The 50th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began yesterday and runs through next weekend, a standout event in a city that revels in its musical heritage, having created and contributed to American music that’s played and listened to all over the world.
The roster for this year’s opening weekend is diverse, ranging from The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Alanis Morissette to Taj Mahal and The Phantom Blues Band, Zydeco bands, and, of course, amazing jazz.
Next weekend’s line-up includes Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, John Prine, Dave Matthews Band and Diana Ross. Sunday’s wrap up features John Fogerty, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Buffett and Herbie Hancock.
The Rolling Stones were booked, but had to cancel due to Mick Jagger’s recent surgery.
Here’s 5-minutes and 30-seconds of high-energy bliss: a “Jambalaya” collaboration between Fats Domino doing his thing, and a jazz band doing theirs.