Jazz Fest Flashbacks

WWOZ is celebrating Jazz Fest at 50 with these Jazz Fest Flashbacks, a series of stories and memories from people connected to the festival in all different ways. Listen in as these musicians, artists, food vendors, and more tell the story of their Festival. 

Big D: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sat, 05/11/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
In this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, Dennis Schaibly, better known to WWOZ listeners as Big D, recalls a powerful moment during Jazz Fest 2006 as Spencer Bohren performed a new song, 'Long Black Line,' at the Lagniappe Stage.  Read more

Jimmy Anselmo: Jazz Fest Flashback

Thu, 05/09/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Jimmy Anselmo, owner of Jimmy's Music Club, first opened the club in 1978 with shows from Little Queenie & the Percolators and The Neville Brothers. Find out what it was like to be a club owner in New Orleans during those early years of the festival. 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

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

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

Oscar Donahue: Jazz Fest Flashback

Wed, 05/01/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Oscar Donahue has sold jewelry in the Congo Square African Marketplace at Jazz Fest since 1990. Find out more about the history of this area in this Jazz Fest Flashback. Read more

Craig Klein: Jazz Fest Flashback

Tue, 04/30/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Trombonist Craig Klein performs with Bonerama, Storyville Stompers, Nightcrawlers Brass Band, and the New Orleans Jazz Vipers. In this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, he shares what one of his favorite parts of Jazz Fest is-- and it's got nothing to do with performance. Read more

Ira 'Dr. Ike' Padnos: Jazz Fest Flashback

Mon, 04/29/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Dr. Ike of the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation has been involved with Jazz Fest in various capacities over the years. In this Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, he recalls negotiating and entire deal with Clarence "Frogman" Henry and his manager in the middle of Frogman's set! Read more

John Mooney: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sun, 04/28/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, blues musician John Mooney recalls seeing an Ironing Board Sam set at Jazz Fest that involved a cherry picker, flaming drumsticks, and a water tank. Read more

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