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...
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.
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.
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.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cosimo Matassa, the recording producer whose New Orleans studio was where Fats Domino recorded his first album "The Fat Man" in 1949, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Matassa was honored over the weekend in Cleveland for his contributions to the evolution of rock and roll.
Other 2012 Hall of Fame inductees included the Beastie Boys, Guns 'n' Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chicago blues guitarist Freddie King.
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.
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.