Jazz Fest Picks- Day One- April 23, 2010

Start your day right with the Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indian tribe.  Big Chief Ki Ki is a legend on the downtown streets of New Orleans even though he sews in the uptown style.  His tribe is strong with a number of kids usually in tow.  Baaba Maal (pictured) is like a griot, or storyteller, from Senegal.  He has played at the Jazz Fest in the past and always puts on a mesmerizing set.  Unfortunately he is opposite a number of good acts including the reunited Latin band, Mas Mamones, who invigorated the Frenchmen Street scene in the 1990s.  Modern jazz lovers always complain that the fest doesn’t book enough of the top tier national talent.  However, they definitely made the right choice with Joe Lavano and Us Five.  One of his band mates is the stunning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spaulding who wowed us last year at the Jazz Fest.

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