One of the many events surrounding the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the release each of the year of the official Jazz Fest poster and the accompanying Congo Square poster, both of which have become collectors items for Fest and art fans.
This year’s Jazz Fest poster features Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and was painted by New Orleans’ Terrance Osborne. Shorty last graced the 2009 Congo Square poster, and Osborne’s last poster work was the 2010 Congo Square poster featuring Uncle Lionel Batiste. Here’s the official Jazz Fest 2012 poster:
The 2012 Congo Square poster features Shamarr Allen, and was painted by South Carolina’s Carl Crawford, who won the Most Unique art award at last year’s Jazz Fest, and Best in Show at the 2010 Fest. This is his first poster commission. Here’s the 2012 Congo Square poster: