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Field Notes: NOLA Jazz Fest 2014

Branford, Porter, Payton and more at this joyous cultural institution

Branford Marsalis onstage at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Don Vappie onstage at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Jeremy Davenport onstage at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Joey Calderazzo, onstage with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Kermit Ruffins onstage at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Nicholas Payton at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Pharoah Sanders at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Weekend One

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which held its first weekend for 2014 on April 25-27, proves year after year how devoted jazz fandom doesn’t have to revolve around postbop or the avant-garde or New York City club activity. Like New Orleans itself, Jazz Fest maintains that jazz is a folk music, a populist American art that thrives in the sun. It’s still beer-drinking music, after all; it always has been.

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