New Orleans Jazz Orchestra reopens, fall gala to include Big Freedia
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will resume performances at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City on August 11 at 7 p.m. Adonis Rose will join NOJO for a performance that will serve as the official launch of the orchestra’s new concert series which will include their new record release, Little Flower. Later that night Blaq Rhapsody to launch Wednesday Night Jam at 9 p.m. Rose, who is the artistic director of NOJO, will also announce details of the fall gala on November 6 with special guest Big Freedia.
The reopening comes 16 months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Jazz Market, located at 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. In preparation for the reopening, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is working with a new board of directors to advance the organization’s mission and vision. New board members include Michael Hecht, Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Winston Burns, Cassie Worley, Jamar McKneeley, Kathleen Turner and other longtime community leaders.
“We are delighted to open the Jazz Market and welcome our supporters to our fall concert series,” said Adonis Rose. “The community has supported our organization during the pandemic and we can’t wait to perform in front of our audience again! Our exceptional season will begin with New Orleans’ first lady of jazz, Mrs. Germaine Bazzle, who is coming out of retirement to give her very first concert with NOJO at the Jazz Market. We are also very excited about our partnerships with the Tupac Foundation, the Consulate of France, WWNO Radio and Jazz Ascona.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) begins its 20th anniversary in 2022 as the home for the city’s local and international jazz artists, attracting thousands of music lovers for two decades. The organization won a Grammy Award in 2009 and continues to create opportunities for musicians and artists, while cultivating an inspiring environment for young musicians. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting New Orleans music and culture in local and global communities by providing access to unparalleled performances.
“The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is proud to work with the community to provide services to nonprofits and local musicians as well as educational opportunities for youth and families in the area,” said Latoya Bullard-Franklin, president of the board of directors of NOJO. “As a girl from New Orleans, I have the honor to once again introduce this wonderful organization to you as it continues to reaffirm its legacy of extraordinary excellence in the community.”
In addition to Bazzle and Big Freedia, the upcoming concert series will feature Cyrille Aimee and Tarriona “Tank” Ball. The reopening also means that there are opportunities for community collaborations and new partnerships. The New Orleans Jazz Market will also be available for special events starting August 11 and will host monthly open houses to share room space with organizations and businesses looking to support the space through reservations.