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. 

Pete Hilzim: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sat, 04/27/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Meet the man behind Crawfish Monica! His dish wasn't always so popular at Jazz Fest but a surprise move in the mid-1980s catapulted them to festival fame.  Read more

Charlie Halloran: Jazz Fest Flashback

Fri, 04/26/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
As a younger New Orleans musician, trombonist Charlie Halloran never expected to end up on the Acura Stage supporting Allen Toussaint at Jazz Fest. But it happened! Find out how in this Jazz Fest Flashback.  Read more

Big Chief Tyrone Casby: Jazz Fest Flashback

Thu, 04/25/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Big Chief Tyrone Casby of the Mohawk Hunters Black Indians of Mardi Gras shares what it's like to mask at Jazz Fest, why the Indians are present at the Fairgrounds, and more in this Jazz Fest Flashback.  Read more

Reggie Scanlan: Jazz Fest Flashback

Wed, 04/24/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
Reggie Scanlan has performed with Professor Longhair, James Booker, Snooks Eaglin, and The Radiators at Jazz Fest. In this WWOZ Jazz Fest at 50 Flashback, he recalls a festival in the 1970s when he was watching the Jimmy Smith Trio play and B.B. King hopped onstage, too! 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

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

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee: Jazz Fest Flashback

Sat, 04/06/19
Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee has been one of WWOZ's volunteer photographers at Jazz Fest since 2012. In a few short years, he's made himself well-known in the New Orleans photography community and with our online audience. Find out what catches his eye at the Fair Grounds and see a... 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

Rachel Lyons: Jazz Fest Flashback

Thu, 03/28/19
In this WWOZ Jazz Fest Flashback, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archivist Rachel Lyons talks about the legacy of Allison Miner and the importance of the Music Heritage Stage at the festival. Read more

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