A longtime lover of good music, Allison Miner came to New Orleans in 1967.
This love was evident at a young age, when her school reports always seemed to
be about singers, like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. Within two years of
living in New Orleans, Miner helped to lay the foundation for Jazz Fest. Along
with Quint Davis, she actively pursued musicians to perform at the first
Through the years, Allison Miner helped to shape the careers of many
musicians, including New Orleans' own Professor Longhair. After working at
various festivals and special events throughout the country, she returned to the
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1988 as coordinator of the Music
Heritage Stage, a position she had created only a few years before.
“In the early days, I knew that the festival was more than music,”
she said. “It was a family of hardworking people who gave their lives for
what they believed.” Allison Miner died in December 1995. As she had said
about many of her favorite musicians who passed away, it was much too soon.
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