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Rebirth Brass Band on Jazz Fest Mailer

Rebirth Brass Band on Jazz Fest Mailer

REBIRTH BRASS BAND ON JAZZ FEST MAILER

This year's Jazz Fest "cachet," a commemorative envelope issued by the U.S. Postal Service, will feature the Rebirth Brass Band and will be unveiled on April 24.
  
As it has since 1989, the United States Postal Service will issue an exclusive, collectible Jazz Fest envelope featuring the likeness of a New Orleans music icon.

This year's honoree on the postal "cachet" is the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band.

The 2014 Rebirth Brass Band cachet will be unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Avenue). The public is invited.

The postal cachet will be available for purchase ($15 each) at the unveiling ceremony, at Jazz Fest, and at the New Orleans Main Post Office (701 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113).

"The Rebirth Brass Band joins a long line of great New Orleans musicians who have been honored by the United States government with their own mailing envelope," said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Previous honorees include Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, the Neville Brothers, Louis Prima, the Marsalis family, Mahalia Jackson, Kermit Ruffins and many others.

The Rebirth Brass Band was founded in 1983 by tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier, his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, along with other school marching band members from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood. The band released its first studio album in 1984 on Arhoolie Records, and in 1989 gained wider notice with a series of releases on Rounder Records.

Rebirth is known for combining traditional New Orleans brass band music, including the New Orleans tradition of second-line, with funk, jazz, soul and hip hop. In 1993, Ruffins left the band to pursue a solo career.
Rebirth's longstanding regular Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans is one of the pillars of the New Orleans music scene, and has served as a reliable introduction to the city's nightlife for many new arrivals to the city.

The band regularly tours North America and Europe. In 2011, Basin Street Records released the CD Rebirth of New Orleans, which reached number 1 on the CMJ Jazz charts and earned the group a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album.

Previous U.S. Postal Cachet honorees are:

2013 Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
2012  Kermit Ruffins
2011  Ellis Marsalis and “The First Family of Jazz”
2010 Louis Prima
2009 Mahalia Jackson
2008 Deacon John Moore
2007 Harry Connick, Jr.
2006 Art Neville
2005 The Dixie Cups
2004 Aaron Neville
2003 Ernie K-Doe
2002 Ellis Marsalis
2001 Dr. John
2000 The Neville Brothers
1999 Fats Domino
1998 Allen Toussaint
1997 Sidney Bechet
1996 Doc Cheatham
1995 Buddy Bolden
1994 Louis Armstrong
1993 Pete Foundation
1992 Irma Thomas
1991 Danny Barker
1990 Jelly Roll Morton
1989 Professor Longhair
 

 

Class Got Brass and Trombone Shorty Horn Give-Away Winners | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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Class Got Brass and Trombone Shorty Horn Give-Away Winners

Class Got Brass and Trombone Shorty Horn Give-Away Winners

The St. Augustine High School Brass Band performing at the 2014 Class Got Brass. Photo by Kim Welsh

CLASS GOT BRASS AND TROMBONE SHORTY HORN GIVE-AWAY RESULTS

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation held it’s third annual Class Got Brass competition – an opportunity for Louisiana high schools and middle schools to compete for more than $30,000 worth of instruments – on Sunday, March 23, in Armstrong Park.

The contest is designed to support music education in the school system while also encouraging schools to promote New Orleans’ brass band tradition.

The contest was part of the foundation’s Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.

A total of 12 schools competed, with separate categories for beginning and advanced groups.

Each of the 12 competing schools also received brand new trumpets and trombones from Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who donated the instruments.

The competitors and winners in the 2014 Class Got Brass were:

Advanced:
St Augustine High School - First Place, $10,000
Landry Walker High School - Second Place, $6,000
KIPP: McDonogh15 Middle School - Third Place, $4,000
Edna Karr High School
Martin Behrman Charter School
Joseph S. Clark High School
Chalmette High School

Beginners:
Medard H. Nelson Charter School - First Place, $4,000
Fannie C Williams Charter School - Second Place, $3,000
D.W. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies - $2,000
Park Forest Middle School
Ridgewood Preparatory School

Those schools that didn’t finish in the top three of their category each will receive $750.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is awarding a total of $33,500 in prizes. The prizes are in the form of gift certificates the competing schools will redeem for instruments, instrument repair or other necessary supplies.

“These prizes are intended to reward our hard-working music teachers and band directors, who are struggling against great odds to provide quality music instruction in our schools,” said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s board of directors. “We also consider them to be an incentive for the schools to allow students to partake in New Orleans’ traditional brass band culture – which the kids obviously love doing. They were having a lot of fun out there.”

“Programs like this are really the pinnacle of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s mission,” Ruda added.

Each school was required to perform a dirge, a traditional song and a contemporary song. Each performed for about five minutes before a panel of judges as well as a crowed of several hundred people.

The judging panel included many of New Orleans’ top musicians and local music experts:

Ben Jaffe, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Brice Miller, Mahogany Brass Band
Christie Jourdain, Pinettes Brass Band
Dodie Simons, New Orleans music scene veteran
Gerard Howard, bandheads.org
Gregory Davis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Kerry Brown, musician and festival producer
Sammie Williams, Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Shamarr Allen, musician

Each contestant was scored according to five criteria:

• Adherence to tradition (How much does it sound like a New Orleans second-line band?)
• Originality (How much of their own personality is in the performance?)
• Improvisation (Do the band members interact with one another?)
• Tightness (Do they sound rehearsed and together?)
• Overall presentation (Do they sound good? Do they look good? Are they having fun?)

Judges also had the option of awarding extra credit for incorporating dancers into the performance or an exceptionally good presentation.

The Class Got Brass and Trombone Shorty Horn Give-Away received extensive coverage in the New Orleans media. See video here.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please see www.JazzAndHeritage.org.

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Treme Creole Gumbo Fest Wins OffBeat Award for Best Neighborhood Festival

Treme Creole Gumbo Fest Wins OffBeat Award for Best Neighborhood Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Treme Creole Gumbo Festival was named Best Neighborhood Festival in the 2013 Best of the Beat Awards, presented by OffBeat magazine on Jan. 15.

The sixth annual festival, which took place in November in Armstrong Park, featured brass bands, traditional New Orleans jazz, R&B and the first-ever Vegan Gumbo Contest.

The 2013 Treme Gumbo Fest also utilized a new surround-sound system designed to prevent unwanted sound from traveling into adjacent neighborhoods.

The seventh annual Treme Gumbo Fest will take place Nov. 8-9, 2014, in Armstrong Park.

The complete list of Best of the Beat Music Business Awards winners is here.

 

 

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Larry McKinley, 1927-2013

Larry McKinley, 1927-2013

Larry McKinley, a charismatic and beloved radio personality, music promoter, and record business impresario passed away at his home on December 8, 2013, due to complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was 85.  Known as “Friendly” Larry McKinley, he was a key figure in the overlapping histories of New Orleans rhythm and blues/rock and roll and the city’s radio industry.  His sonorous voice was well known in New Orleans from his career as an radio announcer and, later, through his voiceover work on numerous television and radio advertisements, most notably those for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  

McKinley was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 13, 1927. After attending Columbia College of Broadcasting, he moved to New Orleans in September 1954 for an internship at radio station WMRY, which later changed its call letters to WYLD-AM.  By the late 1950s, McKinley had emerged as one of the most popular and influential deejays in the city, in part due to the “Larry and Frank” show in which he played two characters using different voices. McKinley earned high respect in national circles for more than just his on-air repartee, as major record-labels came to seek his imprimatur before releasing new songs. The executives at Atlantic Records, for instance, felt that McKinley played a crucial role in the success of Ray Charles’s 1959 hit “What’d I Say,” which was the label’s best-selling song at the time. As a testament to his standing in the radio industry, McKinley was inducted into the charter class of the Black Radio Hall of Fame, founded in 1998 by legendary deejay Jack “The Rapper” Gibson.

In 1959, McKinley co-founded Minit Records at the behest of Joe Banashak, a local record-business veteran. He also promoted local concerts by national R&B superstars, including James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and The Jackson 5. New Orleans musicians often opened the shows, many of which took place at the Municipal Auditorium, giving homegrown performers a prime opportunity to broaden their exposure and ascend in the music business. 

In 1970, McKinley embarked on a long and productive relationship with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, serving on the board of the festival’s foundation, recording promos and commercials for the festival, and later presiding as master of ceremonies at the annual Foundation Gala.  He returned to radio in 1975 to host a show on WNNR-AM and to serve as the station’s program director.  He later became a leader in political and public relations campaigns for various candidates and clients. Along with longtime friend Judge Eddie Sapir, he hosted an interview show on local cable-access television.  Many of their guests were former colleagues of McKinley’s from his early days in the industry.

In addition to his induction into the Black Radio Hall of Fame, McKinley was awarded an OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Music Business Award in 2005, and he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Larry McKinley is survived by his four daughters, Melody McKinley (Edward) Watters of New Orleans, Joy McKinley (Kenneth) Chancellor of New Orleans, Glenda McKinley English of New Orleans, and Dana McKinley (Lloyd) Landburg of New Bern, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Navis Hill Robinson, Blair Brown Zeigler, Shon Cockerham, Ernest McKinley English, Maya Sophia English, and Catilyn Ann-Marie Kelly; ten great-grandchildren; his long time companion Betty A. McLin; and a host of family, friends, and admiring New Orleanians.

He is preceded in death by his father, the late Jesse McKinley, his mother, the late Ester Fontaine Jordan, and an only brother, the late Kenneth McKinley.

The public is invited to a memorial celebration on Monday, December 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University, located at 2601 Gentilly Boulevard in New Orleans.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the same location.

A private burial will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Larry McKinley’s name to the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, an education and community center currently being built by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest. Donations may be made online here: http://www.jazzandheritagecenter.org/support, or may be mailed to: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Attn: Larry McKinley Memorial Donations, 1205 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116.

Services are entrusted to D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home.

Photo by Kathy Anderson, used by permission of The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Menu Gets A Makeover | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Menu Gets A Makeover

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Menu Gets A Makeover

REGIONAL BBQ STYLES TAKE CENTER STAGE

When we hear comments about our Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - one of four free festivals produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, they are almost always compliments. People love that we have two stages that alternate shows all day long. They love the talent, the location, the crafts, the t-shirts, the ambience - and especially the fact that it's free.

People also say they love our food offerings. Still, he have heard the comment that for an event billing itself as a barbecue festival, there wasn't as much, well, barbecue as they may have been expecting.

It's true that we had a lot of vendors selling food that wasn't exactly traditional barbecue in the way most people think of it. That was on purpose.

For one thing, we didn't want to have endless repetition of the same menu items. We didn't think most people would want eleven different versions of pork ribs or fourteen different versions of brisket.

Also, we took pride in presenting a very balanced and very diverse selection of foods - while still staying true to the theme of grilled and smoked foods.

Finally, when we started this festival eight years ago, there simply weren't that many real barbecue restaurants in New Orleans. There are a lot more of them now.

So, this year, our food coordinator, Renee Tervalon (pictured here) has overseen a big change in our food vending set-up.

In addition to bringing in a number of new food vendors, we have changed the way we organize how food is presented at the festival. Rather than focusing on the name of the restaurant preparing the food, we are putting most of our attention on the regional barbecue style our vendors represent.

Then we put out a public call for entries asking restaurants and caterers in our area to submit their ideas for what regional barbecue styles they would like to serve.

Several dozen entries came in. Renee then had the task of narrowing that list down to a number that was manageable for our event.

Next, Renee organized an exhaustive series of tastings so that our team could evaluate the food and make sure it was of the highest quality and fits within the context of our festival. For two and a half weeks, we sampled barbecue nearly every day. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it!

Ultimately, we decided to increase the number of food vendors at the festival from 12 to 14, just to make sure we had the best options available.

Finally, Renee worked with our vendors to make sure all of their menus were just right. The result is a presentation that represents a number of famous barbecue regional traditions: Texas, St. Louis, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kansas City, some international and, of course, Louisiana. Included among our vendors are some of New Orleans' newest and most popular barbecue restaurants - some are known for adhering to regional traditions; others are kind of like New Orleans: they mix influences from a bunch of places.

Be sure to look for interviews with some of our barbecue chefs on our Oral History Stage, located in Gallier Hall, across St. Charles Avenue from Lafayette Square Park.

And check out the 2013 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival menu online here.

More About Our Food Coordinator: Renee Tervalon
Renee Tervalon has been playing with her food her entire life. This fascination led her away from law school and into the kitchen of Greg Sonnier at his New Orleans restaurant, Gabrielle.

After this true trial by fire, she enrolled at the Johnson & Wales University culinary program in Denver, CO, where she finished with honors and received the President's Award for outstanding and exemplary service to the community.

Upon returning to New Orleans, she cooked at the famed restaurant Herbsaint under the watchful guidance of chef Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski.

Shortly after leaving the kitchen at Herbsaint, she began her tenure with the Food Department of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. For the past 10 years, Renee has helped to bring the culinary traditions of New Orleans to the Festival masses - coordinating the many food vendors and scheduling cooking demonstrations at the Food Heritage and Cajun Cabin stages.

For the past four years, Renee also has managed the food operations at two of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s free festivals: the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

She is the proud parent of a picky eater.

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Second-Life Recycling

Second-Life Recycling

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has for many years supported our community by providing employment for low-income people who are in need of opportunities to earn additional money. For example, at all of our cultural events we hire a crew of people who do an amazing job of keeping our festival sites clean.

But despite numerous attempts, we have not had as much success in building a recycling program to protect the environment by properly disposinig of recyclable materials.

That is about to change.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has created  a new program called Second-Life Recycling. It will accomplish two goals - providing jobs for low-income youth, and promoting environmental awareness. In the process, we'll make our events "greener" by disposing of recyclable waste properly.

Second-Life Recycling will provide jobs for low-income youth (ages 16 to 25) by hiring them (at a scale much higher than the minimum wage) to collect recyclable materials - paper, plastic, aluminum and glass - at our events. Our partner in the program is the Youth Empowerment Project, which is assisting by recruiting the recycling crew from among their education and job-training clients.

The crew will be outfitted in Second-Life Recycling t-shirts, with a logo designed by New Orleans artist Lionel Milton. The crew will be put under the direction of Robert Francis, a Treme resident who for many years has organized our outstanding clean-up teams.

Another partner, Phoenix Recycling of New Orleans, is generously donating recycling trash bags and will pick up the recyclable materials at no cost to the Foundation.

The Second-Life Recycling crew will make its debut at the 2013 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

Foundation Gives $360,000 in Community Partnership Grants | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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Foundation Gives $360,000 in Community Partnership Grants

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, recently presented its 2013-2014 community partnership grants, totaling $361,865.

Of 262 applications received in four grant categories, 184 were awarded money. The grants were distributed Sept. 30 during a ceremony at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's office in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be able to support the great work that is being done by so many people in our community," said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. "These are truly your Jazz Fest dollars at work."

Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has reinvested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community — in the form of grants to arts and educational organizations — to support projects that reflect the Foundation’s mission.

Read the full NOLA.com article here.

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Autographed Guitar to be Auctioned at Blues Fest

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will auction a custom-painted guitar - autographed by all of our performers - to raise money for our Heritage School of Music, a free education program.

The guitar was painted by Michael Gauf, Michael Gauf, an Indianapolis-based Internet consultant and former newspaper journalist and publications owner. As he did last year, Michael painted the guitar and donated it to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation to use for fundraising.

Here's an image of the guitar that will go to the highest bidder:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael has been custom painting guitars and gear for almost 10 years. His clients range from John Lee Hooker Jr. and Keri Kelli to the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival and the Blues Cruise.

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Live Painting at Blues & BBQ Fest Will Raise $ for Heritage School

John Bukaty, a New Orleans-based painter and performance artist who specializes in creating exciting canvases at live music events, will be part of the 2013 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

John will paint six of our performers, and sales of the resulting paintings will be sold at auction to raise money for our Heritage School of Music, a free education program.

John will be onstage for slide guitar wizard Sonny Landreth's set on Oct. 19 - and we'll hold a live auction of that painting right before the end of Sonny's set.

Here is an example of John's work - a painting of B.B. King:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more about John and his work, here is his bio:

John Bukaty sees life, and the special events it’s made of, in distinct moments. He sees things one frame at a time. Whether it’s the enjoyable chaos of a music festival, the intense competition of a college basketball game, or a tender moment at a family event, Bukaty sees them all, in portraits.

And like a distortion pedal that adds fuzziness and growl to a guitar, Bukaty translates these singular sights onto a canvas using a self-taught method of blurred lines and vibrant colors.

Bukaty was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. The son of an NFL player and stay-at-home mom, he grew up drawing, in mud at first, and then with paper and pencil. He worked diligently on his drawing in grade school and learned as much as he could, on his own, and also with the help of his mother who took him regularly to local museums so he could study the work of the masters up close.

His restless energy translated perfectly into football and he became a standout in high school and college. Racked with permanent injuries during his college years, he quit football, and college, and decided on a life in business, just as his father had done after his NFL career was over.

A concert in Colorado changed his mind about his business career. He knew he had to get back to art. He started painting again and at the same time started a weekly live show at a local brewpub. The Thursday night event grew, and it eventually led to other live painting commissions.

Encouraged by friends and fans, and looking for a bigger stage, Bukaty moved to his beloved Colorado and became the Rock n’ Roll Painter. Denver’s location and rabid music fans have made it a favorite among touring musicians of all genres, and Bukaty quickly became a popular fixture at local concerts.

He’s done portraits of Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic and Blues Traveler. Bukaty’s work is collected by prominent actors, musicians, and athletes including Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, J.J. Cale, John Popper, Billy Butler, and Coach Bill Self. Corporate collectors include Western Union, Chipotle and Comcast.

Bukaty went to India in 2009 and created 100 paintings in 100 days and his travels and works were recorded in a short film documentary.

Bukaty donates his time and talent as often as he can. Numerous organizations have been benefactors of his work including the YMCA, Children’s Mercy Hospital, HALO Foundation, and Tipatinas Foundation.

In 2012, Bukaty created Kartma (a fusion of the words karma and art), a philanthropic organization designed to combine art, philanthropy and community. Bukaty captures dynamic moments at live events on canvas, and then donates his original creations. Bukaty paints people in their times, and in their places. He paints them in the middle of loud, busy and cherished events. He paints to preserve moments, forever etched in color on canvas, and in the minds of attendees. He creates beautiful and durable pieces of history for the ages.

2013 Blues & BBQ Fest T-Shirt Design Contest Winner | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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2013 Blues & BBQ Fest T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

2013 Blues & BBQ Fest T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

Doug Fleener (pictured at right), a graphic designer and musician from Chicago, is the winner of our annual contest to design the official t-shirt of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. The festival takes place Oct. 18-20 at Lafayette Square Park.

Our contest was organized, as it has been for the past three years, by Creative Allies, which connects musicians and events with designers to create logos, t-shirts, posters, album artwork and more.

In addition to bragging rights for being the winning design among dozens of entries, Doug gets a cash prize of $400.

Upon hearing that his was the winning design, Doug sent us this note:

"I'm Doug Fleener and I reside in the Chicago area … we have some pretty good blues here, too! I graduated college with a fine arts degree and have been a graphic designer/art director (in the publishing industry) for almost 20 years … where did the time go? I'm a husband, father and a musician (guitar player), even though I've been a vegetarian for the last four years, I'm excited and proud to be apart of the BBQ & Blues Festival … how's that for irony?

"I appreciate contests, like this one, because it's easy to get yourself in a creative rut ... it's good to exercise the gray matter once-in-a-while and do something different … I already have an idea percolating for next year's contest, I can't wait to enter." We can't wait to see it.

"I wish that I could make it to the festival, it looks like a blast!," Doug wrote. "I'm looking forward to seeing the design being worn!"

For more on the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, see www.CrescentCityBluesFest.com.

Community Partnership Grants - Applications Being Accepted Now | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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Community Partnership Grants - Applications Being Accepted Now

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is now accepting applications in four categories of Community Partnership Grants: two for education programs (in-school and after-school/summer); one for documenting Louisiana's indigenous culture or creating new works; and one for cultural events presented by nonprofit organizations. The deadline to apply is July 26.
  
Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the Foundation's mission.

The Foundation is now accepting applications in four categories of the Community Partnership Grants program for the 2013-2014 grant cycle.

The deadline to apply is July 26. Activities funded by these grants must occur between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014.

The four categories now open are:
• Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports after-school and summer arts education programs offered by Louisiana nonprofits and K-12 schools. Organizations may apply for funding to pay the fees of the artists or educators who do the instruction.
• Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports in-school music and arts education at Louisiana K-12 public schools. Schools may apply for funding to purchase or repair instruments and other supplies for music and art programs that occur as part of the regular school day.
• Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category supports employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to Louisiana nonprofit organizations that hire them for cultural events in the state.
• Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. This category supports the creation or exhibition of art works that document or interpret the indigenous culture of Louisiana.

The deadline to apply for each of these grants is Friday, July 26, 2013.

For the guidelines and application forms, please see the Downloads section of the Community Partnership Grants web site here.

QUESTIONS? OPEN WORKSHOPS TO ANSWER THEM
As in years past, we will host workshops to answer questions about the grants process and what programs or activities may qualify. These will take place on Monday, June 24, and Monday, July 8, both starting at 5 p.m. They will take place at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, 1205 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116.

Meanwhile, feel free to contact the Programs Department with questions by sending an email here, or by calling (504) 558-6100.

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Blues Fest VIP Tickets on Sale Now

The seventh annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation - takes place Oct. 18-20 in Lafayette Square Park.

Admission is free. But for the third year, we are offering a VIP Backstage Pass that gets you access to our backstage (and front of stage) viewing areas, an open bar and a luxury indoor hospitality suite (with real bathrooms).

The cost is $250 plus a service charge of $13.49. It's a great way to support the nonprofit that produces the festival and to avoid the crowds while enjoying the show.

Only a limited number are available. Order yours here.

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Jazz & Heritage Center Named for Jazz Fest Founders George & Joyce Wein

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, announced today that the foundation’s new education and community center will be named in honor of George and Joyce Wein.

For video of news coverage from the announcement (May 3, 2013), see here.

The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center is located at 1225 N. Rampart Street - adjacent to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation offices - and was purchased by the foundation in 2008. After extensive planning, the foundation decided to use the space as the first permanent home of its Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free program that has operated on local university campuses since 1990. It will also serve as a community center.

Construction is set to begin in a few weeks to convert the historic structure into a state-of-the-art education facility with seven classrooms (including dedicated labs for drums and piano) and the latest in audio and video recording technology. The rear portion of the building will redesigned as a 200-seat auditorium.

“George and Joyce Wein have done so much to benefit our community and our culture,” said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the Festival and Foundation board of directors. “It is only fitting that we recognize their many contributions by having their names grace this wonderful new facility. This is a true testament to their legacy.”

George Wein grew up in Boston  and became a professional jazz pianist while still a teenager. In 1950, he opened a jazz club called Storyville, named after the New Orleans red light district.

In 1954, Wein was invited by Louis and Elaine Lorillard to Newport, Rhode Island. They funded the resulting Newport Jazz Festival, created by Wein - the first outdoor jazz festival in the United States, which established the model for every major festival that followed.

Joyce Alexander was writing a jazz column for the Simmons College student newspaper when she met Wein in 1947. After graduating college at the age of 19, she started her career as a biochemist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and later worked in New York at Columbia Medical School.

Joyce and George married in 1959, after which she gave up her scientific career and became vice president of their company, Festival Productions, Inc., and a partner with George in all of their business ventures. She passed away in 2005 at age 76.

New Orleans business and tourism leaders first contacted George Wein about starting a festival here in 1962. It took eight years (including two years of attempts to establish a festival without them) but in 1970 George and Joyce’s Festival Productions was named the producer of the “New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Louisiana Heritage Fair,” which debuted on April 22 of that year.

It was George Wein who insisted that the festival would be centered at Congo Square, would focus on New Orleans music and heritage, and would have as much emphasis on food and art as it would on music – values that still haven’t changed.

Wein was happy that it was a nonprofit enterprise; the festival would be owned by a new foundation with a mission to use the festival’s proceeds for year-round preservation of the city’s musical culture.

The same year, historian Richard Allen of Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive introduced Wein to a young man named Quint Davis and his then-girlfriend Allison Miner. Both would become key organizers of the early festivals, with Quint going on to become the festival’s producer/director and head of Festival Productions’ New Orleans office. He remains the chief architect of Jazz Fest to this day.

Although the festival got off to a slow start, it moved from Congo Square to the Fair Grounds in 1972, gradually gaining steam until the mid-’70s, when it began to assert its potential as a cultural and financial cornerstone for its home city.

Today, as it has for many years, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell attracts some 400,000 visitors each year. It has an economic impact on the New Orleans region in excess of $300 million annually – second only to Mardi Gras in its impact and as a cultural calling card for New Orleans.

Similarly, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation  has grown to become a pillar of the arts and cultural community, with a wide range of programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. In addition to the Heritage School, these include Community Partnership Grants, the Jazz Journey concert series, four free festivals, the Sync Up conference, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the Class Got Brass competition, the Jazz & Heritage Gala and many others. The foundation also maintains the Jazz & Heritage Archive and is the owner of radio station WWOZ. For more details on the Foundation's activities, please see http://www.jazzandheritage.org

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Construction of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center is expected to be completed in late 2014.

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NEA Awards $25,000 to Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Receives NEA Grant to Support Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Foundation's Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (http://www.crescentcitybluesfest.com) is one of many programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment sponsored by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Founded in 2006, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival started as an initiative to provide employment opportunities to Louisiana musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It has grown into a signature event for New Orleans, one that attracts many thousands of blues fans from around the world.

"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."

"As with all of our programs, we strive to create innovative ways to present our culture to the world," said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. "We're pleased that the NEA once again has seen the value in our programming."

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. For details about the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, see http://www.crescentcitybluesfest.com. 
 

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Blues Fest T-shirt Design Winner Announced

Blues Fest T-shirt Design Winner Announced

Naldo Adrian, a 28-year-old graphic designer in Jakarta, Indonesia, was the winner of this year’s contest to create the image for the official t-shirt of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

As in years past, the festival partnered with Creative Allies to hold a t-shirt design contest. More than 60 images from designers around the world were submitted. The winner was picked by staff of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the annual vote to pick a winner has become a tradition among the office staff.

Upon learning that his design was picked as the winner, Naldo sent us this greeting via email:

“My name is Naldo Adrian from Jakarta, Indonesia. I love art and design very much, and music as well - like rock, jazz and blues. My favorite blues band is Gugun Blues Shelter from Indonesia. Maybe you can invite them to the festival someday.”

Sure thing, Naldo.

He added:

“By the way the festival will be held on October 12, right? That's my birthday. I guess this is my very special birthday present.”

How awesome is that?

Naldo also said:

“Wish I could go there, but I can't abandon my work here. Thank you for this great honor, and I hope the best for the show.”

Thank you, Naldo. We love your design.

Winning designs from overseas are becoming another tradition for the Blues & BBQ Festival. Last year’s winner was Marco Gambella, aka Ranboh, who lives in Padua, Italy.

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Heritage School of Music Auditions

Heritage School of Music Auditions

Auditions for new students joining the Fall 2012 semester will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15.

We are happy to accept new students. Only students who have not participated in the program in the past must attend the auditions. Regular classes for new and returning students will resume on Sept. 22.

SCHOOL INFOMRATION
The Heritage School of Music is open to music students ages 11 to 17 from the greater New Orleans area. Instruction is available in:

  • Brass
  • Woodwinds
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar

 

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Community Partnership Grants Now Open

Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the communiy - in the form of grants - to support projects that reflect the Foundation's mission.

The Foundation is now accepting applications in four categories of the Community Partnership Grants program. For full details, see www.CommunityPartnershipGrants.org.

The deadline to apply is July 16, 2012. Activities funded by these grants must occur between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013.

The four categories now open are:

  • Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports after-school and summer arts education programs offered by nonprofits and educational institutions. Organizations may apply for funding to pay the professional service fees of the artists or educators who do the instruction.
  • Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports in-school music and arts education at Louisiana public K-12 schools. Schools may apply for funding to purchase or repair instruments and other supplies, or to cover part of an arts teacher’s salary.
  • Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category supports new employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to nonprofit organizations that hire Louisiana musicians or other performing artists to perform at cultural events.
  • Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. This category supports the creation or exhibition of art works that document or interpret the indigenous culture of Louisiana.

The deadline to apply for each of these grants is Monday, July 16, 2012.

An informational workshop will be held on Monday, June 25, from 4 pm to 6 pm, to answer questions about eligibility or other issues concerning the Community Partnership Grants application process.

For the guidelines and application forms, please see the Downloads section of the Community Partnership Grants web site here.

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Keb Mo to Headline Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest

Legendary blues man Keb Mo, veteran soul singers Clarence Carter and Lattimore, blues harmonica ace Sugar Blue, guitar shredder Larry Burton and Baton Rouge's Grammy-winning blues artist Chris Thomas King are some of the great acts who will appear at the seventh annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Lafayette guitar ace Li'l Buck Sinegal, Austin-based blues belter Miss Lavelle White, and Mississippi-by-way-of-Chicago soul man Otis Clay (backed by the Memphis-based Bo-Keys) also are on the bill. New Orleans' own Johnny Sansone, Little Freddie King, Ernie Vincent and J. Monque'D will perform as well.

And making his first appearance at the event is New Orleans-based blues troubadour Spencer Bohren. Returning to New Orleans after a long absence is blues stalwart Ironing Board Sam.

The seventh annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, celebrates Southern soul with the best in local and international blues and R&B talent, plus the greatest assemblage of home-style barbecue to be found in New Orleans. It takes place Oct. 12-14 at New Orleans' Lafayette Square Park. Admission is free!

For complete details, including the performance schedule, please visit www.CrescentCityBluesFest.com.

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Men in Black 3D - New Orleans Sneak Preview, May 24

Men in Black 3D - New Orleans Sneak Preview, May 24

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

in partnership with Real D and AMC Theatres

present an exclusive sneak-preview screening of

MEN IN BLACK 3 - in 3D
starring
WILL SMITH and TOMMY LEE JONES
Thursday, May 24
7:00 pm
AMC Elmwood Palace 20 (1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, LA 70123)

Tickets: $25 - click here to purchase

All proceeds benefit the
Don "Moose" Jamison
HERITAGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The free music education program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

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Class Got Brass Winners

AND THE WINNERS ARE!

Our deepest thanks go to all of the schools, band directors and, most especially, the students who participated in the first annual Class Got Brass second-line competition yesterday.

Seventeen schools took place in the second-line parade, with 10 judges volunteering their time and knowledge.

Three schools shared the top prizes - a total of $20,000 worth of instruments for their school band programs. But all of the kids who performed on Rampart Street were winners.

The final results were:

First place, $10,000: KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School, Kelvin Harrison, band director

Second place, $6,000: O. Perry Walker High School, Wilbert Rawlins, band director

Third place, $4,000: McDonogh 35 High School, David Jefferson, band director

Additionally, all of the 14 schools that participated but didn't finish in the top three will receive prizes of $750.

Thanks again to all of the students and band directors. We look forward to seeing you on the street again next year.

See this video of the winning performance.

The judges were:

Ben Jaffe
Brice Miller
Derrick Tabb
Greg Stafford
Gregory Davis
Michael White
Sammie Williams
Shamarr Allen
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
Virgil Tiller

The competing schools were:

Chalmette High School; Band director, Jason Rusk
Edna Karr High School; Band director, Chris Herrero
Eleanor McMain Secondary High School; Band director, Todrick Carmouche
Fannie C. Williams Charter School; Band director, Thaddeus Petit
KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School; Band director, Kelvin Harrison Sr.
Lafayette Academy Charter School; Band director, M. Louis Ford
L. W. Higgins High School; Band director, Dwayne Nathan
Martin Behrman Charter Acadmy of Creative Arts and Sciences; Band director, Birdell Mitchell
McDonough 35 College Preparatory School; Band director, David Jefferson
O. Perry Walker College and Career Preparatory High School & Community Center; Band director, Wilbert Rawlins
Riverdale Middle School ; Band director, Desmond L. Venable
Salmen High School; Band director, Jim Stevens
Sophie B. Wright; Band director, Desmian K. Barnes
St. Mary's Academy High School; Band director, Ray Johnson
St. Tammany Jr. High School; Band director, Caitlyn Lancaster
Warren Easton Charter High School; Band director, Asia Muhaimin
West Jefferson High School; Band director, Sandradee Gray
 

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Congo Square Weekend - March 24-25

Congo Square Weekend - March 24-25

Congo Square - newly reopened after years of post-Katrina repair - will come alive with the sounds of Africa, Cuba, Brazil and New Orleans at the fifth annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival, presented March 24-25 by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Admission is free. See: www.congosquarerhythms.com.

But that's just one of many events that weekend celebrating the confluence of cultures in New Orleans.

There's also the fourth annual Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium. The conference explores the origins of art as an ancient cry of the human spirit for help from the gods, and they ways that impulse has traveled space and time to emerge in the vernacular traditions of New Orleans street culture. Two of the leading scholars of African and African-American culture - Yale professor Robert Farris Thompson and former National Endowment for the Humanities chairman William Ferris - will be featured speakers. Full details are online at www.congosquaretalks.info.

The weekend's many events also includes our new contest for Louisiana high schools to create brass bands - and win up to $10,000 in instruments for their school's band programs. Class Got Brass is a new initiative of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. For full details, see www.classgotbrass.com.

There are many more events that weekend. See the complete rundown at www.congosquarerhythms.com.

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High School Brass Band Competition: Class Got Brass

High School Brass Band Competition: Class Got Brass

Does your high school have a “brass band”?

Not a marching band, but a New Orleans-style brass band (or "second-line" band) like the Rebirth, the Dirty Dozen or the Olympia, to name but a few?

If not, could you put one together quickly?

It could be worth your while. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will donate $20,000 worth of instruments to the top three schools that compete in a new program called “Class Got Brass? A High School Brass Band Competition.”

Applications are due March 16. The competition finals will be March 25, in New Orleans.For the application form, guidelines and list of required songs, please see the contest web site, www.ClassGotBrass.com.

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Video from Community Partnership Grants

Video from Community Partnership Grants

On Nov. 30, 2011, we hosted an event to distribute checks for Community Partnership Grant awards. Some 79 organizations received funds totaling $200,000 to support programs in arts education and cultural events. See the video here.

Two Grants Now Available - Artwork Creation/Exhibiton and International Travel for Musicians | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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Two Grants Now Available - Artwork Creation/Exhibiton and International Travel for Musicians

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is now accepting applications in two categories of our Community Partnership Grants.

One category, called Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation, provides funding to create or exhibit art works in a range of media that document or interpret the indigenous culture of Louisiana.

The other category, Talent Exchange Travel: International Travel Assistance for Louisiana Musicians, encourages new employment by helping to cover the cost of air fare to overseas gigs.

The deadline for Documentation and Preservation is Jan. 31, 2012. Projects funded by the grant must occur between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012.

The deadline for International Travel is June 30, 2012. Travel funded by the grant must occur between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012.

For details, please see the Community Partnership Grants web page here.

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Sync Up Conference 2012

Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Glassnote Records head Daniel Glass and powerhouse booking agency creator Tom Windish will be among the keynote speakers at the fifth annual Sync Up conference, which takes place April 27-28 and May 4-5 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Other include

The Sync Up conference, held on the mornings of the Friday and Saturday of both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, brings together leaders from across the entertainment industry.

The conference focuses on three main topics: international music festivals; licensing music to film, TV and videogames; and using new technologies to promote and sell independent music.

Admission is free. But seating is limited and advance registration is required. For complete details, and to register, please see here.

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2011 Jazz Fest Talent Announced!

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2011 Festival scheduled for April 29 – May 1 and May 5 – 8. With twelve stages of virtually every style of roots music, Jazz Fest presents one of the entertainment world’s most diverse music lineups, including its unparalleled showcase of Louisiana’s unique culture. Hundreds of thousands of fans annually flock to the seven-day event that has been called America’s best festival.

Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Willie Nelson, The Strokes, Robert Plant, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Sonny Rollins, John Legend & The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Mumford & Sons, Alejandro Sanz, Jason Mraz, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Lupe Fiasco, Arlo Guthrie, Jamey Johnson, Fantasia, Kenny G, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Decemberists, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Vickie Winans, Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Robert Cray, Bobby Blue Bland, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Edie Brickell, Keb’ Mo’, Rance Allen, Ahmad Jamal, Fourplay, Ricky Skaggs, Amos Lee, Jesse Winchester, Michelle Shocked, Tabou Combo, RAM, and Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti, Punch Brothers, Ron Carter Trio, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ivan Lins, Charlie Musselwhite, Maceo Parker with guest Pee Wee Ellis and more are all among the national and international guest artists scheduled to appear at the 42nd edition of the Jazz Fest.

Hundreds of Louisiana artists, the heart and soul of the Festival, are scheduled to appear, such as: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Mystikal, Pete Fountain, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Better Than Ezra, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Tab Benoit, The Radiators, Cowboy Mouth, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Marcia Ball, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ellis Marsalis, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Sonny Landreth, Henry Butler, Papa Grows Funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, John Boutté, Terence Blanchard, Amanda Shaw, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Jon Cleary, Partners N Crime with 5th Ward Weebie, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste, Glen David Andrews, Anders Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Big Freedia & Sissy Nobby, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Zachary Richard, Warren Storm – Willie Tee & Cypress, Honey Island Swamp Band, Bonerama, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Nicholas Payton, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Davenport, Deacon John, Donald Harrison, Astral Project, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Banu Gibson, Shamarr Allen, Pine Leaf Boys, Mia Borders, Hot 8, Mahogany, New Birth & Pinstripe Brass Bands, Roots of Music Marching Crusaders Band, The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians plus many more.

For ticket information and other details about Jazz Fest, please see: www.nojazzfest.com.

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Heritage School of Music - Spring Semester

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s free music education program, the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, will hold auditions for the Spring 2011 semester on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The Heritage School of Music is open to students age 11 to 17 from throughout the entire metro New Orleans region.

Instruction is offered in brass instruments, woodwinds, piano, bass, guitar, drums and voice.

Students must own their own instrument and should have had at least one year of prior instruction.

The auditions will take place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Cook Fine Arts Center on the campus of Dillard University (2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans).

For more information about the Heritage School of Music, please see the program web site here.

For additional information, please contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6100.

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Foundation Names New Board Officers

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., – the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell – has elected new officers to its board of directors.

The new board officers are:

Nancy Marinovic, President
Clifford Johnson, First Vice President
Demetric Mercadel, Second Vice President
Donna Santiago, Secretary
Kathleen Turner, Treasurer

Biographies and photos of the board officers are online here.

The board has also elected three new members. They are: real estate developer Tara Carter Hernandez, architect Gerald Billes and musician David Torkanowsky.

In addition, the board has named six new members to it Advisory Council. They are:

Jay H. Banks, Director of Membership at the Dryades YMCA
Charles Chamberlain, a historian with the Louisiana State Museum
Luann Dozier, Vice President of Development at Tulane University
Scott Hutcheson, advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for cultural economy
Joseph Moran, a graphic designer and visual artist
Julie Wise Oreck, a producer and president of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

In other news, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation has named Sheri LaBranche-Jackson as its Chief Financial Officer.

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Heritage School of Music Classes Are Starting!

After two weeks of auditions, classes start Oct. 9 for the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music.

Classes will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dillard University, in the 2nd floor band room of the Cook Fine Arts Center.

Students who missed the auditions are still welcome to participate in the program. For details, please contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6100.

The Don Jamison Heritage School of Music is a free program for music students ages 11 to 17. The program offers instruction in jazz performance and theory for brass, woodwind, piano, drums, bass, guitar and voice. Students should own their own instruments and should have had at least some prior instruction.

For more information, please contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6100.

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Blues & BBQ Fest T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

After reviewing more than 35 entries for our contest to design the t-shirt for the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, our panel of judges ended up not being able to decide on a single winner. So we picked two.

Lila Fox designed a stylized logo that will adorn the t-shirt’s front, and Susan Hardin came up with an image that includes the performers’ names, which will go on the t-shirt’s back.

Many thanks to the many who submitted entries. And congratulations to the winners!

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