International Exchanges

Join the CubaNOLA Arts Collective for a crash course in Cuban art, music, dance, architecture, food and culture with 6 days in Santiago de Cuba and 6 days in Havana. 
This is a true exploration of the connections between the creative expressions of Cuba and New Orleans including a wide variety of music, dance and visual arts excursions with an emphasis on meeting with the actual artists, tradition bearers, curators, scholars and educators behind Cuba's vibrant traditions and contemporary expressions.  
On the performing arts side of things we’ll be experiencing a wide variety of Cuban music and dance ranging from folkloric, to classical, to jazz to salsa and other contemporary music and dance. 
On the visual arts side we will be visiting sculptors, painters, jewelers, installation artists, monument artists, art collectives, artist guilds, galleries, large-scale installations and the foundries that create large-scale public art.  During our time in Havana we will also be attending exhibits for the Havana Biennial, one of the largest biennial visual art events in the Western Hemisphere.  
We will have in-depth architectural tours of both cities and we will exploring the culinary revolution that is currently sweeping the island.  
This is a legal trip to Cuba with a maximum of 12 travelers to ensure an intimate experience for each exciting day of culture adventures.  There are a few spaces remaining.  Email for information and registration materials.  

Jammin with Jazz( 1993-1996)  is an informance program touring state wide throughout Louisiana with the mission to bring jazz and performing arts programs to schools and communities with little funding. Jammin with Jazz develops new audiences among students  so that they can understand, enjoy and support the art form. 

Jammin with Jazz:The Charmaine Neville Band "A World of Rhythms" Presentation

The Centennial Jazz Band "The Development of Jazz" Presentation

The Guardians of the Flame "The Mardi Gras Indians" Presentation 

Supported By:

National Endowment For the Art

The Louisiana State Arts Council

Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office Of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

Arts Council of New Orleans

The American Federation of Musicians

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation

Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival

Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Commanches, as well as the Treme Brass Band, were invited to perform at the Nancy Jazz Pulsations (NJP) festival this October at the 40th anniversary in Nancy, France. This year, the festival returns to the roots of jazz with its New Orleans themed program, celebrating the birthplace of iconic Big Easy artists and those who keep the spirit moving today. The New Orleans Jazz Celebration was the fiscal agent for the grant request to the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation. 

Chief Juan Pardo is one of the younger Chief out there, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the best new voices in mastering the old Big Chief sound bellowing from the Crescent City. Chief Juan Pardo recently appeared on the critically acclaimed record "Carnivale" by Galactic.  

The Treme Brass Band is a staple among New Orleans' marching band, hailing from the Treme neighborhood and playing traditional styled brass band music. Their ever shifting line up has included some of the biggest names in New Orleans jazz including Danny Barker,Kermit Ruffins and Lionel Batiste. "Music is the lifeblood of New Orleans in general and the Treme in particular, where jam sessions thrive."-Rose of Sharon Witmer



December '11 - Tour to Cuba

Photos by Jason Patterson 

August '11 - Guardians of the Flame & Mark Braud and the Jazz Giants travel to France for Musique de la Nouvelle Orléans à Périgueux Festival in Bordeaux!

Guardians at MNOP Festival in FranceGuardians of the Flame night concert at MNOP Festival in Bordeaux, France

From Cherice Harrison Nelson, Queen of Guardians of the Flame and NOJC Board Member:

“It was a great honor and wonderful opportunity to perform and inform about New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian and second-line traditions at the MNOP festival in Bordeaux. We felt the audiences were very attentive, curious and interested in our work.  Our traditions are very unique and so we had many discussions with our students in the residency workshops and with the general public at the festival. We also met the Consul for the U.S. in Bordeaux who had seen our performance in Abu Dabi in 2006 and enjoyed conversation with him and his wife. There were festival organizers and booking agents from various regions of France and Spain in attendance, and though we are not aware of any invitations at this time, we’re hopeful to have engagements in the near future as a result of our appearance.

Our aim is to give as much as possible to our audiences and to our students - working with children anywhere in the world is one of our most important passions and duties. After the workshops the students came on stage at the festival for a 10 minute show of what they learned from our musicians. They were dressed in costumes created before and during our visit and did an excellent job! They were then able to stay to see and enjoy our show since it was the first of the evening.

On Saturday morning, our group led the second line parade through the streets and markets of Perigueux.  We were accompanied by many jazz musicians from New Orleans, Spain and France.  It was a wonderful experience to interact with the local population in such a  direct and up-close way.” 

Travel partial funded by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation


The language of music is universal. When artists from diverse cultures are able to communicate musically, cultural and liguistic barriers to understanding fall away. Music is a salve that can be applied to sooth strains in international cooperation and communication. In line with our mission, New Orleans Jazz Celebration strives to make International Musical Exchanges possible and to bring an understanding of Jazz to the world!

New Orleans Jazz Celebration works to both bring international artists to perform in New Orleans and to bring New Orleans artists to perform internationally. We often partner with other organizations to make international cultural and musical exchanges possible, or to simply bring a taste of New Orleans musical history to jazz enthusiasts far far away.

International Exchanges allow New Orleans artists cultural and educational collaboration with international artists. The language of music is universal. Cultivating creative artistic exchange enhances the collective musical fabric and improves international goodwill as musicians, that may not speak the same language, are able to communicate through music.

Exhibit in South Africa



NOJC has traveled to locations as diverse as Cape Town, South Africa, bringing the Satchmo exhibit to the

Cape Town International Jazz Festival





Brass Band In Sanghi




and Shanghi, China with the

Original Royal Players Brass Band






French Article



In conjunction with the French Consulate of New Orleans, NOJC has traveled to Nantes, France with the Guardians of the Flame and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers for festival

Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre.





New Orleans Jazz Celebration traveled to Essaouira, Morrocco with Donald Harrison's Congo Nation for the Gnaoua World Music Festival.





Donald Harrison and Gnauwa Leader

Donald Harrison Morocco