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Fest Fashion 2019

Fri, 05/03/19
Coachella's got nothing on Jazz Fest. There is no singular look that screams "Jazz Fest" but there sure is an aesthetic! From BayouWear to crazy hats, colorful West African prints, impressive stage attire, and more, you know when someone is at Jazz Fest. Our photographers ... Read more

Bob Rodrigue (Ol' Man River): Jazz Fest Flashback

Fri, 05/03/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
In this Jazz Fest Flashback, WWOZ show host Bob Rodrigue (Ol' Man River) describes his first encounter with Mardi Gras Indians, and how their performance at Jazz Fest changed the course of his life. Read more

Roosevelt Sykes: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 05/03/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Roosevelt Sykes thanks the audience, May 6, 1979. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our J... Read more

David Torkanowsky: Jazz Fest Flashback

Thu, 05/02/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
David Torkanowsky has played at Jazz Fest with dozens of different acts, as well as under his own name. He first hit the stage there in the 1970s. Find out what performances, in all those years, were most memorable to him in this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback.  Read more

Young Men Olympians 1980: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 05/02/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Young Men Olympians at the Fairgrounds, April 1980. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our... Read more

The Return of Professor Longhair: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Wed, 05/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Find out more about the link between Professor Longhair's career revival and Jazz Fest in this Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule. Read more

Video: Edna Karr Brass Band at WWOZ 2019

Wed, 05/01/19
The Edna Karr Brass Band joined us in the studio for the May edtion of School Groove with host George Ingmire this afternoon! We learned this band incudes Tuba Fats' nephew, and much more. Watch to see one of the hottest high school bands in the city!  Read more

The 2019 Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion

Wed, 05/01/19
Take a World Journey with the 2019 Jazz Fest Cultural Exchange Pavilion. The 2019 Cultural Exchange Pavilion marks Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary by mixing return visits from favorites of the past with first-time performers. Experience the music, parades, artisanal crafts, an... Read more

Oscar Donahue: Jazz Fest Flashback

Wed, 05/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Oscar Donahue has sold jewelry in the Congo Square African Marketplace at Jazz Fest since 1990. Find out more about the history of this area in this Jazz Fest Flashback. Read more

Stage 1 '79: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 05/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Stage 1 at the Louisiana Heritage Fair on April 27, 1979. Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and ... Read more

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