ABOUT IKE STUBBLEFIELD
Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend. He cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He lent his soulful R&B style to Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson, and helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come. In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy-winning Atlanta soul man Cee Lo Green, recording organ and keyboards on 9 tracks.
ABOUT TERENCE HIGGINS
Terence Higgins, internationally known as drummer for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is as well versed in the churning New Orleans funk style as any man can be. Born and raised in NOLA, Higgins has performed with everyone from Widespread Panic to Dr. John to Norah Jones, and has even gained his own set of peers in other drummers such as Brian Blade, Russell Batiste Jr., and Stanton Moore. Higgins appears on dozens of albums, but with his first CD his own ideas have become a force to be reckoned with.
ABOUT GRANT GREEN JR.
The son of infamous soul-jazz musician Grant Green, Green Jr. started a like-minded band in the 90's to carry on his father's legacy. The Japan-only Jungle Strut was met with critical favor, and he moved his act back to the States where he could finally record an album for the US.
ABOUT WYCLIFFE GORDON
Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. His trombone playing, hailed as "mixing powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies," has been universally hailed by jazz critics.
ABOUT PERDITO MARTINEZ GROUP
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythmsand vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times (June 15, 2010) calling it, "complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk."
With its formation in the current lineup in 2008, the group has developed into an extraordinarily tight and creative unit. Members include percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba.
WWOZ will be out at Jazz Fest, broadcasting live! We'll be letting you do some Festing vicariously through us so keep your dial set on 90.7 fm (or wwoz.org!) throughout Jazz Fest! Stay tuned as we continue to update our list of performers!
|Young Pinstripe Brass Band|
|Dukes of Dixieland|
|Slavic Soul Party|
|Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread"|
|Mark Braud & The New Orleans Jazz Giants|
|Topsy Chapman & Soul Harmony|
|Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, "Hello Pops, A Tribute To Louis Armstrong"|
|Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil|
|Bombino Of Niger|
More musicians to be announced soon!
The inaugural International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, and will begin with an all-star sunrise concert at 7am in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz.
A number of jazz luminaries along with Hancock, including Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dr. Michael White, and Roland Guerin will play the concert April 30, which coincides with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the U.S., and follows the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Hancock plans to perform his classic “Watermelon Man” with high school students. The concert will open with ritual drumming led by Luther Gray and conclude with a traditional second line with Treme Brass Band.
In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the initiative aims to encourage and recognize jazz music as a universal language of freedom. All-star concerts will be held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris at the official kick-off on April 27, and begin in the United States at sunrise in New Orleans at Congo Square and conclude at sunset in New York City at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
Stay tuned as we tell you more about the live broadcast of this event by WWOZ!
For more information about International Jazz Day, check out the UNESCO website.
HBO’s Treme, currently filming in New Orleans, will host the 3rd Annual “My Darlin’ New Orleans” Auction and Celebrity Gala benefiting Sweet Home New Orleans, The Roots of Music, and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Assistance Foundation. Guests of this unique event will walk the red carpet and mingle with the cast and crew of Treme.
11am-7:15pm both days
WWOZ will host a live video stream of the Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on Saturday March 24 from 10am to 1pm. This year's Syposium features renowned local and national scholars and tradition bearers including Robert Farris Thompson, William Ferris, Freddie Evans, Tito Sompas, Joyce Marie Jackson, Shannon Powell and Felice Guimont.
WWOZ will be hosting the live video stream of the Symposium.