The Jazz Fest poster is a longstanding and singular highlight of the annual celebration of music and culture in New Orleans. Launched in 1975 by Bud Brimberg, the poster provides great support for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation and encapsulates the energy and enthusiasm for each year’s Festival.
The 50th Anniversary of Jazz Fest presented a distinct opportunity—and challenge—to showcase the history of the Festival, its celebrated poster and the city of New Orleans in a single dynamic image. After a two-year search, the poster publisher, Art4now, selected the brilliant scenic portraitist Scott Guion to capture this seminal moment.
Guion, a New Orleans native currently living in Nashville, created an extensive series of studies and paintings in anticipation for the final commission. A selection of these works is presented here alongside the sketch, final painting and screenprint of Family Portrait: Jazz Fest at 50 to mark the golden jubilee of the Festival and the poster that commemorates it.