Photos: 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Mark Robbins' photos from the first weekend of Jazz Fest in New Orleans

Who says that there’s no jazz at Jazz Fest in New Orleans? JazzTimes contributing photographer Mark Robbins was there for the first weekend of the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and he found plenty of live jazz performed on the fairgrounds, even though many audiences were more attracted to David Byrne, Sting and other pop icons performing at other stages. Jazz Fest has multiple tents and stages, and one could easily enjoy a full performance schedule commensurate with a large jazz festival merely by bouncing from the Jazz Tent to the Blues Tent to the Gospel Tent to the Heritage Stage.

Our man Robbins did just that. Among the shows caught by Robbins’ camera were those by Charles Lloyd (with guest Lucinda Williams), the Ron Carter Trio (with Donald Vega and Russell Malone), a tribute to Fats Domino featuring Jon Batiste and Davell Crawford, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Nicholas Payton, Kidd Jordan and others.

Check out the upcoming shows during the second weekend of Jazz Fest here.

View Mark Robbins’ photos from the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Jon Batiste in performance saluting Fats Domino at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Jon Batiste in performance saluting Fats Domino at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Davell Crawford in performance saluting Fats Domino at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Davell Crawford in performance saluting Fats Domino at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Festival producer George Wein introducing a set at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Festival producer George Wein introducing a set at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Nicholas Payton in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Nicholas Payton in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Irma Thomas in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Irma Thomas in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Ron Carter in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Ron Carter in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Donald Vega in performance with Ron Carter at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Donald Vega in performance with Ron Carter at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Russell Malone in performance with Ron Carter at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Russell Malone in performance with Ron Carter at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Kidd Jordan in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Kidd Jordan in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Marlon Jordan in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Marlon Jordan in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Kent Jordan in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Kent Jordan in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Joel Futterman in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Joel Futterman in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Alvin Fielder in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Alvin Fielder in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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William Parker in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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William Parker in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Charles Lloyd in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Charles Lloyd in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Lucinda Williams in performance with Charles Lloyd at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Lucinda Williams in performance with Charles Lloyd at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Kendrick Scott in performance with Charles Lloyd at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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Kendrick Scott in performance with Charles Lloyd at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)
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