Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 kick-started 24 April at the Fair Grounds Race Course! It is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople are welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors. The Louisiana Heritage Fair showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.
The Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, so the music encompasses every style associated with the city and the state: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass and everything in between. And of course there is lots of jazz, both contemporary and traditional.
In addition to world famous performers like Elton John and Lady Gaga, some of the most prominent names in modern jazz and funk will represent New Orleans at Jazz Fest this year, including trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty, and Dumpstaphunk. Nola’s legendary brass bands will also be performing, including Rebirth Brass Band. And if you enjoy gospel music, some of the city’s top church and school choirs will be singing at Jazz Fest this year.
This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades since as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration that was destined to become a cultural force.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival History
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The Festival was the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city’s legacy as the birthplace of jazz. A couple of other festivals were held in the years leading up to the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but those events, different in format, did not take hold as the Jazz & Heritage Festival would.