[JPL] New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

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Thu Feb 16 14:25:45 EST 2006

Reality check:

Every year, the Jazz Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 
offers eight hours or so of good jazz for each of seven days (11 a.m. 
to 7 p.m.) over the two weekends of fest. That's 56 hours, give or take 
a few hours lost to set changes.

The festival also presents hours of performances by early/traditional 
jazz bands in a venue that used to be called the Economy Hall tent. So 
that could be another 56 hours or so. 

In addition to that, brass bands (important to the development of jazz) 
roam the infields and often get prominent billing on various stages -- 
Rebirth, Dirty Dozen.

So, conservatively speaking, there may be more than 100 hours of jazz 
presented, and practically zilch in the way of "smooth" or fake jazz. 

A long list of good modern jazz artists are playing this year's 
festival, including Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, 
Nicholas Payton, Steve Turre, George Coleman, Eddie Palmieri and Astral 

Not enough jazz to include "jazz" as part of its name? The NO Jazz and 
Heritage Festival offers more hours of good jazz than most festivals 
that focus exclusively on jazz.  

And consider this, from the NYT story: "The festival is the ultimate 
musical benefit for a destitute city," Mr. Davis said.

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.


> JAZZ???
> ARTS / MUSIC | February 16, 2006
> New Orleans Will Hold Jazzfest This Spring
> Contrary to organizers' initial fears in the months after 
> Hurricane Katrina, the festival will be barely diminished, 
> offering both big-name acts and even more local musicians.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/16/arts/music/16jazz.html?
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