All year long, the Foundation produces cultural events that spotlight our unique culture while supporting the people who create it. We present festivals and concerts, lectures and literary events, gallery exhibits, educational programs and business networking conferences. It's a diverse set of activities, all with one purpose: rebuilding New Orleans through cultural development.
Everyone knows about Jazz Fest presented by Shell (www.nojazzfest.com), but did you know that the Jazz & Heritage Foundation produces an array of festivals throughout the year, each one reflecting a different strand in our inter-twined culture? Whether you're into the blues and R&B, Cajun and zydeco, Latin music, African drumming and dance or down-home jazz, we've got a festival for you.
The Jazz & Heritage concert series brings many of the leading figures of modern American music to New Orleans. Our Gospel Is Alive annual celebration highlights the exciting tradition of Southern sacred soul. Our Jazz & Heritage Gala is a black-tie fund-raiser for the Foundation that kicks off Jazz Fest season. We also do special events ranging from jazz concerts for senior citizens to educational performances to young children. Keep an eye on all of our upcoming events or sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date information.
Lectures and Literary Events
Named for the late jazz scholar and cultural activist (who was also an early Foundation board member, and later an executive director), the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series provides a thoughtful outlet for our creative community with monthly lectures and more, all relating to issues of culture and society. Keep an eye on all of our upcoming events or sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date information.
The Jazz & Heritage Gallery showcases the work of our visual art community as well as the collection of the Jazz & Heritage Archive. Keep an eye on all of our upcoming events or sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date information.
The Sync Up Conference (and it's related program, the Talent Exchange web site) connects our independent musicians to festival producers and media music buyers throughout the world. It's a series of conference sessions and networking events held during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.