Improvisations Gala 2019 Announcement

The New Orleans Jazz Museum hosts the second annual Improvisations Gala on site at 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Improvisations kicks off at 7:00 pm in the Jazz Museum’s intimate performance venue with an exclusive Patron Party, featuring cuisine by Ruth’s Chris, cocktails and private musical performances by Grammy award winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Christian McBride, along with Adonis Rose and Detroit Brooks.

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Downriver Festival 2019 Announcement

The 7th annual Downriver Festival on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River and the land it built through live music, panels, children’s activities, and walking tours that explore this year’s theme “Southern Seafood”  Festival events occur at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Enjoy the last taste of summer with delicious seafood and other fare from six local Louisiana food vendors.

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Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong!

“I was born in 1900,” begins Louis Armstrong’s autobiography. “Mayann told me that the night I was born . . . was the fourth of July, a big holiday in New Orleans, when almost anything can happen.” Louis was actually born on this day, August 4, 118 years ago, to Mary Ann “Mayann” Albert and William Armstrong. It is unclear why his mother, who was just fifteen when she gave birth to Louis, told the young Satchmo that he was born on the fourth of July.

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Louis Prima Exhibit To Open May 1, 2019

The New Orleans Jazz Museum will debut a new exhibition, “The Wildest: Louis Prima Comes Home” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. As a trumpeter, singer, songwriter, and performer, Louis Prima’s swinging persona conquered New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and points in between. View photos, hear recordings, see his instruments and stage wear at The New Orleans Jazz Museum. Sponsored by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation.

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Eric Waters Exhibit To Open April 4, 2019

The New Orleans Jazz Museum will debut a new exhibition, “Purpose and Passion: Photography by Eric Waters Exhibit Opening” on Thusday, April 4, 2019. Eric Waters studied under the late New Orleans Photojournalist Marion Porter and has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years. In 1985 he founded Ebonimages, a non-profit organization, to catalog and exhibit the collection of Marion Porter’s Photo News.

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Danny Barker Fest 2019 Lineup

Join us at the New Orleans Jazz Museum for the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival, three days of great talk, music, and more in celebration of the life and legacy of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker.

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Drumsville! Exhibit To Open November 8, 2018

The New Orleans Jazz Museum will debut a new exhibition, Drumsville!: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat. Launching on November 8, 2018, the exhibit will celebrate both the New Orleans Tricentennial and International Drum Month, along with the development of the drum kit in New Orleans and the ongoing evolution of rich local drumming traditions.

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Improvisations Gala Announcement

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is hosting its inaugural Improvisations Gala on site at 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Improvisations kicks off at 7:00 pm in the Jazz Museum’s intimate performance venue with an exclusive Patron Party, featuring cuisine by Ruth’s Chris, cocktails by Sazerac Company, and a private musical performance by Jon Batiste, followed by the Trombone Shorty Academy and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

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Smithsonian Museum Day at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

The New Orleans Jazz Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

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Ask A Curator Day 2018

The New Orleans Jazz Museum is thrilled to participate again in Ask A Curator Day on September 12, 2018, an annual Q&A with over 1,500 participating museums from 58 countries! Our director Greg Lambousy will be on hand 10 am to 5 pm CST to answer your questions about our collections, jazz history, museum life and more! Tag or comment your questions with #askacurator on our Instagram or Twitter accounts.

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Downriver Festival 2018 Lineup Announcement

The 6th annual Downriver Festival on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River and the land it built through live music, panels, children's activities, and walking tours that explore this year’s theme “Gumbo and Daiquiris.”  Festival events occur at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint and French Market from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the last taste of summer with delicious gumbo and your favorite daiquiris from six local festival food vendors.

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Professor Longhair Exhibit To Open August 2, 2018

The New Orleans Jazz Museum will debut a new exhibition, Me Got Fiyo: The Professor Longhair Centennial. Launching on August 2, 2018, the exhibit will celebrate both the New Orleans Tricentennial and the Centennial of the birth of the most beloved and influential pianist in New Orleans history: Henry Roeland Byrd aka Professor Longhair. This exhibit will showcase all things Fess starting with his origins and development to his early hits such as “Tipitina,” “Mardi Gras In New Orleans,” and “Big Chief” to his 1970s comeback, his untimely death, and his continual presence in New Orleans since then.

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