New Orleans Jazz Fest Box on the Way

The five-disc set, commemorating 50 years of the festival, is out May 10

Cover of Jazz Fest box set
Cover of Jazz Fest box set

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In honor of the milestone, Smithsonian Folkways will release a five-disc box set of archival live recordings from the festival, Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, including performances by Trombone Shorty, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The set doesn’t just feature recordings; essays, recollections of the Jazz Fest, photographs, and detailed liner notes are all included.

The box set was created by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which used material from its archive with assistance from radio station WWOZ. The Helis Foundation also provided support.

Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be available starting May 10. This year’s festival kicks off on Apr. 25 and ends on May 5.

Pre-order the album here.

Read a review of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.