Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Big Stars Head to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest: Video Featuring Jazz All Stars

When I heard last night the names of the music stars the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival have lined up for the 2009 show, I knew I'd have to buy tickets as soon as possible. The Times Picayune and other local news sources report that Quint David, Jazz Fest's producer, announced the star-studded roster early to help people plan better their trip down here. Organizers want folks to have a chance to save and put New Orleans's April event in their budgets.

Here are some of the names of performers this year per NOLA.com/The Picayune:
By 1970, the first year of the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Tony Bennett had been a star for two decades. The members of scruffy rock band Kings of Leon were not yet born.

Both are bound for the 40th Jazz Fest.

They'll join Aretha Franklin (updated to say she's not on the list now), Sugarland, the Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, the Neville Brothers, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Wynton Marsalis, Emmylou Harris, Wilco, The O'Jays, Pete Seeger, Ben Harper, Solomon Burke, Erykah Badu and hundreds more at the Fair Grounds April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. (Read full story here.)
You can view the complete 2009 Jazz Fest lineup at this link.

I couldn't go last year and missed Stevie Wonder. I'm going this year come hell or high water.

Below, per NOLA.com, is a video of "an all-star jazz band featuring trumpeter Nicholas Payton, clarinetist Michael White, trombonist Troy Andrews, bassist Roland Guerin, drummer Shannon Powell and George Wein, Jazz Fest's founder, on keyboards performed 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue.'" Beautiful music that really puts you in the mood for Jazz Fest.

Jazzfest veteran George Wein performs during announcement

Hats off to NOLA.com for getting embeddable video up for bloggers. Their web producers are smart. Our local TV stations are behind the times with forcing people to come to their site to watch video. I heard this story first on WWL TV, but when I decided to post it, I checked NOLA.com b/c WWL's site, while it might have video that you could visit with a link, wouldn't have anything visual I could add to my post.

NOLA.com also has audio of the announcement as well as details about ticket packages and Jazz Fest history. Here's the link again. Tickets may be purchased through TicketMaster.

1 comment:

Blue State Cowgirl said...

Got a meme award yesterday that I was supposed to pass along to eight other bloggers. Instead, I decided to point my readers to eight NOLA bloggers that I’ve been silently reading for awhile now.

Thanks for your interesting posts and for keeping NOLA front and center, in a personal way, for those of us who only see the city through the occasional news story. My post heret