NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans jazz singer Anais (AN-i-eece) St. John was perhaps destined for a music career.
Though she didn't get to know her father until later in life, she says there's little doubt her musical talent came from him, the late Marion Brown, a jazz alto saxophonist who performed in New York City's 1960s avant-garde jazz scene, playing alongside musicians John Coltrane, Archie Shepp and John Tchicai (chih-KYE).
On Thursday, St. John will embrace her jazz roots as she opens the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The lineup also includes Lyle Lovett, singer-pianist Marcia Ball and The String Cheese Incident.
Jazz Fest runs through Sunday with performances by Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, Bruce Springsteen, Trey Songz, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, John Fogerty and Aaron Neville.