Stephanie Jordan selected to perform at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced that the Stephanie Jordan Big Band will appear on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent as part of the musical lineup for the 2016 Festival scheduled for April 22 - 24 and April 28 - May 1, 2016.
During last year's Jazz Fest performance, Stephanie Jordan trilled the audience with stunning covers of Frank Sinatra and Billy Strayhorn's work in honor of their Centennial celebrations. At "The Power of Community: Katrina 10 Commemoration" held at the Smoothie King Arena and aired nationally on C-Span, Jordan framed the moment of the evening with a heartfelt presentation of the classic tune "Home" from the Broadway musical "The Wiz" during the commemoration.
Other performance includes her brother Marlon Jordan plays the music of Miles, Trane, and Bird; Stevie Wonder. Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, Trombone Shorty, Julio Iglesias, J. Cole, Elvis Costello, Flo Rida, My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Maxwell, Irma Thomas, Janelle Monáe, Jonny Lang, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Gov't Mule, Dr. John, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Arlo Guthrie, Mavis Staples, Boz Scaggs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ellis Marsalis, John Boutté, Leah Chase, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, and more than 500 more artists will appear at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
Stephanie Jordan is consistently praised for her poise, elegance and soulful articulation. She draws frequent comparisons to her inspirations, the legendary jazz singers Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, Lena Horne and Carmen McRae. Critics have also likened Ms. Jordan to jazz stars Diana Krall and Nancy Wilson.
Jordan has performed in the presence of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; sang to Stevie Wonder in honor of his birthday; been featured at the private celebration of 'Oprah Winfrey and Friends of Susan Taylor, ' and she sang the National Anthem for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.
As a late minute replacement for Grammy Award-winning singer Ledisi at Chicago's Harris Theater, Chicago Tribune's leading art critic Howard Reich to proclaimed, "The woman can sing ... bringing heft to music of the Gershwins and Cole Porter without pushing volume levels. Clearly she values plush sound and knows how to produce it." Music critic James Walker added, "Stephanie Jordan . . . stepped in and simply mesmerized the near capacity Harris Theater crowd with a sparkling performance."
Jordan has performed on such stellar stages as the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the NBA All-Star Game, Chicago's Harris Theater, the Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland, "The Palace" Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey and others. Jordan served as US Jazz Ambassadors' on a European Tour to Bucharest, Germany, Lithuania and Ukraine on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Jordan appears in Lee Daniels' production of "The Paperboy" singing a featured tune; the movie co-stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and John Cusack among others. Jordan also recorded a tune for the 2013 remake of the film "Heat" which stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara. Stephanie Jordan also performed the soundtrack "Season's Start" in the Tribecca Film release of Café Society staring Lara Flynn Boyle and Peter Gallagher.
Stephanie's silky vocals are also featured on Marlon Jordan's "You Don't Know What Love Is" album and Kent Jordan's "Out of This World" CD. The "Christmas with the New Orleans Ladies of Jazz" CD produced by sister Rachel Jordan features New Orleans' renowned jazz divas; Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, and Stephanie Jordan with the Music Alive Ensemble.
Recognized internationally, the Sud Ouest French publication calls her "unbelievably superb." The Washingtonian Magazine labeled her "JAZZHOT." Audix Microphones has dubbed her "Lady Jazz!"
Stephanie is a member of New Orleans' renowned Jordan Family of Jazz whose father is Kidd Jordan; and siblings Kent, Marlon and Rachel Jordan.
Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Peoples Health, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). IBERIABANK, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coca-Cola, Zatarain's and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is the Festival's Hotel Rewards Program Partner.
Started in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to showcase the most important names in music history alongside many of Louisiana's favorite entertainers. Early-bird advanced single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $60 through February 2. Regular advance ticket: $65 from February 3 through April 21.
The gate price ticket will be $75. Children's tickets (ages 2 – 10; adult must be present with child) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only. Single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day's attendance. Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, LLC. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, LLC. (a subsidiary of AEG Live).
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