WWOZ has teamed up with New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival for a special event: Jazz Festing in Place! Just because Jazz Fest has been cancelled for this year doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in some amazing music from home. You can take away our festivals COVID-19, but you can’t take our grooves!
Weekend one kicks off this Thursday, April 23, through Sunday, April 26. Performances start at 11am and can be listened to online here or on your radio at 90.7 FM. Sets include replays from 1977 with Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder, Galactic from 2012, Fats Domino from 2001, and Dr. John from 2006.
Weekend 2 – Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3 – includes Irma Thomas tribute to Mahalia Jackson (2007), Big Freedia from 2016, Neville Brothers from 1994, and the rarely heard Fire Benefit featuring Professor Longhair from 1974.
According to the event on Facebook, Jazz Festing in Place will also include “interview segments highlighting the music, food, crafts, and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana to give the feeling of a wide-reaching cultural festival.” They will also be “sharing recipes for some of your favorite Jazz Fest cuisine, and help you connect with local festival food and craft vendors.”
Featured image via festival’s Facebook page.