The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents its sixth annual free concert on Friday, Jan. 13, to mark the start of Martin Luther King Birthday Weekend. WWOZ will broadcast live from Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chapel as legendary soul jazz tenor saxophonist Houston Person performs with his quartet. Known for his soulful, elegant performances with a deeply romantic tone, Person has been a stalwart of the jazz scene since gaining acclaim for a series of influential albums on Prestige Records in the 1960s. Also performing (and broadcast) will be the world-renowned New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley and his band.
The concert is titled “Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement.” Other artists who have performed in its six-year history include the singers Gregory Porter and Rene Marie, the saxophonist Kenny Garrett, the guitarists Jonathan Butler and Raul Midon and others.
This year’s concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Edgar “Dooky” Chase, Jr – who was famous not only as the owner of restaurant Dooky Chase, but also as a jazz musician and as a civil rights activist. He passed away in November. His daughter, the singer Leah Chase, will join Herlin Riley’s band as a special guest performer.