Dave Bartholomew will be remembered as one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest producers. Bartholomew grew up on the outskirts of New Orleans and was always loved music. He got the chance to hear jazz for the first time on a showboat that passed by his hometown along the Mississippi river.
You can see the imprint of New Orleans, his hometown, in Louis Prima’s irrepressible stage performances. Often, he and his band jumped around and hammed it up so exuberantly that it was hard for people to see the level of his true musicianship. “Play pretty for the people,” he’d say.
Learn about the mural on the first floor of the New Orleans Jazz Museum created by Charles Gresham in the early 1930s. It was donated to the State of Louisiana by Charles Reinike in 1982.
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.
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.
As we enter a new and exciting year, it is only right for us to reflect on the people and experiences that made 2018 one to remember. 2018 was a year of tremendous growth and innovation for the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
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.
Opening December 5, 2018, the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Arts Council of New Orleans present Sound Collage at the Jazz Museum: A LUNA Fête Celebration of Light and Music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lillian Boutté, internationally recognized vocalist, long time Jazz Ambassador, and one of our own #WomenOfNote has used her voice to share New Orleans Jazz & culture all over the world. Now it is our turn to show her support.