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Terence Blanchard and The Jones Family Singers Close Out the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival: Live Review

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Monday June 22, 2015

The joyous spirit continued with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The legendary group’s New Orleans brand of jazz sparked a second-line procession that snaked around the lower perimeter of the Bowl —complete with patrons waving white handkerchiefs. The next generation of jazz was personified by Our Point of View. A part of Blue Note’s ongoing 75th anniversary celebration, the super group — comprised of Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire — regaled the audience with such original tracks as Strickland’s “The Meeting.” During the set, Glasper announced the band will begin recording an album this week at the Capitol Tower. Both Glasper and Blue Note president Don Was will share production duties.

Drawing from his latest album Breathless, New Orleans native son and fellow Blue Note artist Terence Blanchard brought a groove-based fusion of funk, R&B and blues into the mix when he and new quintet the E-Collective hit the stage. The warm greeting the group received was extended to another Crescent City export, singer/songwriter Ledisi. Piercing through the chilly night air, her commanding vocals were showcased to full effect via a set list that included fan faves “Pieces of Me,” “Alright” and “I Blame You.”

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