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

 

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

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

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

Photo highlights from Day 4 of Jazz Fest 2019

Tue, 04/30/19
A few photo highlights from a beautiful fourth day of Jazz Fest 2019!  Special thanks to our contributing photographers Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Black Mold, Leon Morris, Louis Crispino, Michele Goldfarb, David Stafford, Charlie Steiner, and Marc PoKempner! Read more

Photo highlights from Day 3 of Jazz Fest 2019

Sun, 04/28/19
A few photo highlights from a beautiful third day of Jazz Fest 2019!  Special thanks to our contributing photographers Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Black Mold, Leon Morris, Louis Crispino, Michele Goldfarb, David Stafford, Marc PoKempner, and more to come!  Read more

Takin' It To The Streets at Jazz Fest 2019

Sat, 04/27/19
A few highlights from the Black Indians of Mardi Gras and Social & Pleasure Clubs at Jazz Fest 2019! Special thanks to our contributing photographers, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, David Stafford, Charlie Steiner, and more.  Read more

Photo highlights from Day 2 of Jazz Fest 2019

Sat, 04/27/19
A few photo highlights from a beautiful second day of Jazz Fest 2019!  Special thanks to our contributing photographers Black Mold, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Leon Morris, Louis Crispino, David Stafford, Marc PoKempner, Charlie Steiner, and more to come!  Read more

Craig Klein: Jazz Fest Flashback

Tue, 04/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Trombonist Craig Klein performs with Bonerama, Storyville Stompers, Nightcrawlers Brass Band, and the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. In this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, he shares what one of his favorite parts of Jazz Fest is-- and it's got nothing to do with performance. Read more

Ira 'Dr. Ike' Padnos: Jazz Fest Flashback

Mon, 04/29/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dr. Ike of the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation has been involved with Jazz Fest in various capacities over the years. In this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, he recalls negotiating and entire deal with Clarence "Frogman" Henry and his manager in the middle of Frogman's set! Read more

John Mooney: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sun, 04/28/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, blues musician John Mooney recalls seeing an Ironing Board Sam set at Jazz Fest that involved a cherry picker, flaming drumsticks, and a water tank. Read more

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