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Video: Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band

Tue, 11/09/21
Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday, November 7 to kick off the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's fall concert series! Check out their full set in the player below. Read more

Video: Louis Prima in 1938

Tue, 11/09/21
Here's Louis Prima and his band way back in 1938, when Prima was just 28 years old.  Read more

Video: Sync Up - Entrepreneurial Collaboration

Mon, 11/08/21
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation hosted "Sync Up: NOLA Next" on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6-8pm CT. This event focused on Entrepreneurial Collaboration and features 3D Na’tee, DJ Raj Smoove, and Lou Hill of GenRise in conversation with panelists LaWanda Smith and Ma... Read more

2021 New Orleans Film Festival: Nov. 5-21

Tue, 11/02/21
The 2021 New Orleans Film Festival is happening November 5-21! For this year's experience, the New Orleans Film Society has again created a combination festival involving venues across the city, plus outdoor open air cinemas and at-home streaming experiences. After receivi... Read more

Fall 2021 Jazz & Heritage Concert Series announced

Mon, 11/01/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation announced their fall 2021 concert series! Join them in person at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart) on Saturdays in November and December. Click the band name to reserve your ticket(s). If you're unable to attend in perso... Read more

Video: Tank & the Bangas f/Big Freedia 'Big'

Fri, 10/29/21
New from Tank & the Bangas! Check out the video for their hit single, 'Big,' featuring Big Freedia, the Queen Diva! Catch them at Tipitina's on November 6.  Read more

Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival to return January 2022

Thu, 10/28/21
The Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival has announced that they will return in January 2022! The festival opens with a Patron Party on January 12. Featured programming on January 13-15 includes workshops at UNO and NOCCA, hosted by Steve Masachowski and Michael Palerra, re... Read more

Recording Academy's Black Music Collective and Amazon Music award $20k for music equipment to Dillard and Xavier

Thu, 10/28/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC), in partnership with Amazon Music, have selected two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to each receive a $10,000 donation for musical equipment as part of the organizations' ongoing partnership to provi... Read more

Toulouse Theatre reopens

Wed, 10/27/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Toulouse Theatre announced it will return to 615 Toulouse Street, re-opening on Friday, October 29, 2021 with a concert featuring Big Freedia, Boyfriend, and HaSizzle. First opened in 1961, the historic French Quarter theatre most recently housed the local, independent ... Read more

In Memoriam: Jack Fine

Wed, 10/27/21
Trumpeter Jack Fine has died at the age of 93 after a storied life full of jazz.  Fine was born in Brooklyn in September 1928. At 17, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in British Guyana as a military police officer. He was able to travel extensively through the milit... Read more

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