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Cultural Enrichment

The Foundation's Jazz Journey concert series brings many luminaries in modern jazz to New Orleans for unique performances. Over the years the series has presented a who's who of jazz, from Ahmad Jamal to Wallace Roney. The Foundation frequently partners with others, such as the Contemporary Arts Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to stage free concerts of high-profile performers. It's all part of our mission to promote the music and culture of jazz while giving back to the community. See our schedule of events for upcoming Jazz Journey concerts.

Community Outreach Tickets are our way to make sure that Jazz Fest is accessible to everyone. Each year, the Foundation sets aside thousands of tickets to our signature event for nonprofit and social service organizations, which in turn distribute them to people otherwise might not be able to enjoy one of the greatest musical events in the world. Find out how to apply for Community Outreach Tickets here.

Gospel Is Alive is our annual tribute to the soulful sound that New Orleans-born Mahalia Jackson and others carried to the world. Traditionally held on the Monday following the first weekend of Jazz Fest, Gospel Is Alive is an outreach effort for senior citizens presented in conjunction with the New Orleans Council on Aging.

Our Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series delves into the history of New Orleans culture and the ways our artists have responded to the world around them. Currently, the series consists of two annual events: a major day-long symposium in November that brings together scholars in African Diaspora studies along with the general public for a succession of enlightening talks—with our Congo Square Rhythms Festival on the following day; and a keynote presentation in March by leading figures in African American arts and letters.

Festivals are the heart and soul of New Orleans—and of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. In addition to our beloved Jazz Fest, the Foundation presents five other festivals throughout the year, each one designed to highlight a different aspect of our gumbo culture.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival—celebrating Southern soul with great music and food the second weekend of October.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival—showcasing the hot dance music of southwest Louisiana the second weekend of June.

Congo Square Rhythms Festival—honoring our roots in African drumming and dance the second weekend of November.

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival—shining a spotlight on traditional New Orleans jazz from the historically vibrant Tremé neighborhood, the second weekend of December.


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