Harry Connick Jr. To Close Festival On Sunday, May 6
Louisiana Legend Jerry Lee Lewis
Rebirth Brass Band Leader Featured On Two Official Posters

New Orleans, LA (January 25, 2007)—Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, Steely Dan, Norah Jones, ZZ Top, John Legend, Van Morrison, Brad Paisley, Jill Scott, Ludacris, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, New Edition, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Joss Stone, Irma Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis, Counting Crows, Allman Brothers Band, Allen Toussaint, George Benson, Pharoah Sanders, George Thorogood, Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong, Better Than Ezra, Banda el Recodo, Calexico, Taj Mahal, Johnny Rivers, Lucinda Williams, Branford Marsalis, Richie Havens, Soulive, Cowboy Mouth, Percy Sledge, Tony Joe White, Gillian Welch, Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir, T Bone Burnett, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Mose Allison, Marcia Ball, Roy Hargrove, Chuck Leavell, Arturo Sandoval, Holmes Brothers, Snooks Eaglin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, New Orleans Social Club, James Carter, The Radiators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucky Peterson, Darrell McFadden, Sonny Landreth, Danilo Perez, Ivan Neville, Dottie Peoples, Davell Crawford, Ba Cissoko of Guinea, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Tab Benoit, Les Amazones of Guinea, World Saxophone Group, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Buckwheat Zydeco, Anders Osborne, Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees of Winnsboro, Eddie Bo, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Rosie Ledet, Amanda Shaw, The Iguanas, Marva Wright, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Deacon John, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue, Bob French, Elysian Fieldz, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Ellis Marsalis and over 500 more groups will gather in New Orleans for the 38th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, April 27-29 and May 4-6, Festival organizers announced today. (An extended weekend-by-weekend list of performers is available under music schedule at www.nojazzfest.com.)

"Jazz Fest is an invitation to move your body and your soul," said Quint Davis, producer/director of the event. "New Orleans is the best place in the world to listen to music and to sing and dance in an open and loving atmosphere, and this year we're presenting more music than ever. As always Jazz Fest is going to give Festivalgoers the best opportunity to participate in this city's powerful and joyful integration of culture and community."

Annually drawing tens of thousands of fans each of its six days of activities, the Festival will again be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course and run from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Ten stages of simultaneous music programming are complemented by an important, unparalleled Food Fair offering more than 100 varieties of authentic Louisiana cuisine and a stunning array of one-of-a-kind crafts available around the grounds in the Festival's juried crafts areas.

As previously announced, Harry Connick Jr., the New Orleans-born superstar who's two new CD's, Oh, My NOLA and Chanson du Vieux Carre, put a musical spotlight on the city, will be the closing artist at the 2007 Festival, appearing Sunday, May 6 on the Acura Stage. In the coming weeks, the Festival will announce other details about the event (daily schedules, performance times, lists of food and crafts vendors and more). The most up-to-date information will be available at the Festival's official website, www.nojazzfest.com.

The Festival's two official posters will feature a portrait of Jerry Lee Lewis, the Ferriday, Louisiana Rock and Roll legend, by the Lafayette, Louisiana artist Francis Pavy; and a portrait of Philip Frazier, leader and tuba player of the Rebirth Brass Band, by Terrence Osborne, a perennial standout artist in the Festival's Congo Square African Marketplace. Information on the posters is available at the Festival's website and at www.art4now.com.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc. will hold its 2007 Gala fundraiser on Thursday, April 25. Al Jarreau, the incomparable vocalist, will give his only Jazz Fest performance. The Rebirth Brass Band and Wanda Rouzan will also perform. For tickets and information to the Gala, call (504) 558-6100.

Tickets to the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell go on sale today at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 488-5252 (outside Louisiana) and (504) 522-5555 (New Orleans). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Jazz Fest ticket office located at New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod Street. Tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day's attendance. Prices are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate. Children's tickets (ages 2 - 11) are only $5 in advance or at the gate. A limited number of Jazz Fest's popular Big Chief VIP Experience packages featuring a full weekend pass and VIP amenities is available for $600 per weekend, $700 with parking. Additional ticket and VIP information is available at www.nojazzfest.com.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Acura, People's Health, Miller Lite, AIG, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Fair Grounds Race Course (A Churchill Downs Company), the new AT&T, Southern Comfort, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Capital One, Borders Books and Music, Rajen Kilachand, Zatarain's, St. Charles Vision are all also official Jazz Fest sponsors.

Gray Line Tours/Hotard Destination Services will operate continuous round-trip transportation – the Jazz Fest Express – from the Sheraton Hotel, the Gray Line Lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez Wharf (Toulouse St. at the River – next to Jax Brewery), and Marconi Meadows (City Park) daily from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. A special entrance will be used only by Jazz Fest Express vehicles to avoid traffic and bring Festivalgoers inside the gates of the Festival. Add $16 ($14 City Park) to the price of a Festival admission ticket for this round-trip transportation service. Admission and Jazz Fest Express tickets are available for sale on the days of the Festival from these locations or in advance through Ticketmaster. For more information, call (504) 569-1401 or (800) 535-7786. Gray Line is the official operator of the Jazz Fest Express.

A listing of hotels offering Jazz Fest rates is available at www.nojazzfest.com.

For visitor information, log on to www.NewOrleansOnline.com: The Official Tourism Site of New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, proceeds from which support the foundation's various community development activities. Programs of the foundation include: radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM; the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive; the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music; the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series; the Jazz Journey concert series; the Community Grants Program; the Raisin' the Roof housing initiative for artists and musicians; and the S.E.E.D. micro-loan program for entrepreneurs. For more information, please call the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions, L.L.C. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, L.L.C. (a subsidiary of AEG LIVE).

[Published on: 1/26/07]

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SeeBliss Thu 1/25/2007 08:03AM
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No wonder I did not graduate from LSU! Jazzfest during late april/early may: right during EXAMS! Jazzferst is by far the best musical xprence in one place. Two weeks of insanity with the dayfest @ 11am-7pm, regualar nite shows, all nite shows, and even breakfast shows starting @ 6am!!! Damn that sh*% is HOT!!!

Ashley starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/25/2007 08:14AM
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great line up so far. looking forward to who else will be added!! there is some room left for more....

hugo83 Thu 1/25/2007 09:35AM
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ADD WSP 2nd wknd!!..man I wish Van Morrison was 2nd wknd instead of 1st

David Margulies Thu 1/25/2007 09:59AM
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woo-hoo. NEW EDITION! Now we're talking. Seriously though as long as SNOOKS is there, I'm in...

Luthur Thu 1/25/2007 10:05AM
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This lineup doesn't include the night shows, right?

NickBoeka Thu 1/25/2007 10:37AM
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Steely Mc'Fuckin Dan!! Super hot. The show I caught at Red Rocks this past summer was easily my favorite show of 2006, hands down. This looks like I might have to be planning on doin' some NOLA visiting this April/May....

MatthewAtienza starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/25/2007 10:55AM
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Oooooh man, i wish i had the money to do this one.

goodmusic1 Thu 1/25/2007 12:31PM
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that is pretty rad.

toulouse Thu 1/25/2007 12:38PM
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There are no more "official" Jazzfest night shows. they stopped doing them. However, all venues around town will be hopping.

cocheese Thu 1/25/2007 01:50PM
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WOW! about all i can say about that lineup, WOW! N.Boeka, Steely Dan? i won't hate, but definitely not for me. Percy Sledge, yeah now he's the man. been listening to him since my birth. I may just have venture down to the bayou this May.

Tomfoolery starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/25/2007 02:03PM
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What a great freakin' day to call NOLA home!!! What's even better is that all the arists I'd like to see, except Van Morrison, are playing the second weekend. Now my fellow southern Panic Tribe members can run off to Orange Beach without having to worry about missing anything! Damn I love having my cake and eating it too!

willm1 Thu 1/25/2007 02:26PM
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ludacris at the jazz fest? ha

mr2bits Thu 1/25/2007 03:39PM
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I would go see Ludacris...if Galactic were the backing band. That's a real possibility!

ssrh4 star Thu 1/25/2007 09:31PM
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This is a terrible lineup...how many old-timers could possibly be at one festival...if you wanna see good shit check out coachella, especially the second day, and bonnaroo which will post a nasty lineup.

être Thu 1/25/2007 11:38PM
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That Harry Connick Jr sho does have a purdy mouth...

HOPEFULPHAN star Fri 1/26/2007 08:55AM
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whoknowswhy starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/26/2007 08:57AM
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ANYBODY that would call Jazzfest or that lineup lame wouldnt know good music if it kicked them in the face.

Gonzo4566 Fri 1/26/2007 09:01AM
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Some people are just plain morons. Whoever said this lineup is a bunch of lame oldtimers is just plain stupid. And then goes on to say we should check out Coachella...
The festival is riding on the coattails of bands like RATM and RHCP......and that other point is people would be interested in JazzFest for the JAZZ! MEaning, they probably don't like the ridiculous excuse for music that comprises most of Coachella.

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looks like standard JazzFest to me. I would go, if I had the money to enjoy it. I would love to see at least half of those artists!! NOTE TO YOUNGSTERS>>>> you will discover your music tastes EXPANDING as you get older. Trust me, and for gods sake Keep and Open Mind. Now I am age 36, and I love so much stuff I would not have liked as a stupid 24yr old. I learned to appreciate the OLD SKOOL musicians, they paved the way for the ones we enjoy today. Example, The Meters=Galactic. Its more connected in the city of New Orleans than any other city in the world!!!! Robert Walters told me once, musicians learn music from each other in new orleans and in the west coast the learn it from records.
peace ya'll

martint03 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/26/2007 09:48AM
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uh what the heck weekend is the ABB show? i wanna take my 63 yr old dad there for his birthday, hes a dan head and hes gonna love all this

HOPEFULPHAN star Fri 1/26/2007 09:51AM
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my bad i guess its not lame after all. harry connick jr and rod stewart kick ass! go jazz fest!

echo tribe Fri 1/26/2007 09:55AM
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this is too "ssrh4" you must be 12 years old, nothing but great bands here and the fest you talked about but this is a "JAZZ FEST" . 90 percent of the bands at bonnaroo and cochella are not jazz... I think you need a music lesson, so go ask your mom if you can leave the house to expand your brain...

kaiserbun Fri 1/26/2007 10:02AM
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it really doesn't matter what the lineup is at jazzfest. its cheap and fun as hell in new orleans. plus, some of the best music you'll see is from local bands you've never heard of.

hnkscrpio Fri 1/26/2007 11:42AM
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True that mr2bits, I believe Galactic backed Juvenile on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and I'm not lying.

ScatBeN starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/26/2007 12:08PM
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The Jazzfest is the greatest festival of them all. Without a doubt. Far and away. Boneroo is fun, and Coachella seems pretty fly, but they are so limited because they are in the middle of pastures in the middle of nowhere. Jazzfest is spread all over the wonderous, magical, unpredictable city of NOLA. 24 hours a day! There is nothing like it.

I know some musicians must read this, so here is my request. Please take note: I'm thinking a late night dragons den gig over the second weekend. The lineup should roughly look something like this: Stanton Moore, Trombone Shorty, Kraz, Mark Mullins, Derek Trucks, Tony Hall, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Skerik, Mike D and then maybe throw in a few legends for good measure.. maybe Pharoah Sanders? Dr Lonnie Smith? a few of the Allmans? Chuck Leavell? a Marley brother? I mean, theyre in town, why not?

Cmon guys. Make this happen.

To the younger readers: the Fest itself is great, but latenight is where its at. Hopefully you will have the chance to learn that from experience and not a message board.

HOPEFULPHAN star Fri 1/26/2007 12:18PM
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its funny that the people who like this fest think the ones who dont are the "young ones". priceless.

cloudchemist Fri 1/26/2007 01:04PM
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STS9 crew. GET READY to come to THE festival

funkjester starstar Fri 1/26/2007 04:44PM
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Ahem...COUGH!!...the METERS???...COUGH, COUGH!!!

Harry always has a crack band, especially down N'Awlins way, bruh, but with George, Leo and Zig now all back home and living in New Orleans, how can the Meters not be on the bill this year, much less not closing Da Fest???

I mean, OK, the Nevilles are all living out of town now, which makes for a second year without high holy holiday for Neville Family tradition of closing Da Fest, but how can they NOT have the Meters do the honours, and/or even on the bill somewhere?

For shame...

the Horse starstarstarstar Sat 1/27/2007 06:56AM
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the Horse

Jazz Fest is the best two weeks or so of music anywhere. The grounds are a good time, but the club/late nights shows are the truth. Harry Connick Jr. to close the festival is interesting to me, I'm not gonna say its bad, but I just believe it should be the Nevilles ot the Meters every year. It's gonna be a real good time!

ssrh4 star Sat 1/27/2007 09:04AM
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my man...i used to be part of the jambands scene and follow lame acts like phish post reunion, trey solo, wsp, biscuits, etc....and ive come to the realization that its a waste of time and that they all suck. Its ashame that trey is sucks...bc i really do want him to be awesome. but if you check out the second day of coachella you'll find the new hotness....I agree that red hot chili peppers suck, they sucked at lolla too. but you cant go wrong seeing jackie white, tv on the radio, arcade fire, secret machines, kings of leon, etc...give it a listen before you preach...also the dead with trey sucks ass too...nostalgia wares off when the high does...veery niiice

Andrew starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/27/2007 09:44AM
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Beautiful stuff. Go New Orleans!

sloppyafro starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/27/2007 11:41PM
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sts9 should be there peep that

loudnoises starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/28/2007 01:30PM
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jazz fest is the best festival in existance. 2 weeks long, historic setting, insane night shows; garageasomethingrathermaybe... Musicians especially bring their chops for this special time in a great city. If your hating on it then I know you've never been. =)

monhoman starstarstar Sun 1/28/2007 03:21PM
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This lineup is not lame this lineup is legendary.

être Mon 1/29/2007 09:11AM
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The line up has legendary elements... but good G-D if I have to hear one Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook pieces again I'll stab myself in the ear with a pencil. This is the year of reunions. Rod needs to re-group with The Faces and go out in style, not murdering the music of other legends.

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I love the negative postings that are simple and straight forward. peace ya'll :))

bryjen25 Tue 1/30/2007 01:32AM
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Hey everybody, don't worry - it's really frickin' early. Superfly (you know, the NOLA-based group that puts on Bonnaroo and Vegoose and the late-nite JazzFest jamband shows) hasn't even posted their line-up yet. The daytime stuff just tells you, for one thing, that the Allman Bros. are in town and Derek and Susan will be doing late nite shows. You KNOW Karl Denson will be doing the usual 2 am shows at House of Blues, and Charlie Hunter will probably be doing the Preservation Hall midnite shows...relax. Eat a po boy. Before Katrina drove us out, we were freaking out at having to choose/already buying tickets for conflicts that arose...we already had tix for Umphreys at Tipitina's when there was a last-minute announcement of an added Duo with Mike show...had to turn down a miracle ticket to Trey's Superjam (announced much later) since I already had Robert Randolph tix across the street. New Orleans is the soul-center of the country's musicians and they all come flockin'!!!

shake it sugaree starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/30/2007 10:10AM
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jazzfest, New Oreffinleans!!!!!! i miss it!!! i want beignets and and cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde! I want to kiss on the beautiful streets:) I want to buy that painting that looks like me near Jackson Square! Oh, and i have to get a "got effed in New Orleans" shirt from French Connection. and i saw a "Spread the Love" shirt there too! Oh, I want to go to Jazzfest and dance to Van Morrison and Rod Stewart and walk around and eat crawfish etouffe and white chocolate bread pudding. and try all the fun foods at Jazzfest and see all the bands. and dance to the Lousiana fais do do bands! i want to hear the guy from Zydeco Hell raisers play that sexy WASHBOARD, White Boy! I want to run into my Mardi Gras friend, Daniel, and have him be happy to see me! I want to say hi to my sexy clothes vendor friends from the French Market whom i bought a bellydancer outfit from! I want to sit and eat great New Orleans food with great friends and smile and laugh and have fun like only New Orleans knows how!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Dear God, I want some money to support my fun filled lifestyle. I hope to spread love and goodness when I go here and everywhere fun that I need to go to. Like one of those Blues Brothers said, "I'm on a mission from God."

SeeBliss Tue 1/30/2007 08:32PM
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shake it sugaree! That was a mouthful, or a bellyfull. You definately know how the party goes down in NOLA! Maybe one of yous will win the lottery and invite everyone to the wonderful FessJazztifal, Tipitina's style. I think Professor Longhair's DNA should be sampled from his grave to make a reincarnation or whatever you want to call it!
Long live the NO and FazzJest!

tealeafjammin Wed 1/31/2007 02:48PM
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i know not many people consider dave matthews band to be a jam band and understand that but they have played at jazzfest for the past couple of years and gave at least a million to the relief fund lsat year...does anyone else think its strange that their not playing?

niceguyxy starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/1/2007 09:30PM
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Steely Dan At Jazz Fest! Its 'bout time. I can't wait to hear "Pearl of the Quarter". When I saw the with Michael McDonald last at Blossom it was complete nirvana. I wonder who'll sit in with them? I never miss the 'fest. See you in May.

Jidi starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/2/2007 03:30AM
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Festivals are about music AND community and no other festival brings us all together like this one. Long live NO, the most beautiful city in the world.

Doesn'tmatteranyway Fri 2/2/2007 08:02PM
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1. Don't knock New Orleans Jazz fest.
2. Last year Madonna played Coachella.
3. Shut up.

Tony8 Mon 2/12/2007 10:47AM
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Wow....I guess nowadays "Jazz" means.....anything?

Zarathrusta Mon 2/12/2007 06:29PM
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I feel very fortunate that I went to college only 6 short hrs from New Orleans and therfore was able to at least catch part of JAZZFEST all four years and I feel even more lucky to now live in South Florida where we have our own festival in the spring which is very similar to Jazzfest by having a main day fest with sevral late-nite shows, except ours is smaller and more Jam orientated.