A Photo Scrapbook: The 2010 New Orleans Jazz Festival

Spy Boy, Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010.

'Spy Boy,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. Canon 70-200mm, 1/1000th sec @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

I spent Saturday out at the New Orleans Jazz Festival (official title: “The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell,” – as in the oil company), eating, listening to music and doing a bit of photography. It’s always fun to shoot when not on a journalistic deadline, simply for myself. This was one of those days, and I made a handful of images that I like. I’m going to show them here, with captions that talk a bit about the images.

Indians

Mardi Gras Indians are a New Orleans cultural tradition that dates way, way back. There’s music involved, history and ceremony. Indian tribes compete amongst themselves for the best costumes and dance moves a couple of times a year. The biggest days are Super Sunday and Mardi Gras day. The Jazz Fest has featured Indians for a number of years, giving them a chance to show off their moves and song chops. These are photos of one group, the Creole Wild West.

'First Queen,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest. (Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm, 1/400th sec @ f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

'First Queen,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest. (Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm, 1/400th sec @ f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

'Wild Man,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at Jazz Fest. Traditionally, the Wild Man's job was to use his horns to clear a path for the Big Chief. Canon 70-200mm @ 130mm, 1/1000th @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

'Wild Man,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at Jazz Fest. Traditionally, the Wild Man's job was to use his horns to clear a path for the Big Chief while parading. Canon 70-200mm @ 130mm, 1/1000th @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Flag Boy, Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. The Flag Boy's job is to carry the tribe's unique flag. Canon 70-200mm @ 70mm, 1/1000th sec @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

'Flag Boy,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. The Flag Boy's job is to carry the tribe's unique flag. Canon 70-200mm @ 70mm, 1/1000th sec @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

'Medicine Man,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010.  Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm, 1/1000th sec @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

'Medicine Man,' Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm, 1/1000th sec @f5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Parades

Throughout the day at Jazz Fest, another New Orleans tradition is on display: the parade. This can take the form of a marching group, a Social Aid and Pleasure Club (which predate Social Security and provided help and in many cases, burials for their members), or just a regular brass band. Jazz Fest has examples of all three. Here are a couple of photos of the Nine Times Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club marching in a tribute to recently-deceased local blues singer Marva Wright, and Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony,  parading in honor of  Anthony ‘Tuba Fats’  Lacen, the most famous of all New Orleans tuba players, who died back in 2004.

A member of the Nine Times Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club parades in the jazz funeral tribute held honoring recently-deceased New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright.

A member of the Nine Times Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club parades in the jazz funeral tribute held honoring recently-deceased New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Shimmy and shake: another member of the Nine Times Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club  in the jazz funeral tribute held honoring recently-deceased New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright.

Shimmy and shake: another member of the Nine Times Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club in the jazz funeral tribute held honoring recently-deceased New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony Parade honoring Anthony 'Tuba Fats' Lacen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010.

Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony Parade honoring Anthony 'Tuba Fats' Lacen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony Parade honoring Anthony 'Tuba Fats' Lacen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Kirk Joseph & the Sousaphone Symphony Parade honoring Anthony 'Tuba Fats' Lacen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 24, 2010. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Odds & Ends

Roddie Romero and his Hub City All Stars played a great cajun set. It was really, really muddy. And a SEA of people showed up and stood around in the mud to hear Simon and Garfunkel, even if they were so far away you needed a really large monitor set up for you to see them. It was an awesome day!

Cajun musician Roddie Romero performs with his Hub City All Stars, Jazz Fest, 4.24.10.

Cajun musician Roddie Romero performs with his Hub City All Stars, Jazz Fest, 4.24.10 (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

The mud was really something. Ankle deep in some places, due to the deluge that swept through the area on Friday. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Simon and Garfunkel perform, way up on the stage back there... At least I think it was them. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Simon and Garfunkel perform, way up on the stage back there... At least I think it was them. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

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  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs of this event.

  2. That portrait of Roddie Romero is fantastic.

    The stage light behind him, his expression, the movement…really nice.

  3. Yeah, the light was really lucky. It’s basically a daylight situation, but then he did a little shoe shuffle dance move out to the very edge of the stage, giving me a chance to incorporate the back light. Worked out nice, thanks for noticing!–Andrew

  4. I’m Eric Adcock, pianist/organist with Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars. Just wanted to say thanks so much for watching our set and your photograph is fantastic. It’s nice to have two artists working together under similar inspiration. Thanks again! – Eric

  5. Hey, cool, thanks! You guys were fantastic.

  6. david miller says:

    I have forwarded a link to my dear friend Tim Motion who is a London-based jazz photographer. I dont think he has ever done the New Orleans festival so he’s love to see the pics. The tubas are wild.

  7. Thanks David. And we’re about to have the Fest again here!

  8. Sue Ellen says:

    My husband and I were in New Orleans (we’re from Canada) for a business meeting of his & it just happened to be the weekend the Saints were in the Superbowl, and man what a party that was, then to be immediately followed by Mardigras, my constitution wouldn’t have been able to stand it.

    A great photo is the “‘First Queen,’ Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest.”, it looks like this was quite an event to.

  9. Teddy says:

    I was in NO that same weekend, and can remember crossing Bourbon St in a cab the day after the Saints win, and seeing the city workers cleaning the garbage from the street with a front end loader. When the trash is deep enough to warrant a loader, then you know it was a PARTY!

    Though all your photo’s on this page are great, my favorite has to be:

    ‘Wild Man,’ Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians at Jazz Fest.

  10. Thanks Teddy! Great memory, well-told.

  11. judy says:

    Hey,

    Yes I know Tim Motion’s work, I went to an exhibition in olland park London. Fab pic of Ray Charles. I love jazz pics. Want to go to New Orleans!!!

  12. casey says:

    I like the costumes that they are wearing. It is because it is very colorful and creative. I think it is great because there are many people who attended the event and they have seen Simon and Garfunkel perform.

  13. Carrie says:

    Great shots, Andrew. The second shot is just full of emotion. Was this all on the f2.8 version of the 70-200?

  14. I have technical information in the captions for these. Most are shot at f5.

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