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Stephanie Jordan pays tribute to Natalie Cole at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2016
(Published: March 24, 2016)

Thursday, April 28 @ 4:00 pm on the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent Stage

NEW ORLEANS - The Stephanie Jordan Ensemble will pay tribute to the music of Natalie Cole at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Stephanie Jordan's performance is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent. JazzFest takes place from April 22 - 24 and April 28 - May 1, 2016.

Natalie Cole, a multiple Grammy-winning R&B and jazz recording artist was the accomplished daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole. Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and her first two Grammy® awards. Cole marked a career milestone in 1991 with the release of Unforgettable...With Love, a celebrated duet featuring her late father. In 2008, Cole won her ninth GRAMMY award for Still Unforgettable which also earned her a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist. Prior to her death, Cole served as spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization.

In honor of Natalie Cole's many accomplishments, Stephanie Jordan has carefully chosen select tunes such as Unforgettable, Mona Lisa, That Sunday That Summer, and This Will Be An Everlasting Love from Cole's repertoire to include in her Jazz Fest performance. The show will also include Jordan's heartfelt presentation of the classic tune "Home" from the Broadway musical "The Wiz" which she exhibited at "The Power of Community: Katrina 10 Commemoration" held last year at the Smoothie King Arena and aired nationally on C-Span.

Stephanie Jordan will be accompanied by Emmy-award winning arranger Mike Esnault on piano; a string quartet featuring Rachel Jordan, Amy Thiaville, and Danielle Ryce on violin with Allen Nesbit on cello, Chris Severin on bass and Matt Hempsey on guitar, Charlie Denard on keyboards, Miles Labat on drums, and Trey Huffboone on tenor sax with Marlon Jordan on trumpet.

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. 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.

Stephanie 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, Chicago Tribune's leading art critic Howard Reich 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 musical siblings Kent, Marlon and Rachel Jordan.

Other featured performers during Jazz Fest includes Stephanie's brother Marlon Jordan; Marlon Jordan plays the music of Miles, Trane, and Bird; Stevie Wonder, Trombone Shorty, Julio Iglesias, Elvis Costello, Gary Clark Jr., Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Dr. John, Boz Scaggs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ellis Marsalis, John Boutté, Leah Chase, Chris Severin, and more than 500 more artists will appear at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

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).

To learn more about Stephanie Jordan, please visit her website at www.StephanieJordan.com.

More Information: http://lineup.nojazzfest.com/events/2016/04/28

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