My approach to planning JazzFest: pick a bunch of shows that I absolutely can't miss, then when the night of the show comes around be open to going anywhere and doing anything. That being said, here's the shows I can't wait to see:
Multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta is in town. The sax and flute virtuoso is performing at UNO on Wednesday and will also perform two sets at Snug Harbor Thursday. WWOZ will broadcast the second set LIVE in case you are unable to attend.
One of Brazil's most respected musicians, Malta is a composer, performer, arranger, band leader and music educator who has performed all over the world.
On Thursday, April 21st, Jelly Roll Justice will have as special guests on "Jazz From the Market", the great jazz educator Mr. Carl Blouin, Sr. and one of his former students, trumpeter extraordinaire Leroy Jones.
WWOZ Show Host Stuart Raper rode on the 'OZ float in Zulu this Mardi Gras Day, 2011. Here he reminiscences on the experience, and on how being a part of WWOZ carries cache in the city of New Orleans. Best Mardi Gras day EVER.