Jazz Journey

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Chucho Valdes in a Jazz Journey concert. Photo by Eric Simon.

Chucho Valdes in a Jazz Journey concert. Photo by Eric Simon.

While Jazz Fest is our highest–profile event, employing more than 7,000 artists, the Foundation produces many other festivals and concerts throughout the year.

The Jazz Journey concert series brings many of the leading figures of modern American music to New Orleans.

One of our most recent concerts was on Feb. 6, 2014, featuring The Spring Quartet - a supergroup comprised of drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bass player Esperanza Spalding and pianist Leo Genovese. For details about that concert, see here.

Among the jazz luminaries who have performed as part of this series are:

Ahmad Jamal
Andy Bey
Brian Blade
Carl Anderson
Chucho Valdes
Doc Paulin Family
Donald Harrison, Jr.
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Ellis Marsalis
Freddy Cole
The Heath Brothers
Ida McBeth
Idris Muhammad
John Pattitucci
Jon Lucien
Kevin Mahogany
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Malachi Thompson
Maynard Chatters
Michel Camilo
Monte Alexander
The New Legends
Nnenna Freelon
Phil Woods
Shirley Horn
Slide Hampton
Wallace Roney

Most recently, we've presented the legendary Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes in a free concert at the Joy Theater, and the singers Gregory Porter and Barbara Morrison in our annual tribute to Martin Luther King.

To support the efforts of presenters who work year–round to sustain jazz, the Foundation has established the Jazz Journey newsletter (see link below). Distributed in every copy of OffBeat magazine and at venues throughout the city, the newsletter helps the New Orleans jazz economy by guiding locals and visitors to the endless entertainment options in the Crescent City.


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