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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.
Credit tonydagradi.com

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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WRKF
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Interviews: DEQ's Michael Vince, Ornithologist David Sibley, Former Newsman Henry Brancher

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:36 pm

From the state Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Vince who talks about ozone levels and air quality in the Capital area.

A chat with Henry Bradsher, former Associated Press Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, who has retired in Baton Rouge. 

Ornithologist David Sibley, who'll be addressing the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.


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Jazz Fest 2013
5:23 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Hosts Of The Party: Bayou St. John Responds To The Jazz Fest Takeover

A one way sign is put up for Jazz Fest a week in advance, but until the day of, these signs are covered and ignored by residents of Bayou St. John (seen here at the corner of Mystery St and Esplanade Ave).
Credit Nina Feldman / NolaVie

The people of Bayou St. John tell of merriment and traffic as the festival descends on their neighborhood. 

Nina Feldman learns from residents and business owners in Bayou St. John how the Jazz Fest (and the traffic that comes with it) temporarily transforms their neighborhood.

In shady Bayou St. John, the neighbors really know each other.  The same crew assembles each morning at the local coffee house to read the paper and debate its assertions; another crowd convenes at the various watering holes each evening.

“It’s one of the great things about this neighborhood,” says Fortin St. resident Jonas Bishop. “The fact that I know everyone on my block… It’s definitely a community-centric area that you don’t find a lot of places.”

Delanie Manuel, server at Liuzza’s by the Track and Jonas’ neighbor, agrees. “I thought I’d be a Quarter Rat forever,” she admits. “But no, I love it here.”

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Jazz Fest 2013
4:37 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Jazz Fest Saturday In Full Swing

Wanda Rouzan being interviewed by Sally Young on the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage.
Eve Abrams WWNO

The second day of Jazz Fest is in full gear. And full sun.

The folding chairs are stacked deep at the Acura stage. Dozens of ticket holders ran to snag their spot this morning. The big deal? Bill Joel.

The Piano Man is closing the biggest stage at Jazz Fest after New Orleans ivories legend Allen Toussaint.

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Food
8:15 am
Sat April 27, 2013

What To Eat At Jazz Fest If You Stayed Up Too Late

Ya Ka Mein is an African-American traditional food, also known as "Old Sober"
Hallie Sheck WWNO

As Jazz Fest enters its second day, folks may be waking up this morning a bit haggard from yesterday’s festivities. For those battling the brown bottle blues, fear not: there may be help for you at the Fair Grounds.

Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats!, says first you’ll need to visit Ms. Linda’s Ya Ka Mein stand, right near the Congo Square Stage.

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Jazz Fest 2013
1:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Jazz Fest: By The Numbers

Two weekends. Seven days. Even the most casual Jazz Fest fan knows those numbers.

However, from food to facilities, a festival that draws upwards of 450,000 attendees is bound to result in some other remarkable numbers you might not have heard before. Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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

Jazz Fest Minutes: Banjoman Don Vappie

Don Vappie.
Credit vappielle.com

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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