The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Announces Special Musical Guests for August 2024 Colombia Trip


NEW ORLEANS (June 11, 2024) – Join us on a musical adventure exploring the deep connections between New Orleans and Colombia! The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is thrilled to offer an immersive travel experience to Colombia in August 2024, with tickets now available.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Expedia, four distinguished musical artists from Louisiana will accompany participants on this extraordinary journey: Sean Ardoin, Aurora Nealand, and Adonis Rose.

  • Sean Ardoin, a four-time Grammy-nominated zydeco musician, hails from a lineage of Creole musicians. He has been pivotal in popularizing zydeco, merging traditional sounds with contemporary influences.
  • Aurora Nealand is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and composer based in New Orleans. Known for her work in traditional jazz, she leads the band Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses and frequently performs with other ensembles.
  • Adonis Rose, a Grammy-winning, celebrated jazz drummer and bandleader, is a cornerstone of the New Orleans jazz scene. He is currently the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

This unique experience, led by acclaimed Latin Grammy nominee Gregorio Uribe, runs from August 15 – 22, 2024. It promises a rich array of cultural encounters, including intimate jam sessions with local musicians, hands-on workshops with artisans and luthiers, vibrant festival dances, salsa nights, and educational visits to organizations supporting music in underserved communities. Every moment is designed to immerse travelers in Colombia’s vibrant musical spirit.

Proceeds from this trip will support the Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

For more details on the itinerary and to purchase travel packages, click here.

About Gregorio Uribe

An established singer, songwriter, accordionist and big band leader, Uribe was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is currently based in New York City. Emerging as a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Uribe has made a name for himself in the Latin music scene of both New York City and Boston. Well known for leading the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arranging, Uribe released  “Cumbia Universal” (Zoho Music) featuring 8-time GRAMMY-winner and Latin music icon Rubén Blades in October 2015. Upon its release the debut album for the big band hit the Billboard charts and received widespread critical acclaim with performances selling out at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston and two concerts at the celebrated Teatro Colón in his native Bogotá, Colombia.

Gregorio has been a guest artist with Carlos Vives (multiple GRAMMY winner) on several occasions, most recently at Madison Square Garden Theater in NYC. He was also named by the government of Colombia as one of the “100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad”. He has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College and a commissioned composer for Grammy-winning Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

About New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is 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 us online at

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Jonathan Solari