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A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, trumpeter Lew Soloff’s career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody. Soloff’s expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute and he is particularly recognized for his work on piccolo trumpet. This classically trained jazz player’s diverse background has allowed him to perform with the likes of some Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra, as well as Blues legends John Mayall and Dr. John.
The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans hosted Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day on Saturday. The program, produced by the Guardians Institute, New Orleans Jazz Celebration and the New Orleans chapter of the National Conference of Artists, included a presentation by local Freedom Rider Dodie Smith-Simmons, a jazz performance, an original birthday song honoring King by Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson and tours of the Mardi Gras Indian exhibit “Donald Harrison Sr.: The Legacy Continues.”
Red Dress Run Donates to NOJC
The New Orleans Jazz Celebration was awarded a $3,000 grant this November from the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, organizers of the Red Dress Run. NOJC is one of the two dozen charities funded this year by their organization.
President Claudia Garofalo, Curt McClain of the Red Dress Run and Executive Director Jason Patterson.
"Thank you to all our supporters of this fall's Jazz @ the Sandbar at the University of New Orleans. It was a rousing success with a grand finale by Randy Brecker and two great student combos under the direction of Steve Masakowski and Brian Seeger. We want to see everyone back for the beginning of the spring 2014 series on Wednesday, March 12."
New Orleans Jazz Celebration's
"What a Wonderful World" Art Contest 2013
The New Orleans Jazz Celebration sponsored a children’s art contest in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on August 9, 2013 at 4:00pm.
The event was held at the Jazz and Heritage Foundation located at 1205 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA.
The Grand Prize winner and first-place winners of each category will receive gift certificates. The Grand Prize winner’s artwork will be framed by Michael’s of Elmwood. The winners and some of the other entrants may have their artwork featured on the New Orleans Jazz Celebration’s web site and in other promotional materials. Sponsor of the event Excelth, Inc Community Primary Health Care will be awarding cash prizes to the winners at a follow-up event in September.
2013 1st Place Winners:
2nd Grade – McDonogh 42
Categoy: 3rd – 5th
4th Grade – Bethune Elementary
Category: 6th – 8th
6th Grade – Hynes Charter
Categorgy: 9th – 12th
Myron Solomon-GRAND PRIZE WINNER
10th Grade – McDonogh 35
Sara Hollis, Ph.D
Particpating Schools include:
Bethune Elementary School
Hynes Charter School
McDonogh 42 Charter School
McDonogh 35 High School
Ashe Cultural Center
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
1930 Independence St.
Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum
This event is FREE and open to the public!
The Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian tribe will pay tribute to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on July 4 – his preferred birthday. Birthday donuts will be served in a special display featuring 112 pastries to equal Satchmo’s age. A special exhibit created by the New Orleans Jazz Celebration will honor Armstrong’s life and career.
Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson will perform an original birthday song to honor Armstrong. The bash will feature an informance by Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson with Young Guardians of the Flame. Jackie Harris, director of the Louis Armstrong House and Museum (Corona, NY), will deliver remarks.
Special guests invited to perform will include Dewan Scott and the Jazzy Men Trio.
Mulgrew Miller at Sandbar April 3rd with Victor Atkins Combo: Jeronne Ansari, Mulgrew, Emily Fredrickson, Georgi Petrov, Jordan Baker below, Tanarat Chaichana, Peter Varnado and Brian Murray with trumpet.
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On behalf of NOJC, Jason Patterson accepts a $4000 check from NOJ&HF Program Director Scott Aiges at a ceremony on October 19th. The funds are provided through the Foundation's Community Partnership Grant and will go toward artist fees for the Nickel a Dance series next Spring 2013.
New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp
The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for Adults has campers coming from 28 states as well as Argentina, UK, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and Finland to take music instruction from some of the best musicians in the city. The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for Adults will also feature a night of Hot Jazz at Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, on Thursday June 14th with performances at 8pm and 10pm. Camp faculty, with New York City reed man Dan Levinson and Argentinians Luis Alasino on clarinet and Francisco Castillo on alto sax, will perform Hot Jazz selections. Banu Gibson, Camp Executive Director, will host as MC. For more information about the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for Adults visit www.neworleanstradjazzcamp.com.
International Jazz Day
The inaugural International Jazz Day was celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30, and begun with an all-star sunrise concert at 7am in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz.
A number of jazz luminaries along with Hancock, including Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dr. Michael White, and Roland Guerin played on the concert April 30, which coincided with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the U.S., and followed the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Hancock performed his classic “Watermelon Man” with high school students. The concert opened with ritual drumming led by Luther Gray and concluded with a traditional second line with Treme Brass Band.
In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the initiative aimed to encourage and recognize jazz music as a universal language of freedom. All-star concerts were held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris at the official kick-off on April 27, and begun in the United States at sunrise in New Orleans at Congo Square and concluded at sunset in New York City at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
For more information about International Jazz Day, check out the UNESCO website.
UNO Jazz Studies program celebrates the return of the Sandbar at the new Cove
Jazz @ the Sandbar will be returning to its home for its spring 2012 season. Originally built in 1973 as a student food and recreation center, the Cove quickly became the center of campus life. In 1990, UNO jazz studies Chairman Ellis Marsalis turned The Sandbar into a living laboratory where UNO students performed with national and international jazz artists. The Cove was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and had to be completely gutted and rebuilt. At long last, the grand opening took place on Friday December 2nd, and it reunited students, faculty and community members with a big celebration.
The ribbon cutting was celebrated by Governor Bobby Jindal, University of Louisiana System President Dr. Randy Moffett, former Jazz Studies Director Dr. Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield, Norma Jane Sabiston of the UNO International Alumni Association Board of Directors and Student Government President John Mineo. Current and former UNO Jazz studies faculty Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, Irvin Mayfield, Brian Seeger & Sam Wisemen gave a great performance in the new stage to kick off the celebrations.
The new spring 2012 season of the Jazz at the Sandbar is expected to be held at the new Sandbar at the Cove during the months of March and April.
New Orleans Jazz Celebration is a nonprofit organization initiated by the Louisiana Music Commission in 1993 and incorporated as the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration in 1994. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, America’s original art form, through educational outreach to audiences of all ages. NOJC’s outreach focuses on youth and offers a wide array of informative and entertaining activities designed to spread the rich history of jazz and move the art form forward.