Hampton Jazz Festival to announce 2012 lineup March 19

On Monday, March 19 at noon, we'll know the list of artists playing the 2012 Hampton Jazz Festival. The 45th edition of the event will take place June 22-24 at the usual location, Hampton Coliseum. If the pattern holds, we'll see R&B greats mixed with smooth jazz standouts.

The festival sent out this e-mail message last week.

"Dear HJF Fans -- We are busy gearing up for the 45th annual HJF, which will take place June 22-24, 2012. We've booked an exciting line-up that we know you will LOVE! The artist lineup will be announced on Monday, March 19 at 12 noon. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. ... We look forward to seeing you in June!"

Last year's festival -- which starred Chaka Khan, Maze, Boney James and Chrisette Michele -- netted three straight sellout houses, a feat the event hadn't accomplished since 2002.

Read my colleague Dave Nicholson's festival wrap-up story here.




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