Fest Season Includes Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding Hitting the Road
Posted 3/29/2012

Excitement is in the air, with several music festivals taking place in April. Artists and fans will hit the road for fests in Cleveland, New Orleans, Lafayette, La., and Basel, Switzerland.

Cleveland’s 33rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest takes place at venues throughout the city on April 19–29. Among the acts are Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Esperanza Spalding, Diana Krall, David Sanborn, Aretha Franklin, the Jack DeJohnette Group, Marcus Strickland, Ben Williams and Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts.

On April 23–24, Tri-C JazzFest will provide the opportunity for high school and college music students to receive instruction and tips from jazz artists such as Sean Jones, Robert Hurst and Terell Stafford. These workshops are free and open to the public. Jones, Hurst, Stafford and Wilson are among the artists who will perform on April 23 as part of the DownBeat Invitational, featuring Tri-C JazzFest High School All-Star Alumni. Details and a full lineup are posted at the fest’s website.

New Orleans’ 29th Annual French Quarter Festival, running April 12–15, dubs itself the “largest free music festival in the South.” It will include more than 150 musical performances on 20 stages. Acts include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Rebirth Brass Band, the Soul Rebels and the Iguanas. The fest offers shuttle service and a free app for smartphones. For more information, visit the fest’s website.

Taking place April 25–29 in Lafayette is the Festival International de Louisiane. This free fest celebrates the cultural heritage of southern Louisiana, with its combination of French, African, Caribbean and Hispanic influences. Among the acts appearing on six stages are Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Gary Clark Jr., Sonny Landreth, Vagabond Swing and Ceux Qui Marchent Debout. More information is at the fest’s website.

The Swiss town of Basel will host Jazzfestival Basel, beginning April 19 and running through May 6. The lineup includes John Abercrombie, Branford Marsalis, Chano Dominguez, Richard Galliano, Medeski, Martin & Wood and Madeleine Peyroux. For more information, visit the fest’s website.

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