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

 

Big Chief Cheyenne Ferdinand Bigard: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 05/10/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Big Chief Cheyenne Ferdinand Bigard with beadwork in progress 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... Read more

Blacksmith: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 05/09/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Blacksmith at work at the Fairgrounds 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 J... Read more

Photo highlights from Day 8 of Jazz Fest 2019

Tue, 05/07/19
A few photo highlights from a beautiful final day of Jazz Fest 2019! Click here to see them all at once.  Big thanks to our contributing photographers during the 2019 festival: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, Black Mold, Bill Sasser, Michael E. McAndrew, Leon Morris, Louis Crispino,... Read more

Trombone Shorty: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 05/05/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Trombone Shorty performing at in the WWOZ Jazz Tent at Jazz Fest in 2001 (age 15). Photo by Burt Steel, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive. Catch him today on the Acura Stage, closing out the festival with The Nevilles, 5:30-7p! In honor of Jazz Fest's 5... Read more

Terrance Osborne: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sun, 05/05/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Terrance Osborne has designed five official Jazz Fest posters: two for Congo Square and three classic posters, including his iconic Trombone Shorty poster in 2012. In this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, find out who Terrance was excited to meet at the festival a few years ago. Read more

Fest Fashion 2019

Fri, 05/03/19
Coachella's got nothing on Jazz Fest. There is no singular look that screams "Jazz Fest" but there sure is an aesthetic! From BayouWear to crazy hats, colorful West African prints, impressive stage attire, and more, you know when someone is at Jazz Fest. Our photographers ... Read more

Bob Rodrigue (Ol' Man River): Jazz Fest Flashback

Fri, 05/03/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
In this Jazz Fest Flashback, WWOZ show host Bob Rodrigue (Ol' Man River) describes his first encounter with Mardi Gras Indians, and how their performance at Jazz Fest changed the course of his life. Read more

Dean Ellis: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sat, 05/04/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, show host Dean Ellis recalls a special moment from our live broadcast from Jazz Fest in 2015, when Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez performed an improv from the WWOZ Hospitality Tent. Read more

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

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