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

 

Longtime Performers: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Mon, 04/15/19
Musicians love to play at Jazz Fest, and Jazz Fest audiences love to see the consistently fantastic performances from their local favorites -- year after year, and decade after decade. Check out a few fan favorites in this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule. Read more

Dizzy Gillespie: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sat, 04/20/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dizzy Gillespie addresses the audience 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 ... Read more

Aaron Neville in the Gospel Tent: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 04/19/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Aaron Neville performs in the Gospel Tent at Jazz Fest 2012. Photo 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 long to see them,... Read more

Second Mt. Carmel Voices: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 04/17/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Second Mount Carmel Voices in the Gospel Tent at Jazz Fest 2008. Photo 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 long to see t... Read more

Yellow Jackets: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Mon, 04/15/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Yellow Jackets Mardi Gras Indians at Jazz Fest in 1980. 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 ... Read more

Dancing by Stage 2: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 04/18/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dancers in front of Stage 2 at the Louisiana Heritage Fair, May 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... Read more

Professor Longhair: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 04/16/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Professor Longhair waves to the camera 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 the day with our audience. Keep your eyes here, and at our Ja... Read more

Audience in 1976: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 04/14/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Audience at the Fairgrounds in 1976. 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 p... Read more

Keith Spera: Jazz Fest Flashback

Wed, 04/10/19
Keith Spera has written about music, culture, and his kids for the New Orleans Advocate newspaper. Find out what it's like to come to Jazz Fest as a writer and what he hopes his readers come away with from his Jazz Fest articles, in this Jazz Fest Flashback. Read more

WWOZ: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Thu, 04/18/19
Jazz Fest and WWOZ's shared history goes back almost to the founding of the station. Find out more about the many ways WWOZ and the festival are intertwined, from our live broadcast from everyday of the festival to the WWOZ Jazz Tent, Brass Passes, and beyond. Read more

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