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New Orleans Celebrates Itself at Jazz Fest

The 2018 edition features standout performances by Charles Lloyd, Nicholas Payton, Ron Carter and many more

Charles Lloyd in performance at the 2018 Jazz Fest in New Orleans (photo by Mark Robbins)
Charles Lloyd in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)

At an event before the 49th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, producer Quint Davis announced that Jazz Fest would not be focusing on a particular country as part of its booking theme this year. In honor of the city’s tricentennial, he said, “New Orleans is the country we’re celebrating.”

Given the obsessively self-referential culture here, it was a fitting approach. And although the spirit of the Crescent City was evident in plenty of specific programming features, it also made itself known in less explicit ways over the course of the festival, which ran from April 27 to May 6 at the Fair Grounds race track.

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