Release Date: 1997
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Softcover, 160 pages
Today, hundreds of thousands of people swarm to the New Orleans Fairgrounds to experience the cornucopia of culture that is the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Who could imagine that at the very first Jazz Fest, the musicians and volunteers outnumbered the members of the audience by about six to one?
Michael P. Smith, Allison Miner, and Quint Davis could not only imagine it—they lived it. Eventually, people began to sneak in, but that was just fine with Jazz Fest organizers—at least people were there.
While Jazz Fest has grown tremendously since its humble beginnings, the stories and pictures of its early days remain as fascinating as seeing the Neville Brothers perform each year. Collected here are firsthand accounts of the history and evolution of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception. Miner’s unique personal memories and Smith’s soulful photographs provide a glimpse both onstage and backstage at what has become one of the best musical celebrations in the world.