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Mass & Visitation:

Saturday, August 18th

St. Anthony Church
924 Monroe St.
Gretna, LA 70053

9:30 am the band will begin playing for the visitation

At 11:00 am mass will Begin

An end of era for the incredibly musical Adams family occurred last week with the death of bassist Gerald Adams, who died on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the age of 91. Adams, who was hard to miss with his red bass, sharp, brightly colored suits and ties and an abundance of glittering rings and necklaces all set off by his stylish shades, was a member of the hugely talented Adams family that included his brothers bassist/drummer Placide Adams and guitarist Justin Adams. Adams worked in the traditional jazz scene of New Orleans; first recordings were made in 1961 with trumpeter Thomas Jefferson and The New Orleans Creole Jazz Band. In 1964 he played with Kid Howard and His New Orleans Jazz Band. In the 1980s, Adams recorded with the Sam Alcorn Trio (At Arnaud's). In the late 1990s he played with Rudy Balliu and Sammy Rimington's International All Stars; he was also a member of the Doc Houlind New Orleans Allstars Band. Gerald’s earliest gigs were performing in the Algiers neighborhood that was the Adams’ home turf. Later the group played regularly “across the river” in New Orleans at the Million Dollar Room. Adams was a very warm and friendly man who mentored artists like banjoist/guitarist Don Vappie. In 1994, Gerald Adams was recognized by New Orleans magazine as one of it Jazz All-Stars and in 2008 he received a Lifetime Recognition Award from the Cultural Alliance of the Americas organization. In 2002 & 2007 Jerry led the band for NOJC’s own Nickel-A-Dance. He was a one-of-a-kind musician, and New Orleans will not be the same without his charisma and sound.  


 The NOJC space set up at The New Orleans Jazz Museum! 

The NOJC space set up at The New Orleans Jazz Museum! 



 Grand Prize Painting by Art Contest Winner: Jamal Cook,10th Grade Eleanor McMain Secondary School

Grand Prize Painting by Art Contest Winner: Jamal Cook,10th Grade Eleanor McMain Secondary School

The New Orleans Jazz Celebration and New Orleans Jazz Museum are partnering with Satchmo SummerFest on an exhibition of the artwork from the "What a Wonderful World" Art-Essay and Poetry Contest.  Festival attendees can view youth submissions to the contest inside of the New Orleans Jazz Museum for the duration of the festival.

The contest is an opportunity for students in grades Kindergarten through High School to demonstrate their visual arts, oratorical and written skills. Student's work are judged in accordance with the contest guidelines and rules created by professionals in the field of visual arts or English. Each entrant in the contest receive a certificate of participation and prize. Place winners of the Art contest will receive a monetary prize and have their work displayed for four months in the EXCELth Health Clinic(s) and other public outlets as well. Contest judges have consistently been impressed with the quality of work exhibited by these students. The hope is that the participants will continue to develop their artistic talents in the same way Louis Armstrong developed his.

HERE ARE SOME Entries from this year's Contest

This event is able to be put on thanks to these sponsors:


Thank you to all who helped put on another great


We will be back the 1st wednesday of October.

Here are a few photos from this season:

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FALL 2017 was a great season for Nickel A Dance.

A Big Thank you to all who came and supported!


Spring 2018Nickel A Dance Schedule

SpRING 2018 Jazz @ the Sandbar Schedule