American Express Initiative Focuses Spotlight on the City's Musicians And Secures the Return of the Festival's Jazz & Heritage Stage

New Orleans, LA (February 15, 2006)—Heralding the comeback of New Orleans music and culture, organizers of the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced a music lineup filled with hundreds of New Orleans' most beloved musicians, an array of superstars who have delivered some of the Festival's most thrilling performances, and major artists making their Jazz Fest debuts at the first post-Katrina event on April 28-30 and May 5-7.

Quint Davis, producer/director of Jazz Fest, said, "The true heart and soul of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as with New Orleans itself, is music. It is the force that drives and defines us. Not merely for entertainment, but to feed our souls. It is overwhelming how our musical family has rallied to our cause, especially the New Orleans musical mainstays, many scattered throughout the country, all committed to returning to be a part of the renewal of our spirit. Jazz Fest 2006, the great New Orleans homecoming. Anybody who comes to this year's Festival will bear witness to the healing power of music." American Express, a strong advocate of culture and the arts and the powerful role they play in community renewal, has joined the Festival this year as an important corporate partner. American Express' new initiative, "American Express Spotlights New Orleans' Own," will promote the appearance of some of the city's most treasured native musicians, including Irma Thomas and the Rebirth Brass Band, on the Festival's main stages. The support from American Express also makes possible the return of the Jazz & Heritage Stage. The Stage, which debuted at last year's Jazz Fest, features brass and bands, Mardi Gras Indian performances—the soul of New Orleans culture.

Howard Fulton, Vice President, Southern Region for American Express said, "This program will celebrate homegrown New Orleans' musicians who have made an immeasurable contribution to the artistic legacy of the city. Our support of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and program to promote native musicians is just part of our broader commitment to spark community revitalization. We are also working with merchant partners to stimulate business and developing longer-term initiatives to bring travel and tourism back."

Davis said that after some fine tuning of the music schedule, possibly as soon as next week, a day-by-day listing of the artists' performances will be posted at the Festival's official website, www.nojazzfest.com.

The Festival's signature Louisiana Heritage Fair, held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each of its six days, with artists appearing on multiple stages at the same time. The Heritage Fair also features a famous Food Fair with over 100 varieties of irresistible Louisiana and international foods, as well as three important crafts fairs.

Among the big-name headliners are Jimmy Buffet, Lionel Richie, Dave Matthews Band, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.

Local bands, the heart and soul of Jazz Fest, are well-represented even though many have been displaced from their Louisiana homes by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Among the higher-profile artists on the 2006 roster are the Meters, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint with special guest Elvis Costello, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, BeauSoleil and Fats Domino.

2006 Heritage Fair Daily Lineup
First Weekend - April 28 - 30, 2006

  • The Meters
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Bob Dylan
  • Yolanda Adams
  • Allen Toussaint w/ Elvis Costello
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Dr. John
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Yerba Buena
  • Rebirth Brass Band
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Galactic
  • Snooks Eaglin
  • Cowboy Mouth
  • Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters
  • Sonny Landreth
  • Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
  • the subdudes
  • Ritmo Caribeño
  • John Mooney & Bluesiana
  • Terrance Simien
  • Anders Osborne
  • BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
  • Charmaine Neville
  • Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz
  • Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews w/ Steve Turre
  • St. Joseph the Worker Choir
  • Dukes of Dixieland
  • Eddie Bo
  • John Lee & the Heralds of Christ
  • C.J. Chenier
  • The Iguanas
  • Luther Kent & Trickbag
  • Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
  • Rosie Ledet
  • Lil' Rascals Brass Band
  • Lil' Band O' Gold
  • Greater Antioch Full Gospel Church Choir
  • D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces
  • James Rivers Movement
  • Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
  • NewBirth Brass Band
  • James Andrews
  • Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris
  • Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
  • World Leader Pretend
  • Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds
  • Shades of Praise Choir
  • Leah Chase
  • Jhelisa's Tribute to Nina Simone
  • Melody Clouds
  • Christian Scott
  • Crown Seekers
  • Popular Ladies
  • Nine Times Men
  • Westbank Steppers
  • David Egan
  • Franklin Avenue BC Choir
  • T-Sale
  • J. Monque'D Blues Band
  • Vivaz
  • Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band
  • Panorama Jazz Band
  • Los Sagitarios
  • Cynthia Liggins-Thomas
  • One A-Chord Gospel Singers
  • Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band
  • Louisiana Repertory Jazz Band
  • Jonathan Batiste
  • Loyola University Jazz Ensemble
  • Coolbone Brass Band
  • Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Mahogany Brass Band, Tim Laughlin
  • Jo "Cool" Davis
  • Lighthouse Gospel Singers
  • Voices of Distinction
  • Young Tuxedo Brass Band
  • Kim Prevost
  • Leroy Jones
  • San Severino of France
  • Higher Dimensions of Praise
  • Joe Krown
  • Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express
  • The Revealers
  • Poor Clares
  • The Elements
  • Los Vecinos
  • SUBR Jazz Ensemble
  • Jambalaya Cajun Band
  • Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Paulin Brothers Brass Band
  • Don Vappie
  • Connie Jones
  • The Jackson Travelers
  • Tony Bazley
  • Providence BC Mass Choir
  • Val & Love Alive w/ the Dimensions of Faith
  • Chops Funky 7 Brass Band
  • Unstoppable Gospel Singers
  • Belton Richard
  • Inspirational Gospel Singers
  • Pinstripe Brass Band
  • Local International Allstars
  • The Bester Singers
  • Gospel Inspirations of Boutte
  • 2006 Heritage Fair Daily Lineup
    Second Weekend - May 5 - 7, 2006

  • Fats Domino
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Lionel Richie
  • Paul Simon
  • Keith Urban
  • The Ohio Players
  • Doug E. Fresh
  • Slick Rick
  • Special Ed & Big Daddy Kane
  • India "The Princess of Salsa"
  • Irma Thomas
  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band
  • Doug Kershaw
  • Little Feat
  • Koko Taylor
  • Bishop Paul S. Morton
  • Sr. & the Greater St. Stephen Mass Choir
  • The Radiators
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Pete Fountain
  • Donald Harrison with special guests George Coleman & Eddie Palmieri
  • Le Grand Ballet "Ngalam" du Senegal
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Deacon John
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Chris Owens
  • The Ladies of New Orleans R&B featuring The Dixie Cups
  • Wanda Rouzan & Jean Knight
  • Roland Guerin with special guest Marcus Roberts
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Rockin' Dopsie
  • Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
  • Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias
  • Ellis Marsalis with special guest Lew Tabackin
  • Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk
  • Tremé Brass Band
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles
  • Marcia Ball
  • George French
  • Stephanie Jordan
  • Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers
  • Frankie Ford
  • Tab Benoit
  • Marva Wright & the BMWs
  • Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
  • Astral Project
  • Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark
  • Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
  • New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
  • Theresa Andersson
  • Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
  • Jeremy Davenport
  • Papa Grows Funk
  • Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
  • Lockport Chapter Choir
  • Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
  • Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz
  • Bruce Daigrepont
  • The Johnson Extension
  • Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
  • Soul Rebels Brass Band
  • John Boutté
  • Thomas "Big Hat" Fields
  • Rocks of Harmony
  • Alvin Batiste & the Jazzstronauts
  • Germaine Bazzle
  • Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries
  • Jeremy Lyons & the Deltabilly Boys
  • Reggie Hall & the Twilighters
  • New Orleans Spiritualettes
  • Storyville Stompers
  • Tornado and Stooges Brass Bands
  • Scene Boosters
  • Lady Rollers
  • Original Men and Ladies Buckjumpers
  • and Valley of the Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs
  • Lil' Brian & the Zydeco Travelers
  • Savoy Family Cajun Band
  • Eric Lindell
  • McDonogh #35 Gospel Choir
  • Susan Cowsill
  • Mem Shannon & the Membership
  • Kim Carson
  • Easter Rockers
  • Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers
  • La Bande "Feufollet"
  • Zulu Male Ensemble
  • Jeff & Vida
  • Zion Trinity
  • Fredy Omar con su Banda
  • Driskill Mountain Boys
  • Bamboula 2000
  • Otra
  • Little Freddie King
  • New Orleans NightCrawlers Brass Band
  • Chris Clifton
  • Amina Figarova Band of The Netherlands
  • Pine Leaf Boys
  • Michael Ward
  • Dynamic Smooth Family
  • Imagination Movers
  • Lyle Henderson
  • Leviticus Gospel Singers
  • NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
  • Harvey Spirituals
  • Real Untouchables and Smitty Dee's Brass Bands
  • Mandeville High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Pfister Sisters
  • Second Nazarine Gospel Choir
  • June Gardner
  • Golden Wings
  • Batiste Brothers
  • Gospel Stars
  • Highsteppers Brass Band
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    rossco8 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 02:10PM
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    Oh my god. I wish I wasn't at school in Montana.

    beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 02:35PM
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    yeaaaaaaaaaah boooooy!!!!!!! go n'orleans

    ElectricLady420 Wed 2/15/2006 03:17PM
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    WOOOOOO! 10 more weeks!

    Foominaut starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 03:25PM
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    its on N'awlins!

    TWhitt420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 03:28PM
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    Souljive starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 03:58PM
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    Bringin' the NEW N'awlinz up to speed quickly... show yo' love, baby.
    -i'm gonna Rage it wit tha Nighttripper on the Cajun Queen- "Sweet confusion under the moonlight..."

    bongofeet starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 04:20PM
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    so is yonder pluckin or what?

    Mdpickles starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/15/2006 05:34PM
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    ReNew Orleans! I'm so happy for friends, musicians and the entire city. Long live NOLA!

    ParrotheadFargo starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/16/2006 06:31AM
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    Good Ole Jimmy Buffett bringing his tasty laid back beach bum music to the ultra-stacked lineup!! Man this is going to be the best show(s) of the year, just wait. I hope the tapers will be out in full force, so we all can get a piece of this HUGE bill.

    plife starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/16/2006 07:50AM
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    I don't think they have enough bands.

    soiree starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/16/2006 08:14AM
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    Need a place to stay? fatcitysoiree.com. Soiree'06 will provide camping for Jazz Festers!

    fuckyou starstarstarstar Thu 2/16/2006 01:46PM
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    anyone else notice SLICK RICK?

    IndiOcean starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/16/2006 09:39PM
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    Montana? do you like to cuddle rosco?

    wwjbdo starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/16/2006 10:49PM
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    Looks like another debaucherous trip to the Big Easy is calling my name...see you at Egors sometime in the a.m....Rock on NOLA!!!!!!!!

    cocheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/17/2006 06:06AM
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    JIMMY BUFFETT! If you haven't seen him live you're missing out own the best time of your life. Trust me he puts on a great entertaining show and then there are the parrottheads, no other group like 'em. (sorry other headies)

    bigjahrome Fri 2/17/2006 08:04PM
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    looks good... i just hope new orleans doesn't get destroyed again this year.

    Timothyjh starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/21/2006 08:24PM
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    any word on the late night or alternative sights? i know its early but im hoping for a huge non-fairgrounds showing at all the hotspots!

    ElectricLady420 Thu 2/23/2006 09:55AM
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    check out www.jazzfestgrids.com for night/club shows. more are added nearly every day.