Courtesy of Zach Smith

Satchmo SummerFest

15:30 July 28, 2015
By: Staff

Satchmo SummerFest is a three-day local music showcase located on the ground of the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. It features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The community festival also features "Red Bean Alley," festival food booths operated by some of New Orleans' finest restaurants and open throughout the festival weekend. With two stages and over 30 bands, local and foreign, you'll jam to some familiar tunes and perhaps find a new favorite at the Red Beans and Ricely Yours stage.

Friday, July 31

Deacon John
6 pm, Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage

Deacon John Moore has entertained three generations of New Orleanians, singing everything from classic R&B and blues to rock and roll, jazz and gospel music. His career spans more than 50 years, playing every Jazz Fest since 1970, being the leader of multiple bands and playing events from proms to weddings and everything in between. At least catch 30 minutes of Deacon before you head over to see James Andrews. You won't regret it.

James Andrews
6:30 pm, Cornet Chop Suey Stage

Dubbed "Satchmo of the Ghetto" at an early age in his Treme, it's no wonder Andrews is getting a prime-time spot on the first day of the festival. He has played with Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Danny Barker, Dr. John and Michelle Shocked. A protégé of soul man Allen Toussaint, Andrews has taken his place alongside others swinging the New Orleans tradition in contemporary ways.

Special Event: Distinct and Original Voices: Louis and Bix, 4:30 pm

In this presentation, trombonist, two-time Grammy-nominated writer and Library of Congress National Jukebox curator David Sager will address the clash of opinions between the two greats: Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Sager's frank discussion will focus on musical ingredients found in the recorded work of these two inspiring creators of classic jazz cornet and trumpet styles.

Saturday, August 1

Charmaine Neville
6 pm, Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage

As the daughter of one of the highly acclaimed Neville Brothers, Charmaine is heir to a rich New Orleans musical legacy but is busy putting her own stamp on this heritage. Neville and her band dish out a spicy mix of the best of New Orleans music, from the nastiest of blues to some V-8-driven R&B. Add a funky rhythm and some jazzy ballads and you've got yourself one helluva Crescent City gumbo!

Bill Summers and Jazalsa
7:45 pm, Cornet Chop Suey Stage

Summers is a musician of the highest order, playing anything from traditional African instruments to pop bottles, and a cultural visionary who brings diverse people and ideas together. Whether working with Quincy Jones on the musical score for Roots or the soundtrack for The Color Purple or interpreting the music of the holiday Kwanzaa, Summers is aware of his heritage and its many contributions to world culture.

Special Event: Suburban Gardens: The Checkered Past of Louis Armstrong's 1931 "Home Away from Home," 1:30 pm

Suburban Gardens is famous as the site of Louis Armstrong's extended engagement during his first return trip to New Orleans in 1931. It was an eventful but sometimes troublesome gig. This nightclub had been the headquarters for Mark Boasberg, aka Jack Sheehan, an elusive gambler, bootlegger, smuggler and real estate speculator. This presentation by jazz historian and author Bruce Boyd Raeburn recounts the rise and fall of Jack Sheehan and provides context for the anomalous situation in which Armstrong found himself during the summer of 1931.

Sunday, August 2

Robin Barnes
5 pm, Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage

Named "New Orleans' songbird" by, Robin Barnes captivates her audience with her unique renditions of songs. As her powerful voice ranges over each verse of each song, she keeps listeners wondering how she's going to make the songs her own.

Jeremy Davenport
5:30 pm, Cornet Chop Suey Stage

With his original lyrics and music, Davenport creates not only a modern edge, but also a distinct feeling reminiscent of a time when jazz was at its peak of popularity. A born entertainer, he has a unique style and method of storytelling and is known for his vocal and trumpet-playing skills. Don't take it from me; go see him perform on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

Special Event: Satchmo vs Sidney: The Inside Story of Their Musical Battles, 2:30 pm

Outstanding New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher breaks down what was going on musically when Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet challenged each other on the bandstand.

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