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Summer of Jazz sneak peek

A look at Wednesday’s performers, the Wild Magnolias/Terrance Simien & the Zydeco ExperienceThe Wild Magnolias are well known for their talent and flamboyance. Also known as “Mardi Gras Indians,” they consist of black working-class groups which are part of a secret, spiritual, neighborhood social club. They parade on Mardi Gras Day, chanting, singing, and beating percussion instruments in elaborate costumes and enormous headdresses. Traditionally their sounds are full of Caribbean and Creole influence.Terrance Simien, a native Creole, is the “Zydeco Master” and a legend of the sound that is uniquely his. Zydeco is a form of folk music that originated among the Creole people of Louisiana and was influenced by French Cajun music. His voice is often compared to Sam Cooke, Aaron Neville or Al Green. Simien gets the audience involved, excited and grooving with his eclectic style.For more information on the Wild Magnolias/Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, see Wednesday’s PI and http://www.summerofjazz.com.


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