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00000176-e49b-dce8-adff-f6df16790001Jazz Fest is a seven-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 400,000 visitors each year. The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, and showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.Festival ScheduleFirst WeekendFriday, April 26Saturday, April 27Sunday, April 28Second WeekendThursday, May 2Friday, May 3Saturday, May 4Sunday, May 5Or download a .pdf of the complete Jazzfest schedule here.http://youtu.be/UsEiNTAqfjgMore ResourcesBefore you head out to the festival, make sure you're prepared. We've collected some handy resources for you to get the most out of your trip to the Fairgrounds.Festival WebsiteCheck out the Jazzfest website for an in-depth look at the fest, including schedules, vendors, photos, answers to frequently asked questions, and tips on parking, public transportation, and a whole lot more.Jazz Fest RadioListen to songs from Jazz Fest performers as you prep for the Fest.Festival MapLooking for a particular stage? Can't find the bathrooms? Take a look at the Festival Map. You can download a high-resolution version of the map by clicking here.Jazz Fest AppDownload the Jazz Fest mobile app for iPhone and Android and get your info on the go. Includes customizable schedules, artist bios, food info and more.

Jazz Fest Minutes: A Conversation With Dianne Reeves

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Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves is one of the finest jazz singers on the planet. Born in Detroit, she grew up in Denver in a family full of musicians.

"There's a lot of musicians in my family," Reeves said. "My uncle is a bassist and he was with the symphony for many years, as well as a jazz bassist. A couple of great aunts were performers, and then I have another cousin who actually produced a lot of my records, George Duke. So music was very much part of the family."

Reeves started singing seriously in junior high, taking vocal lessons and joining the school choir.

"I remember walking down the hall in passing period in school and thinking I've always heard 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket,' but I am. Because I loved it. I loved how singing made me feel and I loved how I could communicate with people on this other level that I couldn't define."

For many years now Reeves has enjoyed a strong appreciation for, and association with, New Orleans musicians.

"I remember one time I was doing this thing with my guitarist Romero Lubambo from Brazil," she said. "We were working on this thing, and at the time Herlin Riley was in the band, and I remember I said 'You're going to love him, it's not going to be a problem,' and Humero just said 'My God, this is just like home.' I said 'Yeah, because he's from New Orleans.' It's just different. It's just an understanding and a feeling and a language that can be spoken everywhere."

Diane Reeves and her quartet play Jazz Fest on Sunday afternoon, April 28.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PlcPa1mCrc

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