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Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers 8:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Dinner Show with Seating Available Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers 10:00 pm
Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:15 pm
Standing Room Only Show Upstairs Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.
An Evening with John Thomas Griffith 11:00 pm
An Evening with John Thomas Griffith
Apr 25 @ 11:00 pm
American singer-songwriter John Thomas Griffith is best known as a guitarist and vocalist for the band Cowboy Mouth. John first established himself on the American music scene in the early 1980s as lead singer and guitarist for the Red Rockers, co-writing their 1983 MTV hit “China”. Griffith was born in Lubbock, Texas, and raised in Houston, but it was in Louisiana, while attending LSU in Baton Rouge, that he began his professional musical career. Finding a base in New Orleans, Griffith and friends started the early punk rock band Red Rockers. After a short but successful career highlighted by the “China” single and its album Good As Gold (1983), Red Rockers disbanded in early 1985. Griffith formed Cowboy Mouth in 1990, and the band continues to tour with over a dozen full-length albums in its repertoire. Griffith released his first solo CD, Son of an Engineer, in 2000 on Laughing Gravy Music. Known by most music fans as “JTG” or “Griff”, John Thomas Griffith was inducted into Buddy magazine’s Texas Guitar Hall of Fame in 1999, joining Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Eric Johnson, and others. When not touring, he resides in Los Angeles, California, and scores motion picture soundtracks.
The Funky Drummer feat. Adam Deitch, Wil Blades, The Shady Horns, and Special Guests! 11:59 pm
The Funky Drummer feat. Adam Deitch, Wil Blades, The Shady Horns, and Special Guests!
Apr 25 @ 11:59 pm
Feat. Adam Deitch, Wil Blades, The Shady Horns, and Special Guests!! — Late Night on Saturday — Adam Deitch’s career has crossed genres, focusing on hip-hop, funk and jazz, playing the role of both drummer and producer. The son of two professional funk drummers and Berklee grads, Adam first picked up his sticks at the age of two. His first gig was at a school assembly for his kindergarten class. Adam was inspired by hip-hop at an early age, inspired by Public Enemy and Eric B and Rakim, Adam began his production career by making loops on a tape deck in his bedroom and has gone on to produce tracks for some of today’s top artists including Ledisi, Matisyahu, 50-Cent, Redman, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and MF Doom. Wil Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. He has been named in the Downbeat critics poll under “Rising Star” for organ every year since 2006. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. Wil has performed and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others. The Shady Horns are one the tightest and[...]
Jazz Brunch with the New Orleans Swingin Gypsies 10:00 am
Jazz Brunch with the New Orleans Swingin Gypsies
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Beyond Jazz: Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades, and Mike Clark 8:00 pm
Beyond Jazz: Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades, and Mike Clark
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Since 1994 when Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with “From This Moment,” the trumpeter has been lauded as one of the leading young instrumental voices in jazz. Even though he started out as a “young lion,” one of the new generation guardians of the swing and bebop flames, the 38-year-old Payton has devoted himself to discovering sounds outside of strict traditional confines. Having grown up in a family and community of musicians in New Orleans, Payton has built his unique voice by melding a post-bop foundation, a heavy emphasis on groove, a soulful history and various experimental elements. The New York Times has called Payton, “abundantly gifted,” while Music Direct describes his latest group including trumpet, piano, Fender Rhodes, bass, drums, percussion and vocals as “Soulful, pensive and romantic.” Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the 1970s. He first became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust (1974) album, and Hancock once remarked, “the solo he played on ‘Actual Proof’ is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums.” Clark also appeared on Hancock’s groundbreaking Flood and Man-Child releases for the Columbia label, in addition to leading The Headhunters’ own albums for Arista Records, and playing on the now-legendary They Say I’m Different album (1974) by funk artist Betty Davis, ex-wife of Miles Davis. Next to James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield,[...]
Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs 10:00 pm
Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
Apr 26 @ 10:00 pm
Music has been a part of Shamarr Allen’s life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr’s countless career accomplishments are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M.. His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, “Bring Em To The Dome,” the ecologically conscious oil spill record, “Sorry Ain’t Enough No More.” In 2011, he with his band the Underdawgs, were invited to tour Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department. With all of those amazing achievements, Shamarr claims one of his favorite moments as being the first trumpet player to play the National Anthem for President Barack Obama. Ultimately, he played for the President twice, the second time with multi-platinum artist, Harry Connick Jr. at the White House. Shamarr has always done “his own thing,” which is only one of the many reasons his album contains no cover songs and only original material. “I’m just going to keep doing my own music, I believe that creating new music is just as important is live improvisation.” As Shamarr Allen’s star keeps rising, it is evident that everything he sets to do will be just like his music: unique and unforgettable.
Hidden Gems: Local Artists at the Little Gem 7:00 pm
Hidden Gems: Local Artists at the Little Gem
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 12:00 am
The Little Gem Saloon hosts a Micro-Festival on Tuesday April 27th. Music starts at 7pm and continues til Midnight featuring amazing local acts like Jon Roniger, Lynn Drury, The New Orleans Upstarts, Margie Perez, The Mumbles, and Alexandra Scott. We’ll be selling cold beer and hot food off the grill while these “Hidden Gems” of the Nola Music scene entertain. It’s a party!
Honey Night: The California Honeydrops 9:00 pm
Honey Night: The California Honeydrops
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world: on their nine European tours, to featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and performances in 2013 supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.
Honey Night: Chawa & Spyboy Honey, Papa Mali, and The Honey Island Swamp Band 10:00 pm
Honey Night: Chawa & Spyboy Honey, Papa Mali, and The Honey Island Swamp Band
Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm
Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together after 4 friends were marooned in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Formed on the strength of timeless songs from Aaron Wilkinson and Chris Mulé, HISB’s “Bayou Americana” sound has been compared to the music of such forefathers as Lowell George, Earl King, Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Gram Parsons and Jimmy Reed. Their eponymous EP was recorded in 2006 at famed studio The Plant in Sausalito, CA, and was received so well that they all decided to continue the band upon moving back home to New Orleans in 2007. Papa Mali (born Malcolm Helm Welbourne in Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 6,1957) is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Dead’s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia) and now co-writes much of 7 Walkers material with Welbourne. Papa Mali is also known for his own live performances and recorded output, most notably his two albums for Fog City Records (2000′s Thunder Chicken and 2007′s Do Your Thing), both produced by Dan[...]
Cutting Edge presents The Listening Room 7:00 pm
Cutting Edge presents The Listening Room
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm
This week featuring Ruby Rendrag and Michaela Harrison
Glen David Andrews 8:00 pm
Glen David Andrews
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
Glen David Andrews’ no holds barred performances have brought him attention as one of NOLA’s brightest talents. His performances have been called “transformative,” “over the top,” and “otherworldly.” With the chops of a soul legend and the passion of a tent revival, Glen David Andrews is an inspiration. The music of New Orleans is steeped in tradition. Glen David Andrews has absorbed this tradition and given his life and work over to bringing it into the future. Andrews is bearing the torch of one of the worlds greatest musical heritages. He has been surrounded by the music of New Orleans since his youth in the historic Treme section of the city. He has become a champion of New Orleans, playing horn in numerous bands and even being featured in the Spike Lee Documentary “When The Levees Broke” (2006). This seems to be just the beginning for Glen David Andrews, a talent who, like his city, will not fade away.
Little Freddie King 10:00 pm
Little Freddie King
Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm
The cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins, King learned guitar from his father, but in 1954 moved to New Orleans at the age of 14. He played in many juke joints with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, and Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar. He recorded an electric blues album with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour alongside Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker. His next recording opportunity came some twenty seven years after his first in 1996, with the release of Swamp Boogie. King’s Sing Sang Sung (2000) was recorded live at the Dream Palace in Faubourg Marigny. King played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 32 consecutive years.
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road 8:00 pm
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans clarinet tradition. His highly personal brand of “contemporary, early jazz” strives to extend the legacies of early Creole clarinetists such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard. Critics remarking on Christopher’s dynamic expressiveness have coined his style “close-encounter music” (NEW YORK TIMES) and have called his respect for the music traditions of New Orleans, “a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past.” (THE OBSERVER, UK). He is joined on this concert by Tyrone Jackson on keyboards, David Pulphus on bass, and Geoff Clapp on drums. Please note that this is a “Listening Show” – Audience members are asked to refrain from loud talking and flash photography during this show. Thank you!
Blue Plate Special: John Medeski, Terence Higgins, Will Bernard, & Kirk Joseph 10:00 pm
Blue Plate Special: John Medeski, Terence Higgins, Will Bernard, & Kirk Joseph
Apr 30 @ 10:00 pm
Will Bernard is known as a guitarist versed in many styles and has been nominated for a Grammy twice. He has recorded 7 albums as a leader. 14 years ago he came to Jazz Fest for the first time and has been coming back every year since. He has been seen around and about with the Stanton Moore trio, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Groundation, and Warner bros. recording supergroup TJ Kirk. His 2008 Palmetto CD “Blue Plate Special” Featured John Medeski, Stanton Moore and Andy Hess. John Medeski is a veteran of New York’s 1990s avant-garde jazz scene and is known popularly as a member of Medeski Martin & Wood. After studying piano as a child (starting when he was five years old), he began as a teenager to perform with musicians such as Mark Murphy and Jaco Pastorius. Medeski performs in a range of musical styles, from accessible groove based funk and jazz to more experimental music. New Orleans is known for its great music and culture, and it is also known for spawning some of greatest drummers in the world. With a unique blend of slinky street beats, New Orleans funk, R&B, Zydeco, blues, traditional jazz, and swing, it gives New Orleans Drummers that “thang.” Terrence Higgins was born in New Orleans and introduced to the drums at a very young age by his great grandfather. Specializing in New Orleans grooves and keeping in touch with the Crescent City’s second line tradition and early New Orleans funk and[...]