jazz & heritage ConcerTs

While the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may be the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s highest-profile event, the Foundation also presents concerts throughout the year as part of the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series. Housed at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center—a fully-renovated, historic Tremé building—the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series highlights local favorites and visiting artists.

2023 Concert Series Lineup

All concerts will be held in The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center at 1225 N. Rampart Street.

Doors open at 7pm and the concerts begin promptly at 8pm. Performances are 90min. Tickets are $10 for each show.

All proceeds from this concert series directly support our efforts at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, including the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music.

A bar by NolaBeverage will sell select beverages during the performance. Outside food and drink will not be allowed in the Jazz & Heritage Center during this program.

Friday, January 13: Yusa Cuban Jazz Quintet

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Regarded as the Ambassador of 21st Century Cuban Music, guitarist, bassist, vocalist, lyricist, composer and tres player, Yusa is one of the leading voices of Cuban music today. Her compositions have earned the acclaim of both her contemporaries on the island and international admirers. Born in Havana, music and the ocean have been central to her artistic production as a singer-songwriter. Yusa brings her vibrant blend of trova, son, pop, jazz, Cuban and Brasilian rhythms to the stage and leaves the audience always wanting more. She draws the listener in with her uncommon and very personal style, integrating Cuban styles with music from around the globe, avoiding clichés and achieving the ever elusive “fusion.” Read more.

Saturday, January 14: Alexey Marti

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Havana, Cuba-born percussionist, composer and bandleader Alexey Marti has been making New Orleans his home since 2008 and tearing up stages all over town. There is no doubt in his skills, as he finished first place in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute Competition for his Afro-Latin Hand Drumming.  He began formal percussion studies under the passionate guidance of Maestro Oscar Valdes, percussionist and singer for the famous Cuban group, Irakere. The mentorship blossomed into a deep-rooted professional relationship, allotting Marti a tenured-position as percussionist for Valdes’ renowned Afro-Cuban ensemble, Dia.kara. Alexey incorporates elements of modern New Orleans percussion into his flavorful Cuban conga and rumba music and the result is a dance-worthy, entertaining and high-energy show. Read more.

Friday, January 20: Courtney Bryan Ensemble

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Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, LA, is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times). Her music is in conversation with various musical genres, including jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Focusing on bridging the sacred and the secular, Bryan’s compositions explore human emotions through sound, confronting the challenge of notating the feeling of improvisation. Read more.

Saturday, January 21: Joe Dyson & Friends

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New Orleans native Joe Dyson has certainly been one to watch. He started playing music in his family’s church at just two years old.  Joe has shared the stage with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ellis Marsalis, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jon Batiste, Leo Nocentelli, Sullivan Fortner, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Pedrito Martinez, Grammy Award winners Nicholas Payton and Pat Metheny among others. As a musician, Joe has traveled across the globe extensively. Having touched almost every continent, he has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. He has appeared on over 30 albums, including releases by Dr. Lonnie Smith ALL IN MY MIND, (Blue Note Universal Records), Sullivan Fortner’s ARIA (Impulse Universal Records) and Christian aTunde Adjuah’s Grammy Nominated EMANCIPATION PROCRASTINATION (Ropeadope Records). Read more.

Friday, January 27: Khari Allen Lee

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Khari Allen Lee has arisen as one of the most-in-demand saxophonists, educators, composers, and multi-instrumentalists of his generation. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, DeeDee Bridgewater, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, the Treme Brass Band, Herlin Riley, Nicholas Payton, the Astral Project, Shannon Powell, Wes ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson, Jason Marsalis, Bill Summers, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Barron & more. In addition to his own the group, the New Creative Collective, he is lead saxophonist & touring member of Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Sextets & Quintets. Read more.

Saturday, January 28: Firms Roots: Peter Harris

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Peter Harris, a New Orleans native, has been playing bass professionally since 1996. He has performed around the world with a wide array of artists, including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Herlin Riley, Theresa Andersson, the Jordan family (Kent, Marlon, Stephanie, Rachel), Don Vappie, Branford Marsalis, Astral Project, Stanton Moore, Henry Butler, Papa Grows Funk, Germaine Bazzle, John Boutte, and the Hot Club of New Orleans.

In the past, the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series has hosted a wide range of jazz luminaries including: Ahmad Jamal, Andy Bey, Germaine Bazzle, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Carl Anderson, Christian Scott, Chucho Valdes, Cyrus Chestnut, Doc Paulin Family, Donald Harrison, Jr., Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ellis Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Freddy Cole, Gregory Porter, The Heath Brothers, Ida McBeth, Idris Muhammad, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, John Pattitucci, Jon Lucien, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Malachi Thompson, Maynard Chatters, Michel Camilo, Monte Alexander, The New Legends, Nnenna Freelon, Patti Austin, Phil Woods, Shirley Horn, Slide Hampton, Wallace Roney, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others.