JAZZ FEST | 04.26 - 05.06 | NEW ORLEANS

Words by: SuperDee

04.29.07 :: SUNDAY

Hot 8 Brass Band :: 04.29 by Zack Smith
Sunday is the Lord's Day according to some, and this Jewish girl from Long Island had her soul saved. Today, I felt the ghosts and spirits at the Fairgrounds more than ever before. How else to start a Sunday at JazzFest besides grabbing a seat in the Gospel Tent? The pure joy of spirituality without obligation or discrimination is infectious and necessary. At one point, the announcer took a moment to salute the people of the Virginia Tech community, as well as our soldiers abroad. New Orleans culture and tradition tells us to celebrate, not mourn, the lives of those we have lost. So, we dance on.

Irma Thomas :: 04.29 by Seth Rubin
One highly anticipated set on Sunday was Irma Thomas & The Professionals. Immediately sucked into her performance, I could hear the bittersweet experience in her voice. She asked everyone to take out a hankie or a napkin or their shirt or whatever and do the 2nd line dance. "We do the 2nd line to celebrate," she said. She incited us to celebrate mosquitoes, roaches, red beans & rice, and many other things including "when your pregnancy test comes back and it's negative." Thomas led the crowd to dance during "Aiko Aiko" and "Hey Pocky Way." She then dedicated "Time On My Side" to New Orleans, and talked about the children who wanted to learn to play music but didn't have any instruments. She told the visitors (and now you reading these words) that they can send used instruments to the Tipitina's Foundation or WWOZ to get these kids something to play. (You can also check out www.kidsmart.org for other ways to help.)

Bonnie Raitt :: 04.29 by Seth Rubin
Marcia Ball then joined Thomas for an emotionally draining duet that was a highlight of the weekend. There are signs all over JazzFest that say "Move Your Body and Your SOUL." The music at JazzFest is not about being cool or putting on the most elaborate performance. It's about making you feel something inside your heart that you can take with you to better the world.

Drifting from one performance to the next, we found Gillian Welch laying it down on the Fais Do Do stage and Bonnie Raitt closing down the Gentilly Stage. The soulful Thomas, the soothing Welch, the sassy Raitt and finally the sensuality of Jill Scott at Congo Square. All these women have a real connection with their fans, seen clearly as everyone in the crowd hung on every last word of Miss Scott's poetry.


Jill Scott :: 04.29 by Adam McCullough
A few days ago, I learned about a last minute, intimate Ani DiFranco show at One Eyed Jacks Sunday night, and it seemed a great opportunity to get to know this powerful female force better. DiFranco is a New Yorker but has a strong connection with the Big Easy. [Check out JamBase's interview with DiFranco about her love of New Orleans.] Always a spitfire, she told stories about throwing up in the bathroom sink at One Eyed Jacks years ago, and that she was sorry about that. Her band consisted of a tamed Mike Dillon on percussion and vibraphone and the amazing Todd Sickafoose on upright bass. These two added a jazzy element to DiFranco's fantastic guitar work. She played a potent version of Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Mi" before ending with an encore of "Little Plastic Castles," which inspired fans to sing along, "In a coffee shop in a city / Which is every coffee shop / in every city on a day which is every day."

It was time to put this first weekend of JazzFest to bed. I'd like to invite people to report on what they saw below in our "Comments" section. With so much to take in at any given moment, between the music offered and the city itself, everyone has a different JazzFest experience. I look forward to a few days of relative quiet during these "daze between" before the second weekend begins.


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians by Seth Rubin

Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian by Seth Rubin

Jill Scott by Seth Rubin

Clarence "Frogman" Henry by Seth Rubin

Ba Cissoko by Seth Rubin

Banda el Recodo by Seth Rubin

JazzFest by Seth Rubin

JazzFest by Seth Rubin

George Thorogood by Seth Rubin

Jo "Cool" Davis by Adam McCullough

Rosie Ledet by Adam McCullough

Theresa Andersson by Adam McCullough

CJ Chenier & Red Hot Louisiana Band by Adam McCullough

Dr. Lonnie Smith by Adam McCullough

Bonnie Raitt by Adam McCullough

Jerry Lee Lewis by Adam McCullough

Jean Knight by Adam McCullough

Dr. John & George Porter Jr. - NOLA Social Club by Adam McCullough

Pete Fountain by Adam McCullough

Julliard Jazz Ensemble by Adam McCullough

Arturo Sandoval by Adam McCullough

Gillian Welch by Zack Smith

JazzFest by Zack Smith

Little Drummer Boy by Zack Smith

Banda el Recodo by Zack Smith

Dancing In The Streets During JazzFest by Zack Smith

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