FOC Film Series Presents: 1970 Jazz Fest Films


Photo by Carrie Booher
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 6:30pm

New Orleans Jazz Museum

400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

Located at the foot of Esplanade Avenue, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, located in the Old U.S. Mint, is a national historic landmark that is part of the Louisiana State Museum system.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is strategically located at the intersection of the city’s French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor. The Museum celebrates the history of jazz, in all its forms, through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances. For further details, visit

You can hear great music from some of New Orleans’ best contemporary artists in the state-of-the-art performance venue on the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s third floor. The Museum uses the space for evening programs, solo and small group concerts and special events while the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park offers daily live music programs for local residents and visitors to the Museum. Learn more and find a calendar of events at


Upcoming Shows

Join Friends of the Cabildo for a screening of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of seven different 16mm film reels from the 1970 Jazz Fest on Wednesday, April 24th. Screened in the third-floor performance space of The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, the FOC Film Series highlights the best films and documentaries that showcase New Orleans and Louisiana. One night only at 6:30 p.m., Jon Pult will moderate the event with the Band-In-A-Pocket Jazz Trio performing live during sections of film without sound.

Don Perry, one of the founders of the New Orleans Jazz Club and a former WDSU cameraman, filmed the first festival in 1970 and donated the reels to the Louisiana State Museum (LSM) in 1978. The LSM digitized the films in 2012 allowing them to be preserved for generations of Jazz Fest and music fans. The seven separate films show artists such as Duke Ellington, Pete Fountain, Danny Barker and Mahalia Jackson.

Tickets are on sale now for the film ($15 GA/$10 Members). Tickets can be purchased by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939 or by visiting

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