Jazz Fest Unveils 2012 Posters, Makes History with Young Stars

One of the highlights of the lead up to the the annual springtime event is the day when fans get their first look at the artwork that will hang on walls all over the world. Of course, this being the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it’s also a chance for the cranks to grouse.

Last year, many people were up in arms about the choice of Jimmy Buffett, depicted as a young busker on the streets of the French Quarter, for the prime spot on the official poster. I can’t imagine too many people being upset about the wonderful image of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews gracing the 2012 edition. Local artist Terrence Osborne painted it. It is entitled, “Porch Song: A Portrait of Trombone Shorty.”

The Congo Square poster features Shamarr Allen in another vibrantly compelling image. It was created by Carl Crawford and is entitled, “Jazz In Tent: A Portrait of Shamarr Allen.”

This is the first year in the history of the posters, which are created and distributed by Art4Now and can be purchased here, that two musicians under the age of 30 have been featured.

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