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Fest Focus: Geri Allen

GERI ALLEN: THE ERROLL GARNER JAZZ PROJECT FRIDAY, APRIL 22—ZATARAIN’S WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 4:10 P.M.   In the world of jazz, much is made of the company one keeps. By […]

Fest Focus: Cary Hudson

CARY HUDSON & THE PINEY WOOD PLAYERS FRIDAY, APRIL 29—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 3 P.M.   “It’s about sex,” Cary Hudson confesses about the meaning behind his tune “Local Honey.” “Like everything […]

Fest Focus: Sharon Jones

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS FRIDAY, APRIL 22—BLUES TENT, 5:45 P.M.   “They got a lot of singers coming out today that say they do R&B, soul and funk,” […]

Fest Focus: The Suffers

THURSDAY, APRIL 28—CONGO SQUARE STAGE, 4:10 P.M.   The Suffers, a formidable ten-piece soul gang from Houston, Texas, are having a hell of a year. Their self-titled February full-length debut […]

Fest Focus: King James

KING JAMES & THE SPECIAL MEN SATURDAY, APRIL 30—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 5:35 P.M.   Jimmy Horn was playing upright bass in a “kinda stern” experimental jazz group 15 or so years […]

Fest Focus: Rhiannon Giddens

SUNDAY, APRIL 24—BLUES TENT, 3:50 P.M.   Rhiannon Giddens may have pivoted to a solo career in recent years, but solo doesn’t always mean what it’s supposed to in the […]

Fest Focus: Jack DeJohnette

DEJOHNETTE·COLTRANE·GARRISON SATURDAY, APRIL 23—ZATARAIN’S WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 4:05 P.M.   In the early ’60s, young jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette walked in a jazz club in his home town of Chicago […]

Fest Focus: Ed Volker

ED VOLKER’S QUINTET NARCOSIS SUNDAY, APRIL 24—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 2:35 P.M.   Ed Volker introduced his post-Radiators project Trio Mollusc at Jazz Fest a few years back. The band’s wild concatenations […]

Fest Focus: Helen Gillet

THURSDAY, APRIL 28—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 3:05 P.M.   Equally at home playing traditional, plaintive French chansons and musettes as she is manipulating tape loops and embarking on wild improvisations, the cellist […]

Fest Focus: Marlon Jordan

MARLON JORDAN PLAYS THE MUSIC OF MILES, TRANE AND BIRD THURSDAY, APRIL 28—ZATARAIN’S WWOZ JAZZ STAGE, 1:40 P.M.   New Orleans trumpeter Marlon Jordan is quite familiar with the Jazz […]