New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans Jazz FestivalNew Orleans Jazz Festival takes place at New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2012 dates – 27th April to 6th May

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mayer, Al Green, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bon Iver, Ce Lo Green, Allen Toussaint, Janelle Monae, Dr. John & the Lower 911, Iron & Wine, Yolanda Adams, Pete Fountain, Feist, Steel Pulse, Dianne Reeves, Gomez, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dave Koz, GIVERS, Israel & New Breed, Tab Benoit, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Cowboy Mouth, Bobby Rush, Chuck Leavell & Friends, Amanda Shaw, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Band feat. Terence Blanchard, Papa Grows Funk, Ellis Marsalis, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Cheikh Lô, Buckwheat Zydeco, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, The Texas Tornados feat. Flaco Jiménez, Augie Myers, and Shawn Sahm, Nicholas Payton, Ironin’ Board Sam, The New Orleans Bingo! show, Soul Rebels, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Eric Lindell, Irma Thomas’ Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Corey Harris, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Lindigo of Reunion Islands feat. Fixi, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Pine Leaf Boys, Luther Kent, The Dixie Cups, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Dee-1, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Sasha Masakowski, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band,, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Butch Thompson, Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Savoy Music Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Leyla Mccalla, Roddie Romero & the Hub-City Allstars, Midnite Disturbers, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Peter Martin, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Jewel Brown & the Heritage Hall Jazz Band, Tribute to Alex Chilton feat. Dave Pirner, Alex McMurray, Susan Cowsill, and Rene Coman, Stephanie Jordan, Stooges Brass Band, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, The Classic New Orleans Revue feat. Frankie Ford, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, and Robert “Barefootin” Parker with Blue Eyed Soul, Tribute to Wardell Quezergue feat. Jean Knight, The Dixie Cups, and more,, Bucktown Allstars, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, James Rivers Movement, Victor Goines, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Kristin Diable & the City, Washboard Rodeo, Panorama Jazz Band, Kirk Joseph’s Tuba Tuba, Leah Chase, The Batiste Brothers, Brice Miller & the Mahogany Brass Band, Shades of Praise: New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir, Lars Edegran and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee & the Thunder Band, City of Love Music & Worship Arts, Tim Laughlin, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, The Revivalists, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Empress Hotel, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, Cindy Scott, Watson Memorial Music Ministry, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Bamboula 2000, Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone, Ingrid Lucia, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, The Courtyard Kings, Dukes of Dixieland, Kevin Bryan, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Real Untouchables Brass Band, Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson, High Ground Drifters Bluegrass Band, Beth Patterson & Potent Bathers, Marc Stone, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Erika Flowers, Tonia Powell & the Left Field Band, Henry Gray & the Cats, Women in Jazz, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Cajun Band, Chris Clifton & His All-Stars, Meschiya Lake & dem Lil’ Big Horns, Tom McDermott & Friends, Jeremy Lyons with Members of Morphine, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Gospel Soul Children, Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours, Louis Ford & His Dixie Flairs, Riccardo Crespo & Sol Brasil, 101 Runners, Creole Wild West and Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Jamil Sharif, Pastor Jai Reed, Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices, Secondline Jammers, Men of Class, Family Ties, Dumaine Gang, and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Lois Dejean Gospel Diva, Pat Casey & the New Sound, DJ Soul Sister, E’Dana & Company, Black Mohawk, Black Foot Hunters, and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, The Heavenly Melodies Gospel Singers, New Wave Brass Band, Red White & Blue, Wild Mohicans, Golden Comanche, and Seminoles Mardi Gras Indians, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Keep N It Real, We Are One, Zulu, and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Johnette Downing, Morning Star Mass Choir, The Bester Singers, The Sammy Rimington International Band, The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, Tulane University Jazz Band, Darryl Adams’ Tornado Brass Band, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Golden Voices Community Choir, Olympia Aid, New Look and The First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Bishop Sean Elder & the Mount Hermon BC Mass Choir, The Wimberly Family, Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade, Big Steppers, Untouchables, and Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Reverend Jermaine Landrum & the Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Rev. Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Miss Claudia & her Biergartners, Asociacion de Peruanos en Louisiana, Young Band Nation Blues Project, Ayla Miller, The Jones Sisters, GrayHawk, Alana Villavaso, N’Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians

The Neville Brothers, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, The Ziggy Marley – Wild and Free Tour, Warren Haynes Band, Herbie Hancock and his Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Bonnie Raitt, Paulina Rubio, Irma Thomas, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Florence + the Machine, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Galactic, Esperanza Spalding, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Steve Earle, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Ani DiFranco, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Bruce Hornsby, Asleep at the Wheel, funky Meters, Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th Anniversary Jam, David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Zebra, Aaron Neville, Rebirth Brass Band, Better Than Ezra, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bounce Shake Down feat. Big Freedia, Katey Red, Keedy Black, and DJ Poppa, Sarah Jarosz, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Anders Osborne, Charmaine Neville Band, Jon Cleary, Deacon John, Bombino of Niger, Donald Harrison, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Bonerama, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Glen Hansard, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Theresa Andersson, Honey Island Swamp Band, Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, James Cotton “Superharp” Band, Mia Borders, John Boutté, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic, Supagroup, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Bill Miller, Joints Jumpin’, Astral Project, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Jeremy Davenport, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra, Glen David Andrews, Boutté Family Sunday Praise, Wycliffe Gordon, Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith & Ma Rainey, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Iguanas, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Hot Club of New Orleans, Germaine Bazzle, Andrew Duhon, Rotary Downs, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Bobby Lounge, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Silky Sol, Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste, Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest, New Birth Brass Band, The Malone Brothers, Marlon Jordan Quartet, Roland Guerin, Zion Harmonizers, Wendell Brunious & the Music Masters, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, OTRA, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues, Amina Figarova Sextet, Feufollet, Banu Gibson, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, The Stars of Heaven, Red Stick Ramblers, Rumba Buena, Magnolia Jazz Band of Norway feat. Topsy Chapman, Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods, Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Bigtimers, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Flow Tribe, Free Agents Brass Band, Spencer Bohren, Guitar Masters feat. Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Cranston Clements, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Mariachi Jalisco, Jim McCormick Band, The Revealers, Black Feathers, Black Seminoles, and Red Hawk Mardi Gras Indians, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Raymond A. Myles Singers 30th Anniversary, Mas Mamones, Jo “Cool” Davis with Sugarboy Crawford, Mem Shannon, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Vivaz!, ELS, A Living Tribute to Harold Battiste, Creole String Beans, Michael Ward, Golden Blade and Fi Yi Yi Mardi Gras Indians, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Forgotten Souls Brass Band, Patrice Fisher & Arpa & the Garifuna Connection, The Johnson Extension, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, Mark Braud, Nayo Jones, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters feat. Lady Bee, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, Phillip Manuel, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, Pinstripe Brass Band, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan, Ted Winn, Courtney Bryan, Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds, AsheSon, Young Tuxedo Jazz Band, Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, Kim Che’re, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Robert Jardell, Tarriona “Tank” Ball & the BlackStar Bangas, Erica Falls, Baritone Bliss, Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective, TBC Brass Band, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Lesa Cormier & the Sundown Playboys, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Donnie Bolden & the Spirit of Elijah, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Cha Wa, Cynthia Girtley, Rocks of Harmony, Val & Love Alive Fellowship Choir, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Julio y Cesar, Brass Bed, Lynn Drury, Kora Connection feat. Morikeba Kouyate and Thierno Dioubate, Kelcy Mae, Connie & Dwight with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir, McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir, Mighty Supremes, Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-El, Yvette Landry Band, VIP Ladies, Original Big 7, and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Zulu Male Ensemble, Zazou City, John Lawrence & Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco Dancers, Dayna Kurtz, Guitar Slim Jr., Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Wild Apaches, Cherokee Hunters, and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Forever Jones Family, Woodshed: Trombone, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project, Ceasar Elloie, Revolution, Ladies of Unity, Scene Boosters, Ole N Nu Style Fellas, and Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Kenneth Terry Brass Band, Gregory Agid, Brother Dege, Palmetto Bug Stompers, Kid Chocolate, Seva Venet & the Storyville String Band, Kinfolk Brass Band, St. Joseph the Worker Choir, DJ Captain Charles, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Golden Sioux, Young Cherokee, Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Voices of Peter Claver, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Mount Calvary Voice of Redemption Choir, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, O. Perry Walker Charter High School Choir, Eleanor McMain “Singing Mustangs” Gospel Choir, The Pfister Sisters, First Emanuel Baptist Church Choir, Wild Red Flame, Buffalo Hunters, and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, High Steppers Brass Band, Tanya & Dorise, Matthew Davidson, Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, Pigeon Town Steppers, New Generation, and Undefeated Divas Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company, 14 and Under Cajun Band, David & Roselyn, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, N’Kafu African Dance, Baby Boyz Brass Band, New Orleans Hispano-America Dance Group, Versailles Lion Dance Team, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Judy Stock, Eulenspeigel Puppets, Lady Rollers, Original C.T.C. Steppers, Nine Times Ladies, Prince of Wales, and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Opera a la Carte, Young Guardians of the Flame, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program, Jimmy Buffet (acoustic), Mac McAnally

The History of
the New Orleans Jazz Festival

Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April of 1970. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade…and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.

This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades since as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration that was destined to become a cultural force.

From the very beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The Festival was the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city’s legacy as the birthplace of jazz. A couple of other festivals were held in the years leading up to the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but those events, different in format, did not take hold as the Jazz & Heritage Festival would.

Over the years Jazz Fest has received many honors, including being named the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine. The 2004 event marks the 35th anniversary of Jazz Fest, which the Wall Street Journal says “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…” and which Life magazine has called “the country’s very best music festival.’’

Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade.

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