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New Orleans Jazz Fest simply full of surprises

Pop-jazz bassist Esperanza Spaulding was seen on the Congo Square Stage. (photo by Michael Hochanadel/For The Daily Gazette)
Pop-jazz bassist Esperanza Spaulding was seen on the Congo Square Stage. (photo by Michael Hochanadel/For The Daily Gazette)
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Saxophonist Donald Harrison first came on the Congo Square stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans last week wearing a white suit, the very model of a modern major jazzman, playing alto sax. He later left and emerged in super-elaborate, regal green Mardi Gras Indian garb as Big Chief of the Congo Nation, leading his feathered tribe in ancient parade chants; exemplifying the range of Jazz Fest in one set: from venerable New Orleans traditions ...

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