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Stephanie Jordan Big Band to perform at the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
(Published: February 17, 2019)

Sunday, April 28 on the WWOZ Jazz Tent Stage

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced that the Stephanie Jordan Big Band will appear on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in the WWOZ Jazz Tent as part of the musical lineup for the 50th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by Shell. The two week festival runs from Thursday through Sunday, April 25 - 28 and May 2 - 5, 2019.

Dubbed "Lady Jazz!" by Audix Microphones, 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.

Stephanie Jordan's current show continues her trademark of singing jazz standards from the Big Band era, including highlights from the "Stephanie Jordan Sings a Tribute to Lena Horne" CD which honors the legendary Grammy Award winner and film star.

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

Stephanie is a member of New Orleans' renowned Jordan Family of Jazz whose father is Kidd Jordan; and siblings include musicians Kent, Marlon and Rachel Jordan.

Headline acts for 2019 includes The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, Katy Perry, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute featuring Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason with Ellis Marsalis, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and others. Some local favorites includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Russell Batiste & Friends, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Detroit Brooks, PJ Morgan, Davell Crawford, John Boutté, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Batiste Brothers, Donald Harrison, Tank and The Bangas, OperaCreole, Dr. Michael White, a Tribute to Alvin Batiste with Herman Jackson and Friends, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, and more than 500 additional artists are scheduled to appear at the Festival.

The Festival also announced that the new day will be "Locals Thursday," which allows anyone with a valid Louisiana ID to purchase up to two discount tickets at the gate on that day. "Locals Thursday" discount tickets will again be only $50.

Advance tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 18 at 10am. Advanced tickets for Jazz Fest are $70 through February 1 when the price will become $75. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $85. Regularly priced, single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day's attendance (For May 2, different pricing applies).

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival. Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). IBERIABANK, Peoples Health, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coca-Cola and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment.

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

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