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Renard Poché: Snoballs And Sultry Funk

by Diane Bock
May 23, 2011

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AIR and WWOZ logos Renard Poché performs at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011.

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New Orleans multi-instrumentalist Renard Poch is a true musician's musician. The short list of his collaborators includes Crescent City musical royalty Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, and Dr. John.

Poch's work isn't confined to New Orleans. He's also teamed up with Herbie Hancock, Bono, and Peter Gabriel. And as bandleader, his most recent release 4u 4me is a delectable mix of funk and soul, fused with jazz, Latin, rock and hip-hop.

At this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Poch, along with fellow musicians Leslie Smith and Terrin "Greezy" Gren, played a captivating acoustic set at the Allison Miner Stage. Afterwards, Poch headed for the food area, where he shared some Jazz Fest memories and favorite food picks with independent radio producer Diane Bock.

This feature was produced by a member of the Association of Independents in Radio, with assistance from Mike Elliot of WWOZ in New Orleans. You can visit WWOZ online for a live streaming broadcast from the festival. Visit NPR Music's complete archive of features from New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011.

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