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Stephanie Jordan sings the music of Nancy Wilson at 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
(Published: April 23, 2017)

Friday, April 28 @ 3:00 PM on the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent Stage

NEW ORLEANS - Jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan will feature the music of Nancy Wilson at this years' New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Stephanie Jordan Big Band will appear on opening day, Friday, April 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent as part of the musical lineup for the 2017 Festival scheduled for April 28 - 30 and from May 4 - 7, 2017.

"Nancy Wilson is an icon of jazz. Shirley Horn often told me to only listen to great singers, so that is what I do. I am honored to be able to perform my rendition of Nancy's music while she is still with us. I can only hope that we are able to please the Jazz Fest audience and most important Nancy Wilson herself" said Jordan.

An Emmy and three-time Grammy Award winner, Nancy Wilson cultivated an image of a poised yet passionate sophisticate known for her distinct, nuanced vocals. She has presented tunes that have pointed spoken sections as seen with "Guess Who I Saw Today" and "I'll Get Along Somehow." Wilson is a song stylist having recorded dozens of albums over the years, making an impact on classic pop, soul, jazz and adult contemporary audiences with a captivating stage presence. Wilson had her own variety series in the '60s, the Emmy-winning The Nancy Wilson Show, and has also made appearances in a variety of other programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Hawaii Five-O, The Carol Burnett Show, Sinbad and The Arsenio Hall Show. Other honors include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; International Civil Rights Walk of Fame inductee, United Negro College Fund Trumpet Award, NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award and, the Oprah Winfrey Legends Award.

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 yes, Nancy Wilson.

Recognized internationally, the Sud Ouest French publication calls Jordan "unbelievably superb." The Washingtonian Magazine labeled her "JAZZHOT." Audix Microphones has dubbed her "Lady Jazz!"

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. Jordan sang at the inaugural International Jazz Day presented by UNESCO which was celebrated by millions worldwide on 4/30/12 during an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans' Congo Square that included jazz luminaries Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, and others.

Jordan has also 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.

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.

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 Jordan `is a member of New Orleans' renowned Jordan Family of Jazz whose father is Kidd Jordan; and siblings Kent, Marlon and Rachel Jordan. For this set, Stephanie will be accompanied by Emmy award winning composer/arranger Mike Esneault on piano, Donald Ramsey on bass, Steve Masakowski on guitar, Troy Davis on drums, Marlon Jordan on trumpet, Roderick Paulin on saxophone and David Harris on trombone.

Headline acts for 2017 include Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr., Maroon 5, Snoop Dogg, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, Alabama Shakes, Meghan Trainor, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Boney James, Pitbull and others. Some local favorites includes Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Batiste Fathers and Sons, Ellis Marsalis, John Boutté, The New Orleans Groove Masters ft. Herlin Riley, A Salute to Louis Armstrong featuring Hugh Masekela and Dr. Michael White, Big Chief Donald Harrison, The Great American Songbook ft. Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Chocolate Milk, and more than 500 additional artists are scheduled to appear at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

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.

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: https://www.StephanieJordan.com

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