Professor Longhair Plays a Roman Amphitheater

Authored by: 
Published on: October 13th, 2013

In the half-hour long video clip below, the immortal Professor Longhair, pride of Bogalusa, plays at the Jazz Festival in Nice, France, a festival established in 1948 and perhaps the oldest "jazz festival of international significance." The video's YouTube page dates the performance as 1979, but captions within the video say July 1978.

The outdoor venue is Nice's Arenes de Cimiez, a Roman amphitheater dating from the second century.

Here's the set list, and the approximate time each song begins:

  • Messin' Around (4:45)
  • Big Chief (9:00)
  • Every Day I Have the Blues (13:00)
  • Michigan (18:00)
  • Mardi Gras (22:10)
  • Doing It (25:10)


Props to the poster named "Apostrophe(')" on the forums at, who shared this video and identified the bass player as a "young and super hip" George Porter, Jr.

Topic tags: 

Get the 'OZone monthly newsletter
facebook logo
Like us on Facebook
Volunteer at WWOZ
Hear it here!