The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments and people that connect and inspire us.
Today, the series continues with a look back at the first Jazz Fest.
Woody Allen giving an impromptu clarinet show at the Municipal Auditorium.
Just 350 folks attended the first, very modest and freewheeling New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest in April 1970, but with a lineup of legends like that -- not to mention Al Hirt, Fats Domino, The Meters and Clifton Chenier -- the local music extravaganza immediately became a quintessential part of Crescent City culture, heritage and lore.
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