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

 

Leroy Jones: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sun, 03/17/19
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, Leroy Jones remembers parading at the very first festival with the Fairview Baptist Church Christian Marching Band (his first paying gig!) and what it was like to be at the very new festival as a boy.  Read more

Linda Green: Jazz Fest Flashback

Wed, 03/13/19
Ms. Linda Green is known across the world as the the YaKaMein Lady, but nowhere better known than in the streets of New Orleans-- more succinctly, at the second line. Many swear by her recipe as a "hangover cure." Ten years ago, Jazz Fest brought her into the fold and her Y... Read more

David Kunian: Jazz Fest Flashback

Mon, 03/11/19
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, longtime WWOZ show host, New Orleans Jazz Museum Music Curator, and Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage interviewer David Kunian shares the story of being unexpectedly called to the stage by 007, mid-set, in 2003 to help out with an Earl Kin... Read more

Eureka Brass Band: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 03/16/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Eureka Brass Band parades at Jazz Fest in the early 1970s. Photo by John Messina, 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, an... Read more

Como Fife & Drum Corps: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 03/14/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Como Fife & Drum Corps (with Otha Turner, Napoleon Strickland, RL Boyce, Bernice Turner) onstage in 1973. Photo by John Messina, 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 th... Read more

Irma Thomas: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 03/15/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Irma Thomas performs to a large crowd on the Acura Stage on April 29, 2016. 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... Read more

View from the Grandstand: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 03/13/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
View from the Grandstand 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. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz Fest 50 p... Read more

Meschiya Lake: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 03/12/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns in the Blues Tent on April 27, 2018. This set was broadcast live by WWOZ. 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... Read more

Dirty Dozen: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Mon, 03/11/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dirty Dozen Brass Band on the Acura Stage on May 3, 2012. Photo by Keith Hill. 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, ... Read more

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

Sun, 03/10/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dr. John on the Fess Stage on May 4, 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. Keep your eyes here, and at our Jazz ... Read more

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