Jazz Fest Minutes

Weekdays through May 3rd

Learn a lot about the top performers at this year’s Jazz Fest in just a little while, with a fresh set of WWNO’s multi-award-winning Jazz Fest Minutes. Join producer Fred Kasten for these 120-second profiles, and find out about the musical backgrounds, influences and inspirations (and even sample some of the music!) of a diverse cross-section of the artists performing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. These twenty spots will cover them all, from multiple Grammy winners to those deserving wider recognition.

Catch Jazz Fest Minutes weekdays through May 3 right here on 89.9 WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio, at 7:59 a.m., during Morning Edition; at 1:04 p.m., just after the news from NPR; at 5:59 p.m., during All Things Considered; and anytime at all right here at WWNO.org!

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:03 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

New Orleans Pianist Jesse McBride Leads Living Tribute to Harold Battiste at Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6

Top-notch New Orleans pianist Jesse McBride is a long-time friend and protege of outstanding composer, arranger, producer, educator and saxophonist Harold Battiste – and leads an all-star big band living tribute to Battiste, with special guests Germaine Bazzle and Ellis Marsalis, at Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Soul-Stirring Singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Play Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6th

For right at a decade now Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been one of the most soulful and dynamic bands going. They play Jazz Fest Sunday, May 6.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:26 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Great Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon to Bring "Hello Pops" Louis Armstrong Tribute to Jazz Fest May 4th

Wycliffe Gordon is one of the world's finest trombonists - a talented trumpeter - and gifted vocalist.  Wycliffe Gordon brings his acclaimed "Hello Pops" tribute to Louis Armstrong to Jazz Fest Friday, May 4th...

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:57 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Great Pianist and Composer Herbie Hancock Plays Jazz Fest with His Quartet Saturday, May 5th

Herbie Hancock is one of the world's finest pianists – and a great composer.  He plays Jazz Fest with his quartet Saturday, May 5.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:15 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Iguanas to Debut New "Sin to Sin" CD at Jazz Fest Thursday, May 3rd

For over 20 years now Rod Hodges, Joe Cabral and the Iguanas have lured listeners onto the dance floor with their intoxicating blend of blues and Latin grooves.  Catch them playing music from their new CD Sin to Sin at Jazz Fest Thursday, May 3.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:21 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Versatile and Accomplished New Orleans Pianist Larry Sieberth Plays Jazz Fest Seven Times in 2012

Larry Sieberth.

Larry Sieberth is one of New Orleans' most versatile and accomplished pianists and a top-notch arranger and composer – which may account for him landing 7 gigs at this year's fest – including Saturday, April 28th, with The Gospel According to Jazz, and Thursday, May 3rd, with the Joint's Jumpin'.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:26 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Bassist George Porter, Jr. Plays Jazz Fest with Runnin' Pardners May 3, and funky METERS May 6

Great New Orleans bassist George Porter, Jr. plays Jazz Fest with his longtime Runnin' Pardners Thursday, May 3, and with the funky METERS Sunday, May 6.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:29 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

New Orleans Trombonist Mark Mullins and Bonerama Play Jazz Fest Friday, May 4th

Mark Mullins.

New Orleans trombonist Mark Mullins, and his slidework colleague Craig Klein, formed Bonerama nearly 15 years ago to put the trombone front and center in a contemporary music ensemble – a notion Mullins began nurturing from his earliest days playing trombone.  Mark Mullins and Bonerama play Jazz Fest Friday, May 4th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Pianist and Former New Orleanian Peter Martin Plays Jazz Fest April 28th and 29th

Pianist Peter Martin – a former New Orleanian who maintains deep ties to the Crescent City – plays Jazz Fest with his trio Saturday, April 28th. He then backs Grammy-winning singer Dianne Reeves at Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 29th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
7:07 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Clarinetist Ben Schenck and the Panorama Jazz Band Play Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Clarinetist Ben Schenck and the Panorama Jazz Band play an eclectic world of music – from klezmer to beguine, second-line to swing – Sunday, April 29th at Jazz Fest.

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