Jazz has been a big part of New Orleans for many generations. Fifty years ago, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was created to honour that unique musical style. Since the creation of that Festival, the music has gone far beyond Jazz to feature Pop, Rock, R&B, County, Hip-Hop, and Zydeco music.

In celebration of the annual Jazz Festival’s 50th anniversary, Sony Pictures presents “Jazz Fest: A new Orleans Story”.

Directed by Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffrern “Jazz Fest: A new Orleans Story” is a celebration that invites viewers to “bliss out on New Orleans’ unique culture”. It features numerous performances including Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Aaron Neville, Earth, Wind & Fire, Irma Thomas, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mardi Gras Indians, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

But the film is about more than the music, it also includes the vast food, people, and culture of the area.

The film is set to open in theatres on May 13, 2022. But visitors to the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas can get an early view of the film.


The New Orleans Jazz Festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 202, but the global Covid pandemic put the plas of celebration on hold. The Festival returns this year.

photo and video courtesy of Sony Pictures