Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders in Concert

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Notes: Two sets, with the first set starting at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: The Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone: (504) 558-6100
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The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series presents

Saturday, Jan. 5
At the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.)
Sets are at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Free Admission

The New Orleans-born, world-famous traditional jazz stylist Don Vappie brings his band, the Creole Jazz Serenaders, to the Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday, Jan. 5, for the first Jazz & Heritage Concert Series event of 2019. Sets are at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Known for his virtuosic banjo skills, Vappie is also a stellar bassist, guitarist and vocalist. He is comfortable in a multitude of musical settings, but his fame around the world is principally due to his dedication to the traditional jazz style of his hometown.

Over the course of more than 40 years as a performer, he has shared the stage with a dizzying array of talents, ranging from Eric Clapton to Bette Midler to Peggy Lee.

As a headliner, he’s performed at many festivals and venues around the world. His transcriptions of early jazz recordings are available from Warner Bros. Publishing and his orchestral arrangements for banjo and orchestra are distributed worldwide on the NAXOS label.

As an educator, he has participated, presented and/or performed for programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Tulane University, the Historic New Orleans Collection, NPR,  the Smithsonian Institution and many more.

He currently serves as jazz guitar instructor at Loyola University and is a member of the Loyola Jazz Faculty Combo. He is also an instructor at the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series is a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, 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 visit

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.