JazzFest New Orleans
More than 425,000 fans attended the 2016 The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, which concluded on Sunday. Over the course of seven days of programming—from Steely Dan’s opening day magic to Neil Young’s impossible-to-resist command on the final day to “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,” followed by Trombone Shorty’s only-in-New Orleans funk fest that closed out the event on the Acura Stage—the Festival rolled on through sunshine and rain. Next year’s 48th annual event is scheduled for April 28 – May 7, 2017. For the most up-to-date Jazz Fest info, visit www.nojazzfest.com. The mission of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is to promote, preserve, perpetuate, and encourage the music, arts, culture, and heritage of Louisiana.
Approximately 85% – 90% of bands presented at Jazz Fest are active members of the Louisiana music community. Anybody can apply to perform, to do so visit http://www.nojazzfest.com/info/2017-music-submission/. Live Jazz Fest TV Broadcast On AXS TV April 23 & 24 and April 29 – May 1. Click here to view: http://www.axs.tv/festival/jazzfest/
Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Hozier, Lenny Kravitz, and many others appeared, turning New Orleans into the best place to be for music fans from around the world as they welcomed spring over ten days, April 24 through May 3. Hundreds of New Orleans and Louisiana bands performed the gospel, blues, jazz, Cajun, zydeco, and other Louisiana roots music for which the Festival is famous, among them: Jerry Lee Lewis, Trombone Shorty, the Meters, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint,Buckwheat Zydeco, The Radiators, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, Galactic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins, Beausoleil, Anders Osborne, and many, many more.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other revenues, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series and the Class Got Brass competition. Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up entertainment industry conference and new programs such as the Catapult Fund and Brass Tacks. Cultural events include the Jazz Journey concert series and free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM and the Jazz & Heritage Archive. In December 2014, the Foundation opened a new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his late wife.