New Orleans Jazz Festival

src="http://www.gadling.com/media/2006/04/jazzfest2006.jpg" />About a week and a half ago, href="http://www.gadling.com/2006/04/06/tobago-jazz-festival/">I mentioned the Tobago Jazz Festival, and a
commenter asked if I was aware of any other Jazz Festivals in the world.

You’re kidding, right?
/>You’d be AMAZED at how many jazz festivals there are.  There’s the href="http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2006/">Monterey Jazz Festival.  There’s the href="http://www.montreuxjazz.com/index_2006_en.aspx">Montreux Jazz Festival.  There’s the href="http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/">Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.  And there are href="http://www.festivals.com/search/results.aspx?keyword=jazz">tons of others too numerous to mention.  />
That said, the one I think that has the biggest meaning for me is the New
Orleans Jazz Festival
— having lived in Texas, it was the one I was the most familiar with, and the one I have
memories of.  Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina last year, it’s amazing that the festival will
still go on. And go on, it will:  this year’s lineup includes Bruce Spingsteen, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett,
Herbie Hancock, Galactic, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Ani DiFranco, The Ohio Players, and The Meters, just to name a very
few.

Unfortunately, I now live too far away to attend — but if you happen to live around or near Louisiana,
do the Jazzfest a favour and pay them a visit — you won’t regret it, and your presence will serve to ensure a wonderful
festival continues to flourish.