New Orleans Jazz Celebration


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chef Ricky LoRusso and Coconut Curried Chicken

Chef Ricky LoRusso donated his cooking talents (Coconut Curried Chicken) to NOJC for this GREAT event.  The NOJC mailed me this "Thank You Note"  and Cap

New Orleans Jazz Celebration (NOJC)  initiated by the Louisiana Music Commission in 1993 and incorporated as the New Orleans Jazz Centennial Celebration, Inc., in 1994. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, America's original art form, through educational outreach to audiences of all ages. NOJC's outreach focuses on youth and adults and offers a wide array of informative and entertaining activities designed to spread the rich history of jazz and move the art form forward.

Chef Ricky LoRusso and Coconut Curried ChickenNOJC seeks to enhance the understanding and appreciation of jazz and other related roots music by offering a wide array of informative and entertaining programs in the New Orleans region and throughout Louisiana. Our programs are designed to spread the history of jazz to audiences who otherwise might not be exposed, while showcasing and providing opportunities to the region's jazz artists to earn a living wage, as well as providing opportunities for collaboration with international artists. We especially strive to expose underserved youth in Louisiana to jazz history, both to develop the appreciation of and the inspiration to continue cultivating one of Louisiana's most valuable and profound gifts to the world.

EDUCATIONAL INFORMANCES are performances given by respected New Orleans musical ensembles experienced in performing for children. Related activities such as study materials, second line arts workshops and touring exhibits are also offered to engage any audience with the rich cultural legacy of Louisiana music.Treme Brass Band

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES allow New Orleans artists cultural and educational collaboration with international artists. In 2009 NOJC brought Saxophonist Donald Harrison and his Congo Nation to the Gnauwa Music Festival in Morocco where they performed in collaboration with an indigenous Gnauwa band.

JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR provides University of New Orleans jazz Studies students the opportunity to perform with professional musicians in front of a live audience. Downbeat Magazine has declared that "Jazz at the Sandbar Series is one of the best things going in America."

NICKEL A DANCE is a free series of Sunday afternoon jazz concerts each Spring and Fall, that is a hit with children, families, seniors, and the general public that don't tend to go to night clubs.

SATCHMO CLUB STRUT is a special night on Frenchmen St where the various venues come together to celebrate the legacy of Louis Armstrong. I t is NOJC's annual fund-raising event.

TOURING INFORMATIONAL EXHlSITS allow viewers to quickly absorb information about the rich historical foundation of modern day New Orleans Jazz. Tours of our exhibits target the general public and school students through visits to the exhibit's host facility in their area, as well as travel internationally as part of our cultural exchanges.


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