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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Raymond Myles and the Rocky Road to Redemption

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Myles's otherworldly voice, choir direction and transcendent pianism -- not to mention his wild stagecraft, the sequined suits and the flowing Jheri-curl -- struck some as the second coming of Little Richard. But Leo experienced a prophet. He vowed to devote himself to helping Myles deliver his message to the wider world.

Elvis Costello Rocks Out For New Orleans Jazz Fest Weekend 2

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.29.2016 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

For the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Thursday, headliner Elvis Costello sported the sartorial splendor of a purple hat with a button picturing...

New Orleans Jazz Fest Weekend One - That's a Wrap

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians If you had a Prince / David Bowie / Tribute Clicker keeping track at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Ja...

From Janelle Monae's Prince Tribute to Smokey Johnson Memorial, Spirits Moved at Jazz Fest

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.23.2016 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival headliner Janelle Monáe described her friend and collaborator Prince during an emotional set that included "Let's Go Crazy" and "Take Me With U" with: "He was free. He was fearless. He was music. He was rock and roll. He was on beat."

From Elton John to Dr. John: Jazz Fest Weekend 2 Wraps

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Weekend two at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had everything: aboriginal bluesman Gurrumul, and Elton John headlining one of the most crowded festival days in the last decade.

All About That Jazz: International Jazz Day at New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 4

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

International Jazz Day was celebrated, appropriately enough, in the city where jazz was born on the 4th day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015.

The Good Life With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Jazz Fest Day 3

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

"That's My Momma!" James Andrews said of the Baby Doll dancing during his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set. His show was a family affair, with wife Karen Gant-Andrews belting out an "At Last" that would have done Etta James proud.

The Who, Ryan Adams, John Legend Wrap Jazz Fest Day 2

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

"The Gods of Rock wouldn't let it rain on The Who," shouted a voice in the crowd fleeing an afternoon storm at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And They didn't -- the sun broke through by late afternoon, and The Who had the chance to sing "Talkin' Bout My Generation."

Wilco Lights Up New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 ended its first day with a bang. And a series of lightning flashes. Then torrential rain, but not before headliners from Wilco to Keith Urban to Jimmy Cliff worked in as much music as they could before the weather shut down their respective stages.

Robert Plant, Big Freedia Rock: Good Day for Golden Gods and Goddesses at Jazz Fest

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Robert Plant was in fine form closing out the stage at Saturday's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, with Phish jamming across the track for hours. From Led Zepplin classics to thoughtfully curated covers, he did not disappoint.

Carlos Santana Rocks New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 1

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.25.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival day one wrapped with a combination of die-hard Carlos Santana fans one of which is festival Executive Producer Quint Davis who ended up playing maracas with the band.

The Joy That Is Allen Toussaint

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Seeing Allen Toussaint perform twice in the space of about 60 days -- in drastically different circumstances each time -- reminded me of why a love for musical roots can seemingly never run out of ways to discover and rediscover the beginnings of American popular music.

Reflecting and Recording in New Orleans Post-Fest (Photos)

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has wrapped for the 44th year, but the music's still ringing across. Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville clos...

Live from New Orleans: It's Jazz Fest in HD on AXS TV

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Jazz, rock, electronica, world music and everything in-between are more accessible than ever this year as Jazz Fest comes to high definition cable television on AXS TV.

'Trombone Shorty' Carries On New Orleans Jazz Tradition

Reuters | Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS, April 27 (Reuters) - Musician Troy Andrews, better known as "Trombone Shorty," witnessed his first New Orl...

What the Elle? New Orleans Jazz Fest Is Style-Worthy

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Jazz Fest ramped up yesterday, and it was an eye-buster from the stage to each audience.

New Orleans Jazz Fest On The Cheap

Home Away | Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel
Home Away

New Orleans on Mardi Gras is like a kid hopped on Halloween candy. A good time is a guarantee, but is it worth it? Maybe not. Don't fret if you missed out on the Mardi Gras frenzy. Instead, plan a visit this spring for the equally exciting New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

NoJazzFest for Old Men

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

Of the approximately 24 groups highlighted on the festival's homepage, there is only one serious mainstream jazz artist (Herbie Hancock) and two traditional jazz groups.

Jazzfest Style 2012 (SLIDESHOW)

Emily Bracken | Posted 07.08.2012 | Style
Emily Bracken

While Coachella may have Vogue-ready outfits parading around its grounds, the fashion at Jazzfest is far more organic to the ethos of the festival and its funky hometown, New Orleans.

Jazz Takes a Back Seat at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Brian Ross | Posted 07.07.2011 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

Jazz needs a spark. It needs a new direction. Respect the history, but for it to thrive, it needs to be cool again. It needs to be counter-culture. It needs to piss off more parents.

New Orleans Jazz Fest Honors 100 Years of Soulitude (PHOTOS)

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

It's impossible to decide which was the biggest love-in of the day: 99-year-old Lionel Ferbos singing "When You're Smiling" or John Boutte who wrote HBO's Treme theme song.

Moments Captured, A Moment Passed: Jazz Photographer Herman Leonard (1923 - 8/14/2010)

Cicily Janus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cicily Janus

Herman Leonard's photos weren't just a black and white portrayal, they were a movement among dedicated artists to take jazz from the small venues to the ears of the world.

Inauguration New Orleans Style: "Handa Wanda Obama"

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

This groove is one for the ages and if anyone in the world is fired up and ready to go, it would be the Wild Magnolias in Track Number 5.

Rocky Road: Time Defends McCain's New Orleans Gaffe

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Senator McCain's tossed off semi-proposal to "tear down the Ninth Ward" if needs be is redundant at best. The tearing down was already done by a massive federal levee failure almost three years ago.