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The Meters Honored With Jazz Fest Postal Cachet

The Meters Honored With Jazz Fest Postal Cachet

The Meters - the seminal New Orleans funk band that has had a deep influence on music around the world - will be honored with the 27th annual United States Postal Service's Jazz Fest Postal Cachet. This highly collectible mailing envelope, embossed with the Jazz Fest logo and an image of the group, will be unveiled on April 23. 

The original members of the Meters - keyboardist Art Neville, bass player George Porter, Jr., drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste and guitarist Leo Nocentelli - are expected to perform at the unveiling ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

The ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116).

The 2015 Postal Cachet will be available for sale at the ceremony starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 each.

This is the third time Meters keyboardist Art Neville is being honored with a U.S. Postal Service Jazz Fest Postal Cachet. He received a similar honor in 2000 as a member of the Neville Brothers, and again in 2006 for his work as a solo artist.

The Meters formed in 1965 and broke up in 1977. The group has reunited periodically over the years for special performances - including one at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. Members of the group also perform in other combinations under such names as the Funky Meters and the Meter Men.

The Meters acted as the house band for Allen Toussaint's New Orleans soul classics of the late 1960s and are responsible for bringing New Orleans second-line grooves into popular music.

The Meters' sound is defined by an earthy combination of tight melodic grooves and highly syncopated New Orleans "second-line" rhythms under highly charged guitar and keyboard riffing. They are widely considered, along with such artists as James Brown and George Clinton, progenitors of funk music. Their work is influential on many other musicians working in the funk idiom.

In 1969, the Meters released "Sophisticated Cissy" and "Cissy Strut", both major R&B chart hits. "Look-Ka Py Py" and "Chicken Strut" were their hits the following year. Their songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics.

The Meters worked with Lee Dorsey Dr. John,  King Biscuit Boy, Robert Palmer, Earl King and many others.

In 1975, Paul McCartney invited the Meters to play at the release party for his "Venus and Mars" album aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones was in attendance at the event and was greatly taken with the Meters and their sound. The Rolling Stones invited the band to open for the Stones on their tour of the Americas in 1975 and of Europe in 1976.  That same year, the Meters recorded one of their most successful albums, "Fire on the Bayou."

The Meters' music has been sampled by musicians around the world, including rap artists Heavy D, LL Cool J and Queen Latifah, Musiq, Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, and Tweet.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered the Meters' song "Africa" on their 1985 album "Freaky Styley."

Bands such as the Grateful Dead, KVHW, Steve Kimock Band, Widespread PanicRebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Jaco Pastorius and The String Cheese Incident have performed songs by The Meters in their concert rotations.

The Meters' songs have also graced such movies as "Two Can Play That Game," "Jackie Brown," "Drumline," "Hancock," "Calendar Girls," "Hitch" and "Red." Meters songs were also featured in the television show "The Wire" and the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV."

In 2014, the Meters were sampled in Eminem’s award-winning winning single, “Berserk” (which won a Billboard No. 1 BMI Award). Later that year, the Meters were showcased in Dave Grohl’s HBO’s docuseries, “Sonic Highways.”

The U.S. Postal Service's Jazz Fest Postal Cachet program began in 1989 with a comemorative envelope featuring Professor Longhair. The list of honorees is:

2015  The Meters
2014  Rebirth Brass Band
2013  Trombone Shorty
2012  Kermit Ruffins
2011  The Marsalis Family
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, Jr.
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 Fountain
1992  Irma Thomas
1991  Danny Barker
1990  Jelly Roll Morton
1989  Professor Longhair

2015 Class Got Brass Winners | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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2015 Class Got Brass Winners

2015 Class Got Brass Winners

Landry-Walker High School Wins Top Prize at 2015 Class Got Brass

The Landry-Walker High School Brass Band took top honors and a prize of $10,000 at the fourth annual Class Got Brass competition Sunday (March 22, 2015) at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans.

Landry-Walker was one of 16 competitors in the event, which was sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and coincided with the foundation’s Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.

It was Landry-Walker’s second appearance among the top winners. The school took second place in 2014. And it was the fourth time band director Wilbert Rawlins had a group claim some of the top prize money. (Rawlins previously was at O. Perry Walker High School, which won second place in the inaugural Class Got Brass in 2012, and first place in 2013).

St. Augustine High School won second place and $6,000, while Edna Karr High School won third place and $4,000.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation created the Class Got Brass contest in 2012 to promote music education in the school system along with New Orleans’ cultural traditions.

While many schools had marching bands – which often provide early training for brass band musicians – very few offered traditional New Orleans-style brass bands.

“New Orleans is one of the only places on Earth where teen-agers love brass band music,” said Jazz & Heritage Foundation Executive Director Don Marshall. “So we thought it was time to encourage the schools to give the kids what they want.”

With Class Got Brass, the incentive for schools to create brass bands isn’t just bragging rights. It’s also more than $30,000 worth of instruments for the participating schools’ music programs.

In the contest, middle schools and high schools across Louisiana were invited to create brass bands and to perform according to guidelines that reflect the tradition. All bands were required to perform a traditional dirge and to dress in the classic style of white shirts and dark pants. Extra credit was available for those that wore the iconic five-pointed caps or brought dancers to accompany the musicians.

The bands performed in a succession that resembles a New Orleans second-line parade. Judging the performances are respected New Orleans musicians who rate performances on a range of criteria – from adherence to tradition and tightness to originality and improvisation.

Performers were divided into two categories: beginners and advanced.

In addition to prizes for first, second and third place in both categories, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation also provides stipends of $750 for each of the schools that participate.

All of the prizes are in the form of gift certificates that the band directors may redeem for instruments, instrument repair or other supplies for their music programs.

This year, the contestants were helped by new resources provided by the Preservation Hall Foundation, which set up a web site containing sheet music for band directors to use while coaching their students. And several schools accepted offers to have the Preservation Hall Jazz Band conduct free clinics in proper brass band technique and style.

On Sunday, several hundred enthusiastic audience members cheered for all 18 bands that performed, encouraging the tentative notes of beginners and the exuberant improvisation of the more accomplished players.

The students swayed to the slow, stately dirges and rocked to the up-tempo traditional and contemporary numbers that were required parts of their programs. Several of the groups were led by umbrella-waving Grand Marshals. A few included dancers dressed as Mardi Gras Indians.

While the judges’ scores were tallied and winners determined, the Hot 8 Brass Band entertained the audience. Glee reigned during the award presentations of ceremonial checks representing the top prizes.

Particularly thrilled was Edna Karr High School and band director Chris Herrero. His students have performed in all four years of the Class Got Brass contest, showing steady improvement. This was their first time getting one of the top prizes. Herrero, a New Orleans native and Karr alumnus, has been profiled National Public Radio for his dedication to his students.

After the winners were announced, several of the student bands engaged in a joyous impromptu jam session. Video.

After the first Class Got Brass in 2012, that year’s winner – KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School – had a high-quality video posted online within hours of its performance. In a sign of the times, nearly every competing school in this year’s competition had their performances documented with YouTube videos.

Landry-Walker High School:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7l4DC8mAbY

St. Augustine High School:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9ynpWGsiqw

Edna Karr:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8K6egtktd4

Medard H. Nelson Charter School:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkWgkkqzf9c

Martin Behrman Charter Academy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2inHHxkuh6o

Park Forest Middle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGf0l2VS_ho

The complete results are:

Beginners:
First Place: Medard H. Nelson Charter School, $4,000 (Band Director: Johnnie VanBuren)
Second Place: Martin Behrman Charter Academy, $3,000 (Band Director: Birdell Mitchell)
Third Place: Park Forest Middle School, $2,000 (Band Director: Doretha Williams)

Advanced:
First Place: Landry-Walker High School, $10,000 (Band Director: Wilber Rawlins)
Second Place: At. Augustine High School, $6,000 (Band Director: Eddie Williams)
Edna Karr High School, $4,000 (Band Director: Chris Herrero)

The other participating schools were:

Beginners:
Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies (Band Director: Edwin F. Harrison, Jr.)
Fannie C. Williams Charter School (Band Director: Dedrick Jones)
Ridgewood Prep (Band Director: Shari Meyer)
St. Mary’s Dominican High School (Band Director: Brenda Castillo)
Worley Middle School (Band Director: Kalen Mitchell)

Advanced:
KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School (Band Director: Kelvin Harrison)
McDonogh 35 High School (Band Director: Lawrence Rawlins)
McKinley Senior High School (Band Director: Frank Williams)
New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (Band Director: Michael Pellera)
St. Paul’s School (Band Director: Andrew Moran)

The 2015 Class Got Brass judges were:
Ben Jaffe, Preservation Hall
Brice Miller, musician
Christie Jourdain, Pinettes Brass Band
Gerard Howard, bandhead.org
Gregg Stafford, musician
Gregory Davis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Kerry Brown, musician
Mark Braud, Preservation Hall
Shamarr Allen, musician

Congratulations to all of the participating schools, band directors and musicians.

Photos by Eric E. Simon

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Honored for Historic Preservation of the Jazz & Heritage Center

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has been honored by the Louisiana Landmarks Society with an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The award recognizes the Foundation’s work to convert a historic former funeral home on Rampart Street in the Tremé neighborhood into the new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. The $9 million, state-of-the-art education and community center had its grand opening in December 2014.

The building is the first permanent home of the Foundation’s principal music education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music.  It features seven classrooms (with dedicated labs for percussion and piano) and a 200-seat performance hall, as well as high-level digital recording capabilities for audio and video.

Built in the 1870's by Cuban developer Jules LeBlanc, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center was once two separate townhomes. The townhomes were combined into one single Italianate-style building in the early part of the 20th century. In the rehabilitation, the façade remained relatively untouched, and the original shape and details of the front classrooms were retained, while being updated for optimal acoustics and energy savings. The rear half of the building, which lacked the historic resonance of the front, was rebuilt from the ground up into a modern performance space. Through a blend of old and new, the Wein Jazz & Heritage Center brings out the best, while preserving its impressive roots.

The Jazz & Heritage Center is one of 18 historic restoration projects recognized by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. The awards will be presented at a gala on April 15.

The 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 for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.

For the complete list of awardees, please see here.

2015 Jazz Fest Talent Announced | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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2015 Jazz Fest Talent Announced

New Orleans, LA (January 12, 2015) — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced the music lineup for the 2015 Festival scheduled for April 24 - 26 and April 30 - May 3.

The irresistible parade of local, national and international artists scheduled to appear includes:

Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Chicago, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Hozier, Widespread Panic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Steve Winwood, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jays, Irma Thomas, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dr. John, the Radiators, Anthony Hamilton, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Cray, Shovels & Rope, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Third World, Aaron Neville, Delbert McClinton, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, Estelle, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Tab Benoit, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Caesar, Charles Lloyd, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh Together, Marcia Ball, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Jimmie Vaughan, Gurrumul, Paloma Faith, Galactic with guest Macy Gray, Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne, The Word, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, John P. Kee & New Life, Christian McBride Big Band with Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Pastor Marvin Sapp, The Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Sturgill Simpson, BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown, Vintage Trouble, Shooter Jennings, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Davell Crawford presents “To Fats with Love”, Lágbájá of Nigeria, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Buckwheat Zydeco, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jon Cleary, Luke James, Donald Harrison, Glen David Andrews, La Santa Cecilia, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express, Ellis Marsalis, Cowboy Mouth, Kenny Garrett, Vieux Farka Toure, Royal Teeth, Ms. Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith, Ironing Board Sam, Amanda Shires, Pine Leaf Boys, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Snarky Puppy, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Revivalists, Carolyn Wonderland, Creole String Beans, New Orleans Suspects, Eagle & Hawk, Nicholas Payton, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Soul Rebels, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9, Jewel Brown with Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Creole Wild West, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Young Guardians of the Flame, and White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Young Men Olympia Aid, Divine Ladies, Big Four, and Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, The Sensational Chosen Voices, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Calliope Puppets and more.

Click here for the official 2015 Jazz Fest talent announcement video.

Quint Davis, Producer/Director of the Festival, said, “To the whole world we say, ‘Welcome to the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.’ With today’s announcement of the daily list of performers, we proclaim once again that New Orleans is the Soul of American culture, and the Festival that carries its name is the Soul of New Orleans. This year’s listing of over 500 bands marks an unprecedented musical gathering, even by Jazz Fest standards. Happiest of Fests to everyone; away we go!”
The mission of the Festival is to annually celebrate the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana alongside nationally and internationally renowned guest artists.  Jazz Fest takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course and will once again feature twelve stages of music in such varied genres as rock, pop, R&B, gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun, zydeco and much more.  The Festival will present more than 500 bands during the seven-day event with over eighty percent of the performers hailing from the city and region.

Advanced single-day tickets for Jazz Fest are $58. The gate price ticket will be $70.  Children’s tickets (ages 2 - 10) are still only $5 and are available at the gate only.  Single-day tickets to Jazz Fest are on sale by specific weekend, with each ticket valid for a single day’s attendance. Tickets are available at http://www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office.  All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

All of the Festival’s hugely popular VIP packages are on sale while very limited supplies last.  The Jazz Festival offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in style: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass which entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area  (See attachments for details). The Festival offers a special layaway arrangement for each of the VIP packages.  For information on layaway, please visit http://www.nojazzfest.com

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Jazz Fest also offers full-service travel packages for fans wishing to take the guesswork out of attending the event. Visit http://www.nojazzfest.com to learn more about the official travel packages that include hotel accommodations, travel to and from the Festival grounds and Festival tickets, including the option for Festival VIP packages.

A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at http://www.nojazzfest.com where, patrons can effortlessly reserve their hotel rooms for the event.  Festivalgoers can peruse room availability and book their accommodations early, taking advantage of some of the best prices offered at participating hotels including at the Official Host Hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival.  Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Peoples Health, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). IBERIABANK, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coca-Cola, Zatarain’s and WWOZ are all also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other revenues, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series and the Class Got Brass competition. Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Sync Up entertainment industry conference and new programs such as the Catapult Fund and Brass Tacks. Cultural events include the Jazz Journey concert series and free community festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM and the Jazz & Heritage Archive. In December 2014, the Foundation opened a new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his late wife Joyce.

The much-beloved Jazz & Heritage Foundation Gala will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  The Gala is an evening of music, food and fun that directly supports the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free music instruction program that reaches more than 85 students each week. This year’s Gala will feature George Benson, Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue as well as the Heritage School of Music.  The Gala always sells out, so please visit http://www.jazzandheritage.org or call 504-558-6107 to get tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Jazz Fest will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New Orleans Center For Creative Arts (NOCCA) at this year’s event. The Festival will feature the NOCCA Pavilion, a large tent located at the heart of the Fair Grounds, showcasing the next generation of local artists.   Presentations from NOCCA students will include multidisciplinary live shows on the NOCCA Stage inside the Pavilion and the painting of a 20’ mural in front of the tent. Photo and multimedia exhibits will complete the presentation.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions Louisiana, LLC. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans) and AEG Louisiana Production, LLC. (a subsidiary of AEG Live).

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
PRESENTED BY SHELL
APRIL 24 - 26 & APRIL 30 - MAY 3, 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Keith Urban, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff, Hozier, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Nicholas Payton, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9, Wayne Toups, Snarky Puppy, Lágbájá of Nigeria, La Santa Cecilia, Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt A Whirl Band feat. Lou Ann Barton, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Royal Teeth, Brass–A-Holics, Honey Island Swamp Band, Louis Prima, Jr & the Witnesses, Going Home to Gospel with Davell Crawford, Kent Jordan, Earphunk, New Birth Brass Band, Mia Borders, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, The Larry Garner Blues Band, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Kenny Neal, Leo Jackson & The Melody Clouds, Grayson Capps, Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage, Jonathon “Boogie” Long, Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, Johnny Sansone, The Rayo Brothers, Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Jamil Sharif, The Irvin Mayfield School of Music Ambassadors, The Blues Masters feat. Big Al Carson, Alexey Marti, Real Untouchable Brass Band, The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra feat. Wendell Brunious and Tom Hook, Big Nine, Go Getters, and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Bishop Sean T. Elder & the Mount Hermon Baptist Church Mass Choir, N. O. Hip Hop Experience - DJ Jubilee ft. Partners-N-Crime, Keedy Black, DJ Mike Swift, Jimi Clever, T-Ray the Violinist, and Dobama, Tom McDermott & Friends, John Michael Bradford, The Revelers, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption, New Wave Brass Band, Tonia Scott & the Anointed Voices, Collage 3, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Native Nations Intertribal, The Bester Singers and The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, Grayhawk presents Native American Lore and Tale, Young Audiences Brass Band Throwdown, The Caesar Brothers FunkBox, The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Calliope Puppets, Encore Academy, Miss Claudia presents “Delicious!”, Keep N It Real and We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs…

SATURDAY, APRIL 25
The Who, John Legend, Ryan Adams, Robert Cray, Juvenile and Mannie Fresh Together, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guest Art Neville, Shovels & Rope, Cassandra Wilson, John P. Kee & New Life, Kenny Garrett, The Revivalists, Vieux Farka Touré, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Sonny Landreth, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, GIVERS, Luke James, Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste, Jr., Jeremy Davenport,  Ellis Marsalis, Big Chief Walter Cook and the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians, Raw Oyster Cult, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Jewel Brown with Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Kid Chocolate’s Onward Brass Band, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Tommy Malone, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, Tank and the Bangas, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Banu Gibson with NOCCA and NOTJC guests, Coyotes, Robin Barnes, Calvin Johnson, Tony Hall & the New Orleans Souls Stars' Tribute to James Brown, TBC Brass Band, The Wee Trio feat. James Westfall, Warren Storm – Willie Tee & Cypress, John Rankin and Friends, Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, 101 Runners, John Lisi & Delta Funk!, The New Orleans Black Chorale – Tribute to Moses Hogan, Sweet Crude, Curtis Pierre and the Samba Kids, Alexis Spight, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Asheson, Cory “Caesar” Ricks, Favor, Divine Ladies, Dumaine Gang, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, First Emanuel Baptist Church Mass Choir, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction, Richard Comeaux Pedal Steel with the River Rats, Julio y Cesar Band, Mark Brooks and Friends with guest Yolanda Windsay, N.O. Quarter Shanty Krewe, Voices of Peter Claver, Young Band Nation Blues Project, Native Nations Intertribal, Resurrection Baptist Church Choir of Schertz Texas, NOCCA presents Carnival of the Animals, Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble, Single Ladies and Men, Nine Times, and Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Di Filippo Marionette, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team…

SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Allen Toussaint, Delbert McClinton, Irma Thomas, Angelique Kidjo, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Shirley Caesar, BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown, Rebirth Brass Band, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton featuring Henry Butler, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: 40th Anniversary with special guests, Cowboy Mouth, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen,  John Mooney & Bluesiana, Carolyn Wonderland, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Zion Harmonizers, Little Freddie King Blues Band, The New Orleans Suspects, Kristin Diable, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Creole String Beans, Hot 8 Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Flow Tribe, Leah Chase, Victor Goines and Faubourg Quartet present Charlie Parker with Strings, Luke Winslow King, Brass Bed, The Rocks of Harmony, Big Chief Keke and the Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, NOCCA Allstar Alumni Jazz Jam, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Jo “Cool” Davis with guest Helen Durieux, The Deslondes, Tim Laughlin, New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, The Furious Five, Untouchables, and Big Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Peter Harris, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Wendell Brunious & the New Orleans Allstars, Rumba Buena, Kevin Stylez, Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, The Last Straws, Tornado Brass Band, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Young Guardians of the Flame, Young Men Olympia Aid, New Look, and First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Mikayla, OTRA, Kim Che’re, Ray Abshire Cajun Band, Native Nations Intertribal, Capoeira New Orleans, Judy Stock, Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir, OperaCréole, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, Franklin Avenue Music Ministry, DJ Raj Smoove, Adella Adella the Storyteller and the Freeman Brothers…

THURSDAY, APRIL 30
Widespread Panic, Third World, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Word, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials, Cyril Neville, Sturgill Simpson, Bonerama, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Kierra Sheard, Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Robert “Bilbo” Walker & the California Dolls, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Amanda Shires, Eric Lindell, Eagle & Hawk, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Stephanie Jordan Big Band, The Iguanas, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Yvette Landry Band, TAUK, Higher Heights Reggae Band, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Tribute to Lionel Ferbos feat. The Palm Court Jazz Band & Friends, Spencer Bohren & the Whippersnappers, Leroy Jones & the New Orleans-Helsinki Connection, Phillip Manuel swings The Beatles, Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, The Pfister Sisters, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys, Secondline Jammers, VIP Ladies, and Men of Class Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Tonya Boyd-Cannon & the Crieux, Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters, McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir, Free Agents Brass Band, Grupo Sensacion, Kelly Love Jones, Idlewild String Confederation, Pat Casey & The New Sound, Young Seminole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, Trumpet Mafia, The Jones Sisters, Sweet Cecilia, Louis Ford & his New Orleans Flairs, Donnell Russell & UPS, Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs, Ruby & the Rogues, Joseph Torregano Quartet, Sons of Jazz Brass Band, Men Buckjumpers and Revolution Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Da Knockaz Brass Band, KID smART Showcase, Landry Walker Charter High School Choir, Helen Cox High School Choir, Kalpana the Storyteller, NOCCA presents the History of Second Line, ISL Circus Arts Kids, Square Dance with the Swamp Lilies, McMain Secondary School Drama Troupe…

FRIDAY, MAY 1
No Doubt, Chicago, Anthony Hamilton, Galactic featuring Macy Gray, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Paloma Faith, Estelle, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Christian Scott, Gurrumul, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Marc Broussard, Donald Harrison, Jr., Luther Kent & Trickbag, Charmaine Neville Band, PresHall Brass, Sasha Masakowski, Rev. John Wilkins, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Jarekus Singleton, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra, James Rivers Movement, Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes, Connie and Dwight Fitch with the St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Gospel Choir, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band with special guests, Maggie Koerner, Herbert McCarver & Pinstripe Brass Band, White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Panorama Jazz Band, Hot Club of New Orleans, Erica Falls, The Honorable South, Roland Guerin, Jesse McBride presents The Next Generation, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Shades of Praise, Curtis Pierre and Escola de Samba Casa Samba, Jambalaya Cajun Band with guest D.L. Menard,  Bamboula 2000, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests from Brazil, Kyle Roussel, Lady & Men Rollers and Scene Boosters Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, High Steppers Brass Band, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners, Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, The Raymond A. Myles Singers, David & Roselyn, The 4x4 Connection Band, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Chris Clifton & his Allstars, Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, Donald Lewis, Kat Walker Jazz Combo, New Orleans Youth Buck Jumpers, 21st Century Brass Band, The Sensational Chosen Voices, Original Four and Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, East Indian performance by Dancescape Studio, Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase…

SATURDAY, MAY 2
Elton John, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Taj Mahal Trio, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, Big Freedia “Queen of Bounce”, Marcia Ball, Vintage Trouble, Pastor Marvin Sapp, New Orleans Classic R&B Divas feat. The Dixie Cups, Wanda Rouzan, and Jean Knight,  Dee-1, Davell Crawford presents “To Fats with Love”, The Terence Blanchard E-Collective, The Soul Rebels, Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band with Thais Clark, Chris Thomas King, Germaine Bazzle, Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Henry Gray, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Astral Project, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Andrew Duhon, Original Pinettes Brass Band, Ruby Wilson’s Tribute to Bessie Smith feat. Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, Colin Lake, Mississippi Rail Company, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders with Butch Thompson, Cardinal Sons, Ed Volker’s Trio Mollusc, Khris Royal and Dark Matter, TYSSON, Helen Gillet, The Johnson Extension, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir, Midnite Disturbers, Cha Wa, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!, Mariachi Jalisco US, Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band, Kinfolk Brass Band, Undefeated Divas & Gents and Original Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, DUKES of Dixieland, Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Pastor Jai Reed, Woodenhead 40th Anniversary Celebration, Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Bonsoir, Catin, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Larry Sieberth feat. Mehnaz Hoosein, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, The Swing Setters, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program, The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Westbank Steppers, Nine Time Ladies, and Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, The RRAAMS, Puppet Arts Theatre, Crescent City Lights Youth Theater…

SUNDAY, MAY 3
TBA, Steve Winwood, The O’Jays, Kacey Musgraves, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Meters feat. Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr., and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Spirit of Satch: Dr. John interprets Louis Armstrong, the Radiators, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Buckwheat Zydeco, John Boutté, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Christian McBride Big Band with special guests Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, Deacon John, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Pine Leaf Boys: Louisiana Music, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Glen David Andrews, Ironing Board Sam, Kim Carson & the Real Deal, Jeff Floyd, Jason Marsalis, Treme Brass Band, Feufollet, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Original Lady Buckjumpers and Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Stooges Brass Band, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, DJ Captain Charles, Courtney Bryan, NOCCA Allstar Alumni Jazz Jam, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Palmetto Bug Stompers, Major Handy & the Louisiana Blues Band, Big Chief Juan & Jockimo’s Groove, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Guitar Slim Jr., Tribute to Alvin Batiste feat. Gregory Agid and Khari Allen,  The Mulligan Brothers, Little Maker, Bobby Lounge, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Brandon Moreau and Cajungrass, Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, John Lawrence & Ven Pa’ Ca Flamenco Ensemble, Cynthia Girtley “New Orleans Gospel Diva”, The City of Love Music & Worship Arts, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company & stilt walkers, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Norbert Susemihl’s New Orleans Allstars feat. Wanda Rouzan, Ottertrail Native American Dance Troupe, McTeggart Irish Dancers of Louisiana, Val & Love Alive Mass Choir, E’Dana, Versailles Lion Dance Team, Ole & Nu Style Fellas, New Generation, and Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Javier’s Dance Company presents Across the Border, Chosen Vessels Dance and Performing Arts, Hobgoblin Hill Puppets…


NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
PRESENTED BY SHELL
APRIL 24 - 26 & APRIL 30 - MAY 3, 2015

 

JAZZ FEST TICKET INFORMATION

1st Weekend Single Day Tickets (April 24, 25 & 26)
Advance adult ticket: $58 through Thursday, April 23
Gate Price: $70
(each ticket valid for any single day of the weekend)
Child's ticket: $5 (available at the gate only, ages 2 – 10, adult must be present with child)

2nd Weekend Single Day Tickets (April 30, May 1, 2 & 3)
Advance adult ticket: $58 through Wednesday, April 29
Gate Price: $70
(each ticket valid for any single day of the weekend)
Child's ticket: $5 (available at the gate only, ages 2 – 10, adult must be present with child)

Tickets are available at http://www.nojazzfest.com and www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.  Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office.  All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

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George Wein Honored by GRAMMYS

George Wein - founder of many events, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - will receive the Trustees Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences on Feb. 7, during GRAMMY Week. This is the same award received by New Orleanians Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint and Dave Bartholomew in recent years.

For more on the awards, please see here.
http://www.grammy.com/news/special-merit-awards-class-of-2015

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Audience members at the grand opening party for the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center were thrilled to hear a performance by the building's namesake, George Wein.

Mr. Wein, 89, gave touchingly candid remarks, then moved to the piano where he debuted a new blues song he had written for the occasion.

To a lively, lilting melody, he sang and rapped lyrics that shed light on his relationship with New Orleans - including race relations in the city - and the birth of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The song concluded endearingly, with the lines:

When you're parading down Rampart
You'll hear me sing this song
When you parade down Rampart
You'll hear me singing this song
I'm gonna tell them that Georgie Wein and Joyce
Were here and gone

See a video - recorded by Jazz & Heritage Foundation board president Demetric Mercadel - here.

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Nola.com | The Times-Picayune:

Coverage of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center grand opening.

Photo gallery from the grand opening press conference here.

Compilation of TV coverage: here.

The New York Times coverage: here.

Our video coverage of the grand opening press conference: here.

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Jazz & Heritage Center Grand Opening

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Jazz Fest founder George Wein cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Photo by Charlie Steiner/WWOZ

 

For additional news coverage of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center grand opening, see here. For a photo gallery from the grand opening press conference and tour of the building, see here. For video of George Wein's performance at the grand opening concert, see here. For complete video of the grand opening press conference, see here.

GEORGE AND JOYCE WEIN JAZZ & HERITAGE CENTER GRAND OPENING

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation purchased the historic building at 1225 N. Rampart Street – the former Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home – in 2008. After extensive planning, the foundation determined to use the space as the first permanent home of its free education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, which has operated on local university campuses since its inception in 1990. The building will house many of the Foundation’s other programs while also serving as a community arts center.

The Jazz & Heritage Center is named in honor of George Wein and his late wife Joyce, the pioneering festival producers who helped to launch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (which is owned by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation) in 1970. Mr. Wein, 89, will attend the Dec. 11 press conference.

“George and Joyce Wein have done so much to benefit our community and our culture,” said Demetric Mercadel, president of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s 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.”

After nearly two years of renovations, the building features seven classrooms (including dedicated labs for piano and drums) and a 200-seat performance hall. All rooms are wired to a central control room for audio and video recording. The building also has interactive video projection for distance learning and special presentations.

"We expect this facility - which is located at the gateway to the Tremé neighborhood - to give a major boost to the cultural and economic development of not only Tremé, but to our entire city," said Don Marshall, executive director of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

The nearly $9 million project was funded with more than $3 million in contributions from various sources – including George and Joyce Wein, the Goldring Family Foundation, ArtPlace (a consortium of major national foundations), the Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima Foundation, the Ella West Freeman Foundation, the Helis Foundation and the State of Louisiana. A large number of individuals, local and national foundations also contributed to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign. The remainder of the project’s costs were self-financed by the Foundation.

Musical equipment makers donated large numbers of instruments and other gear for the facility, including: Fender (bass guitars, bass amplifiers and guitar amplifiers), Shure (microphones), Yahama (drums), Casio (keyboards), Zildjian (cymbals) and D’Addario (strings).

About George and Joyce Wein and Jazz Fest
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, which became the first outdoor jazz festival in the United States and 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 the Weins), 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 promotion and development 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, Jazz Fest has a $300 million annual economic impact on New Orleans, and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation uses proceeds from the festival for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ and the Jazz & Heritage Archive.

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Sheri LaBranche Jackson

Sheri LaBranche Jackson
May 5, 1968 – November 27, 2014

Sheri LaBranche Jackson, who served as the Chief Financial Officer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation from 2010 to 2014, passed away on Nov. 27, following a long illness due to complications from a stroke suffered in April. She was 46. The entire Jazz & Heritage family mourns her loss and expresses its deepest condolences to her family.

Sheri was born on May 5, 1968, to her loving parents, Regina Powell LaBranche and Emile J. LaBranche, III, MD, in New Orleans.

In her early years, Sheri attended Mildred Osborne Elementary and St. James Major Catholic Elementary School. Sheri graduated from Cabrini High School in 1985. 

Following graduation, Sheri attended Spellman College in Atlanta, and later completed undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in 1992 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Business Management.  She received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2006.

In 1990, Sheri started dating the love of her life – Jessie D. Jackson, Jr.  Two years later, Sheri and Jessie married, on November 9, 1992.  They had two children: Devin Emile Jackson, born in 1992, and Denzel Malik Jackson, born in 1995. Jessie passed away in 2010.

Sheri was a hard worker with an entrepreneurial spirit.  Sheri and Jessie owned and operated, along with her mother-in-law, Betty Baker, Time Out Sports Bar & Grill – a hotspot for all sports in New Orleans East.  Concurrently, she owned and operated a tax business named Checks and Balances, serving many local non-profits and small businesses.

Sheri’s professional career spanned 24 years. She served as chief financial officer of the St. Thomas Iris Channel Consortium; as corporate assistant controller of Allied Home Mortgage in Houston; as accountant/consultant at Checks and Balances Accounting Services; as project accountant for Parsons Aviation of Louisiana; and as chief financial officer/director of Finance and Administration for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. Her last job – the dream job of her life – was as chief financial officer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

Sheri leaves to mourn her sons, Devin and Denzel; her mother, Regina LaBranche; her father, Emile J. LaBranche, III, MD; her brother Steven E. LaBranche; grandmother, Marie W. Jordan; mother-in-law, Betty Baker. She also leaves to mourn her step-daughter, April Danielle Grant; her half-sisters, Erin & Evan LaBranche; godchildren, Tiffany, Emile and Zane Thomas. She also leaves to mourn her niece, Phalyn LaBranche; her aunt, Karen LaBranche (Ederson) Thomas; uncles, Kevin Jordan, MD and Derek Jordan; sister-in-law, Chrystal R. LaBranche; and step-mother Anne LaBranche. Sheri also leaves a host of other relatives, friends and associates.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at Rhodes Funeral Home (3933 Washington Avenue, New Orleans). Visitation is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; the memorial service begins at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following organizations:

Heritage School of Music
c/o The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation, Inc.
1205 North Rampart Street,
New Orleans, LA 70116

Cabrini High School
1400 Moss Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

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George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center Grand Opening Concert

After years of planning and many months of construction, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will celebrate the grand opening of the new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center with a gala concert on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

The event will feature music by saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, who founded the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music in 1990. Joining him onstage will be four of his musical children: Kent (flute), Marlon (trumpet), Stephanie (voice) and Rachel Jordan (violin). The concert begins at 8 p.m.

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 its inception. It will also serve as a community center.

Tickets to the grand opening concert are free, but seating is limited so advance registration was required. All advance registrations have now been filled. Additional seating will be avaiable to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow rooms with live audio and video of the concert also will be available for those who arrive late or otherwise are not able to find seats in the auditorium.

After nearly two years of renovations, the historic building that houses the Jazz & Heritage Center is poised to become a state-of-the-art education and community center. It will be the permanent home of our Heritage School of Music and will serve as the location for many programs and events produced by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. It also will be available for other community arts organizations for classes and events. The building has seven classrooms (including dedicated labs for piano and drums) and a 200-seat performance hall.

The Jazz & Heritage Center is named in honor of George Wein and his late wife Joyce, the pioneering festival producers who helped to launch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (which is owned by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation) in 1970.

“George and Joyce Wein have done so much to benefit our community and our culture,” said Demetric Mercadel, 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.

The Dec. 12 concert will feature an opening set by students and faculty of the Heritage School of Music, starting at 8 p.m. After that, Kidd Jordan and his children (and accompanying musicians) will perform a 90-minute set.

The performance will be live streamed on the web site of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's radio station, WWOZ (http://www.wwoz.org).

About the Performers:

Edward “Kidd” Jordan
Kidd Jordan is acclaimed internationally as one of the true master improvisers in modern music. Indie Jazz aptly describes Kidd as a genteel man who is probably the single most under-documented jazz musician of his generation. Jordan was recognized as a jazz maverick back in the 1940s, intent on exploring jazz-rooted music's outer reaches. In recognition of his great musical achievements, knighthood was bestowed on him by the Republic of France, where he holds the title Chevalier des Artes et Lettres.

This virtuoso has unselfishly shared his gift of and passion for music for more than 50 years, 36 of which he spent at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) until he retired in 2006 as head of the jazz studies program. So significant has his work been that his achievements were documented by CBS’ “60 Minutes,” and he was honored with Offbeat magazine's first Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Education.  In 2013 he was selected as recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association 'Jazz Hero' award.

In 1990, Kidd approached the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation with a request to support free, weekly jazz lessons for kids who were not getting the music instruction in their schools that they wanted. The Foundation agreed, and the Kidd became the founding director of the Foundation’s signature music education program, the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music.

The list of musicians and singers Kidd has performed and recorded with is long and replete with the cream of jazz, soul, R&B and rock. From Aretha Franklin to REM, Cannonball Adderley to Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles to Sun Ra, Kidd has performed with a who's who of music. He was an influence in the beginning of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and a major force in the formation of the World Saxophone Quartet, both of whom he has performed with. With Alvin Fielder and Clyde Kerr, Jr., he formed the Improvisational Arts Quintet.

Kidd Jordan has a long and abiding commitment to jazz education and many of today's top jazz musicians - including Terence Blanchard, Marsalis brothers, Marlon Jordan, Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty and many others - have benefited from his tutelage.

Kent Jordan
Flutist Kent Jordan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Performance on the flute.   Kent presently heads the music department at Lusher Charter School, an arts intensive program in New Orleans.

Kent also teaches the big band and flute curriculums at the Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. As former Chair of the Music Department at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), Kent has cultivated many students, such as Christian Scott, Troy Andrews and Devin Phillips.

Kent has performed and recorded as a sideman with the likes of Alvin Batiste, Kevin Eubanks, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis and the legendary Elvin Jones. This accomplished flautist has been performing professionally since 1969, when he was a soloist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Kent has released three albums on the Columbia label: “No Question,” “Night Aire” and “Essence.”  His latest album, “Out of This World,” was release on his own label, Funshanel Art Media.

Marlon Jordan
Marlon Jordan was one of the “young lions" of jazz who were signed, recorded and promoted on major record labels in the 1980s. He recorded three impressive LPs for Columbia from 1998 to 1992 – “For You Only,” “Learson's Return” and “The Undaunted,” and one for the Arabesque label entitled “Marlon's Mode” in 1997.

His latest album, which features Stephanie Jordan, “You Don't Know What Love Is,” announces the return of this exceptional trumpeter.  This dancing and delicious document reveals a mature artist who sounds like himself.  You can hear Jordan's clean, boppish lines laced with power, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire jazz trumpet tradition, signed in own unique sonic signature.

An accomplished classical musician as well, Marlon has performed as a soloist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. But his true joy is his constant performance in the streets and nightclubs of New Orleans and Brazil. Marlon graduated from the famed NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts).

Rachel Jordan
Rachel Jordan is a Professor of Violin at Jackson State University, a member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and a member of the Carter Rachel Jordan Quartet at Loyola University in New Orleans.  Rachel has served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University, Southern University, and Dillard University in New Orleans.  Ms. Jordan was also a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans for 12 years.

Rachel received both her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with Berl Senofsky.

Rachel is also the founder and artistic director of the Music Alive Ensemble, a classical and jazz ensemble of musicians, composers and arrangers. She has been a featured performer at the Kennedy Center, Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the Music Center of Houston and the Mozart Festival in Washington, D.C. Jordan also performed with Jackson State University Orchestra for the Congressional Black Caucus’ Inauguration Ceremony for President Barack Obama.

In 2011, Rachel produced "Christmas with the New Orleans Ladies of Jazz: I Saw Three Ships," a holiday album that features Germaine Bazzle, Leah Chase and Stephanie Jordan performing with the Music Alive Ensemble.  Rachel also performs on and is the executive producer of “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” the Marlon Jordan record that features Stephanie Jordan.

Stephanie Jordan
Vocalist Stephanie Jordan is consistently praised for her poise, elegance and soulful articulation. She draws frequent comparisons to her inspirations, the legendary jazz singers Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, Lena Horne and Carmen McRae. Critics have also likened Ms. Jordan to jazz stars Diana Krall and Nancy Wilson.

Stephanie's current show continues her signature trademark of singing jazz standards from the Big Band era. It includes highlights from her self-produced debut CD on her Vige Music label, "Stephanie Jordan Sings A Tribute to the Fabulous Lena Horne: Yesterday When I Was Young."

She has had the honor of performing in the presence of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as having sung with Stevie Wonder during the National Urban League's 2012 National Conference. Jordan performed for the private celebration 'Oprah Winfrey and Friends of Susan Taylor,' and she sang the National Anthem for the NBA All-Star Game.

Following hurricane Katrina, Stephanie and Marlon served as US Jazz Ambassadors on a European Tour to Bucharest, Germany, Lithuania and Ukraine on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Stephanie has performed on other stellar stages, including the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chicago's Harris Theater, the Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland, Baton Rouge’s Manship Theatre and the inaugural International Jazz Day, which was celebrated by millions worldwide during an all-star sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square.

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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Awards $500,000 in Community Partnership Grants

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation - the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell - has announced the recipients of its 2014-2015 Community Partnership Grants.

Of 235 applications received in four grant categories, 207 were awarded funding. The total amount awarded was $498,590 (up from $361,865 last year). The grants were distributed Sept. 29 at 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 Demetric Mercadel, 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.

The Foundation has donated more than $3 million to nonprofit event presenters, educational programs, dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, performing artists, visual artists and many more.

By investing so much into the community, and making a concerted effort to nurture local artists and organizations, the Foundation is creating an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed over the long term.

For the 2014-2015 grant cycle, grants were awarded in four categories: one for non-profit organizations that present festivals and other cultural events and hire local performers; one for artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document the local culture; and two for education programs (one for public schools providing music and art classes as part of the school day, and one for non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts).

The Foundation received a total of 235 applications, down from 262 received last year, and up from the 214 received in 2013. Of the applications received, 207 were awarded funding (up from 185 last year and 125 in 2013). The total amount of funding distributed was $498,590, up from $361,865 last year and $313,205 in 2013.

The largest grants given were $4,500 (up from $3,500 last year). The smallest were $1,000.

"Every year we wrestle with the question of whether to give fewer grants in larger amounts, or to give the largest number of grants possible even if it means the individual grant sizes may be small," said Don Marshall, executive director of the Foundation. "We have found over the years that even though some of the grants may be small, they still have a big impact on the grass-roots organizations that receive them."

Complete lists of the 2014-2015 grant recipients in each category are online at http://www.CommunityPartnershipGrants.org

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage & Heritage Foundation is the non-profit 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 the Foundation's activities, see http://www.JazzAndHeritage.org

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2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Official T-Shirt Design Winners | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Official T-Shirt Design Winners

As we’ve done for the past several years, we conducted a contest to design the official T-shirt of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

We had nearly 50 entries this year, and we liked them so much that we couldn’t pick just one. So we’ll offer two T-shirts this year.

The winning designers are:

Jeff Ipjian, a 26-year- old designer from Seal Beach, California. Jeff designs for the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club and the Honda Center Entertainment venue in Anaheim, California. He is a graduate of the BFA Graphic Design Program at California State University, Long Beach. Jeff says: “I have been teaching  myself various instruments from guitar to drums over the past 12 years and love to play music in my free time. Naturally, my love of design and music has merged and created a great passion for artwork within the music industry. I have a collection of vinyl records and gig posters that keeps my passion going. I am always looking for new opportunities to be creative and to design for awesome events.”

Lonnie Walker of Prospect, Kentucky (a rural suburb on the outskirts of Louisville) is an award-winning designer, illustrator and owner of PrimoGraphics, Inc., a studio he founded in 1999. His experience includes lithography, screen-printing, design studios and ad agencies over the past 30 years. He did the official poster of the Kentucky Derby Festival in 2000 and 2013, and he has worked on design projects for many large and small companies and events, including Coca-Cola, Six Flags Theme Parks, the Houston Symphony and the Rose Bowl Parade, among others.

Lonnie designed what we call the “pig shirt,” and Jeff designed the shirt with the half-moon image.

Both designers will get a cash prize of $500, along with bragging rights. Many thanks to them both!

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2014-2015 Community Partnership Grants Recipients Announced

2014-2015 Community Partnership Grants Recipients Announced

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation - the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell - has announced the recipients of its 2014-2015 Community Partnership Grants.

Of 235 applications received in four grant categories, 207 were awarded funding. The total amount awarded was $498,590 (up from $361,865 last year). The grants were distributed Sept. 29 at 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 Demetric Mercadel, 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.

The Foundation has donated more than $3 million to nonprofit event presenters, educational programs, dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, performing artists, visual artists and many more.

By investing so much into the community, and making a concerted effort to nurture local artists and organizations, the Foundation is creating an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed over the long term.

For the 2014-2015 grant cycle, grants were awarded in four categories: one for non-profit organizations that present festivals and other cultural events and hire local performers; one for artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document the local culture; and two for education programs (one for public schools providing music and art classes as part of the school day, and one for non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts).

The Foundation received a total of 235 applications, down from 262 received last year, and up from the 214 received in 2013. Of the applications received, 207 were awarded funding (up from 185 last year and 125 in 2013). The total amount of funding distributed was $498,590, up from $361,865 last year and $313,205 in 2013.

The largest grants given were $4,500 (up from $3,500 last year). The smallest were $1,000.

"Every year we wrestle with the question of whether to give fewer grants in larger amounts, or to give the largest number of grants possible even if it means the individual grant sizes may be small," said Don Marshall, executive director of the Foundation. "We have found over the years that even though some of the grants may be small, they still have a big impact on the grass-roots organizations that receive them."

Complete lists of the 2014-2015 grant recipients in each category are online at http://www.CommunityPartnershipGrants.org

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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Helps New Orleans Win Prestigious Planning Grant For Arts Education

KENNEDY CENTER NAMES NEW ORLEANS AS 16TH CITY FOR ‘ENSURING THE ARTS FOR ANY GIVEN CHILD’

The Kennedy Center launched the Ensuring the Arts Any Given Child program in 2009 to help cities address the increasingly urgent need to restore arts education in the schools, which too often is the first item to be cut when budgets get tight. To date, Any Given Child has helped 15 cities establish successful plans to reestablish meaningful arts education in K-8 schools.

In New Orleans, many arts educators and advocates have been working for years to increase the amount of arts education available to our children. The effort is especially challenging because of the decentralized school system in New Orleans, where more than 90 percent of public school students attend independently-run charter schools.

"The cultural economy of New Orleans is more important now than ever. Our culture serves as the backbone of who we are as a community and the cultural economy injects millions of dollars into our city,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Any Given Child provides New Orleans with an opportunity to collaborate on an educational future that includes a strong emphasis on the arts – supporting 21st Century learning skills students need to succeed in a global society, as well as the rich cultural heritage that defines our city."

New Orleans’s Any Given Child project was initiated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, , the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, KID smART, Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Artist Corps.

Any Given Child demonstrates the need and ability for stakeholders throughout the city to join hands to support an education that includes the arts.

“New Orleans is known for its vibrant music community and rich culture. This initiative brings together leadership throughout the city, who will work together to ensure that children in the participating schools receive learning experiences and opportunities in the arts from kindergarten through eighth grade,” said Kennedy Center Vice President of Education Darrell M. Ayers. “An ongoing, consistent arts education improves students’ intellectual, personal, and social development.”

The first phase of the program is a comprehensive audit of existing arts education resources and needs assessment by Kennedy Center staff and consultants, in collaboration with a committee of local leaders.  Based on this information, a plan is created to bring more access to arts education for all K-8 students.

Phase one of Any Given Child is funded by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.

“The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is proud to support this initiative on every level,” said Demetric Mercadel, President of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. “Every student in New Orleans deserves access to top-quality arts education, and we will do our part to help make sure that they get it.”

Phase one meetings begin in New Orleans on Sept. 23. In January, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host a public forum to explain the planning process and gather community input.

During phase two of the program, a committee of community members will make recommendations to the schools and local arts groups on how to best implement the plan, focusing on increasing arts opportunities for K-8 students.  In addition, educators and artists can take advantage of on-line and professional development resources available from the Kennedy Center. The goal of this second phase is to provide a tapestry of arts education, strategically weaving together existing arts resources within the schools with those available from community providers and the Kennedy Center in order to reach every child.

Since the program’s inception, Any Given Child sites have reported numerous successes: new sources of funding for arts education have been established; communities have expanded arts offerings for students; some school districts have hired additional teachers or added staff positions; and sites have provided professional learning for classroom teachers, arts specialists, and local arts organizations to build their capacity to deliver high quality arts education to students.

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child is funded by David and Alice Rubenstein, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by David Gregory and Beth Wilkinson; the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts; and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Elects New Board Officers

JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION OFFICERS ELECTED

The Board of Directors elected new officers at its meeting held Sept. 11, 2014. By a unanimous vote, the following members were elected to these positions:

Demetric Mercadel, President
Donna Santiago, 1st Vice President
Kathleen Turner, 2nd Vice President
Jeffrey Goldring, Secretary
David Francis, Treasurer

The officers will serve a one-year term.

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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 rejoin the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival after making a big splash with us last year.

John will paint at least three of our performers, live and in action. Then we'll sell the paintings in a live auction. Sales will benefit our Heritage School of Music, a free education program.

John also will paint our first-ever official poster. It features an iconic image of the beloved New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King.

Little Freddie will autograph the original painting on our stage on Oct. 17, and we'll auction it off to raise money for our Heritage School of Music. Proceeds of the poster sales - both unsigned and (more expensive) signed prints - will be on sale at the festival. And how cool is this? You can watch video of the artwork taking shape with John painting it in his studio - see here.

Here are paintings John did at the 2013 Blues & BBQ Festival, featuring Sonny Landreth, Tommy Malone, the Lee Boys and John Mooney. These sold for between $1,000 and $3,200. Let's see if we can do better this year and provide more money for our free music school!

 

 

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.

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Call For Artists

Call For Artists

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation will be opening our new George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center this December. With the generous support of the Helis Foundation, artworks that reflect the music and culture of Louisiana will be purchased or commissioned to be on exhibition in the Center.

Artworks selected will be displayed on the walls throughout the Center and must be created by artists living and working in Louisiana.

Interested artists are invited to submit existing work and/or a proposal of work(s) they would create for the project by completing the application form at http://www.callforentry.org

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Please note: In order to apply you must create a Call For Entry profile, and then upload images to your "portfolio." If you are proposing a commission, you must upload a sketch.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, October 10, 2014.

Eligibility: Open to professional artists living in Louisiana.
Medium: painting, photography, printmaking, sculptural work suitable for wall installation.
Application deadline: October 10 by 5 pm.

If you are proposing a commissioned work, please describe the piece(s), including subject matter, medium and approximate size. Also describe the relationship between the proposed commissioned piece and the images in your application.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more about the Foundation, please visit our web site.

The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation funded by the William Helis Family. Enriching the cultural life of New Orleans, the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds of The Helis Foundation sustain, provide free admission to, and acquire works of art for institutions throughout the Greater New Orleans region. The foundation also underwrites and invests in major exhibitions and projects, including the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, Prospect.3’s “Basquiat and the Bayou” (scheduled for late 2014), the Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden in City Park’s Botanical Gardens (scheduled for 2015) and the Contemporary Art Center's "Thirty Americans” exhibition in 2014.

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Louis Prima Partners With Jazz & Heritage Foundation to Support Music Eductation

Louis Prima Partners With Jazz & Heritage Foundation to Support Music Eductation

JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH
LOUIS PRIMA AND GIA MAIONE PRIMA FOUNDATION

Louis Prima, one of New Orleans’ most renowned and beloved jazz musicians, will have a lasting impact on music education in New Orleans thanks to a new partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Prima – the trumpeter, singer, bandleader and songwriter famous for such songs as “Just A Gigolo,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “I Ain’t Got Nobody” and many others, who died in 1978 - will provide long-term financial support to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s music education programs through a donation from the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. The donation will support the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s programs in music instruction and career development for student and professional musicians.

On July 31, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will announce that it will recognize the Foundation’s donation by naming a room, the Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima Foundation, Inc. Brass Instrument Room, at the new education and community center the foundation is building in the Tremé neighborhood.

“Throughout Louis’ life, he always believed in helping young people learn the joy of making music, and in supporting his fellow musicians,” said Anthony Sylvester, Managing Member of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with one of the country’s most important cultural institutions to provide jazz lessons to the youth of Louis’ home town, and to support those professionals who take the sound of New Orleans around the world.”

“Louis Prima was and remains an icon of New Orleans – and American - music,” said Anthony J. Ruda, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. “It is a wonderful honor to extend our relationship with him and his family in the service of our community.”

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell – is now putting the finishing touches on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – the state-of-the-art education and community center it is creating in a historic building on Rampart Street. When finished, the building will have seven classrooms, including dedicated rooms for piano and drum lessons, along with a 200-seat auditorium and digital media capabilities. The building is named for George Wein and his late wife Joyce, who came to New Orleans to establish Jazz Fest in 1970 after gaining renown for launching the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation will christen the Louis Prima and Gia Maione Prima Brass Instrument Room at the facility during its grand opening in December.

The building will be the first permanent home of the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s principal education program. The school was established in 1990 by the saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan. It has operated as a guest on the campus of local universities as a one-day-a-week program. When the Jazz & Heritage Center is complete, the school will expand to multiple days per week.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation also will use the facility to establish new programs to provide instruction to music students and professional development to those who have made music their careers.

All of these activities will be supported in part by the donation from the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. This is not the Foundation’s first effort to support music education in New Orleans. In 2011, it announced that it would provide one college scholarship annually to graduates of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), in a partnership with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

A New Orleans native, Louis Prima was born in 1910, the second of four children in a family of Sicilian immigrants who lived in the 1800 block of St. Peter Street, in the Tremé.  It was a musical family, and Louis received violin lessons as a child. He became interested in jazz after hearing artists such as Louis Armstrong at some of the Italian-owned music clubs in the city. He dropped out of Warren Easton High School in 1928 to pursue a career as a jazz musician. His first big break came in 1932, when he was hired to play in daily afternoon and evening shows at the Saenger Theater.

Bold, talented and ambitious, Prima sought success with his New Orleans Gang in New York, California and Chicago – and then back in New York, where, by the late 1930s, his career began to take off. Indeed, 52nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway was renamed “Swing Street” partly due to Prima becoming a smash hit at a club on the block called the Famous Door.

He ultimately became one of the country’s top concert attractions, breaking attendance records at major theaters from coast to coast, and recording hit records for a variety of companies. He performed for presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. His fame reached even greater heights after he voiced the King Louie character in the classic Walt Disney Film “The Jungle Book.”

Over the years, he embraced jazz, swing and big band styles, and even rock & roll. He was a larger than life character, credited with coining such expressions as "swing" and other "hep" sayings like "solid jack," "crazy man," and many more. Through it all, Prima was revered for the trail-blazing sound and persona enshrined in his landmark 1956 album, “The Wildest!”

Prima’s popularity continues to this day. His music often is heard in motion pictures and in TV commercials for major brands.

In 2010, Prima was the subject of a Jazz Fest poster created from a portrait painted by the legendary singer Tony Bennett, and the Honoree of the U.S. Postal Service’s Commemorative Jazz Fest Envelope.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation was established in 1970 as the nonprofit owner of Jazz Fest. The foundation uses the proceeds from that world-famous festival for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment.

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First Annual Jazz & Heritage Charity Golf Tournament

Please join American Commercial Lines and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation for the first annual Jazz & Heritage Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music.

The tournament takes place Wednesday, June 18, at the beautiful English Turn Country Club. The tournament is limited to 36 foursomes, two per hole. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Support music education while enjoying a relaxing day of golf with opportunities for networking and ACL customer appreciation.

Teams will be placed into three flights with great prizes for first, second, and third place. A prize will also be awarded for the closest to the hole on all four par 3’s.

To register for the event, please use this form. Print, complete and send to the address below.

Each golfer will receive:
A tournament shirt
A sleeve of balls
A $100 gift certificate to the Foot Joy Mobile Pro Shop
A surprise gift
A full breakfast & lunch in the clubhouse
Food and drinks on the golf course

Event Schedule
7:00 a.m. Registration and Full Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Call to Carts
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
1:30 p.m. Lunch and Foot Joy Pro Shop Opens
2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Format
Scramble format, with Bogey is your Friend. We will be playing two foursomes together
on each hole. For example, Team 1A and Team 1B will play together with all eight
golfers teeing off. Whichever team is away, those four players hit their second shot,
while the other team prepares for their four players to hit. Whichever team is away on
the green, those four players all putt, while the other team is lining up their putts. No
mulligans. This is an effort to ensure a smoother pace versus most tournaments in which
it’s one foursome playing while you wait on virtually every shot. As an added benefit,
you get to play with four additional people from our great industry!

Cost:
$2,500 per foursome.
Hole Sponsorship: $500

To register, please use this form.

Please send registrations and checks for foursomes and hole sponsorships to:
Bonnie St. Philip
American Commercial Lines
5800 River Rd.
Harahan, LA 70123

Questions? Please Contact Jeff Kindl a 504-736-1240 or jeff.kindl@aclines.com

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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
 

 

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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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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.

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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

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

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

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.

Class Got Brass Winners | The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

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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.

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

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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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