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As my fifth New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gets closer, the anticipation gets stronger. This year is a little different- I have two friends coming to Jazz Fest on my say so, so I’m a little stressed, wanting to make sure they tell me what they want to hear, making sure they love it as much as I do. So in prepping for my favorite week of the year, here are some things you don’t want to miss:

At the fairgrounds:

Thursday, May 3rd

High School Gospel Choirs: I like to open my fest with the McMain Singing Mustangs – every year, these kids bring some serious firepower to the Gospel Tent.  McDonogh #35 High School also does some incredible stuff later in the afternoon.

New Orleans Music Legends: Bassist George Porter Jr. has probably played on your favorite album, whether with Tori Amos, David Byrne, being the bass line sampled for tons of hip hop classics, or with his own groundbreaking work with the legendary Meters. Do yourself a favor and see him. While you’re at it, check out piano virtuoso Henry Butler, and the boys and girl in Dumpstaphunk. All of em will make you wish you lived here and saw em more often.

Home Grown Up and Comers: I saw Mia Borders in a tiny club with a leaky roof on the lower east side last year and she was amazing. Probably got an awesome band with her, including NOLA saxman Khris Royal (who’s probably with George too), and her cover of Bill Wither‘s “Use Me” was just bananas last year.

2012 Fantasy Map

2012 Fantasy Map

Friday, May 4th

The One Woman Army, now with backup: Theresa Andersson is a tremendous singer, fiddle player, and all around musician. This year, she’s got a great krewe of musicians with her, including Hannah Krieger-Benson, a fantastic trumpet player and singer who’s doing her own stuff (Hannah KB Band) and some ska too (The Local Skank)

Pick your own Jazz Adventure:  Three amazing jazz sets happening right after Theresa, at the same time. I have no idea how I’ll do all three.  Big Chief Donald Harrison will be mixing his bebop and modern jazz skills with R&B and NOLA classics, ala the amazing cover of “Indian Red” he did for the Treme Season One Soundtrack.  Or, you can get your fill of low end saxophonics, with Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) leading three Bari Saxes and a Bass Sax for Baritone Bliss (which was fantastic last year).  Or, you can see Preservation Hall trumpet man Mark Braud do his own thing in the Economy Hall tent.

Holy People: Bet on Mavis Staples, who was already among the top reasons we went with this weekend, to put on a ridiculous set at the gospel tent in honor of her friend (and ours), the late great Levon Helm.  I’m sure her set is going to be so great, I’ll probably miss Deacon John‘s killer cover of “Many Rivers to Cross” to get a spot. However, if I were you, I wouldn’t miss much else of his set.  Local music legend, a fantastic performer, a great singer, a helluva guitar player, just amazing stuff, see Deacon John.

Mahalia Jackson - Historic Jazz Fest Picture

Mahalia Jackson – Historic Jazz Fest Picture

Saturday May 5th

Family Preservation: Loads of famous families in the New Orleans tradition – on Saturday, the Brunious family represents in Economy Hall. A few hours before Mark Braud (nephew to the late John Brunious) takes the stage (and hopefully passes out some ice cream) with the
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, his other uncle (and brother to John) Wendell Brunious will step up to the stage- Wendell was on fire at BAM a couple weeks back, sitting in with Dr. John, so look for some tasty trumpet goodness all around.

Raisin’ Hell: Another scion of a famous musical family takes the Fais Do Do stage, Rockin Dopsie and his Zydeco Hellraisers.  I feel like a lot of my favorite Zydeco bands all seemed to be packed into first weekend, but Rockin Dopsie is a notable exception.

Local Greats to Look For: Anders Osborne is a beast on guitar, and his new album is a great mix of sweetness, of sadness, of blues and power.  Not sure who’s playing with them, but see it.  Paul Sanchez’s Rolling Road show is always packed with local stars, Joe Krown with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington is a tight organ guitar drums trio that does it right. John Boutte‘s voice, which you may recognize from the theme song from Treme, is tremendous to hear in the Jazz Tent – he may spoil us with a great cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah”…if we’re lucky!

The Cafe du Monde stand between the Jazz and Blues tents, around 5:30pm.  Good time to hydrate and get some iced coffee.  Hard to see ending my Preservation Hall second line early, but gonna need to refuel. And what better place to do it? Herbie Hancock and his band in the Jazz Tent on your right, the Warren Haynes Band (with tinyrager.com faves Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour, as well as Dr. John, playing out) on your left in the Blues Tent.

Jazzfest 1975 Historic Poster

Jazz Fest 1975 Historic Poster

Sunday, May 6th

Sunday is always the most packed day, the closing day of the festival.  Of course, I can tell you to park at Gentilly Stage all day, or don’t miss Galactic, but hopefully you already know.  Here are a few things you might not know about:

The Family that Prays Together: Remember that John Boutte guy from Saturday?  He’s bringin’ his whole family to the gospel tent. You should get there too.

Arieal

Arieal

Glen David Andrews: Cousin to Trombone Shorty and James Andrews, the fire-breathing trombone player’s got an incredible performance you don’t want to miss.  Why he’s not taking his rightful place closing down the Gospel tent is beyond me, but at least it makes the FOMS (Fear of Missing Something) to close the festival a bit easier.

Camping at the Jazz and Heritage Stage: I don’t know the higher heights, but every other group at the Jazz and Heritage stage is a smoker, starting with War Chief Juan, the TBC Brass Band, Los Hombres Calientes will be incredible (why not in the Jazz tent?), and

Big Chief Bo Dollis: It’s not clear if the Big Chief is going to make it, he’s fallen ill, so I expect the boys to rock it out hard for him even if he can’t make it.  Look for Brooklynite turned Orleanian Billy Iuso wrecking shop on guitar (if not here, with Anders on Saturday), he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Close out with the Hall: Okay, so you’ve got 8, count em, 8 amazing sets lined up to end your fest. My pick is Preservation Hall – they’re going to have a lot of friends on stage with them and it’s going to be a lot of fun.  Also, I have no idea why they put Sharon Jones in the Blues Tent when she’s going to want the crowd up and dancing.

The night shows are a whole other animal, coming for part 2…

Words by Guest Writer: Russ Agdern

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April 2012 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

Sunday, April 1, 2012 

  • ($42) Citizen Cope ! An Intimate Trio / Acoustic Performance @ City Winery

Monday, April 2, 2012

  • ($17) Van Hunt @ Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($25) Rachael Yamagata @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra for “Mingus Mondays” @ Jazz Standard
  • ($42) Citizen Cope ! An Intimate Trio / Acoustic Performance @ City Winery

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 

  • ($15) Van Hunt @ Knitting Factory
  • ($15-$20) DAVY JONES MEMORIAL: An Evening of Music & Memories @ B.B. Kings
    • Featuring the Davy Jones Band past & present, and many very special guests
  • ($20) Melissa Stylianou Quintet w/ sp. guests Anat Cohen & Gene Bertoncini @ Jazz Standard
  • ($42) Citizen Cope ! An Intimate Trio / Acoustic Performance @ City Winery
  • ($150 – $600) The Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    • Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Bryn Terfel, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Bruno Mars, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Hudson, Additional artists to be announced: Trudie Styler, Producer

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe (A World Beat DJ)
  • ($5) Dopapod @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) honeyhoney plus Sonya Kitchell @ Union Hall
  • ($20) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($25-$30) Rachael Yamagata @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($42) Citizen Cope ! An Intimate Trio / Acoustic Performance @ City Winery

Thursday, April 5, 2012 

  • (???) Paul Oakenfold @ Provocateur
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (11pm set)
  • ($15) ESL Music and BYT presents: The Funk Ark, Chico Mann, Federico Aubele, and Ursula 1000 @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($15) Ozric Tentacles @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($20-$40) Dr. John and Dan Auerbach (Black Keys guitarist) @ Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
  • ($42) Citizen Cope ! An Intimate Trio / Acoustic Performance @ City Winery
  • ($47) Chick Corea Solo Performance @ Highline Ballroom (8pm/10pm sets)

Friday, April 6, 2012 

  • (Free) New York Funk Exchange @ Hill Country BBQ
  • ($15) North Mississippi Allstars w/ Leroy Justice @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$40) Dr. John and Dan Auerbach (Black Keys guitarist) @ Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
  • ($25) David Johansen of the New York Dolls @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($45-$65) A Residency with….Anoushka Shankar @ City Winery
  • ($70-$120) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ Madison Square Garden

Saturday, April 7, 2012 

  • (Free) Sonya Kitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall (8:30pm set)
  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall (11pm set)
  • ($15) Gramatik & Break Science w/ Paul Basic @ Irving Plaza
  • ($15) North Mississippi Allstars w/ Jarrod Dickenson @ Brookln Bowl
  • ($20-$40) Dr. John and Dan Auerbach (Black Keys guitarist) @ Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
  • ($45-$65) A Residency with….Anoushka Shankar @ City Winery
  • ($60-$75) Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall

Sunday, April 8, 2012 

  • (Free) Moonalice @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80, Zozo Afrobeat, DJ Rich Medina @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($45-$65) A Residency with….Anoushka Shankar @ City Winery

Monday, April 9, 2012

  • ($8) A Residency With…Kung Fu with Wyllys and NY Hustler Ensemble, Mom and Dad @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra for “Mingus Mondays” @ Jazz Standard
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater
  • ($70-$120) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 

  • (Free) Jonathan Batiste @ Rockwood Music Hall (11pm set)
  • ($15) The Alone Together Tour – an Evening of Solo Works, Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire/Bell Orchestre), Gregory Rogove (Devendra Banhart/Priestbird) @ Littlefield
    • **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN EARLY SHOW**
  • ($30) HIROMI @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill (2 sets)
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe (A World Beat DJ)
  • (Free w/ $10 drink minimum) Farewell Drifters @ The Living Room (9pm-10pm Set)
  • (Free w/ $10 drink minimum) Jason Crosby Trio with Hagar Ben Ari and Shawn Pelton with special guests Scott Metzger and Megan Palmer @ The Living Room (10pm-11pm Set)
  • ($20) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC

Thursday, April 12, 2012 

  • (Free) Wolf Feat. Scott Metzger @ Hill Country BBQ
  • ($5 or Free w/ RSVP) Brooklyn Brass Clash: PitchBlak Brass Band vs. Underground Horns @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (11pm set)
  • ($20-$55) Dr. John: Insides Out: w/ The Dirty Dozen Brass band @ Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
  • ($40-$120) The Fray w/ Jessie Baylin @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater
    • ($10) A Furthur After-Party/Art Party hosted by Gnomes Grown with music by Stimulus Clan & Eelko / Gratefully Deadicated (DJ) and The Carnival Parade (DJ) @ Sullivan Hall

Friday, April 13, 2012 

  • ($10) Hot Buttered Rum @ Brooklyn Bowl
    • With Floodwood ft. Al Schnier & Vinnie Amico of moe.
  • ($15) Turkuaz (Live Concert Filming) @ Rockwood Music Hall (8pm set)
  • ($20-$55) Dr. John w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
  • ($37.50) Eddie Money @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater
    • ($10) A Furthur After-Party: Reflections – A Jerry Celebration @ Sullivan Hall (11pm late set)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($20-$55) Dr. John: Insides Out: Funky But It’s Nu Awlins @ Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy Of Music
  • ($56-$75) A Prarie Home Companion @ Town Hall
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater
    • ($10) A Furthur After-Party: Reckoning – Performing Grateful Dead, Phish, & more @ Sullivan Hall (late 11pm set)

Sunday, April 15, 2012 

  • ($35-$40) “Remembering Whitney” The HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Sings WHITNEY HOUSTON @ B. B. Kings Blues Club
    • By Overwhelming Popular Demand, a Second Show Has Been Added on April 15th
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater

Monday, April 16, 2012 

  • ($8) A Residency With…Kung Fu with Bio Diesel with Johnny Rabb, Sonic Spank @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($20-$25) Mayer Hawthorne & The County @ Webster Hall
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra for “Mingus Mondays”@ Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Asobi Seksu @ Highline Ballroom

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 

  • ($???) Bad Brains @ Irving Plaza
  • (Free) New York Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($20-$25) SUGAR BLUE (Grammy-Winning Blues Harp Legend) @ B. B. Kings
  • ($35-$40) Tower of Power @ B. B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe (A World Beat DJ)
  • ($20) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($50-$70) FURTHUR featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Beacon Theater
  • ($1,500+) “The Paul Simon Songbook” @ Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall
    • Featuring legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Simon with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Special Guest Aaron Neville.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 

  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (11pm set)
  • ($30) Regina Carter @ Jazz Standard
  • ($45-$90) Creed performing ‘My Own Prison’ @ Beacon Theater
  • ($1,500+) “The Paul Simon Songbook” @ Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall
    • Featuring legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Simon with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Special Guest Aaron Neville.

Friday, April 20, 2012 

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Ace Hotel
  • ($8-$10) Adam Ezra Group @ The Living Room
  • ($15) The Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl (3 sets)
    • Post Grey Boys: ($10) Try This at Home @ The Blue Note (12:30am set)
  • ($30) Regina Carter @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$40) Air Supply @ B. B. Kings Blues Club (2 sets)
  • ($35-$70) Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($42-$66) Sphongle Presents the Masquerade @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($45-$90) Creed performing ‘Human Clay’ @ Beacon Theater
  • ($1,500+) “The Paul Simon Songbook” @ Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall
    • Featuring legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Simon with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Special Guest Aaron Neville.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • ($15) The Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl (3 sets)
  • ($30) Fountains of Wayne @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30) Regina Carter @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40-$50) Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society @ Webster Hall
  • ($65-$150) New Edition @ Madison Square Garden

Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • ($30) Fountains of Wayne @ Irving Plaza

Monday, April 23, 2012

  • ($8) A Residency With…Kung Fu with ft. Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig (of The Disco Biscuits), Damn Right @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra for “Mingus Mondays”@ Jazz Standard
  • ($75-$125) Gypsy Kings @ Beacon Theater

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (12am set)
  • ($50-$75) Counting Crows @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($105) Valarie Smaldone Interviews Cyndi Lauper @ Kaufmann Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe (A World Beat DJ)
  • ($10) Cabinet ELEVEN DVD/CD Release Party with The Hollows, Buzz Universe, Newborn Kings, Twin Cities, Mike Delledera Band @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30-$40) Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter w/Ravi Coltrane, Jeremy Pelt & Marcus Strickland & Directed by David Weiss @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (Jazz @ Lincoln Center)
  • ($45-$50) Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik @ Highline Ballroom

Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Ace Hotel
  • ($5-$7) The Heavy Pets @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (11pm set)
  • ($10) The Statesman Record Release @ Rockwood Music Hall (10pm set)
  • ($34-44) Punch Brothers @ Town Hall 
  • ($35) Kenny Garrett Quintet @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($45-$50) Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik @ Highline Ballroom

Friday, April 27, 2012

  • (Free) Lily and the Parlor Tricks @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($30-$40) Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter w/Ravi Coltrane, Jeremy Pelt & Marcus Strickland & Directed by David Weiss @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (Jazz @ Lincoln Center)
  • ($30-$40) An Evening with the Big Chief Donald Harrison @ Symphony Space
  • ($35) Kenny Garrett Quintet @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$80) Death Cab For Cutie Featuring The Magik* Magik Orchestra @ Beacon Theater

Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • ($5) Virginia Coalition @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$35) Conspirator @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30-$40) Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter w/Ravi Coltrane, Jeremy Pelt & Marcus Strickland & Directed by David Weiss @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (Jazz @ Lincoln Center)
  • ($35) Kenny Garrett Quintet @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$80) Death Cab For Cutie Featuring The Magik* Magik Orchestra @ Beacon Theater
  • ($65-$85) Dickey Betts & Great Southern @ The Concert Hall

Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • ($15) The Motet Plays Funk is Dead! @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30-$40) Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter w/Ravi Coltrane, Jeremy Pelt & Marcus Strickland & Directed by David Weiss @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (Jazz @ Lincoln Center)
  • ($40-$80) Death Cab For Cutie Featuring The Magik* Magik Orchestra @ Beacon Theater

Monday, April 30, 2012

  • ($8) A Residency With…Kung Fu with Juno What?!, pH Factor, special guest Garrett Sayers (of the Motet and Miracle Orchestra) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra for “Mingus Mondays”@ Jazz Standard
  • ($50-$330) Barry Manilow @ Radio City Music Hall

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