A Yolanda Adams (GOSPEL) – Grammy and Stellar award-winning singer and songwriter Adams is known for her uplifting messages with everyday-people themes. Her passionate performances have been known to "blow the roof off" with praise. Latest CD: Day By Day. Sun., April 30, Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage, 4:05 p.m.
Adella the Storyteller (KIDS) -- Adella Gautier, from New Orleans, invites youngsters into a story circle and weaves traditional tales. – Friday, May 5, Storytellers’ Pavilion, Kids’ Tent.
Wess "Warm Daddy" Anderson (see Leah Chase)
Theresa Andersson (ROCK) – She’s a violinist, singer and songwriter whose repertoire can range from bluegrass to rock. Arriving in New Orleans from her native Sweden, Andersson has absorbed local culture and fused it into her music. Latest CD: Shine. Sat., May 6, Southern Comfort Blues Stage, 12:40 p.m.
James Andrews (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ/R&B) – He’s known as the "Satchmo of the Ghetto" for his stellar trumpeting, and is older brother of Troy "Trombone Shorty." Their family’s talented ancestry includes R&B icons Prince LaLa and Jessie Hill. Latest CD: Satchmo of the Ghetto. Sun., April 30, Southern Comfort Blues Stage, 12:50 p.m.
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ) – Andrews, who recently toured with rock guitarist Lenny Kravitz, plays the trumpet and trombone with jazz sensibility and a hip-hop heart. His set features fellow trombonist Steve Turré, who also plays conch shells for a distinctive jazz sound. Andrews' latest CD is The End of the Beginning: Orleans & Claiborne. Turre’s lastest CD: The Spirits Up Above. Sun., April 30, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 3:55 p.m.
Astral Project (MODERN JAZZ) – This quintet of respected sidemen offer memorable melodies that soar with some of jazz’s most inspired rhythms. The group, together since 1978, is comprised of Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, Jim Singleton, David Torkanowski and John Vidacovich. Latest CD: Legend of Cowboy Bill. Sat., May 6, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 4:05 p.m.
Marcia Ball (BLUES) – She’s a pianist/singer from west Louisiana sporting a mix of blues, country, New Orleans R&B, and boogie-woogie with a honky-tonk style. Ball, inspired by James Booker and Fats Domino, has won 2 W.C. Handy Awards. Latest CD: Live Down The Road. Fri., May 5, Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, 4:15 p.m.; Sun., May 7, Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 2:45 p.m.
Bamboula 2000 (AFRICAN) – Celebrating New Orleans’s historic Congo Square, when 17th century slaves gathered to dance and interact, this group offers traditional West African, reggae and second-line rhythms. Led by Luther Gray and dance troupe, the Bamboula Queens. Latest CD: Cultural Warrior. Fri., May 5, Congo Square Stage/Louisiana Rebirth Stage, 11:25 p.m.
Basin Street Sheiks (KIDS) -- This traditional jug band from New Orleans proudly presents fun and music on old-time instruments. – Saturday, April 29, 12:45 pm & 3:45 pm, Kids’ Tent.
Batiste Brothers (R&B) – This multi-generational family band specializes in New Orleans funk and R&B. Latest CD: New Orleans Music. Sun., May 7, Southern Comfort Blues Stage, 11:30 a.m.
Jonathan Batiste (R&B) – Coming from a musical family, Jonathan is making his own mark by developing a career as a jazz pianist. He is studying at Juillard, bringing his New Orleans roots into the mix. New CD: Times in New Orleans. Fri., April 28, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 12:40 p.m.; Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 3:45 p.m.
Alvin Batiste & the Jazzstronauts (MODERN JAZZ) – Avant-garde clarinetist and composer, Batiste is head of the jazz department Southern University at Baton Rouge. He performer with Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Coleman and other jazz greats. Latest CD: Songs, Words & Messages, Connections. Sat., May 6, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 2:50 p.m.
Claudia Baumgartner (KIDS) -- She involves her young audience in creative dramatics and storytelling. – Friday, April 28, Storytellers’ Pavilion, Kids’ Tent.
Tony "Oulabula" Bazley (MODERN JAZZ) -- His eclectic drumming style has given him free rein to perform with such artists as Delfeayo Marsalis, the Johnson Brothers, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, Harry "Sweets" Edison and many others. Bazley's set will be a tribute to "Silly Joe" Jones. Sat., April 29, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 12:30 p.m.
Germaine Bazzle (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ) – She is known as New Orleans’s "First Lady of Jazz," with a smooth, creative and classy approach to the genre. CD: Standing Ovation. Sat., May 6, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 12:25 p.m.; Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 2 p.m.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (CAJUN) – This group has taken the Cajun sound around the world with their unique blend of Cajun folk, country and blues. Formed in 1975, BeauSoleil has been honored with Grammys and a host of music awards. Latest CD: Gitane Cajun. Fri., April 28, Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, 5:40 p.m.
Tab Benoit (CAJUN/BLUES) – He’s a native of Houma, La., and acknowledges all aspects of his heritage by playing the guitar and singing the blues with a dollop of that distinct Cajun sound. Latest CD: Fever For the Bayou. Fri., May 5, Southern Comfort Blues Stage, 4:45 p.m.
Bester Singers (GOSPEL) – This veteran family group was founded more than 20 years ago by four sisters and is led by Missionary Rose Bester. Fri., April 28, AIG Gospel Tent, 3:15 p.m.
Big Apple to the Big Easy Blues Jam (BLUES/R&B) -- This extra-special set will showcase a diverse, yet compatible set of New Orleans-drenched funk and soul featuring J.D. & the Straight Shots, with special guests Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Gregory Davis, and members of the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands. Sun., May 7, Acura Stage, 11:25 a.m.
Big Daddy Kane (see Special Ed)
Big Sam's Funky Nation (R&B/FUNK) – Trombonist Sam Williams offers solid grooves laced with hip-hop flavor. This set is pure nouveau-swing brass funk that is the hallmark of the sound of young New Orleans. New CD: Take Me Back. Sun., April 30, Congo Square/Louisiana Rebirth Stage, 1 p.m.
Black Man Soul Garifuna of Honduras (see Patrice Fisher)
Terence Blanchard (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ) – He’s a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and a respected composer. Blanchard has created several music scores for film director Spike Lee ("Mo’ Better Blues" and "25th Hour"). He got his start with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Latest CD: Flow. Sat., April 29, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 4:10 p.m.
Eddie Bo (R&B) – Edwin Bocage plays a self-described "junker style" on the piano with a mix of blues, funk, jazz and New Orleans R&B. He is best known for the New Orleans dance favorite, "Check Mr. Popeye," but also produced hits for Etta James, Irma Thomas and Little Richard. Latest CD: Nine Yards of Funk. Sat., April 29, Economy Hall Tent, 2:50 p.m.
Spencer Bohren (BLUES/FOLK) – Guitarist Bohren took his gospel upbringing and folk approach to interpret the blues. With a 40-year career, Bohren is known for his storytelling, singing, songwriting and lapsteel guitar playing. Friday, April 28, Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 4:50 p.m. (performance).
Bonerama (FUNK/ROCK) – This group calls themselves the best of "brass funk rock" with a wall of trombone sound. Bowing to the altar of the Meters and Hendrix, Bonerama formed after playing in Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band. Rolling Stone calls them the "ultimate in brass balls." New CD: Live From New York. Sat., May 6, Jazz & Heritage Stage, 5:25 p.m.
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians (R&B) – Chief Boudreaux brings true New Orleans culture to the forefront with a mix of African, Caribbean and Native American rhythms, chants and songs. They performed at the inaugural Jazz Fest in 1970. Fri., May 5, Congo Square Stage/Louisiana Rebirth Stage, 3:05 p.m.
John Boutté (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ) – A respected jazz vocalist, Boutté was influenced by Danny Barker, Paul Barbarin and James Booker. He has toured with Lou Rawls and Mel Tormé. His latest effort is an all-star collaboration called The New Orleans Social Club. Latest CD: Jambalaya. Sun., May 7, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 2:30 p.m.; Allison Miner Music Heritage/Lagniappe Stage, 5 p.m.
Darius Brooks & SDM Choir (GOSPEL) – Brooks is a respected gospel songwriter, producer and singer that has worked with Shirley Caesar, Ricky Dillard, Vickie Winans and others. He is joined by Chicago’s SDM Choir. Brooks’ new CD: My Soul. Sat., April 29, AIG Gospel Tent, 4:30 p.m.
Brooks Family Project (CONTEMPORARY JAZZ) – With a wealth of New Orleans music in their arsenal, three family members have joined forces to showcase the finest in local music. It’s Detroit on guitar, Mark on bass and Juanita on vocals for a special taste of this city’s R&B/jazz sound. Fri., May 5, BellSouth/WWOZ Jazz Tent, 1:30 p.m.
Buckwheat Zydeco (ZYDECO) – Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural is one of the ambassadors of zydeco, a maestro offering searing live shows with an infectious beat that compels audiences to dance. He has performed with Gatemouth Browm, Barbara Lynn and Joe Tex. New CD: Jackpot! Sat., May 6, Acura Stage, 3:45 p.m.
Jimmy Buffett (FOLK/ROCK) – With a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Buffett has created catchy songs with fanciful hooks that speak of sunsets, endless libations and tranquil shores. His fans, known as "Parrotheads," sing along to such numbers as "Come Monday," "Margaritaville," and "Cheeseburger." He is joined by the Coral Reefer Band. Latest CD: License to Chill. Sat., May 6, Acura Stage, 5:25 p.m.