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.
One of the first big parades of the Carnival season, Krewe du Vieux, is taking a new route this year. KdV, active since 1987, will cross Canal and parade through the CBD after heading through their more familiar stomping grounds in the Marigny and French Quarter starting at 6:30pm on Saturday, January 31.
Do you work for a social service organization like a nonprofit, educational, religious, government, or community agency? Your group may be eligible for passes to the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival through their Community Outreach Tickets program! These free passes to Jazz Fest are for use by the people who are serviced by these types of organizations (i.e.
Hear the weather as music via Quintron's giant analog synthesizer controlled completely by the weather. Interactive Sound Installation featuring Weather Warlock, Mountain of Wizard & C-Section 8, this Sunday, January 18, at St. Maurice Church in Holy Cross at 5p sharp: the Weather Warlock plays as the sun is setting so don't be late!
Some of my favoite Trombone Shorty shows happened along the river at French Quarter Fest. Here he is a few weeks before the April 2010 release of Backatown doing "On Your Way Down," a classic Allen Toussaint track from Life, Love, and Faith (1972).