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43rd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 27 - April 29 and May 3 - May 6, 2012
  • Jazz Fest 2012 Dates

    The first weekend of Jazz Fest 2012 runs from April 27th - April 29th.

    The second weekend of Jazz Fest 2012 runs from May 3rd - May 6th.

  • Jazz Fest After Dark 2012

    Stay tuned to the Jazz Fest After Dark page for concert announcements & other events taking place in between Jazz Fest weekends. Shows already announced include the (original) Meters, Dragon Smoke, Greyboy Allstars, Primus, STS9, The Fray, Seun Kuti, Ziggy Marley, and many others.

  • Jazz Fest Webcasts

    Listen in to live Jazz Fest coverage at

    Watch live Jazz Fest coverage at on May 4th, 5th and 6th.

  • More Schedule Changes

    Ziggy Marley has replaced Bunny Wailer on May 4th. Warren Haynes Band has replaced Levon Helm on May 5th.

  • Jimmy Buffett Added

    Jimmy Buffett has been added to the 2012 Jazz Fest lineup. He will play an acoustic set with Mac McAnally on May 3rd (taking Eddie Vedder's spot).

  • Eddie Vedder Cancels

    Eddie Vedder has canceled his 2012 Jazz Fest appearance. The Pearl Jam frontman is being treated for nerve damage in his arm. More ...

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Friends

    The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, celebrating their 50th anniversary, will be joined by a slew of friends when they close out Jazz Fest on the Gentilly Stage (Sunday, May 6th, 5:35pm). Scheduled guests joining PHJB include Steve Earle, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Ani DiFranco, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Bonnie Raitt, Wendell Eugene, Lionel Ferbos, and more TBA.

  • Jazz Fest Cubes (Schedule Grids)

    Day by day schedules with performers, stages and times are now online at the official Jazz Fest web site. Here is a printable PDF file of the Jazz Fest daily schedules.

  • 2012 Jazz Fest Tickets

    Tickets for Jazz Fest are on sale now at Ticketmaster and the New Orleans Arena box office.

    Single Day Tickets are $50 in advance. They will cost $65 if purchased at the Gate.

    3 VIP Packages are also available: Big Chief VIP Experience, Grand Marshal VIP Pass, and Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass.

  • Jazz Fest Performers by Date

    The Jazz & Heritage Festival has released a list of Jazz Fest Performers by Date. The complete daily schedules with times & stages will be announced at a later date.

  • Cee Lo added, John Mayer & Jill Scott dropped

    Grammy winner Cee Lo Green has been added to the 2012 Jazz Fest lineup. He will perform on Saturday, April 28th in place of Jill Scott who will no longer be appearing.

    Headliner John Mayer has also been scratched from Jazz Fest. The singer songwriter announced an indefinite hiatus from live performing due to vocal cord problems (granuloma). We wish Mayer well in his treatment, and hope to see him back at Jazz Fest in the near future.

  • 2012 Jazz Fest Posters

    The official 2012 Jazz & Heritage Festival poster features NOLA superstar Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Andrews was previously featured on the 2009 Congo Square poster. The 2012 Congo Square poster features local trumpet great Shamarr Allen.

  • Grammy Winners at Jazz Fest

    Congratulations to New Orleans' own Rebirth Brass Band for their Grammy win in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category for their 2011 release "Rebirth of New Orleans." Other 2012 Jazz Fest performers that picked up Grammy Awards include Foo Fighters (x5), Bon Iver (x2), Cee Lo Green (x2), Levon Helm, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

  • Bruce Springsteen added to Fest Lineup

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have been added to the 2012 Jazz Fest lineup. Springsteen will perform on Sunday, April 29th. Check out the Boss's new single, "We Take Care of Our Own." The track is from his 17th studio album 'Wrecking Ball,' due in stores on March 6th. See more Bruce Springsteen tour dates.

  • Eddie Vedder added to Fest Lineup

    Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has been added to the 2012 Jazz Fest lineup for Thursday, May 3rd. Vedder will be touring the southern U.S. in April and May in support his 2011 solo album, "Ukulele Songs." See more Eddie Vedder tour dates.

  • WWOZ Brass Pass

    The WWOZ Brass Pass is a great way to enjoy Jazz Fest and help support local community radio station WWOZ. For a membership donation of $450 to WWOZ, you'll get a 2012 Brass Pass, which gets you into all 7 days of Jazz Fest and much more. Get the lowdown here.

  • The Beach Boys at Jazz Fest

    Founding members of The Beach Boys will reunite for a 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2012. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and a 50-date international tour to begin in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Read more.

  • 2012 Jazz Fest Performers

    Weekend 1 line-up includes Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, John Mayer, Al Green, The Beach Boys, Trombone Shorty, Bon Iver, Jill Scott, Iron & Wine, Janelle Monae, Pete Fountain, Yolanda Adams, Pete Fountain, Feist, Steel Pulse, Dianne Reeves, Gomez, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Poncho Sanchez, Dr. John, Givers, and Dave Koz.

    Weekend 2 line-up includes The Eagles, Foo Fighters, The Neville Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Herbie Hancock, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Bunny Wailer, Bonnie Raitt, Paulina Rubio, Irma Thomas, Maze & Frankie Beverly, Florence & the Machine, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Galactic, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Levon Helm Band with special guest Mavis Staples, Steve Earle, Esperanza Spalding, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Allen Toussaint, and Ani DiFranco.

    Schedule Updates: Mystikal has been added to the lineup for the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Allen Toussaint will perform at Jazz Fest on May 5th. He was previously scheduled for April 29th.

    See the complete list of 2012 Jazz Fest performers here. Daily schedules with times and stages will be announced at a later date.

  • 2012 Jazz Fest Gala

    The 14th Annual Jazz and Heritage Gala is set for April 26, 2012, at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel. The 2012 Gala will feature music from Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Big Sam's Funky Nation. Tickets are $500, which includes a 7-day pass to the 2012 Jazz & Heritage Festival. Visit the Jazz and Heritage Foundation web site for tickets and additional info.

  • Sync Up 2012

    Sync Up - the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's annual entertainment industry conference - is set for April 27-28 and May 4-5, 2012 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Featured speakers this year include Tim Westergren, Daniel Glass, Tom Windish, and Bruce Houghton.

  • Jazz Fest Revisited

    Relive past Jazz Fests with these live DVD and CD recordings, and books on the history of the NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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