Photo Highlights of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 22.

(Photo: Adam McCullough)

Traditionally taking place over two weekends in late April and early May, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is an occasion for music lovers from around the world to gather in the birthplace of jazz and celebrate the art form’s rich past and promising future.

During the first weekend of this year’s edition, the festival lineup featured an exceptionally broad range of artists and groups. Zydeco artists and brass bands shared the stage with blues guitarists and Latin ensembles, and jazz fixtures like Brian Blade, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter rubbed shoulders with pop acts like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, J. Cole and Nick Jonas.

In the slideshow below, DownBeat presents a selection of photos from the festival’s rousing first half, captured in striking detail by photographer Adam McCullough. We’ll have even more photos and a critical recap later this week.

—Brian Zimmerman



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    John Coltrane’s Blue World takes its name from a contrafact of Harold Arlen’s “Out Of This World.”

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    Carla Bley (left), Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard recorded Life Goes On for the ECM label.

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    James Erskine’s documentary Billie includes vintage photos that have been digitally colorized by artist Marina Amaral.

  • PatMetheny_KATZ1483c_2019_creditJimmyDenaKatz.jpg

    Guitarist Pat Metheny topped two DownBeat Readers Poll categories this year: Guitar and Jazz Album, for his disc From This Place (Nonesuch).

  • VeronicaSwift_credit_GiancarloBelfiore%3AUmbriaJazz.jpg

    Veronica Swift has both a historical connection to the music and a desire to expand its artistic purview.


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