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February 11, 2006

2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Dates Announced

Written by
cindy mcleod

After months of anticipation, organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival officially confirmed the 2006 dates for the Jazz Fest they say will be the most important in the history of the event. The first post-Katrina Jazz Fest will be held on April 28-30 and May 5-7 at its traditional home, the Fair Grounds Race Course.

Jazz Fest Producer/Director Quint Davis said, “We’re dedicating this year’s Festival to the people of New Orleans and inviting everybody who cares about this city to come to Jazz Fest and play a meaningful role in bringing back the city’s culture, which is the soul of America. Jazz Fest 2006 will be a homecoming party for thousands of New Orleans musicians, Festival chefs and craftspeople, and we want the world to join us in welcoming them back as we present the celebration of a lifetime.”

The Festival plans to announce its music lineup of local legends and special guests in February. The Festival’s famous, multi-stage format featuring the world’s greatest roots music jazz, blues, rock, gospel, rhythm & blues, Cajun, zydeco, funk, African, Caribbean, folk music, and much more. The legendary Fats Domino, who will perform at this year’s Festival, will be honored as the subject of the Official 2006 Jazz Fest Poster.

Sponsorship has made this year’s Festival possible, with unprecedented corporate support from Shell, who becomes the Festival’s first-ever Presenting Sponsor.” American Express and Tenet Choices, Inc. will also be important corporate partners for Jazz Fest 2006 and are helping to make the event a reality. This is the first step in a series of initiatives American Express will undertake to help promote the culture and stimulate the economic recovery of New Orleans.

Jazz Fest will be the first major tourism event occurring over dates when a substantial number of hotel rooms will be available for visitors to New Orleans, and Festival-goers will be an important part of the city’s early recovery.

Tickets for Jazz Fest go on sale today at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 488-5252 (outside Louisiana) and (504) 522-5555 (New Orleans).

Additional information is available at www.nojazzfest.com.

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