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Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

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United States
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2022

1h 34m

Director Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern
Starring Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, Katy Perry, Gregory Porter
Genre Documentary, Music
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This documentary weaves together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival, featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry. This film not only captures the music fest in all of its beauty, madness, and glory, but also delves deep into the rich culture of The Big Easy.

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78

Austin Chronicle by

After a decade of false starts, the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival opened in 1970, and in 2019 celebrated its 50th anniversary. That occasion is the subject of Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story, a vivid documentary that earns its subtitle as a story of its host city.
80

The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

The ebullient history — which also cites on-site food tents as a mind-blowing component of the fest’s appeal — becomes tearful when Hurricane Katrina decimates New Orleans in 2005.
80

Variety by Joe Leydon

To paraphrase an admonition from a classic Rolling Stones album: This movie should be played real loud. And in venues where people can, if they choose, get up and dance.
75

Washington Post by Michael O'Sullivan

There are gray hairs on some of the people in this fascinating film: Jimmy Buffett, Tom Jones (yes, that Tom Jones — he played the 2019 show) and others. But the energy that the film puts out is vital and full of sap.
88

RogerEbert.com by Nell Minow

After the pure joy of the musical numbers, the best thing about this movie is that even with all of its abundance it leaves you wanting more.
85

TheWrap by Steve Pond

It’s a history lesson you can dance to, and at times it’s an unexpectedly mournful and moving portrait of a city that has an intimate relationship with death and damage.

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