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Pete Fountain playing the clarinet

As the calendar turns to April and springtime is in the air, Louisianans get ready to attend music festivals around the state.  In honor of the Baton Rouge Blues Festival (April 14th-15th), Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette (April 25th-29th), and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27th-May 6th), the LDMA is highlighting Louisiana music in April.  Louisiana is home to diverse musical genres, including Blues, Country, Cajun, Jazz, R & B, Opera, and Zydeco.    See LPB’s interviews through the years with the talented musicians from around the state who share Louisiana music with the world. 

Former LSU Band Leader Castro Carazo
Castro Carazo (1978)

Former Leader of the LSU Tiger Marching Band

Cajun fiddler Dennis McGeeDennis McGee (1981) 

Cajun fiddler from Eunice

Former Governor Jimmie Davis PerformingJimmie Davis (1982)

Country singer & two-term Governor from Beech Springs

Country singer Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley (1982)

Country singer from Ferriday

Singer Doug Kershaw

Doug Kershaw (1982)

Cajun singer & fiddler from Cameron Parish

Jazz Clairnetist Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain (1983)

Jazz clarinetist from New Orleans

Jazz Trumpeter Al Hirt

Al Hirt (1983)

Jazz trumpeter from New Orleans

Singer Nellie Lutcher

Nellie Lutcher (1983)

Jazz and blues singer from Lake Charles

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint (1983)

R & B pianist and composer from New Orleans

Alvin Batiste

Alvin Batiste (1985)

Jazz clarinetist from New Orleans

Fiddler Canray Fontenot

Canray Fontenot (1988)

Creole fiddler from Evangeline Parish

Dewey Balfa

Dewey Balfa (1991)

Cajun fiddler from Grand Louis near Mamou

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis (1994)

Jazz trumpeter from New Orleans

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville (1994)

R & B singer from New Orleans

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge (1994)

R & B singer, who lived in Baton Rouge

Michael Doucet

Michael Doucet (1996)

Cajun fiddler & vocalist from Scott

Opera singer Jeffrey Wells

Jeffrey Wells (1997)

Opera singer from Baton Rouge

Marcia Ball

Marcia Ball (1998)

Blues singer & pianist from Vinton

Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas (1998)

R & B singer from New Orleans


“Gatemouth” Brown (2000)

Blues musician from Vinton

Zachary Richard

Zachary Richard (2000)

Cajun musician & poet from Scott

Opera Singer Elizabeth Futral

Elizabeth Futral (2001)

Opera singer from Covington

Opera singer Paul Groves

Paul Groves (2001)

Opera singer from Lake Charles

Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn

Kix Brooks (2012)

Country musician from Shreveport

Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis (2013)

Jazz pianist from New Orleans

Band performing during jazz for young people


Throughout the month of April, you can also view these documentaries in their entirety:




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