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
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Special thanks to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

 

Hazel & the Delta Ramblers: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 03/24/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Hazel & the Delta Ramblers at Jazz Fest, May 4, 1978, in the gazebo. Hazel Schlueter (mandolin), Dianne Potin (bass), Cara Scroges (banjo), Seymour Richard (guitar). Photo by Paul Martin Lester, courtesy of Hazel Schleuter. Hazel has hosted the Old Time Country and Bluegras... Read more

Stevie Wonder: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Thu, 03/21/19
Jazz Fest has been focused on New Orleans music and heritage from its start in 1970. But there are a number of national acts who fit right in at the festival -- and Stevie Wonder is one of them. Read more

Rachel Lyons: Jazz Fest Flashback

Thu, 03/28/19
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archivist Rachel Lyons talks about the legacy of Allison Miner and the importance of the Music Heritage Stage at the festival. Read more

Charlie Musselwhite: Opening the Vaults

Tue, 03/19/19
Tune in to Sittin' At The Crossroads with Big D on Wednesday, March 20 as we Open the Vaults on another historic Jazz Fest performance for our Jazz Fest at 50 series! This week, host Big D will be sharing Charlie Musselwhite's May 5, 2011 set from the Blues Tent starting i... Read more

Doyle Cooper: Jazz Fest Flashback

Wed, 03/27/19
Doyle Cooper took his first steps in Economy Hall-- and then went on to make his debut there as an adult, in 2017, with the Doyle Cooper Jazz Band. In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, he shares what it was like for him to get on the stage where he'd watched so many of his ido... Read more

Mardi Gras Indian parade: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 03/17/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
A Mardi Gras Indian parade on a sunny day at Jazz Fest in 2016. Photo by Eli Mergel. 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 ... Read more

Gentilly Stage: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 03/22/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Fans enjoying a sunny Gentilly Stage in 2017. Photo by Ken Maldonado.  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... Read more

Marcia Ball: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 03/20/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Happy birthday to Marcia Ball! Here, she signs a fan's bag in the WWOZ Hospitality Tent on May 4, 2018 at WWOZ's Linda Santi looks on. Catch Marcia again at the festival this year, and at WWOZ's 31st annual Piano Night on Monday, April 29! Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee. ... Read more

James Booker: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 03/23/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
James Booker onstage at Jazz Fest. 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 Jazz Fest 50 pa... Read more

Westbank Steppers with Paulin Brothers Brass Band: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 03/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Westbank Steppers with the Paulin Brothers Brass Band in the 1990s or early 2000s. 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.... Read more

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