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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Santana, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Sheryl Crow, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Al Green, Diana Krall, Keyshia Cole, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Raconteurs, Irma Thomas and thousands more scheduled to appear!

New Orleans, LA (January 24, 2008)—The return of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, one of America’s most celebrated celebrations, to its first full seven days of programming since 2005 has inspired Festival organizers to assemble the deepest overall mix of rhythm & blues, rock, jazz, country, blues, gospel, world beat, and more in the 39-year history of the event.
The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Santana, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Sheryl Crow, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Al Green, Diana Krall, Keyshia Cole, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Raconteurs, Irma Thomas, Steel Pulse, John Prine, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea, O.A.R., Galactic, The Roots, Dianne Reeves, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Burning Spear, Ozomatli with Chali 2na, Rebirth Brass Band, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, John Hammond, Cassandra Wilson, Keb’ Mo’, The Count Basie Orchestra feat. Patti Austin, Pete Fountain, The Derek Trucks Band, Richard Thompson, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, The Radiators, James Cotton, Cupid, The John Butler Trio, Del McCoury, Vernel Bagneris: Jelly Roll & Me, Terence Blanchard with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Buckwheat Zydeco, John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir, Cowboy Mouth, Byron Cage with Kim Burrell, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. and the Greater St. Stephen Choir, Trinitee 5:7, Lizz Wright, Voices of the Wetlands Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Bad Plus, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Davell Crawford’s N.O. R & B Orchestra, Henry Butler, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Leo Nocentelli’s “Rare Gathering," Lee Boys, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, MOOV of Martinique, Jackson Southernaires, Big Jay McNeely, Paul Porter of the Legendary Christianaires, Nicholas Payton and thousands more are scheduled to appear at this year’s celebration, set for April 25 – 27 and May 1 - 4. (Click here for a complete day-by-day schedule).

Quint Davis, producer/director of the Festival, said, “Welcoming Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, and Keyshia Cole for the first time, in the same year that we’ve added the Thursday back to the Festival—and in the same year we’re bringing back all-time Fest favorites The Neville Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Santana, Widespread Panic, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and Diana Krall, among so many others—speaks to our serious effort to grow the Festival at a time when New Orleans needs it the most.”
Davis added that he hopes this year’s fully rejuvenated Festival, which will have an estimated economic impact on Louisiana of approximately $300 million, will have special meaning for the city it represents. “In New Orleans, culture is a beacon for the rest of the community. When a trumpeter blows the right notes, we come together and dance. When a grand marshal steps, we step with him. Jazz Fest is trying to help lead the way in guiding New Orleans to complete recovery—culturally, economically and spiritually.”

Annually drawing tens of thousands of fans each day, the Festival will again be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course and run from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Eleven 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.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc. will hold its 10th Annual Gala fundraiser on Thursday, April 24 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Little Richard, the original wild man of rock 'n roll, will give his only Jazz Fest performance at the Gala. Also featured will be R&B legend Deacon John and the Ivories, bringing a contemporary high energy mix of Motown, Memphis and Louisiana R&B. Individual tickets are $500 and tables of ten are $5,000. For tickets and additional information to the Gala, call (504) 558-6100.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at www.nojazzfest.com, where the Festival is launching a new hotel booking initiative to allow patrons to effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event. Festivalgoers can peruse room availabilities and book their accommodations early taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels.
Tickets to the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell are on sale 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 the Louisiana Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, Gate A Ground Level. Tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance. Tickets for Thursday, May 1 are $30 in advance, $40 at the gate. Tickets for any other Festival day are $40 in advance, $50 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 are available for $750 for the 1st weekend, $900 with parking and $800 for the 2nd weekend, $1000 with parking. A new premium ticket called the Grand Marshal VIP Pass that allows front-row, standing-room viewing at the Festival’s three biggest stages are also on sale now while very limited supplies last – 1st weekend is $450, or $600 with parking and 2nd weekend is $500, or $700 with parking. Additional ticket and VIP information is available at www.nojazzfest.com.

Watch for details on the famous official Jazz Fest posters and BayouWear brand clothing in mid-February.
Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Acura, People’s Health, Miller Lite, AIG, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, 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.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds to fund year-round community development activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural programming. Programs and assets 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 Partnership Grants program; the Raisin’ the Roof housing initiative; and the S.E.E.D. micro-loan program for entrepreneurs. The foundation also produces community events such as the Crescent City Blues Festival, Fiesta Latina, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, the Down By the Riverside Thanksgiving concert and others. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.jazzandheritage.org.
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

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