Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fairgrounds Leg 2 5/3/12

The alto saxophone Woodshed in the Jazz Tent was fantastic.  It was Aaron Fletcher and Khari Lee Allen.  Roland Guerin was on the bass.  They also had pianist Victor Atkins and drummer Troy Davis.  Everyone was awesome and I loved this.
Alto Saxophone Woodshed featuring Khari Lee Allen and Aaron Fletcher (Jazz)
Like many jazz musicians, Aaron Fletcher learned from some of the great local legends living in New Orleans and the surrounding areas of Southeast Louisiana.
By the age of 13, he was demonstrating his prowess with the saxophone. Khari Allen Lee is a performer, composer, arranger, educator and student of music.

Here's a more detailed review:

I had to dance the Free Agents Brass Band.  They had a lot of people up there.

Free Agents Brass Band (Brass Band) Bass drummer and founder Ellis “E-Jo” Joseph leads the Agents, who formed in September 2005 on a mandate of keeping brass bands playing in New Orleans. Members have since sat in with Rebirth, New Birth, Hot 8 and more.

Dukes of Dixieland in the Economy Hall Tent were awesome.

The DUKES of Dixieland blow traditional jazz and Dixieland into the 21st Century, weaving strands of pop, gospel, and country with authentic New Orleans sounds. More than 38 years of tradition stand behind today's Dukes as they step forward with a sound that is durable and flexible, as jazz is meant to be. The DUKES of Dixieland - strong tradition, new ground, great sounds.
The DUKES have worn their New Orleans jazz heritage proudly as globe-trotting jazz ambassadors from the heart of the Big Easy. They are the oldest continuing Dixieland jazz band and have sold out such venues as The Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, to name but a few. Bright and brassy or smooth and dark as cane syrup, the DUKES bring a time-honored authenticity to all of the hits of Dixie's yesteryear.

This is from last year:

Little Freddie King was great at the Fais Do-Do stage.  I wanted to see him at d.b.a. one night, but it was too early.
Little Freddie King (Blues)
Little Freddie King may dress like a dandy, but his blues are nononsense. A Mississippi native, he rocks Delta style with a New Orleans edge. Born Fread Eugene Martin, he adopted his stage name after playing with Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Freddy King.

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