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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A musical look back at 2012 | Louisiana Weekly

It seemed that week after week in 2012 there was a festival of one sort or another happening around the city. Not that anyone’s complaining. Impressively, except for the biggies—the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience—most of the events were free.

The addition of the new, spring and fall series of Jazz in the Park really hit the mark in its goal of bringing life back to the long, under-utilized Armstrong Park. The presenters, People United for Armstrong Park, get props for the organization’s imaginative bookings and for truly welcoming long-time Tremé residents to the festivities. Some of the outstanding shows included strong performances from the Africa-meets-New Orleans sound of Africa Brass. Vocalist Stephanie Jordan, undoubtedly being heard by many in attendance for the first time, impressed the audience with her emotional and sophisticated delivery. The Tremé Funktet led by one of this city’s finest trombonists and a Tremé native Corey Henry and featuring the back-on-the-scene trumpeter, Travis Hill, boosted the band’s reputation with its hot set.

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