Jazz Fest Picks- Day Six- May 1, 2010

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Russell Batiste and Friends featuring Jason Neville will be opening the Acura stage on what is bound to be one of the more crowded days.  Get there early to hear the Funky Meters drummer and the other singing son of Aaron Neville.  Jason does a credible version of the Beatles’ “Blackbird.”  Have you ever heard a band at the Jazz Fest that actually made you laugh?  Go see the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.  They have a theramin player and he adds an otherworldly effect to the band’s music, which pre-dates most traditional jazz.  Brian Blade is one of the most acclaimed drummers of his generation who got his start right here in New Orleans.  His Fellowship band is loaded with top-notch talent and they haven’t played in New Orleans in a while.  Jeff Beck (pictured) is one of the most mercurial guitarists in rock.  If he wanted to he could have been as big as Clapton.  This is another rare local appearance.

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