phish, but since 1998 has made a distinguished name for his funky side project, the Trey Anastasio Band. With several albums under this title, Anastasio flexes his composition muscles featuring horn and vocal harmonies as well as wayfaring breakdowns and wriggly transitions.

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TRIBUTE TO BLUE LU BARKER FEATURING MESCHIYA LAKE AND QUIANA LYNELL (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Born in 1913, New Orleans’ own Blue Lu Barker sang the blues like none other. Her distinctive voice and edgy lyrics became a New Orleans staple and an inspiration for women in blues everywhere. She was inducted in the Louisiana Blue Hall of Fame a year before she died in 1998. To honor Blue Lu Barker and her legacy for women in blues this year at Jazzfest is the prodigious Meschiya Lake and Quiana Lynell, backed by a band led by pianist and arranger, Michael Esnea. TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE (FUNK/BRASS/ROCK) New Orleans native, Trombone Shorty has been playing the trombone since he was four, and has been touring with his band Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue since 2009. This jazz-funk group puts a twist on the traditional brass band set up by adding powerful guitar and a drum-kit, while keeping the power of the horns at the forefront of the funk. The most acclaimed member of the Andrews family, Troy “Shorty” Andrews has amazing stage presence as a bandleader, which he garnered during his stints on the road with Lenny Kravitz and U2. TRUMPET MAFIA (JAZZ) Led by New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Ashlin Parker, Trumpet Mafia is a project that has slowly been evolving since an impromptu practice session in the 9th ward in 2013. Parker features top-class trumpet performers and other musicians playing jazz standards like no other. TUCKA (R&B) Tucka has been described as a “pillow talk” artist as his songs harken back to R&B greats like Barry White and R. Kelly. Tucka began his career in 2007 singing with Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, but in 2008 began his solo career as Tucka, The King of Swing. He has produced four studio albums, each as sexy as the last.

TYLER KINCHEN & THE RIGHT PIECES (R&B) Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces brings fresh R&B straight out of Ponchatoula to the rest of the world. They feature themselves as true southern gentlemen with their colorful style and charming dance moves. Kinchen’s funky vocals and songwriting are truly a treat as the music weaves through pop-synth and tight horn lines. TYRONNE FOSTER & THE ARC SINGERS (GOSPEL) Based out of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Tyronne Foster and his gospel choir bring heaven to Earth, if only for a moment. His choir, made up of over 70 youth singers and an absolutely incredible rhythm section, is famous for their original stage choreography and their energetic renditions of contemporary gospel greats.

—U— UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ALL STARS (JAZZ) Every year the University of New Orleans’ jazz students are given the chance to show the world what they’ve got at Jazzfest, and every year they bring down the house. With a band of prodigious, young musicians taught by some of New Orleans’ jazz legends such as Ellis Marsalis who started the program in 1989, The University of New Orleans Jazz All Stars is a band is filled with soon-to-be New Orleans greats. USHER & THE ROOTS (R&B) Eight time Grammy Award winner and hottest hip-hop artist of the early 2000s, Usher and the legendary hip-hop crew and house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots have joined together for their latest tour, and the combo has been receiving outstanding reviews for their fresh cuts of Usher’s hits as well as tributes to the late Prince.

—V— VAL & LOVE ALIVE MASS CHOIR (GOSEL) Formed in 1997 by Valentine Bemiss, this group brings together gospel singers who sing loudly and proudly, with undeniable charisma and devotion.

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music makers VOICE OF THE WETLANDS ALL-STARS FEATURING TAB BENOIT, ANDERS OSBORNE, WAYLON THIBODEAUX, JOHNNY SANSONE, GEORGE PORTER, JR. AND JOHNNY VIDACOVICH (ROOTS ROCK/ BLUES) This group, assembled by New Orleans’ own Tab Benoit is a super group of talented musicians who combine funk and roots rock while promoting environmentalism. Look for other Jazz Fest performers to join them on stage for a spontaneous, inspiring performance as they continue their mission to educate their audience on preserving coastal wetlands. VOICES OF PETER CLAVER (GOSPEL) Voices of Peter Claver boasts a membership of around 60 performers of all ages, who sing both modern hits and classic favorites out of the gospel songbook. They are led by Veronica Downs-Dorsey.

—W— WALTER “WOLFMAN” WASHINGTON & THE ROADMASTERS (R&B/BLUES/FUNK) An icon on the New Orleans’ blues and R&B scene, frontman Walter “Wolfman” Washington leads the Roadmasters during many a packed late-night show with a soulful voice that blends blues with old New Orleans R&B, blues, and funk. WALTER MOUTON & THE SCOTT PLAYBOYS (CAJUN) For 65 years, the beloved Walter Mouton has led the Scott Playboys, and also has played Breaux Bridge’s La Poussiere Cajun Dancehall in the heart of Cajun Country for 45 years. Despite his experience, Mouton remains a truly humble artist who is happiest when the crowd is dancing along with the music. WAYNE TOUPS (CAJUN) Fondly referred to as “Le Boss” due to his high-energy stage presence that is reminiscent of a Cajun Bruce Springsteen, Grammy winner Wayne Toups shines as a vocalist, bandleader and accordion player and has been a fixture at Jazz Fest for more than 30 years. WENDELL BRUNIOUS & THE NEW ORLEANS ALLSTARS (TRADITIONAL JAZZ) Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Wendell Brunious is a New Orleans icon who grew up in a musical family and began playing as a child.

In the 70s he became a fixture at Preservation Hall and also has also performed internationally for decades. He’s well versed in early traditional and modern bebop jazz, R&B and blues. Brunious leads the New Orleans All-Stars, a group composed of the elite traditional jazz musicians in the Crescent City. WESSELL “WARMDADDY” ANDERSON QUARTET (JAZZ/ SWING) Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson is a classic swing stylist with a big sound on saxophone, and irresistible charm. A former member of Wynton Marsalis’ Septet, with whom he recorded and toured for 20 years, he was also a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1992 until 2006. As a musician, he prides himself on bringing jazz to all ages and connecting with his audiences. WHITE CLOUD HUNTERS MARDI GRAS INDIANS (MARDI GRAS INDIANS) Dressed in their signature white feather costumes, the White Cloud Hunters are led by Big Chief Charles Taylor, who tell the story of black Indian history through traditional song and dance. WIDESPREAD PANIC (JAM/ROCK) From Athens, Georgia, Widespread Panic has been at the forefront of Southern Rock jam bands since 1986 earning respect internationally for their soul-gripping vocals and mind-blowing improvisational technique. Known for their live performances, Widespread Panic has sold out more shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre than any other performer.

is Where I Live. WILLIE SUGARCAPPS (AMERICANA/JAM) Hailing from Alabama, Willie Sugarcapps is a dynamic collective that includes Will Kimbrough, Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee of Sugarcane Jane, Grayson Capps, and Corky Hughes. Birthed from a series of casual jam sessions, the group maintains its front-porch vibe while warmly inviting audiences to join in on the good times.


by Herbert McCarver IV, son of the leader of the Original Pin Stripe Brass Band. YVETTE LANDRY (COUNTRY/CAJUN) Musician, author, songwriter and educator Yvette Landry hails from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and showcases her multi-instrumental talent with a rousing performance rooted in both Cajun and Country styles.

—Z— ZENA MOSES & RUE FIYA (FUNK / SOUL) Performing a blend of soul, funk, jazz, reggae and blues, Zena Moses has stated before that she “refuses” to categorize her unique style. She leads this band with an affinity for improvisation and spontaneity, celebrating New Orleans’ joie de vivre.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE (JAZZ) The Xavier University, based in New Orleans, established its own ensemble that allows students to perform in a masterful band. They play jazz standards and original student compositions.

—Y— YOUNG PINSTRIPE BRASS BAND (BRASS) Bringing a fresh, youthful energy to the traditions of the original brass bands, Young Pinstripe Brass Band blends multiple genres and are led

ZULU ENSEMBLE (GOSPEL) Seeking to inspire their audiences, Zulu Ensemble features saxophones, drums and guitar into their gospel repertoire that is bound to brighten the days of anyone, regardless of religion.

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WILCO (ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY/ROCK) Wilco is a two-time Grammy Award winning alternative country-rock group that formed in 1994. Guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jeff Tweedy has produced some of the most cherished music of the 2000s. Wilco has serenaded and danced with crowds at Jazz Fest since 2008 and are back again after the release of their 2016 album, Schmilco. WILLIAM BELL (R&B/SOUL) William Bell has been an iconic soul singer and songwriter since 1957. He has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, has received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s “R&B Pioneer Award,” and this year won a Grammy Award after the release of his 16th studio album in 2016, This

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A legendary entertainment attorney, Elliot befriended George Wein while Wein was running a jazz club in Boston, MA. Working with Wein from the 1950’s on, Elliot remained a confidante and legal counselor to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival founder until the end of his sixty-year legal career. He was, during his lifetime, the attorney to countless “greats” in jazz and pop music, including Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Eubie Blake, Bobby Short, Tony Bennett, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many others. Even as he practiced law, he continued to enjoy music, listening to jazz endlessly and seizing every opportunity to jam with other musicians. Elliot Lee Hoffman died at 86 on July 29. JO “COOL” DAVIS Jo “Cool” Davis began performing in Jazz Fest’s Gospel Tent in the mid-1980s and was noted for always having an impressive array of well-known musicians in his band. He was a passionate gospel singer with an admiration for the secular styles of the likes of Bobby “Blue” Bland. Jo Cool was proud to have pioneered bringing gospel music beyond the confines of the church to unlikely venues such as Tipitina’s. For 30 years, Davis held the position as the doorman at the uptown music club and being hip he always knew who to wave in. He also acted as the emcee at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Jo Cool was perhaps most inspired by the late great vocalist Sam Cooke and would often end his sets with a moving rendition of his hit, “Touch the Hem of His Garment.” Jo “Cool” Davis died on August 5, 2016 at the age of 63. HERBERT HARDESTY Saxophonist Herb Hardesty, a core and decadeslong member of Fats Domino’s band, played those now signature horn parts on the legendary hit-maker’s first hit, 1949’s “The Fat Man.” His memorable blowing also enhanced classic tunes like, “I’m Walking,” “Blue Monday” and “Ain’t that a Shame.” Hardesty’s solos became almost as recognizable and anticipated as Domino’s opening piano notes. Besides playing in Fats’ band, Hardesty was among the talents at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio. He was in on the session for vocalist Lloyd Price’s 1952 hit “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” Hardesty worked, recorded and toured with a number of legends like Roy “Good Rockin’ Tonight” Brown, pianist/vocalist Professor Longhair and vocalist and guitarist Smiley Lewis. He’s heard on Dr. John’s definitive 1992 album, Goin’ Back to New Orleans. Hardesty was acclaimed for his ability to transverse many musical styles and even to blow trumpet, his first instrument. His place in history, however, remains with his decades with

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Fats Domino. Herbert Hardesty died on December 3, 2016 at the age of 91. EDWIN FERRON HARRISON SR. Edwin Harrison Sr. was engaged in many aspects of New Orleans’ African-American community traditions. His Mardi Gras Indians roots ran deep as he followed in the footsteps of his older brother, the late Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr. of the Guardians of the Flame gang. As the uncle of jazz saxophonist and Chief Donald Harrison Jr. of the Congo Square Nation and Cherice “Queen Reesie” HarrisonNelson of the Mardi Gras Hall of Fame and the Young Guardians of the Flame, Edwin enjoyed life among the Black Indians. Harrison was also active in several social aid and pleasure clubs including a decade as a member of the Black Men of Labor and earlier with the Jolly Bunch and the Money Wasters. He first masked in 1958 with the White Eagles and once “brought out” the Creole Wild West as its chief taking over the position from his brother Donald Sr. In 2014, 50 years since he’d masked Indian, Edwin hit the streets with his nephew’s Congo Square Nation. Edwin Ferron Harrison Jr. died on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the age of 80. CHARLES LEE SIMS Charlie Sims, the chef and co-owner of the nowdefunct Donna’s Bar & Grill immediately fit right into the New Orleans community. He arrived in the Crescent City by rail as the head chef of Amtrak’s “City of New Orleans,” the company he retired from after 23 years. In 1993, the club’s namesake, Donna, had just opened the spot on the corner of N. Rampart St. and St. Ann St. and was looking for someone to take over the kitchen. With his talents manning a stove and his love of jazz, “Mr. Charlie,” as the young brass band players called him, was the perfect match and, as it turned out, in more ways than one. He and Donna were married just a year later, in October of 1994. Sims’ kitchen was his domain where he not only flipped his juicy hamburgers and stirred pots of red beans but held court. Jokes, hilarious stories, serious discussions took place in the small, smokey kitchen with Sims at the helm. Charles Sims died on February 5, 2017 at the age of 81. JOHN BOUDREAUX JR. Drummer John Boudreaux’s name might not be as recognizable as some of those in the New Orleans lineage of great drum master – Paul Barbarin, James Black, Smokey Johnson, Ed Blackwell, Zigaboo Modeliste – but it should be. He was an innovator of that special beat that he laid down on classic hits like “Mardi Gras Mambo,” “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” “Don’t Mess with My Man” and many more. He was, perhaps, less well known because in the early 1960s, he headed to the West Coast with a bunch of the musicians from the A.F.O. (All For One), label including its founder Harold Battiste. It was in Los Angeles, however, that he reunited with Mac Rebennack, and gave the groove to Dr. John’s revolutionary release Gris Gris. The drummer, who also blew saxophone, also worked on his own projects including his fine release, Past, Present, Future. John Boudreaux died in Los Angeles on January 14, 2017 at the age of 80. CLAIBORNE JOSEPH CHERAMIE Popularly known as Joe Clay or by friends as CJ, the rockabilly vocalist, guitarist and drummer gained attention and recorded primarily in the mid-1950s on tunes like “Sixteen Chicks” and “Ducktail.” When he appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” the host forbade him to perform the latter song finding it too provocative. In 1955, Clay was doubled-billed at Shreveport’s legendary Louisiana Hayride with rising star Elvis Presley. He filled in for Presley’s drummer

when the two performed at the Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park. Clay enjoyed a throng of fans in Europe and traveled there in 1986. He also made a reemergence locally playing the Ponderosa Stomp several times and the 2014 Gretna Heritage Festival. The Gretna Louisiana native died on September 26, 2016 at the age of 78. AL JARREAU The legendary Al Jarreau made history when he won Grammy awards in an unprecedented three categories – jazz, pop and R&B. The vocalist’s versatility was his trademark though jazz’s improvisational qualities were at the core of his remarkable work. He totally won over a new audience with his 1981 album, Breakin’ Away, that included his smash hit “We’re in This Love Together.” Jarreau, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and long time Los Angeles, California resident earned a total of seven Grammys in his long career. Jarreau boasted a very individual style that was immediately identifiable by his smooth romanticism and his distinctive scatting. Jarreau, who last performed at Jazz Fest in 2014, died on February 12, 2017 at the age of 76. MERCEDES STEVENSON Mercedes “Big Queen Mercy” Stevenson began masking Indian in 1974 when her friend, the legendary George “Big Chief Jolly” Landry, the Neville brothers uncle, formed the 13th Ward Black Indian gang, the Wild Tchoupitoulas. Stevenson had always been involved with her community and the New Orleans street traditions as a member of the Emerald and Lady Wales social aid and pleasure clubs as well as masking as a Baby Doll with the Sophisticated Ladies. Stevenson, who was honored by the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame and was always skilled with a needle and thread, masked for the last time in 1987 when she was joined by three of her grandchildren. “Big Queen Mercy” died on August 10, 2016 at the age of 90. MARSHA A. BOUDY As the Chief Administrative Officer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation, Inc., Boudy quietly played many important roles in the Foundation’s outreach programs including the “Raise the Roof” effort that helps musicians achieve home ownership. Boudy, who worked with the Foundation for 35 years, was a graduate of McDonogh 35 Senior High School and attended Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO). Boudy died on May 31, 2016 at the age of 61. EDGAR “DOOKY” CHASE JR. Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. wore many hats throughout his exemplary life – restauranteur, musician, and activist. His name remains most recognized as the owner of New Orleans’ famous Dooky Chase’s Restaurant that opened its doors in 1941. His wife, Leah, who he married in 1946, continues to skillfully run the kitchen. Dooky’s other great love was jazz and he took up the trumpet an early age and put together a band when he was just 16. Later, he established the Dooky Chase Orchestra, a highly respected ensemble that performed in New Orleans and toured in the South. The band performed its last date in 1949 but its reputation lives on. Chase was a political and civil rights activist and as the treasurer of the local musicians union, he worked to make sure that members were paid properly. In the New Orleans

Jazz & Heritage Festival’s early, formative years, he offered his experience as a member of the festival’s board. Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr. died on November 22, 2016 at the age of 88. CHUCK BERRY Bob Dylan once called the legendary Chuck Berry “the Shakespeare of rock ‘n roll.” The renowned guitarist, vocalist and composer was truly an originator and lit up stages, jukeboxes and record players with his new sound that paved the music’s pathway and influenced generations to come. Berry was unique in that he wrote his own hits like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Nadine” and so many more. Like Shakespeare, Berry wrote a good story and instinctively knew what his teenage audiences were feeling and wanting. Berry was also a showman and got crowds screaming for more when he would do his famous duckwalk, a crouched down, leg out locomotion, across a stage. Rock ‘n roll’s creative genius arrived at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1995. Chuck Berry died at the age of 90 on March 18, 2017. DIANE “IFAMA” ARSAN Diane “Ifama” Arsan was a basket weaver vendor at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and became the event’s Folk Art director and coordinator. Ifama was a founding board member in1989 of the Congo Square Foundation, now called the Congo Square Preservation Society. She was also a founding board member of Ashe Cultural Arts Center (Efforts of Grace, Inc.). A graduate of Xavier University. She received several awards for her work and services. Ifama was a Cultural Bearer and passed away on February 11, 2017 at age 65. CAROL ANN SOLOMON Carol Solomon was involved in many civic and philanthropic activities including those vital to the workings of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Solomon joined the Jazz Fest Foundation’s advisory council in 2002, and became a member of the Board of Directors and the Foundation, and acted as treasurer beginning in 2005. She was a member of the Board of Directors at the Foundation’s radio station WWOZ-90.7 and served as president in 2013 and 2014. Solomon was the chief executive officer of People’s Health, a major sponsor of the Jazz Fest. She also sat on the board of the New Orleans Opera Association as well as other organizations. Solomon died at the age of 72 on December 4, 2016. LARRY JOHN BOUDREAUX Mardi Gras Indian SPY BOY with Black Eagles & Golden Eagles Tribes; passed on August 10, 2016. He played Cow Bells & Drums for Indians, Secondlines and various Parades.  DARRYL O’NEAL Mardi Gras Indian SPY BOY with The Cheyenne Hunters Tribe. He passed away December 4, 2016 at the age 57. ATONIA “TONIA” M. ANTOINE POWELL R&B singer with Higher Quality Band with her husband bandleader Troy Lazurus Powell. At a very young age they performed and lived in South East Asia, Dubai & Canada before moving back to New Orleans to raise their children and be close to family.   Later, Atonia formed her own band singing Jazz & R&B “Atonia &The Left Field Band” that performed at local clubs and Jazz Fest Congo Square Stage for two years.

She again performed at Jazz Fest with her husband “Troy “Laz” & 2 Hipnotic Band”. Atonia passed away July 20, 2016; at age 47. SAMMY RIDGELY, JR. Youngest of 17 children and brother to the late Tommy Ridgely, as a young man Sammy sang Gospel in the Choir. Influenced mostly by his brother Tommy Ridgely; he became really impressed with music after he saw Joe Tex’s showmanship and dancing at the Dew Drop Inn. He later performed with C.W. Scott and spent time in the studios at Cosimo Matassa’s and WYLD in 1968. Sammy can be heard performing the song “I Heard That Story Before”; at the Ponderosa Stomp artist profile page. The longest gig Sammy had was with Tommy Ridgely’s Band The Untouchables since 1960s. Upon his brother Tommy’s death in 1999, Sammy became the Bandleader performing at Jazz Fest and around the world.  Sammy passed away on August 27, 2016 at age 78. IRMA “SHIRLEY” MAE BOYD WASHINGTON Known to many as Shirley or Nanny, she was the wife of the late Sherman Washington, leader for 70 years of the legendary Zion Harmonizers Gospel Group, who also a Jazz Fest Gospel Tent Coordinator until his death in 2011. Irma worked for the Jazz Fest from 1990-91. Ms. or “Sister Shirley” assisted her husband at the Jazz Fest Gospel Tent by cooking and feeding the performing artists and workers. Ms. Shirley, along with her sister Joyce Jefferson; traveled and assisted her late husband Sherman Washington & The Zion Harmonizers with various duties in the Jazz Fest Gospel Tent. She passed away January 8, 2017 at age 80. LEWIS WHITE The Jazz Program Volunteer DJ at WWOZ radio station owned by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. He was a retired educator, radio and TV News Director before moving to New Orleans. He hosted the show “Jazz From The Park” when WWOZ was located inside Armstrong Park, demonstrating impeccable musical knowledge of classic and contemporary jazz. He was also a mentor to WWOZ DJ’s closely teaching them jazz history. He moved back to Birmingham, two days before hurricane Katrina. He passed away March 16, 2017 at age 85. JOSEPH BENJAMIN WARRICK Joseph Warrick was a longtime keyboardist and vocalist with the legendary gospel group the Zion Harmonizers under the leadership of Sherman Washington and then its present leader, Brazella Briscoe, performing for decades in the Gospel Tent. Warwick was heard on many of the group’s albums and sang lead and acted as musical director on 1997’s God Promised Me. He appears on the Harmonizers’ latest release, 2014’s Bringing in the Sheaves and traveled the world spreading the word through song. Joseph Warrick died on Jan. 8, 2017 at the age of 76. LEON RUSSELL Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Leon Russell was a multi-faceted pianist, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist who performed an array of genres – rock, blues, country. His first, 1970 selftitled album as leader included the classic, muchcovered “A Song for You.” Renowned as a session man, he also toured leading his own band and made a stop at Jazz Fest. Leon Russell died on November 13, 2016 at the age of 74. SHARON JONES It was just last year that the fiery soul, funk and rhythm and blues vocalist Sharon Jones led her band the Dap-Kings in Jazz Fest’s Blues Tent. Jones, renowned for her energy, dance moves and stage presence, sang throughout her life, in church and at clubs, but her professional career got a late start. Her first album release was 2002’s Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Daptone

Records. Jones, who has been heralded for instigating a soul revival, recorded six albums, with 2014’s Give the People What They Want earning a Grammy nomination. Sharon Jones died on November 18, 2016 at the age of 60. ANTHONY BROWN Anthony Brown, a New Orleans guitarist, worked for many years with the renowned, charttoppers, the Dixie Cups and recorded with the late blues-belter Marva Wright and vocal great Johnny Adams (The Verdict). His versatility was utilized as a session man at SeaSaint Studios under the guidance of the legendary Allen Toussaint. Brown was in the band for the musical, “Joint’s Jumpin’” that was heard many times on many stages through the years at Jazz Fest. Anthony Brown died on September 12, 2016. JOAN MARIE JOHNSON FAUST As a high school student, then Joan Marie Johnson was the instigator in forming what would become the chart-topping “girl group,” the Dixie Cups. She first recruited fellow Calliope Projects resident Barbara Ann Hawkins who then suggested including her sister, Rosa Lee Hawkins – Johnson later discovered that she and the sisters were cousins. In 1964 they recorded their first number one hit, “Chapel of Love,” which became their signature song. Due to health issues, Joan Marie had to drop out of the Dixie Cups but not before recording two fine follow-ups: 1964’s “People Say” and 1965’s “ Iko Iko.” Joan Marie Johnson Faust died on Sunday, October 2, at the age of 72. RUBY WILSON Known as the “Queen of Beale Street,” Ruby Wilson moved from her native Texas to Memphis, Tennessee where at age 14, she met and was befriended by blues legend, B.B. King. Decades later she would become a regular at his club. For a time Wilson also sang backup for the noted gospel singer Shirley Caesar. Wilson appeared in several movies, and as a headliner toured the world performing at blues and jazz festivals in Europe and Asia as well as the Jazz & Heritage Festival. Ruby Wilson died on August 12, 2016. She was 68. CLARENCE F. RODGERS Clarence grew up in New Orleans, graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School Class of 77. Clarence began working at Jazz Festival in the construction department with Home Team; builders of the Festival as a forklift driver operating heavy equipment. Later he moved back into staging, where he was the manager of the Lagniappe Stage. He has worked for Jazz Fest since 1986. Clarence passed away March 17, 2017 at age 59. JOHNDA LE BLANC WILSON Born in New Orleans on March 9, 1949, Johnda worked for the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival for many years, becoming the Folk Art Director in 1992. She also belonged to several Mardi Gras clubs. Johnda passed away on April 25, 2016 at age 67.

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festival producers & staff The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, L.L.C. (a subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana, L.L.C. (a subsidiary of AEG Presents).

FESTIVAL PRODUCERS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER George Wein PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Quint Davis ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Louis Edwards, Marketing/Sponsorship/ Promotions/Concessions Eugenie Jones Encalarde, Human Resources/Administration Heather Smith, Finance/Tickets PRODUCER’S OFFICE Chrissy Santangelo, Executive Administrator to the Producer/Director AEG Presents / AEG Philip Anschutz, Chairman & CEO, The Anschutz Corp. Dan Beckerman, President & CEO, AEG Jay Marciano, COO, AEG/Chairman & CEO, AEG Presents Shawn Trell, EVP, COO/General Counsel, AEG Presents Gary Gersh, President, Global Talent, AEG Presents Rick Mueller, President of AEG Presents North America Larry Vallon, Executive VP North American Regional Offices, AEG Presents Jorge Melendez, CFO, AEG Presents Amy Morrison, Senior VP Marketing, AEG Presents

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Paul Tollett, President, Goldenvoice Stacy Vee, Talent Buyer, Goldenvoice Suzy Suite, Office of the Chairman & CEO, AEG Presents Tanya Plum Brice, Executive Assistant to Dan Beckerman CORE STAFF MARKETING/SPONSORSHIP/ CONCESSIONS/HOTELS Louis Edwards, Associate Producer Susan Mock, Director, Sponsorship Matthew Goldman: Director, Press & Advertising W. David Foster, Director, Design & Internet George Wright, Director, Concessions Laura Cottingim, Director, Hotel & Transportation Industry Kate Sarphie, Marketing & Media Manager Nicole Harvey, Advertising & Media Coordinator Jeffrey Martinez, Sponsorship Coordinator Kathleen Golder, Sponsorship Activation Coordinator Hillary Kurland, Graphic Design & Creative Services Coordinator Rhonda Ford, Promotions Administrator Heather Roberts, Concessions Administrator Ashley Herron, Concessions Recruiting Assistant Jamal Granderson, Concessions Inventory

Operations Manager Elise Ingber, Hotel Assistant ADMINISTRATION/HUMAN RESOURCES Eugenie Jones Encalarde, Associate Producer Dana D. Perry, Director, Office Operations Jamala Roux, Director, Human Resources Nicole Williamson, Director, Presentations & Information Sheila Tilford, Office Manager Linda Martin Patin, Office Operations Supervisor (Fair Production) Anthony J. Aramburo, Ph.D. Intern & Mentor Program Coordinator Jessie Baldwin, Volunteer Coordinator Aaron Bryan, Office Operations Administrator Marion Wineinger, Human Resources Administrator Marilyn Iparraguirre, Human Resources Assistant Cynthia Davis, Volunteer Program Assistant Shannon Fogarty, VIP Office Assistant Trey Leveque, IT Intern FESTIVAL FINANCE/TICKETS Heather Smith, Associate Producer Angie Guillot, Director, Tickets Sarah Hartzog, Finance Manager Cathy Kenny, FPINO Finance Wes Keith, Premium Sales & Ticket Operations Manager

Missy Ward, Payroll and Payables Accountant Jeremy Herbsman, Ticket & Fulfillment Coordinator Myron Scott, VIP Ticket Coordinator Michele Moody, Ticket Operations Assistant Jim Tallman, Executive Director, Ticketmaster New Orleans FESTIVAL MUSIC C. Reginald Toussaint, Executive Director, Stage Production Liz Schoenberg, Director, Booking & Talent Robert Savoy, Talent Contracts Manager Christine Baer White, Talent Booking & Programming Manager Kristina Lorson, Travel Manager Libra LaGrone, Talent Contracts Assistant Manager Jennifer Clavo, Talent Bookkeeper Darlene Chan, National Talent Buyer Gregory Davis, Contemporary Jazz Coordinator Andy Neubauer, Stage Production Coordinator Emilee Wunsch, Travel Coordinator Monique Owumi, Stage Production Administrator Elyse Macaulay, Talent Administrator Jason Stevens, Talent Administrator Christin Dotson, Talent Packet Coordinator Adriana Battista, Hospitality Site Supervisor

Karen Konnerth, Kids Program Consultant Ben Sandmel, Cajun/Zydeco, Blues & Country Consultant and Music Heritage Coordinator Dr. Michael White, Traditional Jazz Consultant Norman Dixon, Jr., Parade Consultant Connie Fitch & Dwight Fitch Sr., Gospel Coordinators Monk Boudreaux, Mardi Gras Indian Consultant Kerry Vessel, Parade Consultant Alphonse Robair, Parade Consultant Dorian Francis, R&B Consultant HERITAGE FAIR Carrie Hood, Director, Fair Administration Michelle Nugent, Director, Food Tague Richardson, Director, Site Dixie Rubin, Director, Fair Operations Gail Wilson, Director, Fair Finance FAIR FINANCE Gail Wilson, Director Joyce Chambers, Fair Finance Assistant Kristie Eugene, Fair Finance Assistant SITE Tague Richardson, Director George Rucker, Site Business Manager Stanley Briscoe, Transportation Coordinator Teddy Mars, Site Administrator Nancy Kohn, Site Administrator Autumn Gregson, Support Services Coordinator

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festival producers & staff Woody Krog, Transportation Administrative Assistant Bill Darrow, Sign/Décor Manager Nan Parati, Sign/Décor Associate Manager Kate McNee, Sign/Décor Administrator FESTIVAL FOOD Michelle Nugent, Director Tracy Jones, Coordinator Matt Owens, Production Assistant FAIR OPERATIONS Dixie Rubin, Director Mary Schelfhaudt, Coordinator Jerry Ursin, Public Safety & Operations Liaison Alex Akagha, Assistant Leslie Compton, Credentials Coordinator Georgia Rhody, Production Assistant FAIR ADMINISTRATION Carrie Hood, Director Christine Berthiaume, Crafts Manager Karl Washington, Congo Square Coordinator Rachel Ornelas, Cultural Heritage Coordinator Valerie Guillet, Cultural Exchange Pavilion Coordinator Kelli Welch, Crafts Administrator Sharita Cenac, Congo Square Assistant Kathleen Kraus, Folklife Administrative Assistant Gray Hawk Perkins, Native American Cultural Consultant Grace McConnell, Cultural Exchange Pavilion Administrator Tomas Montoya Gonzales, Cultural Exchange Pavilion Assistant Clara Sinou, Cultural Exchange Pavilion Intern EVENT PRODUCTION FAIR PRODUCTION Sam Engelhardt, Production Assistant Runners: Ben Lonergan, Zacarias Gaitan Margaret Fryman, Phone Central Receptionist Info Booth Specialists: Barbara Alafat, Kitty Baudoin, Alice Jo Brown, Charles Brown, Maggie Brown, Jacquelyn Johnson, Stephanie Polk, Dreda Smith FOOD OPERATIONS Field Assistant: Theo Marcell, Juleah Marcell Clifton “Bunch” Jones, Beverage Liaison Kay Roussell, Food Heritage Stage Manager Katie Pedroza, Food Heritage Assistant Michael Garran, Food Heritage Emcee Monitors: Sheryl Bradstreet, Bobbi Butler, Selma Marie Jones, Ledonia Julian, Juleah Marcell, Maaza Marcell, Matthew Marcell, Trameekee Marcell, Tyson Roussel, Ire Sterling, Sonja Thomas Drivers: Diane Lipe, Nancy M. Mock STAFF CATERING Julie Posner, Coordinator Peter Gervais, Staff Craft Services Assistant Assistants: Edwin Cunningham, Mark Richardson, Chris Carley LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE / NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE Teresa Parker-Farris, Folk/NAV Event Assistant NAV Field Assistants: Lorna Leedy, Marie McConnell, Amelia Rubin, Folk Field Assistant

CRAFTS Pernell Butler, Congo Square African Marketplace Field Assistant Stafford Agee, Congo Square African Marketplace Production Assistant Camerian Abrams, Congo Square African Marketplace Event Assistant Gerald Blackwell, Congo Square African Marketplace Event Assistant Rebecca Morris, Contemporary Crafts Event Assistant Angela Reed, Contemporary Crafts Production Assistant Dave Rodrigue, Louisiana Marketplace Event Assistant GRANDSTAND Carter Lashley, Coordinator Jessica Pineda, Production Assistant CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILION Laurita Harrison, Event Assistant Aida Schooler, Event Assistant Matthew Rosenbeck, Stage Manager Cassandra Snyder, Backstage Manager Rhondale Barras, Backstage Assistant Installers: Michael Connor, Philip Niddrie, Aida Schooler Rolando Pizarro, Demonstrator Chaperon KIDS AREA Laura Westbrook, Kids Activities Coordinator Kenya Corley, Production Assistant Event Assistants: Tara Bell, Lucinda Broom, Weenta Girmay, Samantha Joachim, Jessica McNally, Jennifer Pagan TELECOMMUNICATIONS Emily Pontiff, Event Assistant Robert Bradley, Frequency Coordinator Pat McCarty, Radio Technician Craig Bourgeois, Telephone Technician DISPATCH B.B. St. Roman, Dispatch Coordinator Dispatchers: Samantha Carr, Joycelyn Scott, Clarence White, Yvette Williams Jenny Coto, EMS LOGISTICS Jason Blitz, Logistics Supervisor Logistics Assistants: Robert Jones, Ronnie Taylor, Jermaine Turner, DJ Smith Steven Kelly, Festival Locksmith Dan McIlhargey, Parking Manager Toby David, Access Assistant Denise Spellman, Access Event Assistant Denise Crochet, Lead ASL Interpreter ASL Interpreters: Amy Adkins, David Coyne, Jessica Frye, Holly Maniatty, Jessica Minges, Monique Sarpy Keith Greene, Tent Usher Supervisor E.J. Leche, Meteorologist Nancy Ochsenschlager, Weather Liaison Ross Bourgeois, Logistics Liaison Jospeh Valiente, Logistics Liaison MEDICAL Rodney Steiner, M.D., Supervising M.D. Michael Kolinsky, M.D., Supervising M.D. Gwen Michon, Coordinator Assistants: Tiffany Wimberly, Kenneth Stock Report Writers: Ed Oden, Mia Rogers, Eric Wimberly Acadian Ambulance Service SECURITY Cdr. Christopher Goodly, NOPD Commander Cdr. Keith Ferguson, NOPD Commander Bernadine Kelly, Security Liaison Melvin Howard, Security Liaison Miguel Romar-Manuel, Security Tent Liaison

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L & R Security Services, Inc. Ed Robinson, President Mark Coleman, Coordinator Alvin Lewis, Coordinator F.E.S.S., Inc. Paul Marsh, President, CEO Rob Strain, Coordinator PERSONNEL ADMISSION Taylor Jackson, Credentials Assistant Vernon Byrd, Gate Supervisor LaSalle Rattler, Gate Supervisor Gate Krewe: Ollie Alexander, Harrison Baptiste, Kenya Barnes, Maxine Bates, Jacob Behrens, Belinda Bellande, Ursula Chosa, Saralyn Joshua, Deborah McCurtis, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Lemoyne Reine, Nail Smith, Beverly Trosclair SITE/CONSTRUCTION Nancy Okun, Administrator Dana Daigrepont, Production Assistant William “Skippy” Walker, Tool Room Manager Rene Hill, Tool Room Assistant Mark Lutenbacher, Runner Dennis Riedlinger, Event Tool Manager Robin Riedlinger, Event Tool Clerk CARPENTRY KREWE John Hyde, Field Rigging Coordinator Keith Brewster, Carpentry Coordinator Jay Brugger, Woodshop Foreman Krewe:, Mark Corbett, David Williams Helpers: Jeffrey Cardarelli, Martin Cardona, Shamon Clarke, Michael Dingler, Jordan Fitzpatrick, David Leibe, Scott Ratterree, Roger Walker STAGE/SCAFFOLDING KREWE Philip “Flip” Giroir, Supervisor Micah Learned, Assistant Supervisor Krewe: Eric Bisschop, Chuck Golden, Eric Hamel, Joie Todd Kerns, Noah Learned, Thomas McGovern, John Preston, Alex Ross, John Rowe, Jared Savwoir, Erica Thieler BOOTH KREWE Patrick Gallagher, Coordinator Kim Cantwell, Assistant Coordinator Krewe: David DeSalvo, Craig Roman, Drew Savage, Robert Schexnayder, Thomas Suter, Sunni Womack, Frederick Verdin FIELD KREWE Lanny Harris, Fence Installation Manager Marie Thorn, Coordinator Krewe: Sarah Burton, Becky Hall, Ryan Badeaux PAINT KREWE Pat Wallis, Supervisor Kenneth Flotte, Painter PLUMBING KREWE Jonathan Chin, Coordinator Plumber: Michael House Plumber Assistant: David Karjanis, Louis Orduna FORK LIFT DRIVERS Drivers: Perry Bowman, Myron Caroline, Arnold Dodd, Joseph Maher SUPPORT Wendy O. Haydel, Table & Chair Coordinator David Stephens, Pole Krewe Chief Pole Krewe: Terrance Cormier, Lundy Dixon Jeffrey Conner, Sewing Coordinator Shannon Griffin, Sewing Assistant Don Walters, Table & Chairs Assistant Mark Borst, Condor Operator Move Drivers: Robert Madsen, Kaylon White

TRANSPORTATION Murphy Clark, Mechanic Russ Skellenger, Field and Fuel Assistant Eric Tannehill, Night Fuel Driver Fleet Monitor: Sherard Briscoe, Donnie Ellis Kaylon White, Support SIGNS/DÉCOR Seth Damm, Installation Supervisor Erik Arnold, Installation Consultant Philip Cooper, Artist Alyssa Olson, Painter Ron Arps, Carpenter/Lead Installer Installers: Sarah Ball, Dan Brady, Joe Chisholm, Ursa Eyer, Floyd Falcon, Alexander Kellett, Benjamin Markus, Jacob Martin, Kharam Suruma, Brian Wagner Robert Mache, Sign Computer Operator Beth Larkin, Signs Liaison Thomas Spiker, Decorator Maddie Stratton, Assistant Decorator Miriam Stassi, Signs Assistant Mike Bales, Runner Condor Operator: Noah Harter, Ryan Nicholson, Jerry Williams Decor built by The Stronghold Studios ELECTRICAL KREWE Scott Hahn, Coordinator Royal Benetrix, Consultant Louis Broussard, Assistant Coordinator Catherine Benetrix, Office Assistants Electricians: Larry Bertrand, Louis Berthiaume, Kerry Blazio, Spencer Johnson, Alton Laraque, Charles Lemoine, Richard Martinez, Paul Murphy, Sergio Perez, Robert Schumacher, Richard Turner, Darryl Summers, Louis Robin Electrician Helpers: Kevin Rousseve, Jamal Ellis SUPPORT SERVICES/CLEAN-UP Philip “Popcorn” Ganier, Sr., Consultant Michael Reaux, Support Services Supervisor Demestric Reaux, Support Services Assistant Lydia Prabucki, Support Services Administrator Royal Williams, Night Supervisor Victor Despenza, Trailer Maintenance Supervisor Trailer Maintenance Krewe:, Vicki Fiakpui, Rosetta James, Wayne Tobias Perimeter Drivers: Darryl Brousseau, Steven Campbell Recycling Drivers: Simon Montgomery, Raymond Williams PRESS/SPONSORSHIP Douglas Mason, Festival Photographer Girard Mouton III, Festival Photographer Zack Smith, Festival Photographer Josh Brasted, Festival Photographer Jacqueline Marque, Festival Photographer Geoffrey Douville, Festival Videographer Nicole Wright, Acura Stage Press Liaison Tiffany Napper, Gentilly Stage Press Liaison Evie Dworetsky, Sponsorship Field Operations Liaison Britt Hodanger, Sponsorship Activation Assistant Peggy Thrash, Sponsorship Production Assistant Mikelle Salas, Sponsorship Event Assistant Press Office Assistants: Annick Brand, Katie Freeman Web Assistants: Charles Lumar, Amanda Thomas

CONCESSIONS Michelle Berry, Hospitality Coordinator S. Michael Martin, CD Tent Manager Barry Sevin, Beverage Operations Manager Jessica Mateer, CD Inventory Manager Patrick Mongrue, Field Operations Manager Dain Kaehele, HBC Inventory Manager Booth Managers: Tyrone Briscoe, Gail Derousselle, Lasheena Golding, Alicia Mason, Derek Rankins, Keira Williams, Sarita Young Production Assistants: Chante Cruse, Cache Jones, Nicole Lavene, Tarik Logan, Stuart Raper, Travis Winters ADMINISTRATION Danielle Smith, Computer Help Desk Assistant Laura Bell, VIP Escort VOLUNTEERS Michelle Mashon, Volunteer Event Assistant Sarah Morris, Volunteer Event Assistant EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Mama Efuru, School Day Coordinator Kate Mason, Assistant Tori Nero, Catering Assistant BIG CHIEF, GRAND MARSHALL & KREWE OF JAZZ FEST VIP EXPERIENCE Kerry Grombacher, Coordinator Rory Collins, Production Assistant Elizabeth Shannon, Decorator MUSIC PRODUCTION Adam Gerber, Talent Production Assistant Bethany Paulsen, Music Heritage Archive Administrator Laura Chambers, Artist Will Call Manager Renata Granger, Artist Will Call Assistant Cate Esser, Packet Assistant Mbita Riley, Gentilly Gate Manager Sybil Schneider, Mystery Gate Manager Musician Gate Crew: Grady Bell, Caroline May, Gerald Powell, Chris Williams Jeff Rowell, Music Escort Production Assistants: Ashley Murphy, Beth Reinhard, Jason White NATIONAL ARTIST TRANSPORTATION Coordinators: Rodger Kistler, Emily Rebert Carrol Conley, Bus Liaison/Supervisor Drivers: Julie Adams, Roy Arriola Jr., Melanie Bierria, Eldric Cambrice, Brittney Clark, Corey Conley, Thadeus Encalarde, Ardell Freemon, Bebe Griffin, Brandon Griffin, Tracy Haskin, Kendrick Jones, Kendrick Knockum, Richard Lane, Latasha Lodge, Byron Mercier, Alicia Ohlmeyer, Kevin Picou Sr., Andre Randolph, Brian Randolph, Elliot Randolph,Carla Searles, Tyler Schiro, Jeremy Tennant, Tana Velen, Hamilton Williams Trenice Henderson, Dispatcher Jonathan Pajeaud, Airport Greeter Manager Kim Spetsiotis, Airport Greeter LOCAL MUSICIAN SHUTTLE Laura Cottingim, Manager Jason Cronen, Event Manager Drivers: Touanna Aubry, Porsher Bickham, Elain Brinkley, Tiara Broome, Nick Browning, Harriet Cross, Lyndy Donaldson, Mike Drago, Tracy Francis, Lionel Henderson, Gerald Katicich, Everett Manuel, Jackie Jones, Jared Lewis, Troylynn Proctor, Melvin Russell Dispatcher : Starr Carbo

festival producers & staff Julie Congi,, Musicians Lot Liaison Staff Shuttle Drivers: Dorian Alexander, Carrey Bowers, Ernest Jones, Sandy Labayan, Eric Picou TALENT HOSPITALITY CREW Tina May, Base Operation Coordinator Brandy Bangs, Base Operation Administrator Hospitality Site Assistant: Zach Spellman, Clare Doyle Nancy Wallin, Supervisor/Dispatch Renauld Lewis, Drinks Team Supervisor Team Leaders: Stephanie Clary, Jamie Montelepre, Eric O’Neill Crew: Caroline Fitzsousa, Gregory Gabb, Amber Garvin, Polly Godwin-Rowell, Andre Johns, Hannah Kracker, Coleen Mayfield, Rene Merino, Norman Pineda, Taylor Reinhard, Fred Turner, J. Colin Powell, Treyvon Sims Emilee Fallo, Artist Wardrobe Danny “Smitty” Smith, Stage Drinks Coordinator Stage Drinks Crew: Rebecca Hinojosa, Billy Patout, Dickens Thomas STAGING AND TECHNICAL PRODUCTION John “Klondike” Koehler, Audio Consultant Assistant to Audio Consultant: Deshaun Washington, Juan Labostrie Julia Robinson, Production Assistant Laura Loughlin, Music Central Manager Carol Young, Music Central Coordinator Kysha Brown Robinson, Music Central Assistant Runners: Scott Jolet, Troy Spooner Forklift Drivers: David Adams, Ajay Mallery GENTILLY STAGE Gregory Miller, Stage Manager Bryant Bartley, Krewe Chief Martin Encalarde, Backstage Manager Adele Borie, Assistant Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Tracy Cassidy, Stephanie Killian, Nathaniel Wilson, George Key Dressing Room: Elsa Kern Kenneth Spears, Runner ACURA STAGE John Foster, Stage Manager Nalini Jones-Patrick, Backstage Manager Tracy Reid, Backstage Manager Jehmal Roy, Assistant Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Denise Hunter, Reginald Hutton, Rob Streeck, Shea Noonan, Erica Thieler, Joe Chisholm Dressing Room: David Sobiesk, Rachel Mayo Backstage Security: Thomas Smith Albert Forest, Runner SHERATON NEW ORLEANS FAIS DO-DO STAGE Chuck Blamphin, Stage Managers Jessica Speer, Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Brock Badger, Robin Hoffmeister, Michael Stambler David Jefferson, Dressing Room CONGO SQUARE STAGE Willie Kidd, Stage Manager Elisha Young, Backstage Manager Rudy Dyer, Assistant Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Keith Claiborne, Ronald Hill, Kevin Nisby, Errol Morgan, Juan St. Cyre, Darryl Sullivan, Lawrence Wheeler Melyssa Mason, Dressing Room Tammy Browning, Artist Liaison Kelly Stiles, Runner

PEOPLES HEALTH ECONOMY HALL TENT Mark Shearer, Stage Manager Vanessa Curtis, Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: William Chandler, Philip Smith

STAGE LIGHTING Corporate Audio & Lighting

BLUES TENT Jim “Boa” Olander, Stage Manager Brynn Baudier, Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: David Eves, Christopher Jewett, Mark Linson, Carl Woodall Andrew Woodruff, Dressing Room


GOSPEL TENT Raymond “Choo Choo” Bellamy, Stage Manager Talent Managers: Dwight Fitch Sr., Connie Fitch Melanie Williams, Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Tyler Green, Tim Robinson, Malachi Robinson Backstage Krewe: Joyce Jefferson, Bernadine Gibson, John Fitch, Janell Lopez Leslie Johnson, Dressing Room Selina Spencer, Head Usher JAZZ & HERITAGE STAGE Ronald Stokes, Stage Manager Backstage Manager: Chivon Haynes, Lemar Arceneaux Stage Krewe: Daniel Castillo, Jeremy Reeves Shantrell Green, Dressing Room ZATARAIN’S/WWOZ JAZZ TENT Kerry Patton, Stage Manager Ashley Kahn, Backstage Manager Jeremy Smith, Assistant Backstage Manager Danny Jones, Audio Engineer Stage Krewe: Marques Neal, Charles Golden, Joseph Ratleff Dressing Room: Veronica Paul, Evan McNulty KIDS TENT Donald Lewis, Stage Manager Louise Fenton, Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Vincent “Trilagee” Sargent LAGNIAPPE STAGE Jade Harrison, Backstage Manager Stage Krewe: Juan Diaz, Ginger Larkin ALLISON MINER MUSIC HERITAGE STAGE Kerry Patton, Stage Manager Caryn Rodgers, Backstage Manager Tracy Recalde, Backstage Assistant SOCIAL, AID & PLEASURE CLUBS/PARADES Norman Dixon, Jr., Coordinator Parade Assistants: Rodney Dixon, Emanuel Powell, Joseph Allen, Michael Johnson, Kerry Vessell, Alphonse Robair EXTRA SPECIAL FORCES Scott Walrath, Coordinator Scott Caddell, Backline Coordinator Paul Duskin, Asst. Backline Coordinator ESP Krewe: Eric Bisschop, Mike Fisher, Taylor Jonau, Jarred Savwior PIANO TUNING Bernard Productions – Sherman Bernard, President BACKLINE Jonas Productions

VIDEO Full Motion Productions – Video Production Pyramid Productions – Video Screens

GENTILLY STAGE GOSPEL TENT Kingston Audio SHERATON NEW ORLEANS FAIS DO-DO STAGE FOLKLIFE STAGE Sound Chek ACURA STAGE Clair Brothers Audio CONGO SQUARE STAGE Sound of Authority ZATARAIN’S/WWOZ JAZZ TENT BLUES TENT CULTURAL EXCHANGE PAVILION Pyramid Audio Productions PEOPLES HEALTH ECONOMY HALL TENT Sounds Services LAGNIAPPE STAGE PM Productions ALLISON MINER MUSIC HERITAGE JAZZ AND HERITAGE STAGE KIDS TENT FOOD HERITAGE STAGE CAJUN CABIN Propaganda Group, Inc SPECIAL THANKS TO: All Jazz Festival Volunteers FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE William C. Carstanjen, CEO Churchill Downs Incorporated William E. Mudd, President and COO Churchill Downs Incorporated Doug Shipley, SVP and President Fair Grounds Race Course Bradley Bryant, Senior Director of Operations Fair Grounds Race Course Jason Boulet, Senior Director of Racing Fair Grounds Race Course Craig Dennison, Senior Director of Food & Beverage Fair Grounds Race Course FOLK ADVISORY COMMITTEE Joyce Jackson, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Maida Owens, Ph.D., Folklife Program Director, Louisiana Division of the Arts Carolyn Ware, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Teresa Parker-Farris, Louisiana Folklife Commission Chair Janie Luster, United Houma Nation FAIR A&A Mechanical AT&T Auditel Communications Beerman Precision, Inc. Better Pumps & Solutions Champion Graphics, Inc. Chill Zone City of New Orleans: Dept. of Parks & Parkways City of New Orleans: Dept. of Property Management City of New Orleans: Dept. of Safety & Permits

Coast Scaffolding and Shoring Coastal Erection Co. Cox Business Systems Creative Communications Cube Passes Daniel Price Memorial Scholarship Fund For Aspiring Artists Denson Engineering Economical Janitorial & Paper Supplies, LLC Energy Rental Solutions - CAT Enterprise Rent-A-Car Event Rental Event Restrooms F.C.C., New Orleans Offices Foster Corporation Civeo Offshore Georgia Golf Carts Grainger Gulf Belting & Gasket Co., Inc. Gulf Coast Tent Rentals Harbor Freight Tools USA Herron Wire Products, Inc. Hertz Equipment Rental High Pressure Cleaning Systems, Inc. Hilto, Inc. Home Team Productions Infield Systems Jani King Louisiana Machinery/CAT Mahaffey Tent & Awning Co., Inc. Markel Lumber Maximum Staffing MODSPACE MPress Mountain Productions, Inc, Napa Auto Parts National Event Services National Weather Service Newpark Resources, Inc. NOLA-Event/Labor Support NOPD OPSE NORDC Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Paralyzed Veterans of America Parishwide Transport Co PODS, Inc. Retif Oil Co. R.F. Communications Richard’s Disposal Robert Jones RPM CompleteXPO Services Ryder Truck Rental Satellite Shelters Scott Saltzman Southern Fastening Systems Southland Plumbing Supplies SPEDIDAM Stronghold Studios Sunbelt Equipment Co. T&B Equipment Blueline Rental Wechem Industrial and Institutional Maintenance Products WDT Inc. CRAFTS & LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE Acadiana Center for the Arts Arts Council of New Orleans John Mierl, Crescent City School of Gaming & Bartending Dave Rodrigue, Photographer Gene Meneray Jessica Strahan Joycelyn Reynolds Koindu Association of Pioneer Vendors LeMieux Galleries Inc. Louisiana Crafts Guild Mark Derby Mark Vaughn Michael Guidry

Nicole Waddington FOOD Aaron’s, Inc. Airgas Gulf States/Doussan Gas Supply AJ’s Produce  Kentwood Springs Water LCS Recycling Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Reddy Ice/The Ice House Sunshine Trading Company  Troy Brocato Craig Dennison GRANDSTAND Sylvester Francis, Backstreet Cultural Museum Mario Padilla Louisiana State Museum Newcomb Art Museum Save The Blues Foundation, Inc. FESTIVAL CONCESSIONS Art4Now, Silkscreen Poster BayouWear Clothing Southern Silk Screen, Inc., T-shirts Renaissance Publishing, Program Guide New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Gray Line of New Orleans, Official Shuttle Dan Shapiro, General Store St. Charles Vision THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor Stacy Head, Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams, Councilmember- at-Large Susan G. Guidry, Councilmember – District A LaToya Cantrell, Councilmember – District B Nadine M. Ramsey, Councilmember – District C Jared C.Brossett, Councilmember – District D James Austin Gray II, Councilmember – District E Michael Harrison, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department Timothy McConnell, Chief, New Orleans Fire Department Jeff Hebert, Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor of Citywide Initiatives Ryan Berni, Deputy Mayor of External Affairs Brooke Smith, Chief of Staff Cedric Grant, Deputy Director of Sewerage of Board, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Rebecca Dietz, City Attorney Marsha Broussard, Commissioner of Health Scott Hutcheson, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Operations George Patterson, Department of Property Management Scott Hutcheson, New Orleans Aviation Board Lieutenant Colonel Mark Jernigan, Department of Public Works Cynthia S.Lear, Sanitation Department Victor N. Richard III, New Orleans Recreation Department Jared Munster, Department of Safety and Permits Ann Macdonald, Parks and Parkways Department Mark Rese, Office of Film and Video Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

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