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  • Irma Thomas preps for another Jazz Fest

    May 6, 2017 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' soul queen, Irma Thomas, hasn't missed a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since 1974. And she's scheduled for another one on Saturday, paving the way for Stevie Wonder's return to the festival after rain canceled his set last year. Thomas is... more »
  • Second weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off with a sunny forecast

    May 3, 2017 11:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sunshine is projected for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's final weekend, which returns Thursday through Sunday. That's good news for fest-goers, who saw rain force a partial closure Sunday. More rain hit the Fair Grounds Race Course on Wednesday, so organizers suggest fans prepare for... more »
  • Maroon 5, Usher, Alabama Shakes headline Jazz Fest Day 2

    April 29, 2017 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival enters its second day with performances by Maroon 5, Usher and Alabama Shakes. Maroon 5, which last performed at Jazz Fest in 2013, will close out the Acura Stage on Saturday. The band has some New Orleans ties: their keyboardist... more »
  • Donaldsonville to spend $1M renovating 200-year-old park

    July 5, 2016 9:30 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A $1 million renovation of a 200-year-old park in the heart of Donaldsonville will make it the future home of regional festivals - like the Rural Roots of Jazz Fest. The renovation of Crescent Park - created in 1806, the same year the city was founded by an... more »
  • Natalie Cole, Grammy winning singer, has died

    January 1, 2016 12:16 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat "King" Cole who carried on his musical legacy, has died. Publicist Maureen O'Connor says Cole died Thursday night. She was 65. O'Connor had no details about how or where Cole died. Cole had battled drug problems and hepatitis... more »
  • New Orleans to pay tribute to the great Allen Toussaint

    November 20, 2015 5:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- This city of music is preparing to give a fitting farewell to musical legend Allen Toussaint who died earlier this month at the age of 77. Throngs of fans, fellow musicians, friends and family were expected to make their way Friday morning to the Orpheum Theater in downtown... more »
  • Newport Jazz Festival to mark Miles Davis' 60th anniversary

    July 26, 2015 12:09 PM

    NEW YORK - Miles Davis wasn't even listed in the program book when he appeared for the first time at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, but he made his presence felt with a career-reviving performance in an all-star jam session. This year's program book is Miles-centric as the... more »
  • Beloved jazz steamboat, Natchez, turns 40

    April 12, 2015 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Natchez steamboat turns 40 years old on Monday. And all is well. The captain still barks his orders to the pilot in the wheelhouse through a megaphone; the calliope is still going and folks from all over the world throng its decks. Best of all, its... more »
  • Deadline approaching for entries in Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest Play Video

    February 10, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest has received over 2,000 entries since 2010 and has contributed more than $200,000 in scholarships. Entries for this year's contest are due this week. The theme is ‘Louisiana's Music'. "Louisiana has such a rich, vibrant music history from New Orleans... more »
  • Funeral Saturday for 103-year-old jazz trumpeter

    August 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans is saying good-bye to jazzman Lionel Ferbos with a jazz funeral, including a traditional second-line parade. The 103-year-old trumpeter died July 19. He had been the city's oldest active jazz musician, playing gigs after his hundredth birthday. His funeral Saturday morning comes as the Satchmo... more »
  • Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies

    July 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos has died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103. Family friend Regina Dillings says the trumpeter died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family. Ferbos performed all over New Orleans and its suburbs for decades. His ability to read... more »

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