New Orleans Jazz Festival

Festival FAQ

What is Jazz Fest?
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 500,000 visitors each year. There are two main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Evening Concert Series. The Lousiana Heritage Fair is the signature feature of the Festival, showcasing unforgettable music on 12 stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.

When and where is it held?
The Heritage Fair takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course, centrally located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Evening Concert Series takes place at various venues throughout the city over the ten-day period.


Is jazz the only music featured at the Jazz Festival?
The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B;, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.

When is the performance schedule released?
The complete list of musicians performing at the Jazz & Heritage Festival is announced in February. A more complete schedule in grid form, known as “the cubes,” is available closer to the Festival, usually around the first week of April. This website will be one of the first places to view the entire schedule.

How can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available through any Ticketmaster outlet, or you can charge by phone by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-488-5252 outside of Louisiana or 504-522-5555 within the state. Tickets can also be ordered by mail-order, using the form from the brochure, by printing the form off our website (Note: Adobe Acrobat required) or by visiting Ticketmaster online.

Does the Festival sell out?
The Heritage Fair is general admission and does not sell out, but it is less expensive to buy your tickets in advance. You do receive a discount from the gate price if you purchase the tickets in advance. Most of the Evening Concerts are reserved seating and sometimes sell out, so for those concerts it is a good idea to buy tickets in advance.

Artist Bios

by Karen Celestan, Steve Morrison & Ben Sandmel


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The Abyssinians of Jamaica (REGGAE)- Deigned as one of Jamaica’s legendary vocal groups, their song “Satta Massagana” (meaning to give thanks) is considered to be the genre’s national anthem and has been covered by Peter Tosh and Third World. The group features founding member Donald Manning, his brother Carlton Manning and Star David. Their latest CD is Reunion. Saturday, April 28 – Congo Square Stage, 4 pm.

Amy Adams and the Hank Sinatras (ROCK)- With original compositions, Amy and the Hank Sinatras blend swing, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, rockabilly and jump-blues into nostalgic, dance-driving energy. The New Orleans-based group features vocalist Amy Adams backed by keyboardist Joe Krown, drummer Willie Panker and guitarist John Fohl. Their latest CD is entitled Ladies Must Dress. Sunday, April 29 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:55 pm.

Placide Adams & the Original Dixieland Hall Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Focusing on traditional jazz, this group’s repertoire also includes R&B; and pop. Led by multi-instrumentalist Adams, the band is a fixture on the New Orleans music scene. Saturday, April 28 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 11:20 am; Sunday, May 6 – 11:25 am.

Adella Adella and Philip Melancon (KIDS) – A longtime Festival favorite, storyteller Adella Gauthier is joined by pianist and humorist Melancon. Their presentation is the Calliope Puppet Story Extravaganza and is presented by Young Audiences, Inc. Friday, April 27 – National Park Service Kids’ Tent, 1:45 pm.

Algiers Brass Band (TRADITIONAL BRASS)- Founded in 1987 in the historic West Bank neighborhood of Algiers, which is directly across the Mississippi from the French Quarter, this band offers traditional brass band music and is led by Ruddley Thibodeaux. Friday, April 27 – Parade, 2 pm.

Algiers Steppers (SOCIAL, AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club is known for their unique stepping style and showcasing their elaborately decorated umbrellas. Friday, April 27 – Parade, Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 1:30 pm.

Rance Allen Group (GOSPEL) – Emerging in Detroit in the mid-60s, Allen and his group were among the first to combine traditional gospel with rock, jazz and R&B;, paving the way for such Christian hit-makers as Andrae Crouch and Kirk Franklin. Sunday, May 6 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 5:05 pm.

Theresa Andersson (ROCK)- With powerful songs that are sultry and funky in a rootsy pop-rock vein, vocalist and violinist Andersson is a popular local performer and respected studio musician. At 17, she departed her native Sweden to live and perform in New Orleans. She has been praised as a “natural talent” with “one of the sweetest voices in New Orleans.” Saturday, April 28 – Acura Stage, 12:20 pm.

James Andrews (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- This Tremé trumpeter is known for his lively tone. He has fueled several area brass band including the Lil’ Rascals, Tremé and New Birth. He is also known as “Satchmo of the Ghetto.” Friday, April 27 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 1:50 pm.

Femi Anikulapo-Kuti (AFRICAN)- Heir apparent of the Afro Beat sound from his late father Fela, Femi offers a funky, percussive-laden music that showcases such western influences as James Brown. His extended, hypnotic jams that can run as long as 30 minutes, are laced with political commentary as well as the exuberance of Nigerian music. Kuti is backed by the Positive Force of Nigeria. His latest CD is Shoki Shoki. Sunday, April 29 – Congo Square Stage, 3:20 pm.

Antioch Gospel Singers (GOSPEL) – Led by Archie Chiles, this New Orleans-based group sings traditional songs of praise and worship. Sunday, May 6 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 11 am.

Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin (ZYDECO)- This venerable accordionist is a master of the old-time genre known as “la musique Creole,” which predates zydeco and incorporates many elements of Cajun music. The recipient of a prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, Ardoin is also the grandfather of zydeco artists Sean and Chris Ardoin. Friday, May 4 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 2 pm.

Sean Ardoin n’ Zydekool (ZYDECO)- This group’s double-pumping sound is the reason they are considered one of the hottest nouveau zydeco bands in Louisiana. Accordionist Sean started in the family band with his younger brother Chris and father Lawrence. The young brothers’ debut CD Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin’ has won critical acclaim.
Friday, May 4 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 4:15 pm.

Armstrong Alumni All-Stars (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- This extra-special set is a tribute to Louis Armstrong by some of the men who performed with Satchmo in his heyday. The band will feature Arvell Shaw, Joe Muranyi, Fred Lonzo, Franz Jackson, Tom Baker, Ernest Elly and Lars Edegran. Shaw and Muranyi lead the band on their brand-new release, Armstrong Alumni All-Stars. Sunday, April 29 – (Jackson) Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 1 pm;(Shaw and Muranyi) Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 3 pm; Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 5:45 pm; Monday, April 30 & Tuesday, May 1, Harrah’s Evening Concert, 8 pm.

Louis Armstrong Memorial Second Line (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/SAPCs)- This special second line pays tribute to New Orleans’ most revered native son and features Unknown Steppers, Original Four and Single Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure clubs. The parade will be backed by the Little Rascals Brass Band. Sunday, April 29 – Parade, 2 pm.

Arts Connection (KIDS)- Orleans Parish public school students present dance and theater. The Connection places artists in residence in schools to work with teachers in leading students to learn in alternative ways, such as through dance, theater and visual arts. Sunday, April 29 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 11:30 am.

Astral Project (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James Singleton, keyboard player David Torkanowsky and drummer John Vidacovich banded in 1978 to form a distinctive and often-heralded jazz quintet. Their latest CD, Voodoo Bop was recorded live in New Orleans, and features strong improvisations that allow each member to shine. Saturday, May 5 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 2:35 pm.

Avenue Steppers (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB) – This SA&PC; has a tradition of dressing in gray and black topped off by derbies. They hail from the neighborhood surrounding Washington Avenue and Freret Street. The Steppers will be backed by the Tornado Brass Band. Sunday, May 6 – Parade, Noon.

Azikwa Children’s Percussion Ensemble (KIDS) – This rhythmic drumming community troupe is directed by Kenyatta Simon. Sunday, April 29 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 5:30 pm.

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Balfa Toujours (CAJUN)- Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of legendary fiddler Dewey Balfa, this acoustic Cajun band performs original and traditional music. The Balfa family is one of the signature bands at the renowned Festival Acadiens in Lafayette. Their latest CDs are LaPointe and Live at Whiskey River Landing. Thursday, May 3 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 2 pm; Sunday, May 6 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 1:30 pm.

Marcia Ball (BLUES/R&B;) – This West Louisiana native and pianist/singer performs blues, classic New Orleans R&B;, country and boogie-woogie within a rollicking set that showcases her sly humor. Her collaboration with singers Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson, Sing It!,was nominated for a Grammy. Her latest CD is Presumed Innocent. Sunday, April 29 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 5:30 pm.

Bamboula 2000 (AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN)- Percussionist Luther Gray leads this drum and dance troupe as they offer traditional African, Caribbean and New Orleans rhythms in homage to the roots of music. Their award-winning CD is Cultural Warrior. Saturday, April 28 – Congo Square Stage, 11:45 am.

Banks Family (GOSPEL) – Performing for over 27 years, this group from Violet, La. melds traditional and contemporary sounds. This band of harmonizing relatives is led by Valerie Banks. Thursday, May 3 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 2:45 pm.

Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots (ZYDECO)- Blending zydeco, blues, Caribbean and African music on accordion and harmonica, Barnes and his band offer a lively, dance-inciting set. Barnes’ latest CD is Sunpie. Friday, May 4 – Acura Stage, 1:05 pm.

Rebecca Barry (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- A highly sought-after saxophonist, Barry has performed with such artists as Kermit Ruffins, Cyril Neville and Marva Wright. She also leads her own modern jazz quartet. Friday, April 27 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, 9 pm.

Lee Bates (R&B;)- This consummate soul singer has been compared to Otis Redding and mixes his set with R&B; classics as well as an occasional blues or country favorite. He will perform with the band, Cool Connection. Saturday, April 28 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 12:25 pm.

Alvin Batiste & the Jazztronauts (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Batiste, an avant-garde clarinetist, honed his craft performing in the 1950s with Cannonball Adderley, Ray Charles and Ornette Coleman. He is at the helm of the jazz faculty at Southern University at Baton Rouge. Sunday, May 6 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 1 pm.

Batiste Brothers (R&B;)- This multi-generational family aggregate specializes in New Orleans funk and R&B;, and is led by David and Paul Batiste. Their latest CD is New Orleans Music. Saturday, May 5 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 12:25 pm.

Jamal Batiste & The Jam All-Stars (R&B;)- This talented 18-year-old drummer is a member of a renowned R&B; family band, The Batiste Brothers. He showcases his own repertoire that focuses on funk, hip-hop and R&B.; Saturday, May 5 – Acura Stage, 11:15 am.

Batiste Kids (KIDS)- Young members of a respected New Orleans musical family, featuring Travis Batiste, present regional music. Friday, May 4 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 5:30 pm.

Bayou Healers (NATIVE AMERICAN)- Comprised mostly of members of the United Houma Nation, these singers, dancers and drummers perform material from the Choctaw, Kiowa, and Creek tribes. Thursday, May 3 – Native American Village Stage; 11:30 am., 1 pm, 4:15 pm; Friday, May 4 – 1 pm and 4:15 pm; Saturday, May 5 – 1 pm and 6:15 pm; Sunday, May 6 – 1 pm and 6:15 pm.

Germaine Bazzle (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- One of New Orleans’ most respected and creative jazz vocalists, Bazzle has performed with Dianne Reeves, George French and the late Johnny Adams. She is also a beloved music teacher at Xavier Prep High School. Friday, April 27 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, 9 pm; Sunday, April 29 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 11:40 am.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (CAJUN)- This award-winning group is one of the world’s most renowned Cajun bands and is celebrating 25 years of music. Their avant-garde style is steeped in tradition but experiments with instrumentation, while maintaining the genre’s love of celebration. Their 1998 CD, L’Amour Ou La Folie, won a Grammy. Their latest CD is Looking Back Tomorrow: Beausoleil Live!. This set will feature guests Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar and Richard Thompson. Friday, April 27 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 4:05 pm.

Tab Benoit (BLUES)- Hailed by Guitar Player as “the hottest thing to come out of Louisiana since Chef Paul Prudhomme,” Benoit has garnered raves for his fiery musicianship and high-energy performances. His latest CD is Tab Benoit Live: Swampland Jam. Benoit’s special guest for this set is Tabby Thomas. Thursday, May 3 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 1:15 pm.

Big Nine (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club has 15 members and display “cool” in their earth-toned suits. They hail from New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood. The Nine will be backed by the Mahogany Brass Band. Saturday, May 5 – Parade, 2 pm.

Black Eagles (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This tribe is from the area around the Calliope housing development and is led by Big Chief Jerod Lewis. Sunday, May 6 – Parade, 1 pm.

Black Lodge (NATIVE AMERICAN)- This family of singers includes parents Kenny and Louise ScabbyRobe and their 12 sons. The group received a 2001 Grammy for their contribution to the album Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Wednesday, May 2 – Workshop, Houma, La., 11 am; Thursday, May 3 – Native American Village Stage, 2 pm and 5:30 pm; Friday, May 4 – 2 pm and 5:30 pm; Saturday, May 5 – 2 pm and 5:15 pm; Sunday, May 6 – 2 pm and 5:15 pm.

Black Men of Labor (SAPC)- This club is based upon paying tribute to black culture and the upstanding lives of working-class men. They will be backed by the Tremé Brass Band. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, 4 pm.

Terence Blanchard (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Blanchard’s neo-traditionalist trumpeting has been praised for its depth and clarity. His film scores are in demand since he penned the music for the Spike Lee films Four Little Girls, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues, as well as Kasi Lemmons’ Eve’s Bayou and Sidney Poitier’s Free of Eden. His latest CD is Wandering Moon, which features saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Sunday, April 29 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 3:30 pm.

Bleu Orleans (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- A band set to play “urban jazz for the 21st century,” Bleu is comprised of young, yet seasoned musicians that include trumpeter Edward Anderson, saxophonist Clarence Johnson III, pianist Darrell Lavigne, drummer Herman LeBeaux and vocalists Marc Dix and Tessaundra Latham. Website: fertilecrescentrecords.com. Friday, May 4 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 11:15 am.

Blodie (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/KIDS)- Gregory “Blodie” Davis, acclaimed New Orleans trumpet player from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, leads a celebration of the music of Louis Armstrong. Thursday, May 3 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 11:30 am.

Eddie Bo (R&B;)- A mainstay of New Orleans R&B; in the 1960s and 1970s, Bo not only had his own hit records, but wrote and produced them for other artists. His live shows run the gamut from classic R&B; and blues to funk, and showcase his phenomenal piano playing ability. Sunday, May 6 – Lagniappe Stage, 4:10 pm.

Spencer Bohren (FOLK)- With original compositions and devotion to traditional blues music, guitarist Bohren is known for his “highway,” folk and blues tunes. His latest CD is Carry the Word. Thursday, May 3 – Lagniappe Stage, 5:10 pm.

Bon Temps Roulez Secondliners (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This group of second-line dancers hail from New Orleans and Diamondhead, Mississippi. The director is Ruth Olivier. Thursday, May 3 – Parade, 3 pm.

Sonny Bourg (BLUES) – This drummer and vocalist from Lafayette, La., has played swamp pop from the 1940s through the 1970s. He is backed by the Bayou Blues Band. Thursday, May 3 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, Noon.

John Boutté (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- One of New Orleans’ most accomplished jazz vocalists, Boutté has toured with his sister, Lillian, and such artists as Smokey Johnson, Herlin Riley, Nicholas Payton and Brian Blade. His latest CD is At the Foot of Canal Street. Sunday, April 29 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 2:10 pm.

Lillian Boutté (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/GOSPEL)- Boutté’s eclectic repertoire includes jazz, gospel, R&B;, swing and the blues. She made her mark with the acclaimed musical, “One Mo’ Time” and has performed with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison and Doc Cheatham. Her latest recording, But Beautiful, was produced by Dr. John. Friday, April 27 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, 9 pm; Sunday, April 29 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 2:45 pm.

Gregory Boyd & VOS (CARIBBEAN)- A master of the steel pan (drum), Boyd leads a band that combines Caribbean rhythms with contemporary pop and R&B; influences to create “world funk.” He has performed with Charmaine Neville, Charles Neville, and Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe. Sunday, April 29 – Lagniappe Stage, 2:55 pm.

Alvin Bridges & Desire Community Choir (GOSPEL)- Established in 1969, this New Orleans choir has appeared on national TV as part of Aaron Neville’s Christmas special. Friday, May 4 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 2 pm.

Early Brooks Jr. (REGGAE)- His raw, energetic delivery has made him a fixture on the New Orleans reggae scene. Brooks was a part of the renowned Shepherd Band and the bandleader for The One Love Players, which was a feature band on the 1995 Bob Marley Festival Tour, and One Love Riddums. He is backed by his band, Jah Posse. Friday, May 4 – Congo Square Stage, 11:15 am.

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (BLUES)- With a career spanning more than 50 years, this Grammy award-winning artist is an eclectic multi-instrumentalist, focusing on the guitar and fiddle. Rooted in blues and swing, Gatemouth touches on country, jazz, funk and other genres. Brown will perform with his band, Gate’s Express. His latest CD is American Music, Texas Style. Friday, April 27 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 5:55 pm.

Wendell Brunious (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- As leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, this trumpeter is well versed in the traditional, swing and contemporary idioms of jazz. Sunday, April 29 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 4:15 pm.

Buckwheat Zydeco (ZYDECO)- A former organist in Clifton Chenier’s band, Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural took inspiration from the great accordionist to learn the instrument and become one of zydeco’s innovators. Buckwheat was among the first to popularize zydeco covers of 1960s R&B; hits, and he has recorded with various rock artists. He’s set to release his first-ever live CD and video, Down Home Live!. Saturday, April 28 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 5:30 pm.

Measle Bumpkin (KIDS)- This New Orleans puppet troupe presents an imaginative program of colorful characters. The set is presented by Young Audiences, Inc. Thursday, May 3 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 4:30 pm.

Henry Butler (JAZZ/R&B;)- Considered one of the most versatile pianists in music, Butler plays traditional and modern jazz, New Orleans R&B; and gospel. His collaborative CD with Corey Harris, is entitled vu-du-menz and his solo CD is Blues After Sunset. Sunday, April 29 – Lagniappe Stage, 4:20 pm.

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Calendar Girls (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club hails from the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, America’s oldest established African-American residential area. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 12:50 pm.

Calliope Steppers (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club is a fun, lively group and is led by Johnnie “Kool” Stevenson. The group hails from the Calliope housing development and the neighborhood surrounding Thalia and Dorgenois streets. They will be backed by the Paulin Brothers Brass Band. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, Noon Canton Spirituals (GOSPEL)- This renowned group was founded in 1946 and continues its “holy praise” with a new crop of artists. The Spirituals have recorded such gospel hits as “I’m Coming Lord,” “Ride This Train” and “Heavenly Choir.” Sunday, April 29 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 5:05 pm; Monday, April 30 – Workshop – Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, 10 am. Carnegie Hall Jazz Band with Jon Faddis (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Led by music director and trumpeter Faddis, this renowned aggregate performs jazz standards with a contemporary flair. The Sunday set will also feature special guest, jazz trumpet legend Clark Terry. Saturday, April 28 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 5:20 pm; Sunday, April 29 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 5:30 pm.

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band (ZYDECO)- Carrier, praised as the “Jimi Hendrix of the accordion,” leads his band in an energetic set filled with spontaneous whoops and hollers. After starting his music career as a drummer with Terrance Simien, Carrier switched instruments to create his own brand of dance-floor zydeco. His latest CD is Too Hot to Handle. Friday, April 27 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:50 pm.

Carrollton Hunters (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This tribe hails from the Carrollton area of Uptown New Orleans. Sunday, May 6 – Parade, 1 pm.

Kim Carson & the Casualties (COUNTRY/ROCK)- This hard-driving New Orleans band with both country and rock influences has cultivated a rootsy style. She has reissued her first album, Dirty Halo and is at work on a new CD. Sunday, April 29 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 12:25 pm.

Harold Cavallero (COUNTRY)- A master of both the pedal steel guitar and dobro, Cavallero has been playing country music, swing and standards since the late 1940s. He is a member of the Evening Star String band, has been a sideman for numerous country artists, and has recorded with such diverse bands as the Bluerunners. Friday, April 27 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 1 pm.

Brian “Breeze” Cayolle (R&B;)- This respected Crescent City saxophonist has fueled the shows of Marva Wright, Allen Toussaint, Little Milton and Ernie K-Doe. His versatile approach and trademark Stetson hat make Cayolle an unmistakable fixture on the New Orleans music scene. His latest CD Soul Time is a mixture of classic R&B;, jazz and blues. Friday, April 27 – Acura Stage, 11:15 am.

Topsy Chapman (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- This New Orleans jazz vocalist has entertained extensively throughout the United States and for international audiences. She is backed by the Pros. Saturday, April 28 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 11:30 am.

Charivari (CAJUN)- This band melds traditional of Cajun waltzes and two-steps with the energy of a nightclub band. An offshoot of the Mamou Prairie Band, Charivari offers a hard-driving sound that pays homage to the roots of Cajun music while packing a dance floor. Their CD is entitled I Want to Dance with You. Thursday, May 3 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 4:15 pm.

Leah Chase (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Chase, a Jazz Studies vocal instructor at the University of New Orleans, performs a variety of jazz, pop and cabaret songs, all rendered with formidable power and energy. She is the namesake of her mother, the renowned chef at the family’s legendary New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase. Friday, April 27 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, 9 pm; Saturday, May 5 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 11:45 am.

Boozoo Chavis & Magic Sounds (ZYDECO)- One of the founding fathers of zydeco, Chavis is credited with the genre’s first hit, the 1954 single “Paper in my Shoe.” He paved the way for Clifton Chenier and other zydeco innovators. His musical career was frequently put on hold for his love of training horses. Chavis’ basic rhythmic accordion style influenced the late Beau Jocque, Chris Ardoin and many others. His latest CD is Johnnie Billy Goat. Friday, May 4 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:45 pm.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (ZYDECO)- Son of the late “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, C.J. began his career playing saxophone in his father’s band. He also was a keyboardist/vocalist with the rock band Bayou Rhythm before deciding to carry on the Chenier legacy. His latest CD is The Big Squeeze. Sunday, May 6 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:45 pm.

Chevere! (LATIN)- This ensemble’s focus is Afro-Cuban music but diverts from a straight Latin path to explore funk, jazz and Brazilian rhythms. Thursday, May 3 – Congo Square Stage, 2:50 pm.

Chosen Few Brass Band (TRADITIONAL BRASS)- Led by the renowned Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, this group hails from the Tremé neighborhood. Saturday, May 5 – Parade, Noon.

Church Street (GOSPEL)-Spreading their youthful message of hope and healing, several members of this group were schooled in gospel as featured soloists with the late Raymond A. Myles. Blending gospel with urban funk, their latest release is A Taste of Heaven. Sunday, May 6 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 2:45 pm.

Willie Clayton (R&B;)- Known for his electrifying showmanship, Clayton is a vocalist in the true rhythm-and-blues tradition. He has opened for such legends as Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Barry White. His latest CD is entitled Something to Talk About. Friday, May 4 – Congo Square Stage, 5:55 pm.

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (R&B;)- This English expatriate pianist and singer was inspired by Professor Longhair, although he also draws on more modern R&B; influences such as the late Donny Hathaway. His newest CD is Moonburn. Website: joncleary.com. Saturday, April 28 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 2:05 pm.

Chris Clifton (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- This New Orleans trumpeter studied with Louis Armstrong and continues the tradition. He performs with his All-Stars band. Friday, April 27 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 12:20 pm.

Coolie Stumps (GOSPEL/KIDS)- Singers, ages four to 12, present a set of gospel music. Directed by Mrs. Eloise Coolie. Saturday, May 5 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 12:45 pm.

Comanche Hunters (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This tribe is based in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward area. Sunday, May 6 – Parade, 3 pm.

Community Missionary B.C. Gospel Choir (GOSPEL)- This choir was originally founded 38 years ago in Kenner, Louisiana. Since then, they have been uplifting and edifying spirits through their musical ministry. Saturday, May 5 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 2 pm.

Harry Connick, Sr. w/the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- New Orleans’ long-standing district attorney sings traditional jazz and big band standards. He is also the father of Grammy award-winning singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. Friday, April 27 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 2:50 pm.

Coolie Family of Slidell (GOSPEL)- This 11-member family group is led by Eloise Coolie and performs traditional gospel music. Friday, April 27 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 6:05 pm.

Cowboy Mouth (ROCK)- These local rock favorites started out as a club band and built up a national following. Led by drummer, vocalist and all-around “wild man” Fred LeBlanc, Cowboy Mouth is the quintessential live band. Saturday, May 5 – Acura Stage, 3:10 pm.

Creole Wild West (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This uptown New Orleans tribe is led by Big Chief Walter Cook. Sunday, April 29 – Parade, 3 pm.

Creole Zydeco Farmers (ZYDECO)- This group based in Lafayette, La., adds a bit of 1950s swamp pop to their zydeco set. Guitarist Chester Chevalier and singing drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne lead the band. Friday, April 27 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, Noon (Etienne); Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 1:40 pm.

Crönk (FUNK/R&B;)- A high-powered, gritty fusion band that was honed in a myriad of clubs around New Orleans, Crönk offers a gumbo pot of musical passion. Combining funk, jazz, rock and R&B;, their music reflects the personalities of the five-man group. Their debut CD is wegotchu. Saturday, April 28 – Lagniappe Stage, 5:35 pm.

Crownseekers (GOSPEL)- This quartet from the West Bank town of Marrero, Louisiana performs traditional, “heaven-bound” gospel music. Saturday, May 5 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 1:15 pm.

Celia Cruz (LATIN)- A native of Havana, Cruz is known as the “Queen of Salsa.” This Grammy Award-winner has recorded more than 70 albums and received worldwide acclaim for her recordings and performances with the late Tito Puente. She has also appeared in 10 films, including “The Mambo Kings.” Her latest CDs include Siempre Vivire and Queen of Salsa. She is joined by Johnny Pacheco & His Orchestra. Thursday, May 3 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 5 pm; Friday, May 4 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, House of Blues, 9 pm; Saturday, May 5 – Congo Square Stage, 5:45 pm.

Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Co. (AFRICAN/KIDS)- This New Orleans-based African dance troupe is known for its ornate costumes and lively, acrobatic performances. Thursday, May 3 – Congo Square Stage, Noon & 12:50 pm.

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Derek Dabbs (R&B;)- Pianist Dabbs has taken his distinctive sound and stepped out as a solo artist after backing up such artists as Jonathan Butler, James Brown, Little Milton and Shirley Brown. His prolific and accessible style has been compared to Joe Sample and Ramsey Lewis. Sunday, April 29 – Lagniappe Stage, 1:30 pm.

Sonia Dada (R&B;)- This Chicago-based “rocket-soul” band is known for their strong acapella harmonies and top-notch musicianship. Their latest CD is Lay Down and Love It Live. The band’s website is soniadada.com. Saturday, May 5 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 1:40 pm.

Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band (CAJUN)- A longtime favorite in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana as well as Canada and France, accordionist Daigrepont writes and performs traditional Cajun music that maintains its close connection with the French language. Many of his original songs seems destined to become genre classics. His latest release is titled Paradis. Friday, May 4 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:50 pm.

Jeremy Davenport (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Accomplished New Orleans trumpeter and crooner is developing a national reputation for his superior original compositions as well as his deft handling of jazz standards. Thursday, May 3 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, Noon.

David and Roselyn (FOLK) – This storied husband-and-wife duo play folk, gospel, country, blues and Afro-jazz, and are best known for their crowd-pleasing street performances in the French Quarter. Their latest CD is Carnivale. Sunday, April 29 – Lagniappe Stage, 11:15 am.

Jo “Cool” Davis (GOSPEL)- A favorite son within the Gospel community, Davis offers a contemporary repertoire that has a firm hold on tradition. His warm, friendly personality is a mainstay at the House of Blues where he hosts the club’s popular Gospel Brunch, and at Tipitina’s uptown nightclub where he is the bouncer. Sunday, April 29 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 1:15 pm.

Sylvia Yancy Davis & Rosa Metoyer (KIDS)- This dynamic storytelling team from Alexandria, La. present folk tales for children. Thursday, May 3 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 2 pm.

Deacon John (R&B;)- John Moore is a legendary New Orleans blues, R&B; and rock guitarist who has done studio work on countless hits coming out of New Orleans in the 1960s. Saturday, May 5 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 4:30 pm.

Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie (ZYDECO)- This exuberant accordionist leads his band through modern and traditional zydeco and R&B.; He is the son of legendary zydeco musician John Delafose, and started his career at age 15 as a drummer in his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys. Known as the “Creole Cowboy,” Geno works on the family farm while leading his own band, singing in both English and French. His latest CD is La Chanson Perdue. Thursday, May 3 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 2 pm; Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:50 pm.

Devastation & the Millenium Steppers (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUBS)- One club is a 12-member, all-female troupe known for their brightly colored suits and the Steppers are a brand-new club from the Uptown area around Toledano and Washington. Music will be provided by The Real Untouchable Brass Band. Friday, April 27 – Parade, 4 pm.

Devastating Ladies (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club is the women’s division of the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Society, a century-old second-line club. They will be backed by the Chosen Few Brass Band. Saturday, May 5 – Parade, Noon.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ/BRASS BAND)- The Dozen revitalized New Orleans brass band music in the 1970s and gained national fame. They introduced supercharged rhythms and solo concepts, putting funky grooves into jazz standards. Their latest CD is Buck Jump. Thursday, May 3 – Acura Stage, 2:05 pm.

Distinguished Gentlemen (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club is known for their brightly colored suits and elaborate fans and umbrellas. They hail from the Tremé neighborhood, and will be backed by the PinStripe Brass Band. Sunday, April 29 – Parade, Noon

Dixie Cups (R&B;)- This trio of R&B; legends are New Orleans natives best known for their 1960s hits “Chapel of Love” and “Iko Iko.” Sunday, April 29 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 2:15 pm

. Fats Domino (R&B;)- One of the founding fathers of rock and roll as well as New Orleans rhythm & blues, Domino’s patented piano triplets and laid-back vocals defined his style in the 1950s. His hits include such unforgettable classics as “Blueberry Hill,” “Walkin’ to New Orleans,” and “Blue Monday.” Sunday, May 6 – Acura Stage, 3:20 pm.

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers (ZYDECO)- Following in the footsteps of his late father, Rockin’ Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie is making a name for himself as a master accordion player. He has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and in USA Today. He won the 2000 American Accordion Association’s “Hottest Accordion” competition. Saturday, May 5 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:40 pm.

Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters (ZYDECO)- David Rubin has taken the reins of the band fronted by his late father, Rockin’ Dopsie. Playing the frottoir (rubboard), this zydeco showman keeps the dance floor packed with contemporary zydeco and covers of rock and funk standards. Sunday, April 29 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:55 pm.

Double Nine & Single Men Kids (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- The members of the Nine like to show off their accessories, including baskets and fans, and are based in the lower Ninth Ward around St. Claude Avenue and Andry Street. They will be joined by the Kids and the Algiers Brass Band. Friday, April 27 – Parade, 2 p.m.

Johnette Downing (KIDS) – This Parents’ Choice Award winner has been performing for 11 years, presenting songs for children including “The Messy Room Blues” and “Playin’ Possum.” Her latest CD is Wild & Woolly Wiggle Songs. Sunday, April 29 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 4:30 pm.

Dr. John (R&B;)- Mac Rebennack, a native New Orleanian, is a legendary R&B; pianist and a master of R&B;, funk and big band music. He began his career playing studio music before joining the house band for Sonny and Cher’s TV show. His 1973 solo single “Right Place, Wrong Time” was a chart-topping hit. Dr. John won a 2001 Grammy for his duet with B.B. King on King’s album Let The Good Times Roll. His latest CD is Duke Elegant. Website: zuzu-man.com. Sunday, April 29 – Acura Stage, 3:30 pm.

Dukes of Dixieland (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- This jazz band has performed continuously for over 50 years, and have shared the stage with Al Hirt, Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald and Woody Herman. Their latest CD is Gloryland with Moses Hogan and the New Orleans Gospel Choir. Thursday, May 3 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 4:25 pm.

Dominique Dupuis of Canada (KIDS)- Acclaimed young fiddler from New Brunswick, Canada, has performed at many events, including the Canadian Grand Masters Fidding Championship. Thursday, May 3 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 12:45 pm.

Big Joe Duskin (BLUES)- A legendary boogie-woogie pianist and blues vocalist from Cincinnati, Duskin started playing the piano at age seven. He is known for foot-stomping blues including such tunes as “Beat Me Daddy to the Bar” and “Key to the Highway.” His CD is Live Electric Boogie. Sunday, May 6 – Lagniappe Stage, 1:40 pm.

Dumaine Gang, Divine Ladies & Dumaine St. Ladies (SAPCs)- The Divine club sported what many considered to be the prettiest suits of the 2001 season, and the Dumaine clubs are a fairly recent addition to the scene in their 3rd year of parading. The clubs will be backed by The Original Thunderstorm Brass Band. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, 2 pm.

Dynamic Smooth Family (GOSPEL)- As strong instrumentally as they are vocally, this Slidell gospel group offers sweet, soulful harmonies with shadings of blues and R&B.; Friday, April 27 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 4:15 pm.

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Snooks Eaglin (R&B;)- A beloved New Orleans entertainer, Eaglin is known for his powerful, idiosyncratic guitar playing and encyclopedic repertoire. R&B; standards are his mainstay but he is equally adept in the realms of jazz and pop. Sunday, April 29 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 3:45 pm; Friday, May 4 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, Praline Connection Gospel & Blues Hall, 9 pm.

Lars Edegran (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- For the past 25 years, Edegran has been an innovative presence in the New Orleans music scene as an arranger, bandleader and producer. He is a regular member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He received critical acclaim for his soundtrack to Louis Malle’s film, “Pretty Baby” as well as his orchestration for the Broadway hit, “One Mo’ Time.” Edegran, who plays the piano and guitar, will be backed by the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra. Saturday, May 5 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 1:35 pm.

The Elements (REGGAE)- Led by bassist Sam Staub, this New Orleans-based band is known for their attention to music detail and purveying the spirit of reggae. Sunday, April 29 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 12:45 pm.

Executive Steel Band (CARIBBEAN/KIDS) – Rooted in Calypso-style steel drumming, this New Orleans group directed by Roland Lawes plays soca, reggae, and a variety of Caribben-flavored music. Thursday, May 3 – Congo Square Stage, 1:30 pm.

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Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Hailing from the city’s 7th Ward, trumpeter Ferbos has been making music since the 1920s. Named for the great jazz club it calls home, the Palm Court Band boasts some of New Orleans’ premier musicians. Friday, May 4 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 3:10 pm; Sunday, May 6 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 1:15 pm.

Filé (CAJUN)- Anchored by Ward Lormand on accordion and D’Jalma Garnier on the fiddle, Filé unites four vocalists to perform songs from across the Cajun, Creole and swamp pop spectrum. Website: cajuncreolemusic.com. Thursday, May 3 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:45 pm

First Revolution (GOSPEL)- This five-man, a capella chorus focuses on traditional gospel and jubilee-style arrangements. It was founded in 1972 by the group’s leader Larry Bell Sr. Their CD is A’Capella Gospel. Thursday, May 3 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 12:30 pm.

Allen Fontenot & the Country Cajuns (CAJUN)- Fiddler Fontenot leads the group in 1950s-style country, western and Cajun music. They have performed at every Jazz Fest since 1971. Their latest CD is Aretes Pas La Musicue (Don’t Stop The Music). Friday, April 27 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 12:20 pm.

Frankie Ford (ROCK ‘N’ ROLL)- You’ll recognize local legend Ford (“Ooh-wee, baby!”)from his classic 1959 rock ‘n’ roll hit, “Sea Cruise.” With a busy international tour schedule, singer/pianist Ford remains one of the hardest-working rockers in town. Website: frankieford.com. Saturday, April 28 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 3 pm.

Gina Forsyth (FOLK)- Forsyth has roots that dig deep into the soul of American culture and bloom in the form of powerful lyrics. Steeped in an array of influences, she has successfully linked the traditional to the contemporary using her skills on guitar and a rich alto voice. Forsyth is joined by Kevin Danzig and Mark Wooley. Saturday, April 28 – Lagniappe Stage, 11:15 am.

Pete Fountain (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Fountain is a legendary New Orleans Dixieland jazz clarinetist who developed a swinging style, recorded prolifically and became a fixture on the Johnny Carson-era of the Tonight Show. He performs in his own club at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, and at Mardi Gras leads his Half-Fast Marching Club. Sunday, May 6 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 4:35 pm.

Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band (ZYDECO)- Like many of his peers, Frank broke into zydeco music playing in his family’s band. His father, Preston Frank, led the Swallow Band in the 1980s. A favorite of many zydeco dance enthusiasts, Frank’s latest CD is Ready or Not. Friday, April 27 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 4:20 pm.

Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Drummer French inherited leadership duties for this traditional jazz band from his father, the late Papa French. His latest CD is entitled Livin’ The Legacy. Sunday, April 29 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 1:30 pm; Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 5 pm.

George French & the N.O. Storyville Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Vocalist and bassist French plays an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, R&B; and blues, leading one of New Orleans’ most talent-packed bands. This set features Kimberley Longstreth. His CD is It’s A Beginning. Saturday, May 5 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 4:20 pm

funky Meters (R&B;/FUNK)- The world’s funkiest band boasts original members George Porter Jr. (bass) and Art Neville (keyboards). Their New Orleans groove-based sound has influenced such diverse music icons as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J and the Grateful Dead. The group also includes Russell Batiste on drums and Brian Stolz on guitar. Website: funkymeters.com. Saturday, April 28 – Acura Stage, 3:15 pm.

Furious Five (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club is known for their outrageous and distinctive approach to second-lines. They are one of the divisions of the Young Men Olympia Junior Benevolent Society, a century-old club. The Five will be backed by NewBirth Brass Band. Sunday, April 29 – Parade, 4 pm.

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Galactic (R&B;)- This respected, New Orleans-based rock band offers a thick funky groove and jazzy instrumentation. Individual members of the group such as Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore have made a name for themselves on the New Orleans music scene as renowned session artists. Their lead singer, Theryl “Houseman” deClouet, has released a solo CD, The Houseman Cometh. The group’s latest CD is Late for the Future. Friday, May 4 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 5:45 pm.

Albert “June” Gardner & the Fellows (TRADITIONAL JAZZ/R&B;)- Drummer Gardner honed his skills on the road performing with R&B; legends Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and a host of other artists. Still in his early teens, he got his start playing with the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. His latest CD is a re-release entitled 99 Plus One. Friday, May 4 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 11:30 am.

Jacques Gauthe (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- A veteran reedman who has performed with such jazz legends as Sidney Bechet, Lionel Hampton and Benny Waters, Gauthe played for years as part of the renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He is joined by his group, The Creole Rice Jazz Band. Thursday, May 3 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 11:20 am.

Geronimo Hunters (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This uptown tribe hails from the Third Ward. Saturday, May 5 – Parade, 1 pm.

Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- The multi-talented Gibson focuses on the jazz of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. She has toured at home and abroad with her band for the past 20 years. Saturday, May 5 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 3 pm.

Golden Arrows & Semolian Warriors (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This combined tribe from Uptown New Orleans have formed a new troupe. The Warriors tribe is led by Chief James “Yam” Harris. Sunday, April 29 – Parade, 1 pm.

Golden Blades (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- This tribe hails from the area around the Calliope housing development. Saturday, May 5 – Parade, 3 pm.

Golden Eagles (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- Big Chief Monk Boudreaux leads this celebrated tribe, veterans of the first Jazz Fest in 1970. Friday, May 4 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 12:20 pm.

Golden Star Hunters (MARDI GRAS INDIANS)- Big Chief Larry Bannock, who is also president of the Mardi Gras Indian Council and a master craftsman, leads this vibrantly plumed tribe that is also known for its intricate beadwork. Sunday, May 6 – Acura Stage, 11:15 am.

Imani Gonzales (KIDS)- This New York-based vocalist presents stories and song for children. Sunday, April 29 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 2 pm.

Kevin Gordon (COUNTRY)- Making his Festival debut, this Monroe, La. native is a hard-rocking “alternative country” songwriter. His latest CD is Down to the Well. Saturday, May 5 – Acura Stage, 12:25 pm; Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 4 pm.

Gospel Soul Children (GOSPEL)- A New Orleans interdenominational choir known for its lively, soul-stirring performances, this ensemble was the wellspring for many Gospel notables. Sunday, May 6 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 6:05 pm.

Henry Gray & the Cats – This Grammy-nominated pianist from Baton Rouge played with such Chicago blues greats as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters in the 1950s. Gray will be joined by Paul “Little Buck” Sinegal, an acclaimed blues and zydeco guitarist who appeared on many of Clifton Chenier’s best albums. Friday, April 27 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 1:40 pm.

Al Green (R&B;)- This Grammy Award-winning R&B; vocalist is familiar with the top of the music charts, releasing such memorable 1970s hits as “Tired of Being Alone,” “Love and Happiness,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and “I’m Still in Love with You.” With his soaring falsetto and distinctive, gospel-drenched phrasing, his voice is among the most recognizable in soul music. He is also an ordained minister and pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis. Website: algreen.com. Friday, April 27 – Acura Stage, 5:25 pm.

Javier Gutierrez & Acoustic Swiftness (LATIN)- Led by guitarist Gutierrez, this percussion-driven group offers a performance described as “flamenco Latin jazz fusion.” Friday, May 4 – Lagniappe Stage, 1:35 pm.

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Hackberry Ramblers (CAJUN)- Formed in 1932, the Ramblers have been playing western swing, country and Cajun music for more than 65 years. This lively group of octogenarians have earned a Grammy nomination, and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and on MTV Live. Their latest album is Deep Water. Website: pressnetwork.com. Friday, May 4 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 1:30 pm.

Andrew Hall’s Society Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- British expatriate and drummer Hall leads his traditional jazz band that focuses on the old-time music from the Armstrong days. Their CD is New Orleans Jazz is Alive in 2000. Sunday, April 29 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 11:15 am.

Hammond State Strawberry Jammers – This school band is comprised of physically and mentally challenged children from Hammond, Louisiana. Thursday, May 3 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 11:30 am.

Happy House (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- Since 1996, this SAPC based in New Orleans’ downtown Sixth Ward has been dancing and singing to the sound of classic New Orleans songs, collaborating with the legendary Tremé Brass Band. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, 4 pm.

Roy Hargrove (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Known for his mercurial note production and liquid tone, trumpeter Hargrove has blazed his own trail on the jazz scene. Discovered by Wynton Marsalis while still in high school, Hargrove traveled the world to study the nuances of jazz. His latest CD is Moment to Moment. Friday, April 27 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 5:30 pm; Saturday, April 28 – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 2 pm; Harrah’s Evening Concert, Praline Connection Gospel & Blues Hall, Midnight.

Leigh Harris (ROCK)- This versatile singer has embraced rock and funk as well as jazz. She is also known as Little Queenie. Her latest album is House of Secrets. Thursday, May 3 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 1:55 pm.

Donald Harrison (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Internationally recognized alto saxophonist, Harrison played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and later joined jazz contemporary Terence Blanchard in leading an influential group in the ’80s. His father was Guardians of the Flame big chief, the late Donald Harrison Sr., to whom Harrison pays tribute in much of his music. Friday, April 27 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 3:50 pm; (w/Nu Legends)Harrah’s Evening Concert, Praline Connection Gospel & Blues Hall, Midnight.

Hunter Hayes & LA H.O.T. (CAJUN/KIDS) – This acclaimed eight-year-old Cajun accordion and drumming prodigy from Breaux Bridge, La. with his band, LA H.O.T., has received national attention for his rousing musical style. His latest CD is Through My Eyes. Sunday, April 29 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 3:15 pm.

Lyle Henderson (GOSPEL)- Singing since age five, Henderson’s style is both traditional and contemporary. Known as “the little man with the big voice,” he has performed with Marva Wright, the Gospel Soul Children, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Vicki Winans. His debut album is I Cannot Go Back. Friday, April 27 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 1:15 pm.

Clarence “Frogman” Henry (R&B;)- One of New Orleans’ great entertainers from the city’s heyday of R&B.; His national hits include “Ain’t Got No Home” and “You Always Hurt the One You Love.” Website: frogmanhenry.com. Friday, April 27 – Acura Stage, 12:25 pm.

Heritage School of Music Band (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Elementary and high school students play traditional and contemporary jazz. The school is supported by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation and is directed by Edward “Kidd” Jordan. Saturday, May 5 – Lagniappe Stage, 11:30 am.

Highsteppers Brass Band (CONTEMPORARY BRASS)- This aggregate plays with a heavy hip-hop flair. Sunday, May 6 – Parade, 2 pm.

Scotty Hill’s French Market Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Hill, a trombonist, is dedicated to keeping alive the tradition of Dixieland music. He has performed with such artists as Danny Barker, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Louis Jordan and Roger Miller. Friday, April 27 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 4:05 pm.

Hobgoblin Hill Puppets (KIDS) – Traditional tales featuring ornate, handmade costumes and a host of characters are presented by Alice Wallace and Rick Rowan of Youngsville, La. Sunday, May 6 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 2:30 pm.

Peter Holsapple (ROCK)- This respected songwriter is also currently a member of the Continental Drifters. He is also an alumnus of such groups as the dB’s, and has toured with Hootie and the Blowfish. Friday, May 4 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 2:25 pm.

Humble Travelers (GOSPEL)- This traditional quartet is known for their spirit-filled set and fiery guitar playing. Thursday, May 3 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 3:30 pm.

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Iguanas (ROCK)- Bilingual New Orleans rock band with roots in R&B;, Tex-Mex, swamp pop and Latin styles such as ranchera and cumbia. Their distinctive brand of boogie is guaranteed to make your feet move. Website: iguanas.com. Sunday, April 29 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 4:25 pm.

Akbar Imhotep (KIDS)- A master puppeteer and storyteller from Atlanta, Imhotep combines humorous, thought-provoking folktales and innovative skits. Sunday, April 29 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 12:45 pm.

Indigenous (ROCK/NATIVE AMERICAN)- This grassroots band blends the blues and their Native American heritage to create a distinctive approach to rock. Gaining a strong reputation for their powerful live performances, Indigenous has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CNN and CBS Saturday Morning. Their latest CD is entitled Circle. Sunday, April 29 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 3 pm.

Instant Theater (KIDS)- Frank Levy involves audience members in theatrical storytelling experience. Presented by Young Audience, Inc. Friday, April 27 – National Park Service Kids’ Tent, 4:15 pm.

Irakli (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- An aficionado of Louis Armstrong, Irakli (de Davrichewy), a native of France, has devoted his life to interpreting the works of the master trumpeter. His phrasing and sound is said to be almost a direct copy of Satchmo’s style. He performs as part of Dr. Michael White’s Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven set. Saturday, May 5 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 5:45 pm.

Irie Dawtas (REGGAE)- This high-energy group is known for their funk and hip-hop-infused approach to reggae. Led by Katrice Newbill and Jawna Williams, the Dawtas received critical acclaim for their participation in the recent national tour in tribute to Bob Marley. Saturday, April 28 – Congo Square Stage, 12:55 pm.

Iris May Tango (FUNK)- Combining equal parts jazz, funk and hip-hop, Tango is one of the hottest bands to rise out of the diverse and exceedingly fertile New Orleans music scene. They consider their music to be “jazz on steroids.” Their debut CD is entitled Let ‘Em Have It. Website: irismaytango.com. Thursday, May 3 – Congo Square Stage, 5:45 pm.

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J.A.A.D.E. (KIDS)- The Junior African American Dance Ensemble present expressive dance. Directed by Kai Knight. Saturday, April 28 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 3:15 pm.

Jackson Travelers (GOSPEL)- This family gospel group hails from Kenner, Louisiana. Leader Charles Jackson incites audiences with old-style soul. Friday, May 4 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 1:15 pm.

Jambalaya Cajun Band (CAJUN)- Active since 1977, this group who has been performing for nearly 25 years, adheres to a traditional style of Cajun music but have introduced original compositions to their repertoire. Fiddler Terry Huval has been a leading advocate for the preservation of the French language in Louisiana. Their latest CD is Lessons Learned. Friday, May 4 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 12:20 pm.

R. Lee James Memorial Chorale (GOSPEL)- This 35-member choir performs traditional gospel in tribute to their late director, Ronald James. They are noted for their strong, full sound and harmonies. Thursday, May 3 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 6:05 pm.

Al Jarreau (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ/POP)- A five-time Grammy Award-winner, Jarreau has taken the art of vocalization to another level in the world of jazz and pop. He is best known for mimicking instruments and combining that sound with an intricate jazz scat. Jarreau received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, 2001. His current CD is entitled Tomorrow Today. Sunday, May 6 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 5:30 pm.

Jetsetters (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This second-line club is from the Calliope housing development. They will be backed by the Trombone Shorty Brass Band. Friday, May 4 – Parade, 2 pm.

Jetsetter Ladies (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB) – This four-member club is known for their fun-loving approach to the second-line. They will be backed by the Tornado Brass Band. Sunday, May 6 – Parade, Noon

J.J. Jazzmen of the Czech Republic (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Led by bandleader and trombonist Jan Jirucha, this band from Prague offers a repertoire of swing and excellent interpretation of Louis Armstrong’s music. Thursday, May 3 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 3 pm.

Johnson Extension (GOSPEL)- Lois Dejan leads this multi-generational family of gospel singers. Sunday, May 6 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 2 pm.

Big Jack Johnson & the Oilers (BLUES)- A favorite on the Mississippi Delta juke-joint circuit, this funky blues guitarist makes his long-awaited Jazz Fest debut. His latest CD is Roots Stew. Saturday, April 28 – Lagniappe Stage, 2:50 pm; Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 5:15 pm.

Elvin Jones (MODERN JAZZ)- This dynamic, self-taught, improvisational drum master has performed with jazz legends Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Dr. Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. His signature selections include “Keiko’s Wedding March,” “Mr. Jones” and “Shinjitu.” Saturday, May 5 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 5:40 pm.

Leroy Jones (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- This young, yet seasoned trumpeter got his start at 13 with Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. He went on to form the Hurricane Brass Band, which evolved into the renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Jones has performed with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Della Reese and toured extensively with Harry Connick, Jr. His latest CDs are Props for Pops, a tribute to Louis Armstrong, and City of Sounds. Friday, May 4 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 2:50 pm.

Kidd Jordan-Al Fielder & IAQ (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Saxophonist Jordan has earned Grammys for his groundbreaking, avant-garde performances. A professor of music at Southern University in New Orleans, he is also director of the Heritage School of Music. Fielder is an accomplished drummer who first recorded with Roscoe Mitchell’s sextet in 1967. Saturday, April 28 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 12:50 pm.

Marlon Jordan Quintet (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Honing his trumpeter chops on both jazz and classical music, Jordan was mentored by Terence Blanchard and Wynton Marsalis, and was once a featured soloist with the New Orleans Symphony. Jordan’s latest CD is Marlon’s Mode. Sunday, April 29 – BET On Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 12:55 pm.

Journey of the Drum (KIDS)- Michael Skinkus and Janet Bula Evans trace the path of Africans in the New World through drumming and song. Presented by Young Audiences, Inc. Friday, April 27 – National Park Service Kids’ Tent, 3 pm.

DJ Jubilee & Mr. Magic (RAP)- Known as the King of Bounce, New Orleans’ own brand of hip-hop dance music, DJ Jubilee has released four CDs and has been performing for over a decade. While he has enjoyed considerable national success, his live shows in the Crescent City are known for the dance-happy excitement he creates for audiences. He is joined by rapper Mr. Magic. Jubilee’s latest CD is Bouncin’ All Over The World. Sunday, May 6 – Congo Square Stage, 1:45 pm.

Juice (FUNK)- This group offers a special brand of psychedelic, New Orleans-style funk, and have been praised for their musical diversity and three-hour club sets. Their latest CD is Fortified. Website: peoplesay.com/juice. Sunday, April 29 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 12:20 pm.

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Kalpana (KIDS) – This dynamic storyteller from India shares ancient myths, legends and humorous tales. Friday, May 4 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 12:30 pm.

Kan’nida (CARIBBEAN)- Hailing from Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe, French West Indies, this group is the musical expression of their homeland. The Geoffroy family, featuring lead singer Sergius and their family friend, Mario Coco, has embodied the Gwo Ka music and traditions for 20 years. Thursday, May 3 – Congo Square Stage, 4:15 pm; Friday, May 4 – Congo Square Stage, 1:40 pm.

Ernie K-Doe (R&B;)- Legendary New Orleans entertainer, R&B; singer and lounge owner is immediately recognized by his distinctive singing style and his R&B; hit “Mother-In-Law,” which was written by Allen Toussaint. His backup singers include his wife, Antoinette and sister-in-law, Tee Eva. His new song is “White Boy, Black Boy.” K-Doe will be joined by the Blue Eyed Soul Revue. Sunday, May 6 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 3:55 pm.

Kennedy High School Gospel Choir (GOSPEL)- One of the city’s finest high-school choirs year in and year out, under the inspired guidance of director Theoclecia Bourgeois. Friday, April 27 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 3:30 pm.

Luther Kent (BLUES/R&B;)- Accomplished New Orleans-based singer Kent performs a hard-driving mix of blues, soul and R&B.; He is the former lead singer for the 1960s rock group, Blood, Sweat & Tears. Kent performs with the Trickbag Band. His new CD is Down in New Orleans. Website: lutherkent.com. Saturday, April 28 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 4:30 pm.

Clyde Kerr & Univision (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Kerr is a respected trumpeter and jazz educator in New Orleans. He teaches music at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and was the 2000 recipient of the New Orleans Mayor’s Arts Award. Friday, April 27 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 2:25 pm.

Doug Kershaw (CAJUN) – This singing, fiddling, dancing dervish is best known for his 1961 signature tune, “Louisiana Man,” which was broadcast back to the earth from the moon by the Apollo 12 crew. Kershaw was instrumental in reviving Cajun music with such songs as “Diggy Diggy Lo” and “Cajun Joe.” Website: citycom.com/dougkershaw. Friday, April 27 – Acura Stage, 1:40 pm; Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, 4:15 pm.

Sheba Kimbrough & Clancy “Blues Boy” Lewis (R&B;/BLUES)- Drummer Kimbrough has performed with Professor Longhair and many legendary New Orleans R&B; musicians. Lewis is a respected guitarist steeped in the “old school” Delta blues. Thursday, May 3 – Lagniappe Stage, Noon.

B.B. King (BLUES) – With the most-recognized name in contemporary blues, King has traveled the world with his famous guitar, “Lucille” telling the story of life, love, loss and redemption. He is revered for his incomparable playing style by every major guitar musician and brings crowds to their feet with his hits, “Why I Sing The Blues” and “The Thrill is Gone.” King has been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He won a 2001 Grammy for his duet with Dr. John on Let The Good Times Roll. His latest CD is a collaboration with Eric Clapton entitled Riding with the King, which also won a Grammy. Friday, April 27 – Acura Stage, 3:30 pm; Saturday, April 28 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, M.F.X.J. Municipal Auditorium, 9 pm.

Chris Thomas King (BLUES)- Guitarist and vocalist King, son of Baton Rouge blues legend Tabby Thomas, has pioneered a mix of rap and blues on five releases. He has been praised for elevating the acoustic blues tradition. His set is entitled 21st Century Blues. King also appeared in the film, O Brother Where Art Thou starring George Clooney. His latest CD is O Brother: The Legend of Tommy Johnson. Website: christhomasking.com. Thursday, May 3 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 2:45 pm.

Earl King & the Butanes (BLUES)- A legendary guitarist and singer, King has written more hits than any other New Orleans artist, except Allen Toussaint. His most recognizable songs are the Mardi Gras standard, “Big Chief,” “Trick Bag,” and “Let the Good Times Roll,” which has been covered by numerous artists including Jimi Hendrix. Friday, May 4 – Harrah’s Evening Concert, Praline Connection Gospel & Blues Hall, 9 pm; Sunday, May 6 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 2:45 pm.

Grace King H.S. Jazz Ensemble (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- This high-school group has received top ratings at music competitions in Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas. The ensemble is under the direction of Lewis Jackson. Friday, May 4 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 11:15 am.

Little Freddie King (BLUES)- This Mississippi native, who by day built airplanes and rewired radios while playing music at night, fuses urban and country blues has toured with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker, and has performed with Polka Dot Slim and Boogie Bill Webb. His latest CD is Sing Sang Sung. Sunday, May 6 – Lagniappe Stage, 12:30 pm.

Kita Productions (KIDS) – Dynamic storytelling and theater is presented by Donald Lewis and Tony Molina. Saturday, May 5 – National Park Service Kids Tent, 1:45 pm.

Jean Knight (R&B;)- New Orleans native Knight hit the top of the national charts in 1971 with “Mr. Big Stuff.” Her set is pure Crescent City soul. Knight is backed by Blue Eyed Soul. Saturday, April 28 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 5:55 pm.

Kumbuka Drum & Dance Collective (AFRICAN)- This dance troupe explores the links between African and Caribbean dance and culture, with an emphasis on African drum rhythms and dances. Saturday, May 5 – Congo Square Stage, 11:30 am.

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La Bande “Feufollet” (CAJUN/KIDS)- Common interests in the French language, music and Louisiana heritage brought together the young members of this Cajun group. Performing original and traditional songs in French, the band members, all under 16 years old, bring vitality and spirit to their performances. Sunday, May 6 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 11:15 am.

Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen (JAZZ/BRASS BAND)- A New Orleans music icon, Lacen is a recognizable fixture with his barrel frame and shiny tuba. His chords have been a part of the sounds of such brass bands as Olympia, Onward, Fairview and Tuxedo. He has also performed with Sweet Emma Barrett, Louis Cottrell, Corey Harris, and Willie and Percy Humphrey. Friday, April 27 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 1:30 pm.

Lady Charlotte Jazz Band (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- This pianist and music teacher has honed her performance skills on the Bourbon Street club circuit, playing with many jazz greats such as Wallace Davenport. Friday, April 27 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 11:15 am.

Lady Rollers (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- This club is in its debut year and is known for sporting African-accented suits. They hail from the Garden District area of uptown New Orleans. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 11:15 am.

Lady Sequence (SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB)- Sporting flashy, expensive attire, these ladies are led by Edie Carmouche. They represent the neighborhood around Seventh and Dryades streets. The SAPC will be backed by the Paulin Brothers Brass Band. Saturday, April 28 – Parade, Noon.

Sonny Landreth (CAJUN) – Considered one of the region’s best slide guitarists, Landreth, a native of Lafayette, has performed with Clifton Chenier and John Hiatt. His latest CD is Levee Town. Friday, April 27 – w/BeauSoleil, Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 4:05 pm; Thursday, May 3 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 3:55 pm.

Tim Laughlin (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- This respected clarinetist is known for his lively, lilting playing style and his bright red hair. A former member of the Dukes of Dixieland, Laughlin has also performed with Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, Al Hirt, Skitch Henderson and Pete Fountain. His latest CDs are Great Ballads…Past and Present and Straight Ahead. Sunday, May 6 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 12:30 pm.

Rosie Ledet (ZYDECO)- Simply known as “the sweetheart of zydeco,” Ledet is a self-taught accordionist, whose gentle demeanor surprises audiences when she belts out risqué lyrics with her powerful voice. Her latest CD is It’s A Groove Thing! Sunday, May 6 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 2:55 pm.

Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band (BLUES)- Playing in a fiery neo-traditionalist style, Lee is known for his raw sound and stellar guitar playing. His latest CD is Crawfish Lady. Thursday, May 3 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 5:35 pm.

John Lee & the Heralds of Christ (GOSPEL)- Traditional gospel is the hallmark of this New Orleans-based choir. Sunday, April 29 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 6:05 pm.

Leviticus Gospel Singers (GOSPEL)- This traditional gospel group based in New Orleans is led by Betty McKinnis. They have been singing at the Festival since 1978. Friday, April 27 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 12:30 pm.

Ramsey Lewis Trio (MODERN JAZZ)- Lewis introduced the pop world to jazz in the ’60s with a string of chart-toppers such as “The In Crowd,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade in The Water.” He went on to touch a whole new audience in 1974 with an Earth, Wind & Fire collaboration, “Sun Goddess.” Joined by Larry Gray on bass and Ernie Adams on drums and percussion, Lewis has revived the art of the jazz trio. His new CD is Appassionata. Friday, May 4 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 5:40 pm.

Lightnin’ Bugs (ZYDECO)- This six-piece group from Ruston and Shreveport, La. plays a blend of Cajun, salsa, R&B; and reggae, which is affectionately known as “Louisiana World Beat.” Their CDs are Live at the Sundown and Lighten Up. Their set features Dorothy Prime. Sunday, April 29 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 11:15 am.

Lil’ Band o’Gold (ROCK)- This multi-generational group from Acadiana showcases the best of Louisiana swamp pop-infused rock ‘n’ roll. With Warren Storm, Steve Riley, C.C. Adcock and the St. Martin Horns, the group captures the energy of a honky-tonk. Their self-titled CD has garnered critical acclaim. Thursday, May 3 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 5:30 pm.

Lil’ Stooges Brass Band (CONTEMPORARY BRASS)- This new addition to the brass band scene keeps tradition alive by incorporating old and new musical elements. The 10-member band’s signature tune is “Come Dance With Me,” and is led by Walter Ramsey. Friday, May 4 – Workshop, Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 pm.

Local International Allstars (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Comprised of musicians from Europe who were inspired by New Orleans music to come to the Crescent City, this band is led by British trumpeter John Simmons. Friday, May 4 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 12:35 am.

Los Babies (LATIN)- This exciting staple of the thriving New Orleans Latin-music scene specializes in merengue – and plays it like no one else. Be prepared to dance. Saturday, May 5 – Sheraton N.O. Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:40 pm.

Los Hombres Calientes (LATIN/JAZZ)- This aggregate featuring trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and percussionist Bill Summers received immediate acclaim for their fusion of Latin, jazz, and African rhythms. Led by Summers, who played with Herbie Hancock’s renowned Headhunters in the 1970s and Quincy Jones, this band turns up the heat in their live performances. Their latest CD is Vol. 3 New Congo Square. Saturday, April 28 – Acura Stage, 1:35 pm.

Louis’ Home Cookin’: New Orleans Trumpet Tribute (TRADITIONAL JAZZ)- Five of New Orleans’ most respected trumpeters pay tribute to Armstrong in a special set. Featuring Gregory “Blodie” Davis, Irvin Mayfield, Marlon Jordan, Clyde Kerr Jr., Christian Scott and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Saturday, May 5 – BET on Jazz/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 4 pm.

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- Founded in 1980, this ensemble focuses on the music of early New Orleans jazz and is led by clarinetist and historian Fred Starr. Friday, May 4 – Cox Communications Economy Hall Tent, 4:25 pm.

Val & Love Alive Fellowship Choir (GOSPEL)- This New Orleans gospel choir is known for its stirring performances, and is led by Val Bemiss-Robertson. Sunday, April 29 – Rhodes Gospel Tent, 3:30 pm.

Loyola Jazz Ensemble (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ)- This group is the oldest college-level jazz program in New Orleans, and is directed by John Mahoney. Saturday, April 28 – Sprint PCS/LG Stage, 11:30 am.

Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys (BLUEGRASS)- Their neo-rockabilly style is a regional favorite as Lyons and the Boys offer an infectious, dance-oriented set. Their latest CD is Count Your Chickens. Friday, April 27 – House of Blues/Old School 102.9 Stage, 11:30 am.