New Orleans jazz traditionalists The Smoking Time Jazz Club will be celebrating the release of their new studio album, "Everything Is Righteous," on Sunday, February 1 from 9pm-11:30pm at the Allways Lounge. This is a fun and rare opportunity to catch this band outside of their usual French Quarter/Frenchmen Street haunts.
In this television appearance, Louis Prima, a former student at Warren Easton and Jesuit Highs, rips through a medley of four songs in just three-and-a-half minutes: "When You're Smiling," "C'è La Luna," "Zooma Zooma," and "Oh Marie Awesome." He's performing with Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses.
What an uplifting sight! The 504K Run and Festival for Our Music happened on a recent Sunday morning, (February 8), and more than 1000 runners, walkers, and dancers participated. DJ Brice Nice and the Big Easy Roller Girls were on the scene. Students of Make Music NOLA delivered a unique National Anthem and the McDonogh 35 Brass Band brought the funk. In addition to the race and music, we raffled off Piano Night tickets, a guitar, and a brass pass.
Auditions for the Spring 2015 semester of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free music program - the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music - happen at 10a on Saturday, Januray 24. They'll also be holding auditions at the same time for two new programs: The Jazz & Heritage All-City Big Band and the Jazz & Heritage Brass Band. All three programs are free and open to students ages 10-17 from throught the greater New Orleans region.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation supports community involvement in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell by distributing thousands of free tickets. The Foundation’s Community Outreach Tickets program makes free Jazz Fest tickets available to those who otherwise could not afford to attend the festival. The tickets are distributed through social service organizations such as nonpfofit, educational, religious, government and community agencies - and they are for use only by clients of those organizations with financial hardships. Apply by March 9.
The Best of the Beat Awards happen on Thursday, Jan 22 at Generations Hall, with performances by the New Orleans Suspects, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Dumpstaphunk, Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, and more. There'll also be an all-star tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ellis Marsalis.