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.


Jazz Fest Minutes
1:37 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Acclaimed Singer Meschiya Lake and Her Little Big Horns Band Play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Singer Meschiya Lake is one of four New Orleans women up for this year's Big Easy "Best Female Entertainer" Award. Meschiya Lake and her Little Big Horns band play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
11:34 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Big Easy Award-Winning Singer Sasha Masakowski Plays Jazz Fest Friday, April 27th

Sasha Masakowski.

Big Easy Award-winning singer Sasha Masakowski is just back in New Orleans following a four month run at the swank Centro nightclub in the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel in Beijing – and ready to have big fun at Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
9:27 am
Tue April 17, 2012

New Orleans Clarinetist and Saxophonist Victor Goines Plays Jazz Fest Sunday, April 29th

Clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines is a New Orleans native of great musical accomplishment. A longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he also fronts his own quartet and quintet, and these days runs the Jazz Studies program at Northwestern University in Chicago. Victor Goines plays Jazz Fest with his outstanding quartet Sunday, April 29th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
10:08 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Second Generation Afrobeat Bandleader Seun Kuti Plays Jazz Fest April 27th

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's youngest son – saxophonist and singer Seun Kuti – was just 15 when he took over the Egypt 80 band after his father's death in 1997.  After struggling for a few years Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 are again touring the world, performing at important festivals and major venues.  They play Jazz Fest Friday, April 27th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:36 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Grammy-Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops Play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Carolina Chocolate Drops singer and banjoist Rhiannon Giddens was preparing for a career in opera when she discovered the rich tradition of African-American string band music and performance in the Piedmont region. She completely changed directions, and co-founded the now Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. The Carolina Chocolate Drops play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
1:03 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

New Orleans Clarinetist Dr. Michael White Plays Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Dr. Michael White.

New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Jazz Band deliver authentic New Orleans jazz with an irresistible blend of passion, verve, experience and expertise.  They play Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 28th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
3:10 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Conga Superstar Poncho Sanchez and his band play Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th

Conga player Poncho Sanchez.

Poncho Sanchez is one of the world's greatest conga players — and has led his own band now for 32 years. Sanchez and his band — featuring special guest Terence Blanchard — play Jazz Fest on Friday, April 27th.

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Jazz Fest Minutes
2:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

DJ Soul Sister Spins Rare Groove at Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th

Marc Pagani

DJ Soul Sister — a.k.a. Melissa Weber — spins her enticing brand of "Rare Groove" from the Congo Square stage at Jazz Fest Saturday, April 28th.

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