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Collection of posters of previous New Orleans festival


Twenty-fifth in the series. New Orleans master draftsman George Dureau, working in the tradition of Degas, turned his eye to a finger-snapping portrait of the root of New Orleans rhythm and blues: The legendary Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, or 'Fess. 'Fess influenced every New Orleans R&B piano player of note. He played the early Festivals until his death in 1980 and is the only musician to have Festival stage named for him. He won a posthumous Grammy in 1987 as Best Traditional Blues Artist for recordings produced in 1972 by Festival Producer Quint Davis. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.


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