Click to enlargeJazz Fest Memories

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 knew it because they were there. Eventually, people began to sneak in, but that was just fine with the 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. Allison Miner's unique personal memories and Michael P. Smith's soulful photographs provide a glimpse both onstage and backstage at what has become one of the best festivals in the world.

Michael P. Smith is a veteran Jazz Fest photographer.

Allison Miner, one of the founders of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, helped to shape the careers of numerous musicians, including New Orleans' own Professor Longhair.

Quint Davis, another founder of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is very active in promoting and discovering musical talent throughout Louisiana.

ISBN: 156554157x; Author: Smith, Michael P.; Publisher: Pelican Publications; Format: Paperback;

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