16th Annual Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron closes with unforgettable performances and magic moments at Jackson Square music stages, the Satchmo Symposium, Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, and indoor swing dance lessons at the new Back o’Town Stage
Throughout the weekend, a number of unforgettable and unique performances took place on the Festival’s stages – including sets by Victor Goines (festival debut) and Catherine Russell (festival debut), along with local favorites like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Dozens of tributes to Pete Fountain took place throughout the weekend, both on music stages and at the Satchmo Symposium. Some of the very moving homages to Fountain included Yoshio Toyama’s set with clarinetist Tom Fischer on the ‘Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage’, and Festival headliner James Andrews dedicated his entire set to honor Pete Fountain. The Satchmo Symposium quickly adjusted the schedule and added multiple screenings with rare footage of Pete Fountain playing with Louis Armstrong, including an appearance on the Mike Douglas Show in May 29, 1970. Throughout Festival, musicians also paid tribute to the beloved Jo ‘Cool’ Davis – longtime emcee and doorman at Tipitina’s and well-known Gospel singer, who also passed over the weekend.
The Fleurty Girl Back o’ Town Stage Brought Two Days of Dance Lessons and Trad Jazz
Photo by Zack Smith