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

 

The Heritage Fair: Jazz Fest at 50 Time Capsule

Thu, 04/04/19
No one was sure how the first New Orleans Jazz Festival & Louisiana Heritage Fair would go. But the founders knew the future of it would rely upon the promotion of New Orleans and Louisiana culture. Find out more about the very first Jazz Fest in this WWOZ Time Capsule. Read more

James Singleton: Jazz Fest Flashback

Mon, 04/01/19
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, James Singleton recalls playing a rainy set with Jon Cleary on the Gentilly Stage, only to come off and be greeted by a magically dry Dr. John.  Read more

Norman Dixon, Jr.: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sun, 03/31/19
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, parade coordinator Norman Dixon, Jr. shares why Jazz Fest is so important to the Social & Pleasure Clubs of the city: Read more

Under the tree: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Thu, 04/04/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Shade seekers on April 9, 1978. 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

Lightnin' Hopkins: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Tue, 04/02/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Lightnin' Hopkins on Stage 3 on April 9, 1978. 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 ... Read more

Young Men Olympians: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Sun, 03/31/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Young Men Olympians parades at the Fairgrounds on April 9, 1978. 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... Read more

Boyfriend: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Wed, 04/03/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Boyfriend performs at Jazz Fest on May 5, 2018. Photo by Leon Morris. See her again this year on Thursday, April 25, on the Gentilly Stage from 4:05-5:05p. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the day with our audience. Ke... Read more

Trombone Shorty: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Mon, 04/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Trombone Shorty will close out the Acura Stage again this year with The Nevilles, on Sunday, May 5! Photo by Jamell Tate. 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

Robin Barnes: Jazz Fest at 50 Photo of the Day

Fri, 04/05/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Robin Barnes performs in the Jazz Tent on May 6, 2018. Photo by Leona Strassberg Steiner. This year, she'll play in the WWOZ Jazz Tent on Saturday, April 27, from 11:15a-12:05p. In honor of Jazz Fest's 50th anniversary in 2019, we're featuring a Jazz Fest photo of the da... Read more

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

Sat, 03/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dejean's Olympia Brass Band parades at the Fairgrounds 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 our audience. Keep your eyes here,... Read more

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