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Satchmo SummerFest 2013
CC = Cornet Chop Suey Stage
RB = Red Beans & Ricely Yours Stage
James Andrews: 8/2 (CC) 6:45p: Grandson of Jessie Hill and brother of Trombone Shorty, Andrews has gone in a funky, expansive direction with his band of local all-stars.
Robin Barnes: 8/4 (RB) 3:45p: Young R&B singer has performed at Saints games and plays regularly at the Hotel Montleone’s Carousel Lounge; her EP Rescue Me was released last month.
John Boutte: 8/2 (CC) 4:15p: A local favorite with a high and haunting voice, Boutte is an inspired, passionate interpreter of songs, and has started making more of a mark with his original songs—notably his “Treme Song,” the theme of the HBO series.
Wendell Brunious: 8/4 (CC) 5:30p: Trumpeter Brunious took over the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 1987 and remained a Hall regular for many years. He’s also played with Lionel Hampton, Linda Hopkins and Sammy Rimington, with whom he made the New Orleans Reunion CD in 2009.
Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony: 8/4 (CC) 6:45p: Once a singing waitress on Bourbon Street, Topsy Chapman appeared in the musical One Mo’ Time and now appears at home between European tours. Solid Harmony is a five-woman group with a gospel-inspired vocal blend.
Jeremy Davenport: 8/4 (CC) 4:15p: Schooled as the featured trumpeter in Harry Connick, Jr.’s band, the St. Louis native has carved out a solo career with a tender tone to both his playing and singing on romantic standards and originals. He currently runs the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton.
The Dukes of Dixieland 8/2 (RB) 3:45p: Originally formed in by brothers Frank and Fred Assunto and their father Jac Assunto in 1946, the Dukes have forged well into the 21st century with an ever-rotating cast of Dixieland’s best musicians.
Lars Edegran’s Ragtime Orchestra featuring Lionel Ferbos: 8/3 (RB) 1:15p: Formed in 1967 by Swedish-born pianist Lars Edegran, this band plays rags, cakewalks and other classic pieces from the original ragtime era. Ferbos is a local favorite who continues to play Saturdays at Palm Court at age 102.
Free Agents Brass Band: 8/2 (CC) 8p: Bass drummer Ellis Joseph formed this band in September 2005 with other musicians who’d returned to New Orleans after Katrina before their regular bands did.
Wycliffe Gordon: 8/2 (RB) 7:45p: One of the most talented and versatile trombonists in jazz, Gordon is fluent in any setting, from trad to gospel to bop. The trombonist, who first achieved fame in the groups of Wynton Marsalis, also plays trumpet, piano, tuba and the didgeridoo.
Hot Club of New Orleans: 8/3 (RB) 12p: Inspired by the swing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, this band reaches beyond the traditional hot jazz repertoire.
Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin: 8/2 (RB) 1:15p: Trumpeter Jones, 79, began his career on Bourbon Street in the ‘50s, where he co-led the Basin Street Six with Pete Fountain. Laughlin, a friend and protégé of Fountain, is a master clarinetist himself. In 2011, Jones and Laughlin released If Dreams Come True, their first album together.
Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest: 8/4 (RB) 5p: See feature, page 30.
Meschiya Lake & Little Big Horns: 8/2 (RB) 5p: This one-time street performer is now one of the most in-demand traditional jazz singers in New Orleans. Recent tours in Brazil and the UK have earned a growing international following, and her most recent disc, 2013’s Foolers’ Gold, is a charming mix of old-school blues and jazz.
Carl LeBlanc: 8/3 (CC) 4:15p: Known as the Seventh Ward Griot, versatile guitarist Carl LeBlanc is a Preservation Hall regular who’s played with everyone from Fats Domino to Sun Ra.
Ellis Marsalis: 8/3 (CC) 6:45p: The patriarch of one of the most famous musical families in the world, Marsalis is a legendary pianist and educator with a modern edge.
Sharon Martin: 8/3 (RB) 6:30p: New Orleans jazz vocalist has also been a theater actress, TV commercial voiceover artist, and program director for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Kid Merv and All That Jazz: 8/3 (RB) 3:45p: Kid Merv, one of the founders of the Soul Rebels Brass Band, leads this band that tackles everything from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, adding a touch of pop along the way.
Mo’Lasses: 8/4 (CC) 12:15p: This “mostly female” brass band that features the husband and wife team of banjoist Roselyn Lionheart and trumpeter David Leonard. Their daughter, Arlee Leonard, also sings with the band.
Charmaine Neville: 8/2 (CC) 1:30p: Exuberant jazz/funk singer and member of the world famous Neville family whose performances, including a recent residency at Snug Harbor, have made her a local favorite.
New Birth Brass Band: 8/2 (RB) 12p: Formed in the mid’80s and led by bass drummer Cayetano “Tanio” Hingle, this band has made CD’s with both Allen Toussaint and George Porter, Jr. Horn men Glen David Andrews and Trombone Shorty are alumni.
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers: 8/4 (RB) 1:15p: Regulars at Frenchmen St.’s famed Spotted Cat, the Jazz Vipers are a five-piece swing band that performs the classics, from Armstrong to Ellington.
Original Pinettes Brass Band: 8/3 (CC) 8p: The first and possibly only all-female brass band, all of whose members attended the Catholic school St. Mary’s Academy.
Orleans Brass Band: 8/4 (RB) 2:30p: Another band steeped in the New Orleans brass tradition, the Orleans Brass Band is led by Andy Galbiati of Dr. Bone and the Hepcats fame.
Palmetto Bug Stompers: 8/2 (CC) 3p: These purveyors of traditional New Orleans jazz are led by the inimitable Washboard Chaz and are guaranteed to keep the crowd on its feet.
Panorama Jazz Band: 8/3 (CC) 3p: Using only acoustic instruments, this hip band takes its style from all over the map, blending New Orleans jazz traditions with klezmer, Latin and Balkan influences.
Preservation Hall Brass Band: 8/2 (RB) 2:30p: Band of all-star representatives from the New Orleans musical institution performs traditional favorites. This deeply rooted band also features drummer Frank Oxley, whose father Dave was a Preservation Hall drummer.
Red Wolf Brass Band: 8/2 (CC) 12:15p: This brass band, which is directed by Desmond Venable, is made up of students from Riverdale Middle School in Old Jefferson.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers: (RB) 8/4 6:30p: Still a fixture of Thursday nights at Vaughan’s, and now the proprietor of Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, Ruffins remains one of New Orleans’ favorite trumpeters and personalities.
Satchmo SummerFest All-Stars: 8/3 (CC) 1:30p: A super-jam featuring all-star musicians from New Orleans and abroad.
Barbara Shorts: 8/3 (CC) 5:30p: Shorts is a local gospel singer who updates the legacy of Mahalia Jackson with a healthy slab of holy funk.
Southern Syncopators: 8/4 (CC) 3p: This mini-orchestra plays hot jazz from the roaring ‘20s and hails all the way from Sweden. But don’t let their glaring Swedishness fool you; this band can play New Orleans music with the best of them.
Swing Dolphins: 8/3 (CC) 12:15p: This Japanese student big band has a special connection to New Orleans. In the wake of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the Tipitina’s Foundation donated instruments to the Dolphins, who had lost theirs in the disaster.
Butch Thompson’s Satchmo Serenade: 8/4 (RB) 12p: A stride and ragtime expert, pianist Thompson absorbed his first jazz at Preservation Hall in the ‘60s. He went on to become the longtime bandleader on A Prairie Home Companion.
Allen Toussaint: 8/2 (RB) 6:30p: One of the guiding lights of New Orleans music and a man whose songs virtually define New Orleans R&B. A new live CD/DVD set, Songbook, is due this fall.
Treme Brass Band: 8/3 (RB) 2:30p: Formally anchored by the late, great Lionel Batiste on bass drum, this brass band features a shifting lineup that’s included Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews and Kirk Joseph.
Yoshio Toyoma & The Dixie Saints: 8/3 (RB) 5p: Nicknamed “The Satchmo of Japan,” trumpeter and singer Toyama is a lively interpreter and a regular performer at Satchmo SummerFest. Toyama’s vocal impression of Satch is eerily spot-on.
Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong: 8/4 (RB) 7:30p: This tribute features a host of local musicians.
The Uptown Jazz Orchestra: 8/3 (RB) 7:45p: Led by trombonist and director Delfeayo Marsalis, this big band covers a wide range of jazz styles and features some of the rising stars of the New Orleans jazz scene, including clarinetist Gregory Agid and pianist Kyle Roussel.
Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders: 8/2 (CC) 5:30p: This eclectic banjo player has made a career of exploring his Creole heritage through music, whether it’s traditional jazz, island music, or with Otis Taylor, Keb’ Mo’, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Corey Harris as part of the Black Banjo Project.
Seva Venet and the Storyville Stringband: 8/4 (CC) 1:30p: Seva Venet’s old-time stringband plays the sweetly swinging music once heard in the brothels of Storyville’s heyday.
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