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

 

Sally Young: Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback

Wed, 01/30/19
WWOZ show host Sally Young has long been connected to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She began volunteering with the festival as a teenager. One of her duties was driving artists-- listen in to hear her wild story of bringing Lightnin' Hopkins to the Fairgrounds. Read more

John Boutte: Opening the Vaults for Jazz Fest at 50

Wed, 01/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
This very emotional set in the first post-Katrina Jazz Fest has been called a high point in the entire history of the festival. Read more

Loretta Harrison: Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback

Sat, 01/26/19
Loretta Harrison, founder and owner of Loretta's Authentic Pralines, talks about being a food vendor at Jazz Fest for over 40 years and how deeply the festival has impacted her life. This feature is part of WWOZ's Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback series.  Read more

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

Fri, 02/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Eureka Brass Band, 1971. 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, and at our Jazz Fest 50 page, all ... Read more

Food Area I in 1987: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 01/31/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Food has been a major draw at Jazz Fest from the beginning. Here's a shot of Food Area I 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... Read more

Perfect Gentlemen on Congo Square Stage: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 01/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Perfect Gentlemen onstage with Batiste Fathers and Sons on Day 1 of Jazz Fest 2018. Photo by Michael E. McAndrew. 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 5... Read more

WWOZ Mango Freeze: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 01/29/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
WWOZ began selling Mango Freeze at Jazz Fest in 1994 and it quickly became a Fest staple. It's not only good, it's good for your music: Mango Freeze generates revenue that helps WWOZ bring New Orleans music to the universe. Find out more about the story behind our delicious... Read more

James Booker: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Mon, 01/28/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
James Booker at Jazz Fest, ca. 1983. Photo by Ice Cube Slim, 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 ... Read more

Earl King and Duke-a-Paducah: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 02/07/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Earl King and WWOZ's Duke-a-Paducah on-air at WWOZ's Jazz Fest broadcast from the Fairgrounds, ca. early 1990s. Earl King was born on this date in 1934. Photo by Ice Cube Slim, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary ... Read more

What's a little rain?: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 01/27/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Making the most of the rain near the Acura Stage on Day 7 of Jazz Fest 2016. 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 here, and at our Jazz Fest 50 page... Read more

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