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Sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Community Partnership Grants and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park DRUMMER & SMOKE: MUSIC EVENTS AT THE PALM COURT JAZZ CAFÉ Sunday, March 31 1204 Decatur Street $10 per session or VIP Pass THE TIN MEN: EARLY AMERICAN POP AND FATS WALLER 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Described by Rolling Stone as “a uniquely funky power trio,” The Tin Men combine the unlikely instrumentation of sousaphone, washboard, and guitar to form one of New Orleans’ most originally entertaining groups. Performing together since 2002, Washboard Chaz, Matt Perrine, and Alex McMurray explore a truly eclectic array of 20th Century American music, from jug band to heavy metal and beyond. For this year’s Festival, they focus on pop music of the 1920s and 30s, with a special emphasis on the music of Fats Waller. BANU GIBSON: THE POETS OF TIN PAN ALLEY 1 - 2:15 PM Rather than a full length Tennessee William’s play, those crafting The Great American Songbook shared their stories in 32-bar refrains. They used words floating on melodies to charm and engage the mind of the listeners. Join jazz singer Banu Gibson, honored by the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center for her contributions to music, as she explores the poets of Tin Pan Alley through songs, both famous and obscure, with an emphasis on their incredible lyrics. NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCHESTRA: RAGS, MARCHES, AND THE BLUES 2:30 - 3:15 PM Organized in 1967 by Lars Edegran and performing at the first Jazz Fest 50 years ago, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra continues the tradition of creating unique magic by playing classic ragtime with the swinging beat of New Orleans jazz. The cakewalks, marches, and blues all combine to bring back the music that lifts your spirit, puts a smile on your face, and sets your toes to tapping. 24 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL