Educational Outreach

"What a Wonderful World"

Art Contest 2016 

CONTEST DATE: AUGUST 12TH, 2016

The New Orleans Jazz Celebration is sponsoring a children’s art contest in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong  on August 12th, 2016. Each piece of artwork will be judged individually based on the following criteria:

  • quality of line or paint application
  • completeness of composition
  • expression of art work
  • originality / creativity.

 

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.

 

 

 Rules and Regulations

1. Participants must be students attending a public / private school or be homeschooled and may submit only one entry in their respective categories. 

2. All entries must be submitted to the art instructor of the participating school, or mailed to NOJC at 628 Frenchmen St,New Orleans, LA 70116.

2. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by July 29, 2016. This is the official close of the contest. Entries submitted or postmarked after this date will not be considered. The NOJC Contest Coordinator will collect the art  work from participating schools’ art instructors between 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. May 31, 2016

4. The categories are as follows: K-2nd Grades…3rd-5th Grades…6th-8th Grades…9th-12th Grades. One Grand Prize winner  will be chosen from all entries.

5.  Entries must be a horizontal or vertical 2 dimensional drawing or painting measuring no smaller than  9”x12” and no Larger than 18”x24”.Entries must not include a mat or border, must not be framed, under glass or have a protective covering that is attached to the artwork. Any medium may be used, but for display purposes, colorful entries are  preferred. (Colored/graphite pencils, crayons, water color, colored markers, pastels, acrylic or oil paint, and air-brush are acceptable). No pasting, gluing, relief, or sculpture will be accepted.

6. All artwork must pertain to the theme “What a Wonderful World” and must be signed on the front by the student artist.The participant's signature on the entry form is an acknowledgment of the originality of the art. The teacher’s, parent’s and/or guardian’s signature on the entry form acknowledges that the artwork was done under his/her supervision. The entry design may not be traced, copied, or duplicated from any previously published art. Any mechanically or electronically generated artwork is not eligible and will be disqualified.

7. A completed, legible entry/consent form must be attached to the back of the entry.

8. The grand prize winning entry will be framed and returned to artist.

9. All winning entries will be displayed. (Place to be announced.)

10. Entries that do not comply with the contest requirements will be disqualified.

11. Contact contest coordinator, Eugenia F. Adams at efa731@aol.com or 504-258-2919 if you have questions.

 

The New Orleans Jazz Celebration:

  • is not responsible for loss or damage to entries
  • reserves the exclusive right to authorize the reproductions of all entries in any form, including:

              stamps, prints, calendars, greeting cards, fact sheets, brochures, fliers, posters, report covers, etc.,

              and to photograph the winning designs without compensation to entrants

  • has the right to use the winners’ names for promotional purposes without compensation to entrants
  • will provide pick-up times and place for the  return of entries
  • any artwork not picked up during pick-up times will be discarded

Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges. All decisions are final.

GOOD LUCK!

 


 "What a Wonderfurl World" 


Poetry & Essay Contest 2016 


The New Orleans Jazz Celebration is presenting an opportunity for students in grades kindergarten through High School to participate in either an essay or poetry contest in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong as part of its educational outreach program to be held on August 12, 2016. Each entry will be judged individually based on the following criteria:

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Subject treatment
  • Research
  • Spelling/Grammar 

 

The Grand Prize Winner of each category of the Essay entries will receive:

         - Publication of essay on the New Orleans Jazz Celebration website – www.nojc.org.

          - Opportunity to read essay at the contest award reception and radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM

          - Other honors TBA

 

The Grand Prize Winner of each category of the Poetry entries will receive:

          - Publication of essay on the New Orleans Jazz Celebration website – www.nojc.org.

          - Opportunity to read poetry at the contest award reception and radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM

          - Other honors TBA

 

 

Rules and Regulations

1.  Participant must be a student attending a public school, private school or homeschool. Each participant may

          submit only one entry per contest classification.

2. All entries must be submitted to the participating school coordinator, or mailed to the NOJC, Inc.,                               

        P.O. Box 57933. New Orleans, LA  70157

3. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by July 15, 2016. This is the official close of the contest. Entries submitted   

         or postmarked after this date will not be considered.  The Contest Coordinator will collect entries given to the                 

         school’s coordinator on May 31, 2016.

4. The participant categories are as follows: K-2nd ‘ Grades…3rd-5th  Grades…6th-8th  Grades…9th-12th  

         One Grand Prize winner will be chosen from all entries.

 

5.  All participants must have their name clearly written on the bottom of their work.  The participant’s

        signature is required on the entry form acknowledging originality of work.

6.  All entries must have the signature of either the teacher, parent/or guardian, acknowledging the work

         was done under his/or her supervision.

 

Essay Guidelines 

- Must be no more than 2 pages

- Must address the theme “What a Wonderful World”

 - Font size cannot be smaller than 12pt and no larger than 14pt; must be either Arial, Times or New Roman

           - Handwritten entries will ONLY be accepted from the Kindergarten through 2nd     Grade category.

    - Limit is one essay per student

    - Entries that do not meet contest guidelines will be disqualified

 

Poetry Guidelines

    - Poem cannot exceed 300 words

    - Poem can be in either formal, meter or rhyming format

    - Poem must address the theme “What a Wonderful World”

    - Font size cannot be smaller than 12pt and no larger than 14pt; must be either Arial, Times or New Roman

            - Handwritten entries will ONLY be accepted from the Kindergarten through 2nd     Grade category.

    - Limit is one essay per student

    - Entries that do not meet contest guidelines will be disqualified

 

The New Orleans Jazz Celebration:

     - Reserves the exclusive right to authorize the reproductions of all entries in any form, including:

              Recording, brochures, fliers, posters, report covers, etc., without compensation to entrant the right to use the winners name/photo for promotional purposes without compensation to entrant will provide pick-up times and place for return of entries 

Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges. All decisions are final.

 


 

Thanks for another successful year! 

Click here to read the winning essay! 

Michael Andre of EXCELth and Event Director Eugenia Adams hand out awards

Dr. Michael White and family 

https://youtu.be/eFUySf4oYZw

 


 

 

 


 



The New Orleans Jazz Celebration is proud to announce its participation in GiveNOLADay, happening May 5th, 2015!!

What is GiveNOLA Day?GiveNOLA Day is the community’s one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations that make our region a stronger and more thriving community for all. It’s our day to come together as one! Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight on May 5th will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the GreaterNew Orleans Foundation and our generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors. 
The New Orleans Jazz Celebration is one of five-hundred and fifty non profits across the Greater New Orleans Region participating in the event and we are counting on our loyal fans and supporters for online donations. 
The minimum donation is $10.All donations must be made online through the GiveNOLA website. All donations made on May 5th give your favorite nonprofit the opportunity to earn lagniappe dollars, awards, and hourly prizes. 
Our goal is to raise $2,500.  The more we raise, the more Lagniappe Dollars we earn, which brings us that much closer to continuing our mission to preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, America’s original art form, through educational outreach to audiences of all ages. Please help us realize our goals by donating online through the GiveNOLA site.
Your support is what keeps our non-profit thriving with events such as: 

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and other special events: 

 




For more information visit www.givenola.org 
and watch NOJC's progress here and on our Facebook

Thank you in advance for your support of the
 New Orleans Jazz Celebration. With Appreciation,The Board of Directors and staff of NOJC
www.nojc.org


Jazz All-Stars Visit Vista Shores 

Happy Birthday Mr. Batt!

On Tuesday, October 28, the UNO All-Stars paid a lunchtime visit to Vista Shores Assisted Living Community on Bayou St. John to play an hour-long concert for the residents.  Our special friend Miss Peggy Saavedra was unable to attend, but we were thrilled  to haveHarold Battiste in the house, celebrating his 83rd birthday and providing musical inspiration.  Along with Ellis Marsalis, "Mr. Batt" was one of the original faculty in our Jazz Studies program, part of an internationally-recognized career that also included founding AFO Records, producing recordings by Sam Cooke and serving as music director for the Sonny and Cher Show. The band included J.P. Smith on guitar, Robin Sherman on bass, Miles Berry and Ricardo Pascal on sax, Russell Ramirez on trombone, Jonathan Bauer on trumpet, Peter Varnado on drums, and Prof. Victor Atkins III on piano. This performance was support in part by the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Fund. 

-article courtsey of www.musicnews.uno.edu

 

 


 

"What a Wonderful World"

Art Contest 2014

 This year's outstandinng pieces are from the following students: 

1st Place in 3rd grade-5th grade

Lacey Johnson

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

1st Place 6th grade-8th grade

Joshen Gibson

Eleanor McMain Secondary School

1st Place 9th grade-12th grade

Jerimah Lewis

McDonald 35

2nd Place 9th grade-12th grade

Terri'annita Malia Robinson

McDonald 35

Grand Prize Winner! 

9th grade-12th grade

Jarod V. Brown

McDonald 35

A BIG thank you to all of our judges and contestants for another wonderful year of celebrating Satchmo! 

 


 

Jason Patterson: Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education (2013)

Education comes in varying forms. It can be obtained in formal, institutionalized settings or a casual conversation. Simply, it is the passing on or receiving of knowledge.

When Jason Patterson, this year’s Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement for Music Education award recipient, steps to the microphone to introduce a band at Snug Harbor, he often informs the audience, in his nonchalant and often humorous way, that what they are about to hear is “not background music.” He’ll say, “Once you come into the music room that means all the activity and energy is coming from the stage.”

Yes, that’s another way of asking folks to please turn off their cell phones and restrain conversation—but the way Patterson expresses it, he’s also letting the audience know why.

Though Patterson, a casual kind of guy, wears many hats, he is best recognized as the musical director/talent buyer for the Frenchmen Street landmark. It’s a position he’s held and excelled at for most of Snug Harbor’s 31-year history. He believes that presenting jazz in New Orleans, the music’s birthplace, provides an educational opportunity for all of those who walk through the club’s doors.

“Being a club and a commercial enterprise, it has to make money,” Patterson allows. “But I think we do acknowledge that we’re carrying on a cause here and trying to develop a following for creative music like jazz. I think every time someone comes to experience music at Snug Harbor, or any other place that’s doing good, creative music, they come out being more educated. Their ears have grown.

“You have to acknowledge that you have to have one foot in the past and one foot in the future to really keep the genre vital,” he continues. “And it is alive and breathing and moving forward no matter how much attention it gets from the mainstream media.”

Patterson describes his position with out-of-town artists who perform at Snug Harbor as a “handler.” He hangs with them and, particularly following Hurricane Katrina, often acts as a tour guide, filling them in on the history and state of our city.

Perhaps Patterson’s most notable presence in the field of education is as musical director for the hugely successful and important Jazz at the Sandbar series at the University of New Orleans. He became involved with the program, which presently brings in nationally recognized musicians to perform with the students at UNO’s renowned Jazz Studies program, in the early 1990s. In 1996, pianist/educator and UNO’s Jazz Studies founder Ellis Marsalis asked Patterson to produce the series.

This program as well as many of the other education jazz enterprises in which Patterson is or has been involved—the Nickel-A-Dance traditional jazz series, the Satchmo Club Strut, the state-wide jazz “informance” series designed to reach schoolchildren—have been under the auspices of the non-profit New Orleans Jazz Celebration organization that he heads.

If it sounds like Patterson is all over the place, well, he is. Through the years, it’s not been unusual to see him pushing an audio speaker or hauling a bunch of folding chairs down Frenchmen Street. Next thing you know, he’s handling sound problems and, as mentioned, taking over emcee duties.

Patterson acknowledges that he often has had a certain vision for a project and thus dove into all of its aspects. “I would have a buzz about it,” he says of his one-mindedness.

Patterson’s entrance into the jazz world fittingly was by happenstance. In 1967, his older sister went off to college, leaving behind a bunch of her jazz records. “Out of sheer boredom, I listened to them—Dave Brubeck, Yusef Lateef, Mose Allison—over and over,” he remembers. Thus primed, or as he might say, with his “ears grown,” he was open to the sounds of jazz greats including pianists Willie “The Lion” Smith and Thelonious Monk, who performed at the many musical events and festivals in the San Francisco Bay area where Patterson grew up.

“I had exposure to a number of jazz artists just going to more of a rock-and-roll event,” Patterson recalls. “The point was that there wasn’t any discrimination between genres. It was essentially artistic expression. Even if the theme of the festival wasn’t jazz, they had jazz artists playing there. They had a lot of respect for jazz.”

Before moving to New Orleans in 1972, Patterson explains that he had been traveling around, “trying to lend support to the great counter culture.” He was offered a position with the local, non-profit ABBA Foundation, a community organization primarily concerned with servicing “Bohemian” youth. “I don’t use the ‘H’ word,” he adds with a chuckle, referring, of course, to hippies. It served as an introduction to, and education about, non-profits that have been so integral to his life’s work.

“I feel comfortable that jazz will be with us forever,” Patterson says of what he’s learned on a personal level. “There is a creative spark in so many people out there. There are enough folks who get it. I feel blessed every day that I do what I do because I love what I do.”

Article courtesy of OFFBEAT Magazine

 


 

Upcoming in 2014....

“What a Wonderful World”
Poetry and Essay Contest 2014

Sponsored by:

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ CELEBRATION

The New Orleans Jazz Celebration is presenting an opportunity for students in Kindergarten through High School to submit either a poem or an essay in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his legacy.  Each submission will be judged on the following criteria:

  • originality and creativity
  • subject treatment
  • grammar
  • use of literary devices
  • Winners will receive:

  • Publication of poems and essays on www.nojc.org website
  • Grand Prize winner will be able to read their composition
  • on radio station WWOZ, FM 90.7
  • Grand Prize winner and first place winners of each category
  • will receive a prize and a Collectable Jazz Fest Commemorative
  • Winning entries will be selected by panel of judges.  All decisions are final.

    Stay tuned for more info!


    New Orleans Jazz Celebration's

    "What a Wonderful World" Art Contest 2013

    The New Orleans Jazz Celebration is sponsoring a children’s art contest in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on August 9, 2013.

      

       

    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.

     

    Sponsored By:

    Particpating Schools include:

      


     

    Birthday Breakfast Bash for Louis Armstrong

     

    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.


    Charmaine Neville Band to perform two shows

    for the Jefferson Parish School Program "Very Special Arts" 

     

                New Orleans, LA. Charmaine Neville and her band will perform two shows on Wednesday February 15, 2012, 10:00 -11:00 a.m., at Riverdale Middle School and on Thursday Feb. 16, 2012, 10:00 -11:00 a.m., at West Jefferson High School, as part of the Jefferson Parish Public School System’s “Very Special Arts” program. This program is organized by the Jefferson Parish Special Programs Department, whose mission is to provide several arts integration initiatives that enhance the classroom curriculum and engage students in the learning process. Ms. Neville will appear with Amasa Miller, piano; Gerald French, drums; Jesse Boyd, bass and Detroit Brooks, guitar.

                Very Special Arts Festivals provide opportunities for students with special needs to learn through, in, and about the arts.  In Jefferson Parish, school-based events bring guest artists to schools to work with special education students in self-contained classes, inclusion settings and large assemblies. Teaching artists conduct art activities in classrooms while performing artists present live performances for student assemblies.  In most cases, students in regular education classes participate in events promoting the system’s policy of inclusion.  These festivals are held in participating schools during designated weeks of each school year.  

                Charmaine Neville is a member of the famous New Orleans music family which includes the Neville Brothers. The daughter of Charles Neville, she is currently the leader and lead singer of the Charmaine Neville Band, a jazz/funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be the thirteenth year that Ms. Neville will perform for the event. The longevity of Ms. Neville's participation in Very Special Arts is attributed to her genuine acceptance of the students, her exceptional rapport, generosity, dedication to talent development, and of course, her excellent performances. These shows are partially funded by the New Orleans Musicians Clinic Gig Fund.

    If interested in having New Orleans Jazz Celebration bring an informance to your school, please e-mail Jason Patterson at Jason@nojc.org

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    THE BRASS BAND TRADITION

    with

    the Euphonious Brass Band

    Euphonious Brass Band

    With exuberant parade marches, get down jamming and a mock jazz funeral, the band shows the history of the New Orleans brass band from its traditional past to its relevance for a whole new generation as students learn how to "second line". 

    Related Arts Activity:

    SECOND LINE CREATION STATION, providing a uniquely New Orleans crafts workshop. The one hour session allows children a hands on demonstration of the long tradition in our African American community of second line parades. The workshop will be led by Cherice Harrison Nelson, Mardi Gras Indian Queen and public school teacher with help from members of social aid & pleasure clubs. With paints, beads and fabric, kids of all ages will be given the tools to create second line umbrellas, sashes and corsages that adorn the many dancers in these parades. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for participants to show off their new creations in an actual second line behind a New Orleans brass band.

    Charmaine Neville at Bonne Ecole           Brass Band at Fenton School

    Informances are educational presentations given by respected New Orleans musical ensembles and visiting international jazz bands familiar with performing for children and people from other cultures. Themes for these 45 minute presentations have included ‘Props 4 Pops: Tribute to Louis Armstrong’, ‘The Brass Band Tradition’, and ‘World of Rhythms’, each exposing a different element of jazz history in a show full of audience participation. Related activities such as arts workshops, lectures, study materials, and movable exhibits are also offered individually or as a package that engages any audience with this rich cultural legacy of Louisiana to American popular music.


    Past Informances!

    *All informances are free and open to the public*

    May 4th - Charmaine Neville Band- sponsored by the New Orleans Musician's Clinic

                     1pm at McDonogh #42 - 1651 North Tonti Street in New Orleans

    May 11th - Charmaine Neville Band- in association with Young Audiences Inc.

                     1pm & 2pm at Kate Middleton Elementary - 1407 Virgil Street in Gretna


    If interested in having New Orleans Jazz Celebration bring an Informance to your school, please email jason@nojc.org.

    Currently Available Informance Programs:

    PROPS FOR POPS

    Tribute to Louis Armstrong

    with

    Charmaine Neville and Friends

     

    Charmaine Neville at Bonne Ecole

    Through songs by and about Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Charmaine and her band give a narrative overview of this important performer and world ambassador of jazz. Satchmo’s early development in New Orleans is highlighted and students learn through participation about improvisation and “scat” singing.

     

    Props for Pops              Charmaine Neville at Bonne Ecole

     


    Past Informance- no longer available

    PAPAYA

    All-star Band from Costa Rica

    Visiting International Performance in 2003 to Hynes Elementary

    Papaya Band from Costa Rica at New Orleans School