2012 Jazz & Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,
presented by Shell

April 27 — May 6, 2012

Jazz Fest is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 400,000 visitors each year. The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, and showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.

Festival Schedule

First Weekend                                       Second Weekend

Friday, April 27                                     Thursday, May 3
Saturday, April 28                                 Friday, May 4
Sunday, April 29                                    Saturday, May 5
 
                                                               Sunday, May 6

Or download a .pdf of the complete Jazzfest schedule here.

More Resources

Before you head out to the festival, make sure you're prepared. We've collected some handy resources for you to get the most out of your trip to the Fairgrounds.

Jazzfest Phone Apps
Technically-savvy? Take your schedule and map on the go with the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival app, available for Android and iPhone.

Festival Website
Check out the Jazzfest website for an in-depth look at the fest, including schedules, vendors, photos, answers to frequently asked questions, and tips on parking, public transportation, and a whole lot more.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:21 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Versatile and Accomplished New Orleans Pianist Larry Sieberth Plays Jazz Fest Seven Times in 2012

Larry Sieberth.

Larry Sieberth is one of New Orleans' most versatile and accomplished pianists and a top-notch arranger and composer – which may account for him landing 7 gigs at this year's fest – including Saturday, April 28th, with The Gospel According to Jazz, and Thursday, May 3rd, with the Joint's Jumpin'.

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Arts & Culture
6:50 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Sync-Up entertainment industry conference kicks off in New Orleans

In conjunction with Jazzfest, the 5th annual free entertainment industry conference called Sync-Up kicks off today.

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Where Y'Eat
4:14 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Where Y'Eat: Eating by the Numbers at Jazz Fest

The cochon de lait po-boy at Jazz Fest.
Ian McNulty

What happens when your top Jazz Fest picks are on the plate instead of on stage? One hungry fest fan finds out.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:26 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Bassist George Porter, Jr. Plays Jazz Fest with Runnin' Pardners May 3, and funky METERS May 6

Great New Orleans bassist George Porter, Jr. plays Jazz Fest with his longtime Runnin' Pardners Thursday, May 3, and with the funky METERS Sunday, May 6.

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Jazz Fest
9:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Jazz Fest Set to Begin Friday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jazz horns, Cajun fiddles, zydeco washboards and rock guitars — they'll all be heard at the same place when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off tomorrow. Performances by soul singer Irma Thomas, the Beach Boys, the rock band Zebra, jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin, Buckwheat Zydeco and others open this year's event. 

Inside the Arts
9:20 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Jazz Vocalist Stephanie Jordan Sings Tribute to Lena Horne at JazzFest

The 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell, kicks off Friday at the Fair Grounds.  We go Inside the Arts for conversation with jazz vocalist and native daughter Stephanie Jordan, who will pay homage to the legendary Lena Horne. 

The Stephanie Jordan Big Band performs April 27th at 4:00 p.m., at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Jazz Fest Minutes
2:29 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

New Orleans Trombonist Mark Mullins and Bonerama Play Jazz Fest Friday, May 4th

Mark Mullins.

New Orleans trombonist Mark Mullins, and his slidework colleague Craig Klein, formed Bonerama nearly 15 years ago to put the trombone front and center in a contemporary music ensemble – a notion Mullins began nurturing from his earliest days playing trombone.  Mark Mullins and Bonerama play Jazz Fest Friday, May 4th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Pianist and Former New Orleanian Peter Martin Plays Jazz Fest April 28th and 29th

Pianist Peter Martin – a former New Orleanian who maintains deep ties to the Crescent City – plays Jazz Fest with his trio Saturday, April 28th. He then backs Grammy-winning singer Dianne Reeves at Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 29th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
7:07 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Clarinetist Ben Schenck and the Panorama Jazz Band Play Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Clarinetist Ben Schenck and the Panorama Jazz Band play an eclectic world of music – from klezmer to beguine, second-line to swing – Sunday, April 29th at Jazz Fest.

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