Terrance Simien, Leading Effort for Zydeco and Cajun Grammy Category, Plays Opening Day of N.O. Jazz Fest

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2006 Marks Terrance Simien’s 21st Consecutive Year as a Favorite at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Zydeco Master is Leading the National Effort for a Zydeco and Cajun Grammy Category.

Terrance Simien plays Jazz Fest on opening day, April 28. “One of Louisiana’s favorite sons” says USA Today, Simien has performed Zydeco music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage music festival over the years on bills with Better than Ezra, Cowboy Mouth, The Meters, Allan Toussaint, and Ozomatli. This is because Simien’s music is as diverse and alive as the artists with which he has shared the stage. See him Friday, April 28, from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. at the Congo Square Stage. (http://www.nojazzfest.com)

“A Zydeco Master” says Rolling Stone, Simien is leading the national effort to establish a Zydeco and Cajun Grammy category. Capping a five-year effort, the proposal goes before The Recording Academy trustees this May.

Terrance Simien’s upcoming August release “Across the Parish Line” (AIM Records) will be a collection of both originals that reflect his deep Louisiana roots and diverse covers that become his own with unique vocals and musical interpretations. The CD features guest artists Paul Simon, Marcia Ball, Garth Hudson and the late Rick Danko. And for the first time Simien records the song that he co-wrote with Dennis Quaid for the smash hit movie, “The Big Easy.”

Simien’s performances are legendary and his artistry has taken the music that has become synonymous with the cultural identity of Louisiana to a whole new level. Delivered with extraordinary vocals, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience has performed their eclectic fusion of Zydeco for twenty-five years.

Simien effortlessly fuses other genres with his indigenous sound creating multicultural connections all over the globe. In the past year Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience have traveled as musical ambassadors to Havana, Cuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil (just days before Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast) and Sydney, Australia. Simien has shared studio/stage with the Meters, Robert Palmer, Los Lobos, Dave Matthews Band, and Stevie Wonder.

Catch Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience while they are home at the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Support Louisiana and the healing power of music. For more about Terrance please visit http://www.TerranceSimien.com.

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