A look back at 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival

Charles Neville, saxophonist and founding member of the Neville Brothers Band passed away yesterday. I was fortunate to photograph the band with Charles many times over the years and most recently in 2008 at Jazz Fest. As I often do when a musician dies, I look through the photos. My search for images of Charles Neville after hearing about his death led me to the second weekend of Jazz Fest 2008. In honor of Charles and in the spirit of Jazz Fest 2018 which started today I would like to share a selection of photos from a decade ago.

This is a few years after Katrina and the city is slowly rebounding. The energy and talent of these artists was an important factor in this process. Many of the musicians shown here are no longer with us.


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Walter Payton

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Walter Payton with dancer

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Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Ian Neville

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John Boutte

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Brett Dennen

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John Bell

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Kermit Ruffins

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George Porter Jr.

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Stevie Wonder with daughter Aisha Morris

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Trombone Shorty

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Art Neville

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Michael Franti and John Butler

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Uncle Lionel Batiste

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Benny Jones Sr.

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Aaron Neville

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Herlin Riley

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Shannon Powell

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Jonathan Batiste

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Diana Krall

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Jimmy Buffet

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Chick Corea with Bobby McFerrin

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Bobby McFerrin

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Snooks Eaglin

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Stanton Moore

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Big Chief Bo Dollis with June Yamagichi

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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Jack White

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Carlos Santana

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi

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Charles Neville

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Cyril Neville

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Carlos Santana with Charles Neville and Aaron Neville

Looking back at these images after 10 years and so many of life’s twists and turns. I can honestly say this was a great lineup.





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