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Jazz Fest Minutes
12:09 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Making Connections With Multi-Instrumentalist Nicholas Payton

Trumpeter, vocalist and keyboard player Nicholas Payton.
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Nicholas Payton is one brilliant musician. He plays just about everything on the bandstand very well. He’s best known for his trumpet work but is also a dynamic keyboard player, and even manages to play superbly on both at the same time.

In recent years Payton has added another tool to his kit: singing.

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Jazz Fest 2013
4:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Photos: A Jazz Fest Rain Dance

Allyce Andrew WWNO

A little rain couldn't keep tens of thousands of people from descending on the New Orleans Fair Grounds for the second weekend of Jazz Fest, 2013. We captured a slice of life at the Fest this past Thursday.

Jazz Fest 2013
1:35 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Photos: Jazz Fest Food

Crawfish Almondine. Perfect for when you're done with your set on stage.
Allyce Andrew WWNO

Music isn't the only thing that draws people to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival each year. The astounding variety of food all in one spot is one of the biggest pluses for locals and visitors alike.

Do you have your own Jazz Fest food favorite? Did we miss something important? Let us know in the comments below.

Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

What Would Your Map Of Jazz Fest Look Like?

Allyce Andrew WWNO

Helen Regis is a cultural anthropologist who has been studying the Jazz and Heritage Festival for 10 years. In some ways, she says, you can think of the Jazz Fest as a city.

“The people who build the festival every year — the construction crew, the electricians — feel like they’re building a city. They do. It’s this physical infrastructure. It has lights. It has plumbing. Sort of.” Regis says, in some ways, it’s kind of a fantasy city. "In some ways it looks like New Orleans, but it’s not."

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Jazz Fest 2013
12:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Keeping It Delicious With Jazz Fest Food Director Michelle Nugent

It wouldn't be a spring festival in New Orleans without crawfish!
Credit Allyce Andrew / WWNO

With nearly 70 food vendors and over 200 dishes, Jazz Fest isn’t simply a music destination, it’s a foodie paradise. But that makes vendor selection and organization an arduous task.

Fortunately, just the right woman is leading the process. Michelle Nugent has been the Jazz Fest Food Director since 1999 and has a culinary résumé befitting a world-class chef. She spent 17 years working with chef Susan Spicer, first as an apprentice, then as Bayona’s sous chef, and finally as the executive chef at Spice Inc.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:29 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: 'One Mo’ Time' With Actor Vernel Bagneris

Vernel Bagneris
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The Show “One Mo’ Time” went from humble beginnings as a homemade New Orleans labor of love with a single scheduled performance to a worldwide theatrical sensation that ran for years. Its creator, New Orleans actor Vernel Bagneris, has loved the idea of putting on a show from way back.

“Cousins of mine still laugh at the fact that they used to come over and I’d put on a show for them and play a little accordion and single a little bit with the few chords I knew on a piano and do plays and make them all do parts,” Bagneris remembers.

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Jazz Fest 2013
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Heavy Rain Fails To Dampen Fais Do Do Stage Celebration

Revelers in front of the Fais Do Do stage on Thursday.
Credit Allyce Andrew / WWNO

The second weekend of Jazz Fest kicked off to a soggy start today with festival goers donning ponchos and rain boots. In the spirit of locals’ day, I spoke to a festival veteran who has weathered his fair share of Jazz Fest storms. Chuck Blamphin began working as a stage manager 40 years ago and currently oversees the Fais Do Do stage. Needless to say, he has seen the festival undergo some significant changes throughout his storied tenure.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
7:06 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Lessons Learned With Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis.

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis got a good lesson and lasting influence out of a teenage attempt to hornswoggle a new trombone from older brother Wynton. The lesson and the influence came in the form of a recording by trombone great J.J. Johnson.

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Festival International
4:41 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Photos: Highlights From The 27th Annual Festival International

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara performed Thursday night at Festival International in Lafayette.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The 27th annual Festival International took over downtown Lafayette this past weekend, featuring scores of musicians and crafts artists from all over the world and packing the streets with revelers.

WWNO was there, and brought back these highlights.

Festival International's Official Lineup Video:

Jazz Fest Minutes
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Jazz Fest Minutes: Saxophonist And Astral Project Founder Tony Dagradi

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi.
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Saxophonist and Astral Project founder Tony Dagradi grew up in Summit, New Jersey. By high school he knew what he wanted to do: play jazz.

“It was almost as if I didn’t have a choice,” he says. “I didn’t think about, well, how much money am I going to make or how do I get a gig. I was just — all I wanted to do was play.”

After a couple of years at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Dagradi entered an intense period of jazz rehearsal and listening.

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