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A Tour of New Orleans

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Jazz Fest

New Orleans's Jazz Fest is a tribute to city's legacy as the birthplace of jazz. A spontaneous concert by Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson at the 1970 Heritage Festival in New Orleans initiated what is known as "Jazz Fest" today. By 2001, the internationally known event included 12 stages, over 650,000 attendees, and performers such as Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Ella Fitzgerald. Jazz Fest continues to grow in popularity celebrating not only jazz music, but gospel, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Caribbean, folk, and much more.

Fun Fact: In its first year only 350 people attended the Congo Square event. By 1975, 80,000 people gathered on a 145 acre site for three days.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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