On Our Radar: Jazz Fest

Karen Elson and Irma Thomas

We’ve been like little kids on Christmas morning running to check our mailbox everyday for the April issue of W. We couldn’t wait to see the Bruce Weber 60 page tribute to New Orleans.

Dennis Freedman, the magazine’s creative director said of the 4-day shoot, “For us, this is not a photo essay about Katrina. That will always be a part of the history of the city, but we tried to concentrate on the extraordinary people who live in New Orleans. To me, it’s a national treasure, and not just because of its architecture and history and culinary importance. People live in this city for a reason, for its celebration of life, and we felt, especially now, we wanted to show the spirit of the people.” Take a look at a small sampling of the gorgeous photos here.

Alas, our copy never showed up. (We’re not pointing fingers, but we wouldn’t blame our mail person if she “borrowed” our copy.) While the kind folks at W are sending us another copy, it will take up to 6 weeks to get our hands on it. We may just have to head down to the Big Easy for Jazz Fest April 25-27 and May 1-4 to sate our New Orleans jones in person.

In case the photos didn’t inspire you to log on and book your trip now, perhaps the lineup of acts will: Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Stevie Wonder and the hometown band: the Neville Brothers. Our JSGirlfriend who has been to Jazz Fest the last two years said it’s a crowd but not out of hand–head to Bourbon Street for craziness. It’s great to go with someone who’s been before so she can show you can show you around and stop to enjoy all the great food while you’re there.

Happy travels!

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