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All artwork by Chuck Siler
New Orleans Jazz Celebration's
"What a Wonderful World" Art Contest
The winners of the "What a Wonderful World" art contest were honored on October 11th, 2012 at Cafe Istanbul for their outstanding artistic work that focused on the essence of the jazz music in the Cresent City.
The reception hosted by EXCELth, Inc. awarded winning students kindergarten to 12th grade from McDonogh 42, Hynes Charter, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Benjamin Franklin, Joseph A. Craig and McDonogh 35.
Grand Prize- Jairee Badon
Kindergarten- 2nd grade
1st prize- Paul Grillier
2nd prize- Deborah Johnson
3rd prize- Roman Spears
3rd grade-5th grade
1st prize- Kyrielle Griller
2nd prize- Hayden Parker
3rd prize- Dantae Evans
6th grade- 8th grade
1st prize- Katrina Tinson
2nd prize- Graca M. Yassir
3rd prize- Michaell Jones
9th grade- 12th grade
1st prize- Brandon Reed
The artwork is currently on display at EXCELth Family Health Center
2050 Caton Street Gentilly, LA
Will be moved in January to EXCELth Family Health Center
4422 General Meyer Avenue Algiers, LA
Back for Spring 2013!
Friends and Fans of Wess Anderson:
As you may have heard, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson has recently suffered a major stroke. "Warmdaddy" has been a tremendous contributor to the music world as a performer, composer, spokesperson, educator and humanitarian! Currently, he is stable, and recovering-undergoing physical, occupational and speech therapy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Due to the nature of a jazz musician's life, he did not have a great deal of work lately and his medical bills are mounting. This note is a sincere request for donations to assist with these tremendous needs.
We respectfully ask that you assist him in this time of great need. Give with the level of intensity with which you have seen and heard him play: bluesy, warm, kind, hard, fast, soulful, caring and "straight ahead."
When donating, please make checks out to The Jazz Foundation of America and write ‘Wessell Anderson’ on the memo line. If you wish to donate online, kindly write “Wessell Anderson” on the line that says "in honor of" at this website:
Wess can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
One hundred percent (100%) of your donation will be used for Wess' care and it is 100% tax deductible. For additional information as it pertains to these donations, contact:
Alisa Hafkin, LCSW
Director of Social Services
Jazz Foundation of America
322 W. 48th St 6th Flr
New York, NY 10036
212-245-3999 Ext 12
Class Got Brass - Round 2
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's popular contest for middle and high school brass bands returns for a second edition. The competition finals will be on March 24, 2013. The first place prize is $10,000. Has your class got brass?
It’s a contest for Louisiana middle and high schools to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands (as opposed to marching bands). At stake is more than $20,000 worth of instruments for the winning schools’ music programs.
The first place prize is a gift certificate worth $10,000 in instruments, instrument repair and other supplies for the winning school's band programs - and an invitation to perform at the 2013 Jazz & Heritage Gala. Second place is $6,000; third place is $4,000.
Are you ready to rumble? Then polish your horns, shine your shoes and straighten your caps, because Class Got Brass is back.
Applications are now available to enter Class Got Brass 2013. The deadline to apply is February 22. See www.ClassGotBrass.com for complete details and the online entry form.
Class Got Brass is open to all middle schools and high schools in Louisiana. Schools may enter a New Orleans-style brass band of up to 12 members. They must follow guidelines designed to emphasize the historic, world-famous brass band tradition.
After a preliminary competition, 10 finalists will be chosen to compete in a second-line parade on Sunday, March 24, 2013, in conjunction with our Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. Many of New Orleans top' brass band musicians will serve as judges to determine the winners.
"We want to support music education in Louisiana - and to encourage our schools to embrace our traditional music and culture," said Don Marshall, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's executive director. "We all know how hard it is for schools to pay for music programs. By providing a financial incentive, we're giving schools and band directors even more reason to join the competition - and to move our heritage forward."
For more details on how to participate in Class Got Brass - including the application form and guidelines - please visit www.ClassGotBrass.com.
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.