Jazz Fest Cancels Saturday Headliners Due To Weather

From the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Facebook Page

Jazz Fest Weather Bulletin

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Due to severe weather conditions, the remaining programming for today at Jazz Fest has been cancelled.

Please follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter for information regarding tomorrow’s scheduled events.

Update From OFFBEAT.COM: It looks like Stevie Wonder took the stage for at least a few minutes to lead fans in a “Purple Rain” singalong through a megaphone. Here’s a video courtesy of Twitter user @geraldmayeaux.

Video courtesy of Twitter user @geraldmayeaux.

Allen Toussaint honored with second-line, memorial at Fair Grounds #JazzFest #NOLA

New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint officially joined the ranks of the Jazz Fest ancestors on Saturday, as a painted cutout of him was unveiled near the festival’s Congo Square Stage.
Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Hannah LeBeaux holds a photograph of her grandfather, the late singer, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint in the jazz funeral/second line at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Saturday.
The area, a memorial grounds of sorts, features wooden cutouts of festival legends like Danny Barker, Uncle Lionel Batiste, Al Hirt, Big Chief Bo Dollis and now Toussaint, who sits at a full grand-piano keyboard in the portrait unveiled Saturday after a second-line parade at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

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International Jazz Day | April 30, 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are pleased to announce the fifth annual International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated around the world on April 30, 2016. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the 5th anniversary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House on April 29th and this spectacular event will be broadcast on International Jazz Day as a one-hour primetime ABC television special, “Jazz at the White House,” on Saturday evening, April 30th and streamed on the United Nations, UNESCO, U.S. State Department and White House websites. The concert will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the truly American art form of jazz.

Washington, D.C. has been selected to serve as the 2016 Global Host City, and International Jazz Day programs are made possible by Toyota, the 2016 Lead Partner. Presented each year on April 30th in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe. The day is recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.

The All-Star Global Concert at the White House will feature stellar performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Sting, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Watson, Ben Williams and others, with further details to be announced shortly. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

How will you celebrate International Jazz Day?
Register your event so get listed and help spread the word.

International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Follow these steps to get involved and start your own celebration:

Like/Follow International Jazz Day on Facebook and Twitter for updates on how people are celebrating around the world. Exchange with others about jazz’s impact, share posts and re-tweet material to your friends. Make sure to use #JazzDay in your message!
Organize an International Jazz Day event in your community. From concerts to classes, no event is too big or too small. Consult the examples below for more event inspiration.
Register your event on JazzDay.com to become an official participant and share your event with people around the world.
Use the materials in our online toolkit including promotional guides, downloadable logos and educator guides to make sure your event is the very best it can be.
On April 30th, visit JazzDay.com to check out featured events in the Global Host City and around the world. Don’t miss the all-star International Jazz Day concert, which each year brings together legendary artists from around the world for the day’s grand finale.

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Paul Simon Announces June Release for Stranger to Stranger, Shares First Single

Paul Simon officially announced this morning that he would be releasing his 13th solo album, Stranger to Stranger, June 3 on Concord Records. Accompanying the announcement is the release of the first single “Wristband.”

The record, his first since 2011’s So Beautiful or So What, was made in collaboration with the legendary songwriter’s longtime musical partner Roy Halee. To quote Simon in the press release:

“It’s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way. It’s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery. Sound is the theme of this album as much as it’s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I’ll be pleased. The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that’s forever.”

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Live Nation Adds Governors Ball to Its Music Festival Lineup

With this year’s music festival season starting up, there is another jewel in the crown of Live Nation Entertainment, the company that has come to dominate live music through its concert and ticketing businesses. To its collection of top festivals like Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival and Bonnaroo, it has now added Governors Ball in New York.

On Friday, Live Nation completed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Founders Entertainment, the parent company of Governors Ball, which was started in 2011 by a group of young promoters and has since beaten the odds by taking root in New York’s difficult market.

By its own count, Live Nation controls or operates four of the top five pop festivals in North America, and 13 of the top 25 around the world and feels it still had room to grow.

Read more at nytimes.com

Using Music to Close the Education Gap

The United States is faced with a growing problem in education – the gap between US student’s baseline proficiency compared to students in other countries. Why is that? Are students here not being taught the core standards of learning? Are they not learning ‘how to learn?’ How can this gap be fixed, especially with the increasing price of education? Many now believe that this education gap can be partially reduced by an increase of the arts, and specifically music into student’s curriculum.

Using Music to Close the Educational Gap
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Tips for Taking Children to Music Festivals

Taking children to a music festival might seem like a bit of a daunting proposition -- even for those who have done it before!  There are a lot of things to take into consideration before you festivalize with kids, but if you're well-prepared, a great music festival can be as much fun for the whole family as a theme park or other traditional family vacation spot.

  • Make Sure the Kids can Roll With It
  • Come Well-Stocked
  • Set up a Cozy Base Camp
  • Get a Schedule of Special Kids' Activities
  • Enjoy Some Music!
  • Eat, Drink, and be Merry
  • Tell Your Kids What to do if They Get Lost

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