Jazz Fest at 50

In 2019, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates its 50th birthday! We'll be updating this page all year long with WWOZ Jazz Fest Time Capsules, Jazz Fest Flashbacks, plus historic photos, videos, and much more. 

The Helis Foundation
The Goldring Family Foundation
The Remedy Room
The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation
The Derbes Foundation
Goldfarb Financial
The National World War II Museum
Special thanks to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

 

Nancy Ochsenschlager: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sat, 02/16/19
Nancy Ochsenschlager has worn many hats at Jazz Fest, first starting as a volunteer in 1976, then moving into the Fair Director position, and finally Associate Producer before retiring in 2005, though she remains involved to this day. Nancy has been integral to the festiva... Read more

Tightrope walker: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 02/16/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tightrope walker Will Sodo reaches new heights above the Fairgrounds in 1986. Photo by Harold Baquet, 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. K... Read more

Lena Prima: Jazz Fest Flashback

Tue, 02/12/19
The first year Lena Prima played at Jazz Fest was the same year the festival honored her father, Louis Prima, for what would've been his 100th birthday. Listen in to what that experience was like for Lena as she launched her first jazz album, plus what it was like for her t... Read more

Fairgrounds Map: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 02/13/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Jazz Fest goers plotting their way around the Fairgrounds in 1987. 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 h... Read more

Dancing in Economy Hall: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 02/14/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Liz Weiner and Brian Ferdman dance during Preservation Hall Jazz Band's set in Economy Hall tent on May 4, 2013. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee. 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... Read more

Dr. John: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 02/15/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dr. John on the Acura Stage on April 24, 2005. Photo by Leon Morris. 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 Jazz Fest 50 page, all year long to see them, plus more c... Read more

New Orleans Groove Masters: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 02/12/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Groove Masters featuring Shannon Powell, Herlin Riley, and Jason Marsalis on May 6, 2017. Happy birthday to Herlin Riley! Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with ou... Read more

Treme Brass Band with Trombone Shorty: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Mon, 02/11/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
18-year-old Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews performs with the Treme Brass Band in Economy Hall on May 2, 2004. Uncle Lionel Batiste, pictured here on bass drum, was born on this date in 1931. Photo by Ice Cube Slim, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive.  In... Read more

Dianne Reeves: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 02/09/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dianne Reeves in the WWOZ Jazz Tent on May 5, 2018. Photo by Leon Morris. 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 Jazz Fest 50 page, all year long to see them, plus m... Read more

Henry Butler: Opening the Vaults for Jazz Fest at 50

Wed, 02/06/19
Tune in Friday at 3p for Opening the Vaults as we air another long-since-heard set from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival! This week, we'll be airing Henry Butler's May 3, 2002 set from the Blues Tent.  Henry Butler - piano and vocals Earl Smith - drums Leo Williams ... Read more

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