ALLISON MINER 2018-10-30T10:02:59-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Allison Miner

THE LEGACY: When she moved to New Orleans in the late 1960s, Allison Miner harbored dreams of a singing career. That career would never materialize, but music would remain the driving force of her life. Recognized as a co-founder of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, she helped produce the first several editions of what has grown to become a world-class event and a highlight of New Orleans’ spring calendar. Between fests, she managed and nurtured the careers of such iconic local musicians as Professor LonghairKermit Ruffins and the Wild Magnolias. Miner would take a break from the festival in the mid-1980s, but she couldn’t stay away for long, returning to program its Music Heritage Stage, which features in-depth interviews with musicians — and which has since been named in her honor. All the while, one thing remained: her contagious passion for New Orleans music and the men and women who keep it alive.

THE ARTIST: Jeff Morgan

THE INSPIRATION: “There is more music per square foot in New Orleans than in any other city in the world, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. It’s our life!” — Allison Miner, writing in the book “Jazz Fest Memories,” published posthumously in 1997