Jazz Fest Review: Sunday in Pictures

On Sunday, photographer Patrick Ainsworth shot the last day of Jazz Fest, and here are his highlights. For him, the set of the day came from Aaron Neville, who closed the Gospel Tent. He wrote:

He was crying or sweating a lot, but either way Aaron Neville's performance was incredibly powerful. It reminded me  of when I waylaid by Nina Simone while sitting in the grass at the Jazz Tent in the early '90s. I've never really been an Aaron Neville fan. Never got his singing. Now I get it, and he really is a musical giant.

Jazz Fest Review: Trombone Shorty Makes a Statement

My brain tells me that the two biggest stories in New Orleans music right now are Hurray for the Riff Raff and Trombone Shorty, but in a year when I didn’t see Shorty, I started to wonder if I overrated him. Sunday in his festival-closing set at Jazz Fest, I was more impressed than ever. The show wasn’t ambitious. Shorty didn’t try to cover a lot of musical ground. Instead, he concentrated on simply being remarkably funky.

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