Monday, May 23, 2011

NPR: Renard Poché: Snoballs And Sultry Funk

Renard Poché.
Diane Bock for NPR

New Orleans multi-instrumentalist Renard Poché 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.

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

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

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