Jazz Fest 2012: Thursday, May 3

by Carl Abernathy on May 4, 2012

Little Freddie King at jazz fest (Click to enlarge)

Little Freddie King is still the best-dressed man at jazz fest. His guitar licks may also be the smoothest.

J. Monque’D and Raful Neal Jr. (Click to enlarge)

Raful Neal Jr. offered some mighty fine competition though. Neal, J. Monque’D and their band performed a killer version of Slim Harpo’s “Scratch My Back.”

I’d planned to see Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Rosie Ledet but the heat persuaded me to stay in the blues tent most of the day. I also didn’t want to give up my front-row seat before James Cotton’s set. I’m glad I stayed. Silky Sol and Joint’s Jumpin’ were terrific.

James Cotton (Click to enlarge)

James Cotton was worth the wait. He doesn’t sing these days, but he’s still the best harp player I’ve ever heard.

A few more photos from my first day at jazz fest. Click the photos to enlarge.

Robert Jardell

Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors

J. Monque’D

Danon Smith with Joint's Jumpin'

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