VIDEO ROUNDUP: The Ladies of Jazz Fest

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The overriding WOW(!) factor that jumped out most when the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup was released was the caliber of both the newer and established female artists in the lineup. This year the organizers hit the nail on the head with their attention to the amazing array of new female talent to emerge in a big way in recent years. Seven of the premiere live female artists in the world jumped off the screen as I scrolled through the lineup and saw , , Esperanza Spalding (who shocked the world last February by winning the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011), , Jill Scott, and Florence and the Machine – a solid representation of the biggest female artists to ascend into the mainstream conversation as household names over the last 6 or 7 years. Additionally, established veterans of the festival circuit like Irma Thomas, the incomparable (who will appear alongside Levon Helm Band for a very special set), Yolanda Adams, , and many more round out Jazz Fest’s best overall lineup since at least 2008. Continue on for a video showcase of these ladies’ showstopping talents. Jazz Fest 2012 will take place April 27 – May 6 at the New Orleans Fairgrounds

MAVIS STAPLES

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

FEIST

JANELLE MONAE

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS

JILL SCOTT

ESPERANZA SPALDING

GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS

YOLANDA ADAMS

MARCIA BALL

BONNIE RAITT

Stay tuned for more thematic Video Roundups as we get closer to Jazz Fest 2012!

January 12, 2012 |  by  |  Festivals, Jazz Fest, Videos
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Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

 
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