From Library Journal
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offers a musical history lesson to hundreds of thousands each year in what may be our country's most musical city. When the festival began almost 30 years ago, Miner was one of the volunteers who, along with the musicians, outnumbered the audiences by six to one. She stayed with the festival as it grew and over the years helped shape careers as she built friendships with performers from Professor Longhair to the Neville Brothers. An archivist at the William R. Hogan Archives of New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University the rest of the year, Miner has the advantage of a historian's eye and an unabashed fan's heart. Photographer Smith adds spice to this musical gumbo with dozens of sumptuous photos that bring the festival to life, both on stage and behind the scenes. A celebration of the glorious musical culture that arose from the hardscrabble existence of our most put-upon citizens, this book is well recommended for jazz collections.?Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Through his photography and writing, Smith dedicated his talents to the promotion and preservation of New Orleans' black culture, with special emphasis on the spiritual and musical aspects. He was also well known for Jazz Fest Memories, a documentation of the world-famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Mardi Gras Indians, which is about the enchanting and mysterious costumes and traditions of African-Americans during Mardi Gras.