Soul Stars of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers & Maxwell among the R&B stars performing

Paul Simon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Snoop Dogg, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, CeCe Winans, and Nick Jonas are among the many stars who will perform during the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival being held April 22-24, and April 28-May 1, 2016 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Since 1970, the Festival has celebrated the music and culture of New Orleans, including blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, hip-hop, country music, bluegrass, and of course, jazz. That diversity is reflected in the eclectic array of performers in past fesivals, including Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Santana, Sarah Vaughan, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Tito Puente, the Allman Brothers Band, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Linda Ronstadt, Lenny Kravitz, Sonny Rollins, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, Celia Cruz, Willie Nelson, The Temptations, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Dave Brubeck, and Gladys Knight

In announcing the 2016 lineup, producer George Wein said, “The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival represents a new and exciting idea in festival presentation. This festival could only be held in New Orleans because here and here alone is the richest musical heritage in America.” He added, "New Orleans, in the long run, should become bigger than Newport in jazz festivals. Newport was manufactured, but New Orleans is the real thing.”

350 people attended the first festival in 1970. In 2015, the crowds exceeded 460,000. Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, and Maxwell are among the R&B stars featured in the 2016 fest. For more information, access http://www.nojazzfest.com

Here is a list of the "Soul Stars of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival."

Stevie Wonder. Lester Cohen/WireImage

25-time Grammy Award-winner Stevie Wonder will close out Saturday night, April 30, 2016, performing from 5-7 p.m. on the Acura Stage at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Watch Stevie Wonder perform "Isn't She Lovely" and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" live here. More »

Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley. Shahar Azran/WireImage

Entertaining for an amazing 62 years, The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie Isley) will perform on the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sunday May 1, 2016, from 3:25-4:45 pm on the Congo Square Stage. They will be followed by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

Watch The Isley Brothers perform "That Lady"and "Shout" live here. More »

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Maxwell. Maury Phillips/WireImage

Celebrating his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, Maxwell will be the final entertainer on the Congo Square Stage on Saturday, April 23, 2016, performing from 5:35-7 p.m. at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Watch Maxwell perform "Pretty Wings" live here. More »

Janelle Monae. Mychal Watts/Getty Images for Jazz in the Gardens

Known for an electric stage persona compared to Tina Turner, Janelle Monae will entertain on the opening day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Friday 22, 2016. She will close the Congo Square Stage, performing from 5:25-7 p.m.

Watch Janelle Monae perform "Tightrope" live here. More »

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Lauryn Hill. Erika Goldring/WireImage

20 years after recording her Grammy Award-winning album The Score with the Fugees, Lauryn Hill will close the Congo Square Stage on Friday, April 29, performing from 5:45-7 p.m. at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Watch Lauryn Hill perform "Killing Me Softly" live here. More »

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Monica Morgan/WireImage

On the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sunday May 1, 2016, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will follow The Isley Brothers and close the Congo Square Stage, performing from 5:30-7 p.m. Maze has enjoyed a strong following in Louisiana for many years after recording their Live in New Orleans album in 1981.

Watch Maze featuring Frankie Beverly perform "Happy Feelings" live here. More »

Jazmine Sullivan. Brian Killian/Getty Images

After taking a five year hiatus from music, eleven-time Grammy nominee Jazmine Sullivan made a strong comeback in 2015 with her third CD, Reality Show, which was nominated for Best R&B Album. She will entertain on Friday April 29 from 4:05-5:05 p.m. on the Congo Square Stage at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Watch Jazmine Sullivan perform "Forever Don't Last" live here. More »

Mavis Staples. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

A veteran of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Mavis Staples brings 66 years of show business experience to the Blues Tent, performing from 3:35-4:45 p.m. on the final day, Sunday May 1, 2016.

Watch Mavis Staples perform "I'll Take You There' live here. More »

Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings from New York City perform on opening day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Friday April 22, 2016. They will close the Blues Tent form 5:45 -7 p.m. The band played on the 2016 Grammy Award winner for Record of the Year, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. The group also recorded with the late Amy Winehouse. 

Watch Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform live "I'll Still Be True" here. More »