06/11/11

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2011

Joel A. Siegel's photos of performances at Jazzfest

If we lived in a perfect world, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival would run every day of the year. Alas, it is only seven days long. But what great days they are. And this year’s festival was particularly special because the weather was perfect. After a withering winter in the north, the warm sunny spring days in New Orleans with (always) great music and great food was just what the doctor ordered.

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Irma Thomas at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Anat Cohen at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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David “Ti Coca” Mettelus from Haiti at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Don Vappie at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Dr. John at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Germaine Bazzle at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Grant Green, Jr. at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Herlin Riley, performing with Dr. John, at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Jeff Beck at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Jeremy Davenport at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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John Boutte at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Kenny G at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Kidd Jordan at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Lionel Ferbos at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Luther Kent at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Mulgrew Miller, performing with Russell Malone and Ron Carter, at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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New Orleans street band outside the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Pete Fountain at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Phillip Manuel at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Ron Carter at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Russell Malone at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Of course, Jazzfest is much more than just jazz. All the flowers of the Louisiana musical culture are in bloom and pollinate across the twelve different stages with performers non-stop from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on festival days. Some of the highlights from the first weekend of this year’s Jazzfest included Ahmad Jamal, Anat Cohen, Kidd Jordan, Terrence Blanchard, Pete Fountain, Grant Green, Jr., Don Vappie, Donald Harrison, Dr. John, Herlin Riley (seen here playing with Dr. John), Jeremy Davenport, John Boutte, Jeff Beck, a trio featuring Russell Malone, Ron Carter and Mulgrew Miller, and Haitian musicians spotlighted at the festival (including David “Ti Coca Mettelus). Also, I would be remiss in not mentioning great local favorites, including the soon to be 100 year old trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, rhythm & blues singer Luther Kent, singer Phillip Manuel, soul queen Irma Thomas, legendary blues and rhythm & blues artist Deacon John, Mardi Gras Indians, and the street musicians who keep the music going as you leave the festival fairgrounds.

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