Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is proud to present Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music. This six-week concert series features new talents alongside NEA Jazz Master, triple Grammy Winning and Tony Award Winning, UN Ambarssador, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Six concerts will be held over the course of six weeks at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.  Chanteuse is part of an ongoing effort by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to address inequities in the music industry.




/// SCHEDULE ///

All Chanteuse concerts will take place in the outdoor space at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St. New Orleans. Doors will open at 6:00pm prior to the start of the performance or program. Admission is free to all six concerts, but attendees are asked to RSVP using this link:  RESERVE TICKETS.  Please no outside food and drink - concessions will be sold on site.

May 29, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
June 11, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Caren Green 
June 12, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cyrille Aimée
June 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph 
June 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Maggie Koerner
July 3, 7:00 p.m. Dee Dee Bridgewater

If you are sick, running a fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home until you are healthy.  The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is committed to doing our best to help you have a great time while staying safe. Full details of our safety protocols can be found here: JAZZ & HERITAGE SAFETY PLAN

COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly enforced. As outdoor entertainment guidelines continue to relax, please check back here for any updates to our safety protocols.

•Please note, for the health & safety of our guests, vendors, musicians, staff and volunteers, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation requires guests to wear face coverings in all indoor public areas.

•Masks are required to be worn while checking in and walking on property but may be removed upon being seated for the event.

•Social distancing will be monitored and enforced in an effort to preserve the well-being of everyone at the event.

•Tickets include General Admission outdoor courtyard entry. 

•Event will continue rain or shine. Patron safety is our priority. In the event, organizers deem it unsafe to continue to the show, notification will be given at the event or via email.

•Guests must have a mask on when checking-in or communicating with staff.

•Face masks must be worn if you are away from your designated space for any reason.

•Please do not come up towards the stage, you will asked to return to your space.

•Socially distanced seating will be available. 

•Temperature checks of guests will be taken at the time of arrival.

•Staff will be regularly monitoring social distancing and patrons leaving their tables.

•Restrooms are located indoors and will be cleaned regularly.


/// LOCATION ///
The Chanteuse concert series takes place in the outdoor concert space at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116).  Guests will enter the property from the Gov. Nicholls gate where staff will conduct temperature checks.

/// PARKING ///
Courtesy parking is available at St. Augustine Catholic Church (1122 Henriette Delille Street).  This lot is one block away from the Jazz & Heritage Center.  Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood.

/// MASKS ///
Out of respect for everyone’s safety, we ask that masks are worn while guests check-in.  Masks should be worn when interacting with staff and vendors, walking to and from your designated seat, and using the indoor restrooms.  Masks may be taken off when seated.

/// CHECK-IN ///
Guests with tickets will check in at the main entrance gate.  We’ll need the names of all members in your party, emails and phone numbers.  Temperatures will be checked and you will be escorted to your seats.

Food, Drinks, Chairs, Pets, etc.:
Chanteuse is a free event. Donations are gratefully accepted. Please help us to keep this and our other events free by patronizing our food and beverage vendors. Except for those with specific dietary restrictions or special needs, we ask that you not bring coolers or ice chests with outside food and beverages. Please respect our other guests by not bringing pets to the event. Thank you.

Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the event.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation recycles. Please use the designated receptacles for your plastic and aluminum disposables.

All Jazz & Heritage Foundation outdoor events are “rain or shine.” We don’t cancel unless there is danger from lightning (the stage is covered, so the music can go on unless deemed necessary by organizers).

/// VENDORS ///
*Masks are required when purchasing food and beverage* Vendors accept cash and cards. 

Saturday, June 5: Crazy Waffle Bar is locally and femaled owned waffle boutique offering mouth-watering sweet & savory options with every experience.  Menu: Liege Waffles- Sweet like a sugar cookie topped with strawberries and whipped cream - $10; Savory like an everything bagel topped with avocado and bacon -$10. 

Friday, June 11 : KD NOLA Treats is a locally and female owned dessert company that specializes in homemade sweets and savories.  Menu: Crawfish Bread - $8; Praline Brownie -$4; Sweet Potato Praline Cookie-$3; Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie - $3

Saturday, June 12: Nu Fusion is also a locally and feamled owned business that takes pride in providing the absolute best spice blends and herbs to our customers daily.  Menu: Jumbo BBQ Shrimp with Toasted Garlic & Herb Bread - $10; Homemade Bread Pudding with Banana Foster Glaze - $5.  Vendor will also be selling her handcrafted gourmet spices - $10

Saturday, June 19: Info coming soon

Saturday, June 26: Info coming soon

Saturday, July 3: Info coming soon

NOLA Beverage will be on site to serve up cool and refreshing drinks throughout the evening. 











Dee Dee Bridgewater: NEA Jazz Master, triple Grammy Award winner, Tony Award winner, philanthropist and UN Ambassador, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s unbounded creativity, contagious exuberance, undeniable confidence, and joyous spirit have earned her a place as one of the premier vocalists in jazz.  With multiple award wins and nominations to her credit, the veteran vocalist continues to forge her own unique creative path. In 1969, she hit the road with the University of Illinois big band, touring the Soviet Union.  The following year she leapt into the world of jazz, moving to New York and becoming lead vocalist for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. She also began performing and recording with major jazz artists like Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dexter Gordon.

Bridgewater was named Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in 1999, joining the battle against world hunger and using her status as a performer to encourage others to become involved. In 2001, she became the host of JazzSet, NPR’s award-winning radio program. In 2007, Bridgewater received her seventh GRAMMY nomination for her CD Red Earth. Her latest release, Eleanora Faga (1917-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee brings Bridgewater back to familiar territory with new interpretations of songs associated with Billie Holiday. The album features what she describes as her “dream band” including Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Edsel Gomez, and James Carter. Dee Dee's new album "Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready" available for pre-order now.  More about Dee Dee here:

Maggie Koerner: Koerner's powerful pop vocals can be heard on the singer's solo albums, Quarter Life (2011) and The Neutral Ground (2013). On the heels of the latter, Koerner was recruited by Galactic and was the funk band's lead singer from 2013-2014. More about Koerner can be found online at

Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph: New Orleans beloved daughter, Jelly, is best known for her work with the Grammy-nominated band Tank and the Bangas but her diverse career doesn't stop there.  A top 48 finalist on American Idol, lead singer of Galactic, singer/songwriter in the Speakerbox Experiment, lead singer with the Original Pinettes, and more - it's no surprise that Jelly is known by locals as a powerfully eclectic singer with homegrown raw talent. More about Jelly is available here: 

Cyrille Aimée: An accomplished musician, Aimée is the winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition (2007) and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition (2012). Aimée's most recent album is Move On, a collection of songs by Stephen Sondheim. More about Aimée can be found here:

Caren Green:  A native New Orleanian, Caren is an accomplished singer with a powerful voice and illuminating stage presence. From her background and foundation as a singer in the church she has transformed into an inspirational, soulful, classical, Hip Hop, and Jazz inspired singer who stands firm on her beliefs. More information about Caren Green can be found here:

Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns: Hailed by WWOZ as "some of the finest performers in New Orleans today," Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns offer inimitable trad jazz performances. Their most recent release is Bad Kid's Club. More about Lake can be found here:



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