Review: New Orleans Jazz Festival 2010 Day 1

Posted on: Friday, Apr 30, 2010

First things first – put the word ” Jazz ” to one side. This festival has twelve stages, only 2 of which are specifically Jazz related, covering a wide gamut of musical genres including, of course, Blues.

A word about the the venue. It’s a racecouse, like Aintree or Chester for example, with the various stages scattered across the whole of the available acreage. Several of the stages are housed in “tents”, although that description doesn’t really do them justice given that they could each easily accommodate a full-size football (should that be Soccer?) pitch; with a number of “Arena style” main stages.  There is of course a plethora of stalls selling everything from Voodoo dolls (we are in New Orleans afterall), to Gumbo and Alligator burgers, and the ubitquitous Miller Lite.

I’ll review performances in more detail on my return to the UK, but the outstanding blues performance of this first day for me was provided by Bernard Allison, who gave us a powerful set that really got the crowd up on their feet. He has picked up the baton from his father and made it his own!

Other none blues highlights today included Steve Martin (yes! that Steve Martin) with his bluegrass band – and boy can he pick banjo with the best of them!, and Elvis Costello with his country band The Sugarcanes.

Today we get Aretha franklin headlining on the main stage, with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedschi top-of-the-bill in the Blues tent.

Watch out for more news from New Orleans tomorrow.



April 30th, 2010 at 14:06
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If I repeated a hundred times, do you think that the phrase “I’m not jealous” would ever actually work?

Nope! Thought not.


Pete Evans

April 30th, 2010 at 14:15
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I think I should point out that the writer is Ian Williams from Worthenbury and I like Ken am not in the slightest bit envious – I hope it pisses down all week!!!
Seriously though, Ian will be forwarding a load of pics for what looks an absolutely amazing line-up.

Watch the gumbo Ian – you know you’ve got a delicate tummy and keep away from the Jagermeister – I’m not there to stop you puking in your cowboy boots at 3 in the morning!!!



April 30th, 2010 at 20:53
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All very well this Mr. Williams . . . but do they have a good ‘session’ ale?


Ian Williams

May 1st, 2010 at 13:22
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If I recall events correctly I was not actually ill in anyone’s boots!! Lesson learned tho’ – this week I am mainly drinking “Hurricanes”, and a very nice “Golden Ale” in my local on Bourbon Street!! Yes Grahame – a Session Ale!!