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

 

Roosevelt Sykes: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 05/03/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Roosevelt Sykes thanks the audience, May 6, 1979. 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 J... Read more

The Fairgrounds: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 04/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Fairgrounds in April 1977. 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 page, ... Read more

Professor Longhair 1971: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 04/25/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
History in the making: Professor Longhair finds his audience in 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 e... Read more

Rain and friends in 1979: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 04/26/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Rain and friends on May 5, 1979. 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 page... Read more

Stage 1 '79: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 05/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Stage 1 at the Louisiana Heritage Fair on April 27, 1979. 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 ... Read more

Koindu '79: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 04/23/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Koindu Stage on May 5, 1979. 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 page, al... Read more

Tuba Fats: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 04/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Tuba Fats with Treme Brass Band ca. 1995. 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 Fes... Read more

Opening the Vaults: Champion Jack Dupree

Fri, 04/19/19
In case you missed it... We opened the vaults on another historic Jazz Fest performance for our Jazz Fest at 50 series! This week, host Marc Stone played Champion Jack Dupree performing and being interviewed by Allen Toussaint at the Allison Miner Stage on May 6, 1990. Re... Read more

Donald Harrison, Jr.: Jazz Fest Flashback

Thu, 04/18/19
In this Jazz Fest Flashback, Donald Harrison, Jr. shares how Jazz Fest is different from other festivals, and how the creative freedom he was given on the Jazz Fest stage has effected his career. Read more

S.S. President: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Tue, 04/16/19
In 1970, the SS President was the last sidewheel steamboat in America, and it had called New Orleans home for three decades. But on the low-key evening of April 22, 1970, perhaps its most important cruise took place-- the very first event of a new multi-day festival. Read more

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