Past Musical Talent
Over the years, the festival has hosted a medley of internationally renowned artists. Past entertainers include: Aretha Franklin Miles Davis Bob Dylan Santana The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Paul Simon Jimmy Buffett B.B. King Dave Matthews Band Harry Connick Jr. Patti LaBelle The Allman Brothers Band Al Green Lenny Kravitz James Brown Stevie Ray Vaughan Cassandra Wilson Willie Nelson The Temptations Van Morrison LL Cool J Gladys Knight, and many more
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 336 Camp Street ste 250 New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 410-4100
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation 1205 N. Rampart Street New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 558-6100
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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 24-26 and May 1-3, 2009
What is Jazz Fest?
History of Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a 10day cultural event is held each spring and welcomes more than 400,000 visitors every year. Held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the festival features numerous musical talents, offers authentic New Orleans
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. When the festival began in April 1970 it was known as the Louisiana Heritage Fair. Mahalia Jackson, often deemed as the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown of New Orleans to appear at the premier festival. Also in attendance was one of the most influential jazz figures of all time, Duke Ellington. As Ellington and Jacks mingled among the festival crowd, they came across the Eureka Brass Band as it marched through the festival grounds. George Wein, the festival producer, noticed the duo and handed Jackson a microphone. She began to sing along with the band and proceeded to join the parade. It was then that New Orleans jazz and heritage collided and the spirit of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was born.
2009 Jazz Fest When: April 24-26 and May 1-3, 2009 Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Fair Grounds Race Course, located at 1751 Gentilly Blvd., just 10 minutes from the French Quarter Who: the 2009 music schedule will be released on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Tickets April 25, 26, 27 Advance Adult Ticket: $40 (through April 24) Gate Adult Ticket: $50 Child ticket (ages 2-11): $5 (advance or gate) Thursday, May 1 Advance Adult Ticket: $30 (through April 30) Gate Adult Ticket: $40 Child Ticket (ages 2-11): $5 (advance or gate) May 2, 3, 4 Advance Adult Ticket: $40 (through April 30) Gate Adult Ticket: $50 Child Ticket (ages 2-11): $5 (advance or gate) **Each ticket valid for one day only