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Since 1970, the last weekend in April (and later the first weekend in May as well) has been reserved in New Orleans for the Louisiana Jazz and Heritage Festival, familiarly known as Jazz Fest. What began as a relatively small, locally patronized affair in Congo Square has grown into an international event at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, which annually brings in thousands upon thousands of visitors and contributes millions to the New Orleans economy. The draw is simple but quintessentially New Orleans -- fabulous food, cool libations, plenty of sunshine (in a good year!), and the best music to be heard anywhere. You'll find lots of folks who'll tell you that it's better than Mardi Gras any day.
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Biographical information on all of these musicians is readily available in publications (notably in Al Rose and Edmond Souchon's New Orleans Jazz: A Family Album), online, and in libraries in New Orleans and around the world.