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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    Bassist-composer Ron Carter turns 85 on May 4.

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    The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for Labor Day weekend during a livestream preview event that included a live performance from the 2022 Artist-in-Residence Chucho Valdés.

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    Meghan Stabile was the founder of Revive Music Group.

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    Bounce pioneers Mannie Fresh and Big Freedia and other guests join Galactic on “Act Like You Know.”


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