NOLA JazzFest Lineup Announced

Straight from the horse’s mouth,

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, 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, Joss Stone, 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 & the Nashville Super Choir, T-Bone Burnett, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Mose Allison, Marcia Ball, Roy Hargrove, Chuck Leavell, Arturo Sandoval, The Holmes Brothers, Snooks Eaglin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The 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., Joseph “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 above.)

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

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 and, 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

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  1. Seeing as though my handle is “Chilly Jackwater” (as in an allusion to one of my favorite Panic sandwiches, Chilly>Jack>Water), I had the full-on Eli Manning face when I saw this list and noticed that one, prominent, popular drunk southern rock band was missing. But then I remembered that nothing – and I mean NOTHING – gets my gears a-revvin’ like checking out the names of perfomers at the Fairgrounds. It’s like the Louisiana State Council decreed that band names were to be limited heretofore with the words “Jazz”, “Cajun”, “Brass”, “Swingers”, “Original”, “Brothers,” “Creole”, and “Zydeco”. So let’s say your name is…I don’t know…”Big Chief Monk Bernaise Prouleueuaueuaux” and you want to form a band. Well, then by law, your band will be called something along the lines of “Big Chief Monk Bernaise Prouleueuaueuaux and the Zydeco Brass Swingers.” Say your group really doesn’t have a leader. No problem, sayeth the Lousiana State Constitution, you can always try “The Original Creole Brothers Band” or “The Zydeco Jazz All-stars.”

    To wit, some of this year’s performers include: Clive Wilson & the Original Camelia Jazz Band, Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers, and Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express. Like Celine Dion’s heart, I could go on. But I won’t.

    Other thoughts: Every year when they release the list, two things strike me as odd. One, they always list the headliners first and there is ALWAYS one who doesn’t seem to quite fit. It’ll be like “Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, the guy who sang ‘The Lady In Red,’ Dave Matthews…” Check it out this year: Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, Steely Dan, Norah Jones, ZZ Top, John Legend, Van Morrison. Harry Connick? That’s fine, he’s a NOLA legend. Rod? Is probably more popular now than he has ever been. Norah? The best-selling jazz vocalist in a loooong time. John Legend? Huge year for the guy. Van The Man? He’s always relevant, if only for the “I hope he gets really tanked and starts berating his band and audience” factor. So who’d I skip? ZZ Top. ZZ Top? Where are they playing? The meth lab stage? Look, I love Cheap Sunglasses as much as the next guy, but come on. (That being said, count me in for ZZ!!)

    The other thing that strikes me in this list every year is the precipitous drop it takes after the headliners are listed. Again, check it out this year: …Roy Hargrove, Galactic, The Holmes Brothers, The Radiators, Chuck Leavell, Irma Thomas’ Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees of Winnsboro, The Dixie Cups… Do you see it? Chuck Leavall? He’s big time. Irma Thomas plays every year. But after Irma? First, there’s Clarence “Frogman” Henry who I assume has naked pictures of the festival organizers. Then there’s something called “Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees of Winnsboro”. Catchy name. I’m glad that they distinguished themselves from the OTHER “Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees” out there. I mean, if Elder Baab & the Madison Bumble Bees of Harlem were playing, then fuck those dudes. I’m not going.

    Alright, maybe I am just bitter that Panic is on there.

  2. Ah Chilly out of all those bands you failed to mention that New Freakin’ Edition is playing – listed right there in between Bonnie Raitt and Gilberto Santa Rosa. Did anyone tell the JazzFest organizers that it’s not 1983? But you know everyone is going be loving it when they bust into a Cool It Down -> Mr. Telephone Man -> Cool It Down. That’s going to be hot.

  3. hey, but wasn’t panic playing in 1983? i keeed i keeed.

    seriously though, i would put panic in one of those slots in the fest lineup that ‘don’t fit’, odd even more is the fact that they are given a 3 hour set considering they aren’t the nevilles or dr john. just sayin’.

    i always tend to read the lineup from bottom up. some of those bands you mention with the funny names have given me some of my fondest jazzfest memories. no one knows who the uptown allstars are…hell, they only play during jazzfest, but pound for pound they are the best funk unit i’ve ever seen.

    rockin’ dopsie is pretty far down on the list too, but for me they are a consistent highlight year after year.

    heck, a band called 007 isn’t even in the allmusic directory and they are almost all the way to the bottom of the list. i gave them fifteen minutes of my ear once and i’ll never miss their set if they play the weekend i go. they’re that good.

    not that you’re putting them down or anything…just thoughts.

  4. Great call, dude. Who could possibly forget the Candy Girl>Mr. Telephone>Cool It>drums>Man>space>Candy Girl reprise>jam>Cool It Down*>Down sandwich from the Spectrum in ’84? (* – Velvet Underground cover) Man, the jheri curl was FLYING that night. Although, I also remember that night as the time that wook slung me some bunk Z-Cavaricci’s in the lot.

    And crunk, I hear you. One of the odder memories I had from the Fairgrounds was taking some much needed time out INSIDE the grandstand where Willis Proudomme was “performing.” Well, that is if you consider “playing 2 3-minute songs with about 45 minutes of filler about the time he met Elvis at some radio station in 1953,” performing. But I agree, if a performer has the words “brass band” in their name, you usually can’t go wrong. Unless it’s like the KKK Brass Band. Those dudes blow.

  5. i know i’m SO way behind on postings, considering this string was weeks ago…
    but is anyone wondering why trey isn’t on the jazz fest lineup? if you’ve seen his most recent tour, he’s got a friggin NOLA style brass band out on stage with him, and takes a second line into the audience at the end of the show. seeing that in december, i figured he’d DEFINITELY be at the fairgrounds in April.
    oh well.

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