San Francisco-based photographer Scott Chernis is raising funds for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, the nonprofit in charge of the city's annual Jazz Fest. Chernis has prints of over 100 of his original photos for sale. The eclectic collection includes close-ups of celebrated musicians and festival attendees. Some shots offer a panoramic view of the crowd. The photographer says the photos capture more than 20 years of Jazz Fest history.
Fundraiser proceeds will also benefit WWOZ. The FM radio station just completed airing its "Festing in Place" series, an eight-day broadcast of archival Jazz Fest recordings. The lineup included such local favorites as Aaron Neville and the late Dr. John.
Forced to stay at home by COVID-19, Chernis caught WWOZ's
broadcasts. Chernis, who went to Tulane, says listening to the music made him
nostalgic for New Orleans. His photography career began in the city,
documenting its vibrant music culture. He says, "I am a photographer today, in
part, because of this city." He says he wants to give back to the city that
For more information or to make a purchase, go to scottchernis.smugmug.com.
Photo by Scott Chernis.