On the sunny side of the street

Sidestepping race for inclusion at the New Orleans Jazz Fest


  • Sonya A. Grier Kogod School of Business, American University




Inclusion, race, music festival


This article tells a personal story of research suppressed for over 20 years and reawakened in the context of music festival attendance. The story integrates participant observations and experiences at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Worldwide Festival in Sète, France with academic literature on racial inclusion. The article highlights the importance of multiple perspectives and disciplines to understand how social connections and contextual realities shape people’s experiences related to jazz and inclusion.


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How to Cite

Grier, S. A. . (2021). On the sunny side of the street: Sidestepping race for inclusion at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Jazz Research Journal, 14(2), 205–214. https://doi.org/10.1558/jazz.43394