Uptown Jazz Orchestra hosts Jazz at Congo Square, an inaugural celebration of music and culture
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – On August 8, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Congo Square, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will host the Inaugural Jazz at Congo Square, a FREE celebration of New Orleans music, culture and traditions at Congo Square in Armstrong Park. The festival will feature a variety of artists who have contributed tremendously to our city’s local scene and the international music community in general. Jazz on the Place du Congo was created to promote and maintain the importance of Congo Square, while highlighting why the space is and should remain a historical landmark in New Orleans. The festival will also feature local art and merchandise vendors, dishes from local restaurants, chefs and vendors, and provide space for nonprofits that share a similar mission of preserving New Orleans. .
The Jazz at Congo Square festivities will begin this year with a VIP Patron Party at Gallier Hall on Friday August 6, with a private and exclusive performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at the Ty Tracy Theater inside the Gallier Hall. VIP guests can bid on original artwork created for the official festival poster and other items. The Sunday festival programming will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a call to ancestors conducted by the Congo Square Preservation Society Drum Circle and master percussionist Luther Gray, and feature poems by acclaimed activist Sunni Patterson and music from the Vegas Cola Band, Kyle Roussel, Mykia Jovan, Tonya Boyd Cannon (from the hit TV series The Voice), Stooges Brass Band and a performance by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra featuring music from their award-winning Jazz Party CD Best of the Beat. The festival will open with a call to ancestors led by the Congo Square Society Drum Circle and will end with a jam session and second line parade led by Stooges Brass Band. Learn more about the artists and the festival lineup on wefundraisenow.org/congolineup2021.
“Over the past year and a half, musicians around the world have faced and conquered what seemed like overwhelming circumstances,” says founder Delfeayo Marsalis. “Now we look to the future, which means celebrating the past, embracing the present, and focusing on building a sustainable future for the bearers of New Orleans culture. As we grow the festival and create new points of contact, we hope to create a movement that both honors Congo Square and supports New Orleans’ talent pool. “
Proceeds from Jazz at Congo Square will benefit two other community organizations founded by Marsalis: Uptown Music Theater, an award-winning organization that empowers youth through training in musical theater; and Keep NOLA Music Alive (KNOMA) – founded in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic with the goal of providing emergency aid to native New Orleans culture bearers.
UJO was formed in 2008 by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis with the primary aim of maintaining and creating jazz traditions such as blues expression, riffing, spontaneous arrangements and New Orleans polyphony (style 2nd line fanfare). Specializing in music by Basie, Ellington, the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Band, UJO has released two award-winning, critically acclaimed CDs. During the pandemic, they expanded their reach by presenting first-class live broadcasts and witty video shorts that
presented the tributes of the group at Jazz Fest, Noël, Mardi Gras. UJO is made up of New Orleans’ most famous musicians, including Roger Lewis, Herlin Riley, Roderick Paulin, Andrew Baham and Dr. Brice Miller. Their repertoire ranges from the controversial Make America Great Again! to the relaxed and relaxed jazz evening.
Come enjoy the cool jazz sounds of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and various New Orleans artists while supporting the musical education of the children of Greater New Orleans and native New Orleans musicians!
Supplier opportunities are available for local designers, artists, restaurants and retail stores, with 10 × 10 and 10 × 20 spaces available. Visit www.wefundraisenow.org/congovendors to find out about supplier opportunities or to register. To learn more about Jazz at the Market or how to become a seller, visit wefundraisenow.org/congojazz.