The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced its lineup for 2017, scheduled for April 28 to May 7. This year’s program includes Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Harry Connick Jr., George Benson, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave., the Joey Alexander Trio, Kenny Barron Trio, Lee Konitz Quartet, the Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya and Hugh Masekela, Nicholas Payton and Afro Caribbean Mixtape, SFJAZZ Collective Plays the Music of Miles Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, A Salute to Louis Armstrong featuring Hugh Masekela and Dr. Michael White, A Tribute to Pete Fountain and Jason Marsalis.
Among the other acts: Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Usher and the Roots, Earth, Wind and Fire, NAS and the Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, the Meters, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Tower of Power, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Boney James, Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, Davell Crawford, John Boutté, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Henry Butler’s Jambalaya Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, A Tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco, Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark, Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias.
The festival will also feature a Cuban theme, with performances at various stages and food, music, exhibits and more at the 2017 Cultural Exchange Pavilion. Artists include Chucho Valdés Quintet, the Pedrito Martinez Group, Los Van Van, Gente de Zona, Telmary y Habana Sana, Adonis y Osain del Monte, Septeto Santiaguero, Changüí Guantánamo, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, Daymé Arocena, Conga Los Hoyos, Grupo Caury and more.
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