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
1:37 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Acclaimed Singer Meschiya Lake and Her Little Big Horns Band Play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Singer Meschiya Lake is one of four New Orleans women up for this year's Big Easy "Best Female Entertainer" Award. Meschiya Lake and her Little Big Horns band play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:29 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes Leads International Accordion Summit at Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes was playing rubboard in Fernest Arceneaux's band Fernest and the Thunders back in the late 1980's - when he had a series of dreams in which he played accordion.  He bought an accordion - and next thing you know - he's leading - and playing accordion in - Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots host an International Accordion Summit at Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th...

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:34 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Big Easy Award-Winning Singer Sasha Masakowski Plays Jazz Fest Friday, April 27th

Sasha Masakowski.

Big Easy Award-winning singer Sasha Masakowski is just back in New Orleans following a four month run at the swank Centro nightclub in the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel in Beijing – and ready to have big fun at Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
9:27 am
Tue April 17, 2012

New Orleans Clarinetist and Saxophonist Victor Goines Plays Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines is a New Orleans native of great musical accomplishment. A longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he also fronts his own quartet and quintet, and these days runs the Jazz Studies program at Northwestern University in Chicago. Victor Goines plays Jazz Fest with his outstanding quartet Sunday, April 29th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:08 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Second Generation Afrobeat Bandleader Seun Kuti Plays Jazz Fest April 27th

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's youngest son – saxophonist and singer Seun Kuti – was just 15 when he took over the Egypt 80 band after his father's death in 1997.  After struggling for a few years Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 are again touring the world, performing at important festivals and major venues.  They play Jazz Fest Friday, April 27th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:36 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Grammy-Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops Play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Carolina Chocolate Drops singer and banjoist Rhiannon Giddens was preparing for a career in opera when she discovered the rich tradition of African-American string band music and performance in the Piedmont region. She completely changed directions, and co-founded the now Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. The Carolina Chocolate Drops play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:03 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

New Orleans Clarinetist Dr. Michael White Plays Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Dr. Michael White.

New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Jazz Band deliver authentic New Orleans jazz with an irresistible blend of passion, verve, experience and expertise.  They play Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:10 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Conga Superstar Poncho Sanchez and his band play Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th

Conga player Poncho Sanchez.

Poncho Sanchez is one of the world's greatest conga players — and has led his own band now for 32 years. Sanchez and his band — featuring special guest Terence Blanchard — play Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

DJ Soul Sister Spins Rare Groove at Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Marc Pagani

DJ Soul Sister — a.k.a. Melissa Weber — spins her enticing brand of "Rare Groove" from the Congo Square stage at Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:06 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Singer Dianne Reeves Plays Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Dianne Reeves is one of the world's finest jazz singers, and through the years she has hired a lot of New Orleans musicians for her bands — including Herlin Riley, Chris Severin, David Torkanowsky — and these days, pianist Peter Martin and bassist Reginald Veal, who will be featured in her quintet at Jazz Fest.

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