Live music options in New Orleans for the week of April 14 include an assortment of midlevel touring acts ranging from rappers to a grunge guitarist, plus local favorites. Jazz pianist Jon Cowherd, a Kentucky native now based in New York, did part of his musical residency in New Orleans. He forged a long-running partnership with renowned drummer Brian Blade called the Fellowship Band. More recently, Cowherd has worked as an accompanist and/or arranger for the likes of Brandi Carlile, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Iggy Pop and Joni Mitchell; he’s also arranged for the Shreveport Orchestra and the Loyola University Symphony Orchestra. On Thursday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Cowherd will perform at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro with an ensemble consisting of guitarist Steve Cardenas, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Allan Mednard. Tickets are $35.