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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jazz Fest 2016 lineup is coming Jan. 19 — who do you think is on it?

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click to enlarge Ravi Coltrane. - DEBORAH FEINGOLD
  • Ravi Coltrane.
The 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins April 22. Historically, the lineup would be out by now. Last year, the lineup was revealed Jan. 12. In 2014, the lineup was out Jan. 14. But the lineup will be released next Tuesday, Jan. 19. So now that there's a whole weekend of speculation ahead — who's playing? Will I have to skip the second weekend to see Brian Wilson perform Pet Sounds at Austin's Levitation Festival? Will Brian Wilson come to us instead

This much we know: Nicholas Payton will be there. So will everyone's favorite impression Michael McDonald, according to him. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has a Jazz Fest date on his tour schedule. Last month, Paul Simon said he'll be back for Jazz Fest during a performance at La Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre for a benefit for New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness. Bob Seger told Billboard that playing Jazz Fest is on his bucket list, a theme for his 2016 tour.

Tickets to the April 22-May 1 festival also will be announced next week.

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