The New Wave staff has compiled this non-exhaustive list of Tulanians participating in the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival based on submissions received from a call for festival performers and participants. Be sure to refer to the official Jazz Fest schedule to confirm dates and times of performance.
Who: Weiwei Xu will perform with the award-winning New Orleans flamenco company Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca on May 3.
Who: Julia Lang will perform with The Bayou Cloggers on May 6 and be one of two couples performing waltz and polka on May 4 with Glenn Hartman & The Earthtones. Fun fact: Lang appears in this year’s promotional video for Jazz Fest. She’s at the 20 second mark.
Who: Casey Love in the political science department, will be performing as a back up dancer with cabaret rapper Boyfriend on Saturday, May 5 on the Gentilly Stage.
Who: Pamela Johnson will perform Saturday, April 28, with the Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir in the Gospel Tent. Fun fact: This mass choir consist of choir members from various catholic church parishes.
Who: Yolanda Robinson-Thomas will perform at Jazz Fest on May 3 with Larry Sieberth; May 4 with Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony and May 5 with w/ Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. Fun Fact: Robinson sang “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans” alongside her mother Topsy Chapman during the 2017 commencement ceremony where she received a master’s degree in liberal arts.
Who: Several alumni, including Charlotte Travieso, Marly Sweeney, Michael Pierce and others, will perform with Shades of Praise: The New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir on Friday, April 27 in the Gospel Tent.
Who: Katy Hobgood Ray will play with Confetti Park Players on Thursday, May 3 in the kids tent. Fun Fact: Confetti Park is a kid-friendly radio show and podcast featuring music and children’s stories from Louisiana.
Who: Tulane EMS will volunteer in the medical tents and with EMS field crews.
Who: Denise Crochet will serve as the accessibility coordinator for Jazz Fest, read more about her role using American Sign Language to translate music in next week’s New Wave!
Who: David Kunian, a 2013 Tulane grad, will interview Kim Wilson on the Alison Miner Heritage Stage on Saturday, April 28.
Who: Danny Albert, adjunct professor in the School of Professional Advancement will serve as Tent Captain for the WWOZ Hospitality Tent.
Who: Mark Rosenbaum, the first recipient of a Master of Fine Arts in glassblowing at Tulane, will show his work in the Contemporary Crafts Tent during the first weekend of the festival.
Who: Mitchell Gaudet, alumnus and owner of Studio Inferno, will show his work during the second weekend in the Contemporary Crafts Tent.
Who: Frank Relle, photographer and alumnus, will show his work during the second weekend.
Who: David Bode, Lizbeth Turner, and Larry Jones will perform with the New Leviathan Foxtrot Orchestra. Fun fact: Turner has played with the orchestra at Jazz Fest every year since 1978.
Who: LaQuay Frazier, a graduate student in the School of Professional Advancement, will play Saturday, May 5, with Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet.
Who: Jim Markway, director of applied music in the jazz program of the Music Department, will perform with the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band on May 4, the Dixie Cups on May 5 and the Pfister Sisters on May 6.
Who: Solomon Doyle will play with the Hot 8 Brass Band on Saturday, April 28. Fun Fact: He was featured in New Wave here.
Who: Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation on April 27 in the WWOZ Jazz tent. Fun Fact: Current students and alumni are part of the band.
Who: Alex McMurray will perform with the Tin Men on Saturday, April 28, in the Blues tent.
Who: Dr. Michael White & The Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark will perform Sunday April 29. Fun Fact: White was awarded the Tulane President’s Medal in 2014.
Who: Alex McMurray and His Band will play on Thursday, May 3 on the Gentilly Stage
Who: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will play Sunday, May 6, on the Acura Stage.
Who: Ellis Marsalis, honorary degree recipient will play on Sunday, May 6 at the WWOZ Jazz Tent.
Who: Denise Frazier will play violin with José Fermín and Merengue 4 on Sunday, May 6 at the Lagniappe Stage.
Who: Tulane alumnus and Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio performs Sunday, May 6 on the Acura Stage.
Who: Javier Olondo of the Tulane music department will play with his band on Sunday, May 6.
Who: Alumnus Adam Matasar will be playing the keyboards this Friday on the Congo Square stage with Batiste Fathers and Sons.
Who: Max Hass, a 2015 law school grad, will play bass during the second weekend of the festival with the Maggie Belle Band.
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