Make plans for a spectacular New Orleans musical celebration on June 21, 2013. The Joy Theater hosts Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) as they perform an encore New Orleans Jazz Institute Masters Series performance dedicated to pianist and Marsalis family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, producer, composer and arranger Harold Battiste, and the late drummer James Black. The concert, sponsored by The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living, will feature arrangements from many New Orleans Jazz masters including University of New Orleans professors and musicians – Steve Masakowski, Victor Atkins and Edward Petersen. The line-up also includes Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, NOJO, and very special guest Ellis Marsalis. The musicians will debut big band arrangements of each featured Jazz Masters music.
The evening’s event is in partnership with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA), and the night will also feature The Rodrigue Steinway – “Blue Dog Piano”. The piano, is painted by renowned Louisiana artist George Rodrigue (who will be in attendance) and donated by Hall Piano Company. The piano is slated to be sold to the highest bidder, with half of the proceeds going to the LSU’s School of Music and the GRFA - Arts in Education initiatives. Visit Rodrigue Steinway to learn more about this incredible piece of art.
The program will also have a very special private event for up and coming young artists that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The Joy Theater welcomes George Rodrigue and Irvin Mayfield as they present a “Master Class” for NOJO and GRFA Summer camp children. The class will teach these budding artists about different forms of art: painting and music. This hands-on class will be an awesome learning experience for these lucky kids as they get to hang out with two famous artists.
As a joint fundraiser for their educational programs – NOJO and GRFA are also raffling a Rodrigue “You Can’t Drown the Blues“ print. The piece has been signed by George Rodrigue, Irvin Mayfield, Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste. Raffle tickets are only $10 and available for purchase by clicking here. Tickets will also be available at the concert; the winner will be announced the evening of the event.
NOJO is a performing-arts organization whose goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, touring, recordings, education, and media platforms. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, NOJO’s mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and global community by creating authentic, engaging Jazz experiences, while celebrating the origins and transforming the future of Jazz.
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) advocates the importance of the arts in the development of our youth. GRFA encourages the use of art within all curricula and supports a variety of art educational programs.
WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
The Joy Theatre
1200 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
TICKETS: Tickets are $34.50 and up. Please click here to purchase tickets.