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Jazz Fest Infographic, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Jazz Fest Food by the Numbers

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival draws thousands of visitors to its Food Fair each year with its extensive menu of sweet, succulent Louisiana cuisine. While Cajun connoisseurs snack on cracklins and most of us try to beat the heat with mango freezes, it’s easy to overlook the enormous resources the 61 food vendors pool [...]

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The Gloryoskis, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: The Gloryoskis!

When it comes to musical collaborations, one might think that a combination of the avant-garde and French leanings of Helen Gillet, the tricky folk of Myshkin, and the more popular/jazz orientation of Debbie Davis would sound like three-day-old shrimp heads and the summer sun. Really, it mixes like crawfish and Zatarain’s, a slow burn that [...]

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Phillip Manuel, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Phillip Manuel

As a singer and a musical artist, Phillip Manuel is always looking for something new to offer an audience. So as the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival approached, he had an idea. “Somewhere along the way,” he recalls, “I heard that February 7th this year was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landing [...]

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Gregory Porter, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Gregory Porter

No male jazz singer has elicited more attention recently than Gregory Porter, who, since his 2010 debut, Water, has consistently been hailed as the best new voice in the genre. In February—after earning multiple jazz and R&B Grammy nominations over the course of three releases—he snagged the award for best jazz vocal album with Liquid [...]

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Luke Winslow King, photo, Akasha Rabut, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Luke Winslow King

Given his interests and experiences, it is no wonder that Luke Winslow King’s music combines much of the music of New Orleans. In an interview after his return from South by Southwest, Winslow King remembers, “I studied jazz when I was young. I studied classical music at UNO, and I liked Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy [...]

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Lil'Nathan, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers

Several years ago, Nathan Williams stood at a crossroads of sorts, forced to chose between football and music. After a successful high-school football career that culminated as district champions his senior year, Williams thought he wanted to play college football and pursue his music education at University of Louisiana-Lafayette. But after realizing what both endeavors [...]

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Clive Wilson, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Clive Wilson

New Orleans music is a siren call for players from all over the world. Trumpeter Clive Wilson emigrated here from England to immerse himself in the Black American ethos at a time when New Orleans was struggling to overcome entrenched racial hostility. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was illegal for blacks and [...]

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Chegedao, photo, Aline De Souza, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Chegadão

Most North American musicians, if they play Brazilian music at all, dabble with the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim and don’t dig much deeper. It takes something special, a propitious incident, to take things further. Chegadão bandleader Scott Myers was born in Toluca, Mexico, where his father had a bassoonist gig with a local [...]

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Roy Rogers, photo, Jef Jaisun, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Roy Rogers

Slide-guitar wizard Roy Rogers has racked up a great history of Jazz Fest performances over the years and should add to that list in his set at this year’s event. “I have a great time down there,” says Rogers. “It’s always been a good time. I’m bringing a special guest, Carlos Reyes. He plays violin [...]

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Sweet Olive String Band, photo, Pat Flory, Mike Kerwin, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Fest Focus 2014: Sweet Olive String Band

For Sweet Olive String Band’s Mike Kerwin, the summer of ’06 was particularly tough. After months of repairing his Mid-City home, Kerwin and wife Sinead finally moved back in; but nearly a year after Katrina, things were hardly normal. A sickening smell of garbage and rotting debris wafted about the air and when you looked down [...]

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