Who: The New Orleans Museum of Art in partnership with the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)
What: NOMA will celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30 with a jazz brunch and public concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez. The public is invited to enjoy a free concert on the front steps of NOMA. Following the concert, Terence and Poncho will lead a second line from NOMA down Lelong Drive, along Esplanade Avenue to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for a second performance at the gates of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. NOMA will be live-streaming the concert to Paris, the 2015 Global Host City and WWOZ will be live broadcasting the concert on their station.
When: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Where: Front steps of NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle New Orleans, LA 70124
About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses nearly 40,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century’s master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org.
About International Jazz Day
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, which began in 2012. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.
Titled ‘Breathless,’ the album will see Blanchard and his new The E-Collective quintet explore new ground in a fusion album that’s “teeming with funk, R&B, and blues” according to a press release.
“My latest album, Breathless, is my attempt to underscore the three words: ‘I Can’t Breathe,’” 53-year-old Blanchard said in a statement. “This is our E-Collective version of a protest album, without the firebrand lyrics of Phil Ochs, but in mood and purpose.”
By David La Rosa
Detroit and New Orleans, two gritty cities defined by their landmark contributions to American musical culture and recent struggles with natural and economic disasters, will come together in a three-day festival June 2-4 under the umbrella of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The centerpiece of A Musical Tale of Two Cities: Motown Meets the Big Easy will be a performance of Terence Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The concert will find the New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter and composer performing with his quintet and the DSO, led by music director Leonard Slatkin.
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard once said, “If you are hung up on maintaining the tradition, you’re never going to be yourself. This is music about breaking the tradition.” In two very different concerts (one this week and one at the Playboy Jazz Festival in June), Blanchard will be celebrating the past of jazz as well as its future.
Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s takes a new direction on his Blue Note Records release titled Breathless. Along with his new group called the E-Collective and special guests P.J. Morton, JRei Oliver and Dr. Cornel West, Blanchard is groovin’ high and low on insightful new material and covers that delve into exciting zones of grooved fusion brimming with rhythm and blues rock, jazz and funk.