The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation unwrapped a gift to the city on Friday — complete with a giant red bow. City officials, musicians, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival founder George Wein cut the ribbon on the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.
The former funeral home in the 1200 block of Rampart Street has been redeveloped as a jazz education center. Free classes for budding musicians will be held in rooms full of instruments, music stands, and screens for digital and remote learning.
This fall, the 24-year-old Don Jamison Heritage School of Music will move into its first permanent home on Rampart Street, across from the French Quarter. The building’s façade is being sanded and painted for a December opening.
“All the classrooms are gonna have recording equipment so we can record each class,” says Derek Douget, the school’s coordinator of music education since 2010. “We have a state-of-the-art stage where we can do performances at the end of the week.”
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation recently held auditions for its free music school. Called the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music, the program offers high level music instruction for students ages 10-17.
Students meet on Saturday mornings and train to perform at local festivals and venues. Producer Mallory Falk brings us this audio postcard from the audition.
When the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival first began in 1969, it was radical. Here in the South, still reeling from the Civil Rights movement and race integration, the festivals’ founders — Quint Davis, George Wein, and Allison Miner — created a safe space for New Orleanians to come together, to hear each others’ music and to party — together. Eve Abrams brings us this profile of Allison Miner, a titan in New Orleans music, and the only person with a Jazz Fest stage named for her.
Jazz Fest — our annual overdose of music and food — is synonymous with New Orleans. Smoothie King — a healthy juice and food alternative — is the antithesis of the city. Both businesses were NOLA-born in the 1970's and are now international brands.
On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti dines with Smoothie King's Tom O'Keefe and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Scott Aiges.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is taking online applications from artists and crafters for the arts market at the upcoming Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, which takes place March 23-24 in Armstrong Park. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1 for artists and craft-makers to participate in the arts market at the sixth annual Congo Square festival.
The event takes place in Armstrong Park and will feature a mix of talent representing the African diaspora, the Caribbean and the Gulf South.