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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest 2013 Kicks Off With Native American Focus

First day of Jazz Fest at the Fais Do Do stage. Early birds get the shade.
Eve Troeh WWNO

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicked off Friday. Beautiful weather greeted the crowds with their hats and folding chairs as they streamed through the gates at 11 a.m.

Some turned their heads at road crews still working on Esplanade Avenue.

Construction on long-term street projects has slowed down for the festival, and Esplanade will remain open to traffic throughout.

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Jazz Fest 2013
3:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Food: New Tastes For 2013

Our own Poppy Tooker at the Jazz Fest with a pork chop sandwich from Ms. Linda’s Catering.
Hallie Sheck WWNO

On average, Jazz Fest adds $300 million to the local economy and is expected to draw nearly half a million attendees this year.

And all of those people need to be fed.

With over 70 food and beverage vendors, Jazz Fest does not disappoint. We spoke with Poppy Tooker, the host of WWNO's Lousiana Eats!, as she went through her annual ritual surveying the food booths at Jazz Fest. We got to preview some of the new dishes hitting the festival food scene.

Poppy's top picks to try?

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2013 Jazz Fest
3:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

2013 Jazz Fest Map

2013 Jazz Fest map.

Looking for a particular stage at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell? Can't find the bathrooms? Take a look at the Festival Map. You can download a high-resolution version of the map by clicking here.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:32 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Banjoman Don Vappie

Don Vappie.

Don Vappie grew up in New Orleans with a yen for music he just couldn’t explain.

“My earliest memory, it must have been second grade, I always wanted to be a musician,” Vappie says. “I have no idea why, but that’s what I wanted to do.”

Unless it was those records.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
4:27 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri

Pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri.
Credit Juan Cruz /

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is a great pianist, composer and bandleader. However, in his early teens Palmieri developed a yen to play timbales in his piano-playing older brother’s band.

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Inside the Arts
8:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Martha Redbone Headlines Fais Do Do Stage At Jazz Fest 2013

Martha Redbone.
Fabrice Trombert

Martha Redbone and her Roots Project Band return to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year to perform songs from her internationally acclaimed new CD, The Garden of Love — Songs of William Blake.

The CD is a switch for Redbone, as the indie-soul diva returns to the music of her childhood, growing up in the hills of Kentucky.

Martha Redbone performs Sunday, April 28 at the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at 1:30 p.m.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:08 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Listening And Learning With Germaine Bazzle

New Orleans jazz singer Germaine Bazzle.
Credit Elliott Hammer / Flickr

Great New Orleans jazz singer Germaine Bazzle’s formal music education began at the Xavier Junior School of Music under the tutelage of the accomplished and very demanding Sister Mary Latitia.

“She is the one, when you hear that little sound that I make, she is the one that demonstrated that to the orchestra when we were playing as she wanted something done,” Bazzle explained. “She wanted to show the trumpets or trombones, the brass people, how to do a certain thing. And when I started doing gigs I found myself doing that.”

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Jazz Fest Minutes
8:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Trumpeter And Vocalist Gregg Stafford

Trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford.

Great New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford spent much of his childhood in the Central City neighborhood. He saw lots of parades, often sang in church, and developed a real love of music.

When it came time for high school, Stafford had the chance to join the school band — if his mother approved. So he told her, “I don’t have an elective at the moment, so the band instructor asked me, would I be interested in music? ‘Oh no, no, no, no; I don’t have no money to pay for no horn, so you can just scratch that,’” she told him.

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Community Impact Series
8:26 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Local Nonprofit Helps Cultivate Film Community

As film production work pours into Louisiana, a nonprofit media arts group is helping locals access jobs and cultivating a more robust local film community. 

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6:02 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

From Hornets To Pelicans: Animal Behavior Experts On New Orleans' New NBA Mascot

Hugo had the wiggle, says expert from the Audubon Nature Institute.
Jason Saul WWNO

The Hornets have played their last game under that team name. Next season they become the Pelicans. The change is meant to tie the team more closely to New Orleans, but it also means the team has a whole new brand, and a new feel to it.

WWNO’s Eve Troeh sat down with two animal experts to take a literal approach to the change from Hornets to Pelicans. Carolyn Atherton is assistant curator of birds at Audubon Zoo. Zach Lemann directs programs at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

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