A History of Jazz


Jazz Festivals - New Orleans

New Orleans played a great role in the history of jazz. As many people from different cultures began to immigrate to the city in the early 20th century, musical traditions from all over the world began to mix together. African American musicians began to combine European music with blues, ragtime, and marching band, creating the birth of jazz.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a cultural celebration of the musical history of New Orleans. This 11-day fest features local food, crafts, and, of course, music. 500,000 visitors a year crowd the festival grounds to share in the musical history of New Orleans.

When? The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place during the end of April or beginning of May. Music, food, and fun take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where? The Fair Grounds Racecourse is where the events take place. It is easily accessible, centrally located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, 10 minutes from the French Quarter. The Evening Concert Series takes place at various venues throughout the city over the ten-day period.

Who? This event features the best in the local New Orleans music scene. Previous performers have included:

  • J. Monque'D Blues Band
  • NewBirth Brass Band
  • Jambalaya Cajun Band
  • Carolina Tuscarora Stomp & Smoke Dancers
  • Leroy Jones and New Orleans Finest
  • Al Belletto Big Jazz Band
  • Doc Paulin's Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • Panorama Jazz Band
  • Percussion, Inc.

New Orleans/Chicago Express feat. Franz Jackson & Sammy Rimington

Visit the New Orleans Jazz Fest for information on the 2004 schedule, dates, and ticket prices.