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The whole gumbo: Notes from lovers of New Orleans' Jazz Fest

For seven days, the blare of trombones, tubas, washboards, guitars and soul-stirring vocals washes over this city as artists perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest features an assortment of well-known out-of-town artists such as Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5 as well as the zydeco, jazz and blues music Louisiana is known for. This year The Associated Press talked with festival-goers, musicians and vendors to find out why they come to the festival and what it means to them. Here are their stories:


Ray Hackett is the "How ya gonna clap?" man. His beverage holders on a strap enable festival-goers to keep their beers...