Founded in 2008, the NOJO Saturday Music School was developed to provide quality music instruction for local students ages eight to seventeen. Each Saturday during the school year, NOJO hosts free classes led by the most respected teachers in New Orleans. At the end of each semester, students participate in a collective performance at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. NOJO also hosts a four-week Summer Music Camp; now approaching its 22nd summer, the program costs only $75 per student per year. For information about either program, contact Education@theNOJO.com.
Joe Saulsbury, NOJO Summer Music Camp Director and Keith Hart, NOJO Saturday Music School Director
During the Jazz Market’s monthly Jazz Literacy events, NOJO Artistic Curator Emily Fredrickson discusses the legacies of featured “NOJO Jam” Jazz Masters and leads participants on an adventure through the canals of Jazz History.
An on-site, interactive “Living Jazz Archive” with a focus on the Jazz Masters of New Orleans has been developed in the PHNOJM lobby to complement the Jazz Market’s events, Hometown Concerts and other programs. It will continue to expand on a monthly basis. A comprehensive book and magazine collection focused on music, art, design and history for both adults and children is also available in the lobby every Tuesday through Saturday, 10am until 4pm.
In partnership with Chevron, NOJO has created the beginning of a digital “STEAM ZONE” in the Jazz Market to teach the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through the Arts and Jazz principles.
NOJO hosts Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival (EE) annually at the University of New Orleans; the event features up to ten high school Jazz ensembles from four states. A program of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City, EE co-produces these non-competitive, education-focused festivals at various locations across the country; they are designed to offer high school Jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers.
Irvin Mayfield hosts community lectures focused on topics such as art, literacy and the development of great ideas. Past events have involved community leaders such as New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Stephen Perry, former Urban League of Greater New Orleans President and CEO Nolan Rollins, and UNO President Peter Fos.
January 2012: Artistic Literacy
September 2012: Advancing the Conversation on Artistic Literacy September 2012: The Art of Building Good Ideas
January 2013: The Art of Building Good Ideas II
September 2013: The Courage to Create
February 2014: Artistic Literacy ~ Life, Love and Jazz
September 2014: Imagination and Knowledge: Engineering Jazz