Behind The Scenes With a Jazz Fest Veteran Stage Manager

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Jazz Fest is 66-year old, Chuck Blamphin’s labor of love.

“My main responsibility is getting the acts off and on, on-time,”  he said.

For 40 years, he’s worked as a Jazz Fest stage manager.

“I mainly make sure everything is set up right on the stage,” Blamphin said.

It’s a lot of work, but he makes time for play.   Over the years he’s seen Jazz Fest grow in major ways.

“A couple of years we had a stage set up on the back of a flat-bed truck to make it look like French Quarter balconies,”  he said.

Even though he’s been at it for four decades he is still humble about his work.

“I’m not a legend.  A lot of people have been congratulating me.  I think Jazz Fest is the legend,”  Blamphin said.

It’s Shane Bartley’s first Jazz Fest.  He was impressed by Blamphin’s work.

“It’s my first Jazz Fest.  It’s good to know there are people behind the scenes who over the years have helped to make Jazz Fest as great as it is today,”  Bartley said.

You can expect to see Chuck continue to work for Jazz Fest in upcoming years.

“I’m going to shoot for 50.  I hope I can make it.  That will be one heck of a celebration,”  he said.