The images in the galleries below are from our events and programs.
Congo Square Festival
The 2012 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival featured many activities - a symposium, a brass band contest for schools, a concert of African dance at Tulane's Dixon Hall and a two-day festival in Armstrong Park. Photos by Eric Simon, Kim Welsh, Zack Smith and Scott Aiges.
Class Got Brass? A School Brass Band Competition
Our first annual Class Got Brass competition on March 25, 2012, was an awesome display of talent and enthusiasm. As one of the judges, Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, said, "It made my soul smile." Photos by Kim Welsh and Scott Aiges.
Congo Square Symposium
The fifth annual Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium, March 24, 2012, at the Joy Theater, featured Robert Farris Thompson, William Ferris and a panel discussion. Photos by Eric Simon, Zack Smith and Scott Aiges.
2011 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Sunny skies dispersed the December chill for the fourth annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival at the Jazz & Heritage Center.
2011 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
From Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Bettye LaVette, the 2011 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival was a nonstop thrill. Relive the memories with these great photos by Eric Simon.
Dr. Lonnie Smith Jazz Journey Concert
The legendary Hammond B-3 organ player Dr. Lonnie Smith tore up the Contemporary Arts Center in a sold-out Jazz Journey concert on Aug. 27, 2011. Saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr., sat in, joining drummer Herlin Riley and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg. It was a fabulously soulful show. All photos by Eric Simon.
2010 La. Cajun-Zydeco Festival
The fourth annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival was a raucous good time. Buckwheat Zydeco and Terrance Simien (and many others) rocked our new stage on Esplanade Avenue, while Steve Riley, Bruce Daigrepont and lots of other bands thrilled the dancers at the Barracks Street Stage. Photos by Eric Simon and Scott Aiges.
Chris Blackwell at Sync Up Conference
Chris Blackwell, the legendary founder of Island Records (discovered Bob Marley, U2, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens and more), spoke on May 7 at the 2011 Sync Up conference at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Photos by Eric Simon.
2011 Community Day of Service
Here are some scenes from our 2011 Community Day of Service. Nineteen kind folks helped to rebuild two houses. Thanks to them and to the St. Bernard Project for organizing the work day.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
The fifth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival at Lafayette Square was our biggest and best yet. Enjoy these highlights.
2010 Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium
“Triumph of the Spirit: Culture’s Role in Overcoming Tragedy in New Orleans and Haiti” was the subject of our 2010 Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium, held Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans. See photos of our speakers. All photos by Tommy McIntosh.
Andrew Young in Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young spoke about his life-long friendship with Tom Dent in a Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall on Sept. 8. Young’s talk, “My Journey With Tom,” marked the opening of an exhibit of Tom Dent’s papers at the Amistad Research Center. Photos by Gus Bennett.
2010 Community Day of Service
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s second annual Community Day of Service, co-hosted by radio station WWOZ, brought more than 75 volunteers from around the country to the Musicians Village for a work day helping to build affordable housing for our musicians. Thank you to all who volunteered!
Musical M*A*S*H Unit for Instrument Repair
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation partnered with the Tipitina’s Foundation to create a ‘Musical M*A*S*H Unit’ – a mobile field hospital for marching band instruments, on April 29, 2010. Seven volunteer technicians fixed some 125 horns brought by students from Warren Easton, St. Augustine and West Jefferson high schools. Branford Marsalis, his brother Delfeayo and Shamarr Allen also gave the students clinics on proper instrument repair.
Amiri Baraka in Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture
Amiri Baraka gave the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Tom Dent Congo Square on March 25 at Dillard University’s Lawless Memorial Chapel. A packed house enjoyed Baraka’s pointed but often humorous commentary, as well as a performance by saxophonist Edward ‘Kid’ Jordan and his band. Baraka and the band jammed on a spoken word set to close the show. All photos by Skip Bolen.
Ron Carter Clinic at Heritage School
The legendary bass player Ron Carter – veteran of the Miles Davis band in the 1960s – spoke to the students of the Heritage School of Music at Dillard University on Jan. 23, 2010. All were wowed by his stories an insights. Photos by Skip Bolen.
2009 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
The second annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, held Dec. 12-13 at the Jazz & Heritage Center, had many memorable moments – including performances by Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews, his brother James Andrews, cousin Glen David Andrews, Kermit Ruffins and more. All photos by Eric Simon.
2009 Congo Square Rhythms Festival
The 2009 Congo Square Rhythms Festival in Armstrong Park was a beautiful event – great weather, amazing performances, wonderful memories. All photos by Eric Simon.
2009 Congo Square Symposium
The 2009 Congo Square Symposium addressed the subject ‘Congo Square: Crossroads of the Afro-Atlantic World.’ The Jazz & Heritage Center meeting room was filled to overflowing with rapt listners. Speakers included Yale scholar Robert Farris Thompson, Ned Sublette, auther Freddi W. Evans, UNO scholar Connie Zeanah Atkinson, Mardi Gras Indian Herreast Harrison and musicians Luther Gray and Alex LaSalle. Photos by Eric Simon.
2009 Blues & BBQ Festival
The 2009 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival was our biggest and best yet. Photos by Eric Simon.
Jazz Journey Concert: John Patitucci Trio
John Patitucci and his trio, including saxophonist John Ellis and drummer Kendrick Scott, played a wonderful Jazz Journey concert on Oct. 4 at Loyola’s Roussel Hall. Photos by Eric Simon.
2009 Cajun-Zydeco Festival
The third annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival was held June 13-14 in conjunction with the French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival. A great time was had by all! All photos by Eric Simon.
Down By the Riverside: Zachary Richard
Our Down By the Riverside concert series featured Lafayette singer-songwriter at Woldenberg Riverfront Park on June 13, 2009. The waterfront setting was a perfect place to enjoy the twilight music. All photos by Eric Simon.
Jazz For Senior Citizens
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation partnered with the New Orleans Council on Aging to present five traditional jazz concerts this spring at senior citizen centers throughout the city. The final show of the series was held June 12 at the Central City Center. The band members were Jamelle Williams on trumpet, Louis Ford on clarinet, Todd Duke on guitar, Kerry Lewis on bass and Joe Lastie on drums. As you can see from the pictures, the power of New Orleans jazz to make folks get up and dance affects people of all ages. Photos by Cliff Johnson and Scott Aiges.
Jazz Fest Wedding Pictures
Getting married at Jazz Fest is a long tradition for Festival lovers in love. Submit your Jazz Fest wedding photo to email@example.com.
Preservation Hall & Craig Elementary
On May 12, 2009, we launched a new partnership with Preservation Hall to stage informative jazz performances for school children. Here, second graders from Craig Elementary enjoy an intimate concert by the world-famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Jazz & Heritage Center. Photos by Scott Aiges.
Simply Red: A Tribute to Red Tyler
On May 9, 2009, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation presented a tribute to the late saxophonist Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler as part of its Jazz Journey concert series. The event, held at the Contemporary Arts Center, featured musicians performing music from throughout Red’s career, as well as his friends and colleagues sharing reminiscences about a man who was at the center of New Orleans music from the 1950s through the 1990s. All photos courtesy of Eric Simon.
Raising the Roof Day of Service
On April 29, 2009, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and radio station WWOZ-FM co-sponsored their first annual Community Day of Service. Volunteers from the Foundation’s board of directors joined with other community members to work on houses in the Musicians’ Village, a project of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. At mid-day, trumpeter Shamarr Allen led a band of local musicians who are residents of the Musicians Village and are graduates of the Foundation’s Raising the Roof home-ownership assistance program. Photos by James Stephen Houser.
Jazz Journey Concert: Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band
On March 5, 2009, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation partnered with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Contemporary Arts Center to present former New Orleans resident (and now global jazz star) Brian Blade and his Fellowship band in concert at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. The free event attracted a capacity crowd, who were thrilled by the band’s elegiac and soulful performance. All photos by Stephen Houser.
2006 Crescent City Blues Festival
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation presented the first Crescent City Blues Festival on Nov. 18, 2006. Here are some snapshots by Brad Edelman.
Jazz Fest 2006
Jazz Fest is much more than one of the premier — and most beloved — festivals in the world. It is a signature cultural event for its home city, rivaling Mardi Gras as one of New Orleans’ global calling cards.
Heritage School Of Music 2006
Led since 1990 by Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan, the patriarch of one of our leading jazz clans, the Heritage School of Music provides free, weekly after school instruction to teenagers from throughout the New Orleans region. Photos by James Stephen Houser.