OUR PROGRAMS

THE PEOPLES HEALTH NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MARKET

The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market was thoughtfully crafted to be a performing arts venue and Jazz community center for the Central City neighborhood and Greater New Orleans region. The Jazz Market features music education experiences for all ages, a New Orleans Jazz Archive, tributes to current and past Jazz Masters, and performances by Irvin Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians.

To stay true to NOJO’s core values, all Jazz Market partnerships are formed around the idea that Jazz is the catalytic entity that will bring positive and permanent change to our community. Our responsibility as an organization is to ensure that the prominence and importance of Jazz remains at the programmatic and conceptual center of each event. Using creativity and finesse, the goal is that each individual who visits the space will experience a meaningful encounter with Jazz in the midst of enhancing other areas of their lives.

HOMETOWN CONCERT SERIES

NOJO is the first and only professional Jazz organization to create ticketed Jazz concert seasons in the city that created the music. NOJO produces 8-10 concerts by Grammy-winning Irvin Mayfield and NOJO locally each year.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TOURS

Jazz music was born in the City of New Orleans, and NOJO shares this tradition throughout the country and the world. NOJO has headlined all of America’s major performing arts venues and clubs, including Carnegie Hall, The Chicago Theatre, The Apollo Theater, Benaroya Hall, The Dakota Club, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mayfield and NOJO are currently in the midst of an international tour with renowned vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

ANNUAL THE BIG BEAT GALA

Each year NOJO honors individuals who enhance the Jazz industry through either their musical talent or support. The event includes a festive dinner followed by a New Orleans Jazz Orchestra performance at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. NOJO’s 5th annual THE BIG BEAT Gala will be hosted on April 22, 2016; for more information, contact Sarah Bell (SBell@theNOJO.com).

NATIONAL GALAS

NOJO enjoys a proud tradition of hosting National Galas in distinct cities and historic venues across the United States. In 2012, NOJO’s 10th Anniversary was celebrated at New York City’s iconic Carnegie Hall with special guests Aaron Neville, Branford Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater. In 2013, the entire NOJO Big Band and staff traveled via the “Spirit of New Orleans” train from New Orleans to Chicago to perform at The Chicago Theatre with special guests Allen Toussaint, Kurt Elling and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. During fall 2014, the National Gala was hosted at the University of California at Berkeley; like the previous concerts, it was broadcast live on New Orleans’ own WWOZ 90.7-FM. Recently NOJO hosted its first International Gala at L’Olympia in Paris; the trip featured supplemental events designed by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau for European media and tourism clients.

IRVIN MAYFIELD & THE NOJO JAZZ JAM

Every Wednesday at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in The Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, NOJO curates and hosts the “NOJO Jam” featuring Irvin Mayfield, NOJO musicians and special guests. Each month, NOJO Jam Musical Director Derek Douget selects a Jazz Icon whose music is featured. The “NOJO Jam” also serves as a mentoring and professional development opportunity for young musicians.

Featured Jazz Masters:
2016
January: George Duke | February: Nina Simone | March: Charlie Parker | April: Duke Ellington | May: Mary Lou Williams | June: Horace Silver | July: Louis Armstrong | August: Wayne Shorter | September: John Coltrane | October: Thelonious Monk | November: Billy Strayhorn | December: Christmas Jazz Theme

2015
January: Antonio Carlos Jobim | February: Tadd Dameron | March: Charlie Parker | April: Duke Ellington | May: Mary Lou Williams | June: Horace Silver | July: John Coltrane | August: Wayne Shorter | September: John Coltrane | October: Thelonious Monk | November: Billy Strayhorn | December: Christmas Jazz Theme

2014
January: Harold Battiste and Alvin Batiste | February: Sonny Rollins | March: Charlie Parker | April through June: Freddie Hubbard | July: John Coltrane | August: Bud Powell

2013
January: Joe Henderson | February: McCoy Tyner | March: Ornette Coleman | April: Ellis Marsalis | May: Thelonious Monk | June: Miles Davis | July: Oliver Nelson | August: Cedar Walton Sept: Modern Jazz Quintet | October: Cannonball Adderley Quintet | November: Dizzy Gillespie | December: Woody Shaw

2012
January: Billy Strayhorn | February: James Black | March: Horace Silver | April: French Quarter Festival | May: Duke Ellington | June: Herbie Hancock | July: Wayne Shorter | August: Harold Battiste | October: Chick Corea | November: Art Blakey | December: Antonio Carlos Jobim

2011
January: Lee Morgan, Alvin Batiste, Ornette Coleman, Billie Holiday | February: “Cannonball” Adderley, Ben Webster, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Duke Ellington, Anita O’Day | March: Freddie Hubbard, Clyde Kerr, Jr. Donald Byrd, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker | April: Lester Young, Fletcher Henderson, Woody Herman and Modern Jazz Quartet | May: Quincy Jones, George Shearing, Herman Leonard, Benny Golson | June: Benny Carter, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden | July: Ray Brown, Ahmad Jamal, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins | August: Miles Davis Quartet (1950-1960), Clark Terry, Stephane Grappelli, Glifford Brown, Max Roach | September: Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk, Donald Byrd, Roy Eldridge | November: Charles Mingus | December: Benny Golsen

2010
September: Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Bill Evans, Miles Davis | October: Porgy & Bess, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Louis Armstrong | November: Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Danny Barker | December: Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Garrett, Nat King Cole and Holiday Tribute, Irvin Mayfield’s Birthday and Poetry, Count Basie

MASTERS SERIES COMMISSIONS

NOJO regularly commissions professional Jazz musicians to create and perform music based on certain themes. The music is created by Steve Masakowski, the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans; and NOJO members Victor Atkins, the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Music, and Ed Petersen, Associate Chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies. Each piece is premiered at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, then performed within the community at museums, festivals, libraries and other venues.

Spring 2010: Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Chicago’s Tenor Masters
Fall 2010: Jazz interpretations of the 2010 New Orleans Opera season
Spring 2011: The Music of New Orleans Jazz Masters Ellis Marsalis, James Black, & Harold Battiste
Fall 2011: William Faulkner, Dr. Seuss, & A Confederacy of Dunces
Spring 2012: Spirituals & Spirituality
Fall 2012: Jazz Tributes to The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, & Stevie Wonder
Spring 2013: Big Band Arrangements ~ The Music of New Orleans Jazz Masters Ellis Marsalis, James Black, & Harold Battiste
Fall 2013: A Rhyme & A song ~ Based on the poetry of Louisiana State Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, & The Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt
Spring 2014: Big Band Arrangements ~ Jazz Tributes to The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, & Stevie Wonder Fall 2014: Big Band Arrangements ~ Jazz Tributes to Led Zeppelin, Queen & Nirvana
Spring 2015: To Be Announced

NOJO HOUSE PARTIES

Each month, NOJO hosts a Sunday afternoon concert and jam session at Irvin Mayfield’s home for NOJO donors, supporters and friends.

NOJO House Parties have featured performances by the following music icons: “The King of Treme” Shannon Powell, Cyril Neville, Glen David Andrews, Brass-A-Holics, Ellis Marsalis, Davell Crawford, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Little Freddie King, George Porter Jr., James Rivers, Rebirth Brass Band, Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, The Zion Harmonizers, The Leroy Jones Quintet, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Lionel Ferbos & the Louisiana Shakers, Wynton Marsalis with Wess Anderson, Wes Anderson, Jason Marsalis, Lucien Barbarin, Ellis Marsalis and Peter Harris, NOCCA’s Thelonious Monk Combo with Haley Reinhart, Johnny Vidacovich, Hot 8 Brass Band, Lucien Barbarin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Guitar Slim Jr, and Germaine Bazzle.