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Raymond Myles and the Rocky Road to Redemption

"Didn't it rain, children/didn't it rain" -- Mahalia Jackson The storm that swamped last month's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival forced cancellations by Stevie Wonder, Beck and other luminaries. But Grammy-winning producer, A&R...Show More Summary

Watch My Morning Jacket Cover Prince's "Purple Rain," "Sign o' the Times," and "Raspberry Beret"

On Friday, My Morning Jacket played New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. During their set, they paid tribute to Prince by covering his "Purple Rain." At another show a couple days earlier, they also covered "Sign o' the Times" and "Raspberry...Show More Summary

Jazz Fest Wraps With Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Jon Batiste and Tributes In the Rain

There are apparently a magic number of "Purple Rain" covers that cause the heavens to send down the rain, and that was the case this weekend at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Dr. John, Closing Down Acura Stage in the Rain Photo...Show More Summary

Jazz Fest 2016: Rain Shuts Down Saturday Early (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

Hell no, we won’t go! That was the rally cry for late Saturday afternoon at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. After a cloudy, humid, albeit windy, start to the day, the raindrops started small and turned big; Very big. Midway...Show More Summary

Jazz Fest 2016: My Morning Jacket, Lauryn Hill, Paul Simon, Honey Island Swamp Band Heat Up Friday (FESTIVAL RECAP/PHOTOS)

Hello Sunshine. Hello Crawfish Monica. Hello sweet refreshing snowball. With nary a raindrop in sight, and not as much mud as you’d think, Friday at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was hot-hot-hot … in more ways than one. And...Show More Summary

Jazz Fest 2016: Elvis Costello, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, Tedeschi Trucks Band Highlight Thursday

After sunny skies and hot temperatures blessed the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival during it’s first weekend, it was inevitable that the rain gods would have their turn to play on the second weekend, which kicked off on Thursday. Show More Summary

Elvis Costello Rocks Out For New Orleans Jazz Fest Weekend 2

For the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Thursday, headliner Elvis Costello sported the sartorial splendor of a purple hat with a button picturing the late Allen Toussaint front and center. Elvis Costello Photo by Adam McCullough Musical...Show More Summary

Prince, Allen Toussaint Tributes Set Bittersweet Mood at Jazz Fest 2016

The skies were a clear, radiant blue across the first weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – April 22nd through 24th – but there was purple everywhere else as the city, its homegrown performers and visiting stars paid homage to Prince after his sudden, shocking death on April...

Win tickets to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and meet The Revivalists

A pair of passes to the fest for Friday the 29th, where you can see Paul Simon, My Morning Jacket, and The Revivalists.

Why Entertainment and Social Media are Perfect for Each Other

Twenty six years ago at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival I watched Stevie Ray Vaughn rip it up in front of thousands of people. The only way people knew that I did was because I told them about it. Yep, WOM. I would go on to see SRV a few more times after […]

Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers Top Jazz Fest Lineup

Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young top a stacked and eclectic lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The long-standing festival will take place at the New Orleans Fair Grounds over two weekends, April 22nd through the 24th, and April 28th through May 1st. The lineup...

New Orleans Jazz Festival lineup taps Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI The 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup is a typically mindboggling assortment of artists that mixes Louisiana heritage with top-drawer pop and rock names. Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers,...

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 lineup: Neil Young, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, RHCP, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, more

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returns this year from April 24-May 3 with a pretty amazing lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison,...

2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup! Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, My Morning Jacket, Beck, Van Morrison Top Bill

The lineup for the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been announced and what a lineup it is – the festival really brought out all the A-listers this time around and those on the lower tiers are just as remarkable.  Leading...Show More Summary

Marcia Ball: Still excited about the music

12 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Looking back some 15 years, blues singer and pianist m: Marcia Ball says the old San Diego Street Scene was one of her favorite gigs on her calendar each year. Modeled after jny: New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Street Scene featured jazz, blues, R&B, Cajun, Creole, zydeco... [ read more ]

This Jeep Is Armed To The Teeth

I was at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival last weekend. Bantam is where the original Jeep was designed and made before it was bought by AMC. Jeep fans from all over come to this event. There is a section for military Jeeps and there I met Edward Maurer. Show More Summary

Another Take On New Orleans

last yearMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Following yesterday’s Rifftides commentary about the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, I heard from fellow jazz journalist Larry Blumenfeld (pictured). Larry is a New Yorker who in recent years has spent much of his time in New Orleans. He writes from there for The Wall Street Journal and other outlets about the city’s recovery […]

Thoughts On New Orleans And Jazz

last yearMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wrapped up last Friday. Mark Hertsgaard’s Daily Beast review of the festival includes this lament. Yet for all of Jazz Fest’s celebration of the music, food and culture of New Orleans, some locals complain that a central element is missing: the people. The daily ticket price of […]

From Elton John to Dr. John: Jazz Fest Weekend 2 Wraps

Dr. John and the Ske-Dat-De-Dat Horns Weekend two at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had everything: aboriginal bluesman Gurrumul; a second line funeral for 40-year Jazz Fest plumber John (JT the Flowmaster) Tamberella who was...Show More Summary

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