'Class Got Brass' is back! This unique contest, open to all Louisiana middle and high schools, challenges bandleaders and students to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands (as opposed to full marching bands). At stake are more than $30,000 worth of instruments for the participating schools' music programs. Applications are open now and close March 7.
"There's an element of fun that is often missing in today's jazz music." Jason Marsalis brings the fun back to modern jazz with his latest release, Heirs of the Crescent City. This album serves as accompaniment to an independent documentary about the various traditions that are passed on through families in New Orleans.
Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring Thursday, January 14 to be 'Allen Toussaint Day' in the city of New Orleans. On what would have been his 78th birthday, the whole city will celebrate one of the finest musical ambassadors New Orleans ever had.
This Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is presenting two Jazz Journey concerts celebrating the civil rights movement and the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both concerts will take place at Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chapel. Admission for both events is free, and no advance registration is required.