Celebrating a Unique Union of Music and Culture
The Big Easy’s annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, one of America’s great parties, has been giving Mardi Gras a run for its money lately. During ten days, 4,000 musicians perform on eleven stages of splendid dissonance, offering jazz, Cajun, Latin, zydeco, R & B, country and western, rock, gospel, and African-Caribbean music – with exuberant brass bands marching tirelessly through it all.
Today’s jazz and soul luminaries (including such New Orleans natives as Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and the Neville Brothers) wouldn’t miss this shindig. Neither should you. The best of Louisiana’s culinary heritage shares the spotlight, from shrimp po’boys to crawfish monica, alligator piquante, and jambalaya. Dessert? Try the endless variations of pralines, pecan pie, and sweet potato pone.