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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cascadia Weekly - New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

"Now, more than ever" is a phrase you hear a lot these days. Now, more than ever we need your help. Now, more than ever, we need your support. The phrase is used now more than ever before. But now you can show your support for a project that is more relevant today than when it was created, and enjoy some fiery jazz to go along with it. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is coming and they're here to burn down the dance floor and build up their birthplace.


More after the jump.


At 10:13 AM, Blogger Tyson said...

Founded in 2002 by jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), was commissioned as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with the express purpose of promoting New Orleans' culture, specifically its jazz roots. Now he's bringing the NOJO on the road, working to both spread the gospel of jazz and re-establish New Orleans as a vibrant hub of musical culture. Although founded prior to Hurrican Katrina, the NOJO is working closely in its wake to preserve and champion the culture of the Southern Delta. The organization went from being a mighty good idea to one that served a valuable, vital, and important purpose to millions of people.

Part of the larger Institute of Jazz Culture (IOJC) at Dillard University in New Orleans, NOJO works towards supporting, sustaining, promoting, and celebrating jazz's importance to American culture. And in its spare time, the 16 member NOJO plays music composed by jazz greats--Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charles Mingus--as well as newer compositions by contemporaries, including band leader Mayfield.

At 29 years old, Mayfield has been hailed as one of jazz's most exciting upstarts as a commissioned composer, arranger, player, and, of course, founder of both NOJO and IOJC, as well as his own bands, the Irvin Mayfield Quintet and Los Hombres Calientes. He's released nine of his own albums, appeared on or produced dozens more, and been nominated for a Grammy.

He's a busy man, but he's made time to be here, to bring the best jazz to your feet, heart, and ears. As the NOJO moves into the second half of its 2005-2006 season, it needs support, specifically your support, in order to bring to audiences and students nationwide the rich sounds and traditions of New Orleans jazz culture. Much more than just a jazz ensemble, NOJO offers a chance for the city of New Orleans to once again become a diverse, world-class business and cultural center.

So what does this all have to do with you? Well, this is a once in a lifetime chance to experience a big jazz band swinging large and funky across a local stage, but more importantly this is a chance for you to be part of something bigger, to support a unique and vital part of our culture, and help out your fellow Americans. If it sounds sensationalistic on the page, wait until you hear it in person. Now, more than ever, it's positively revolutionary.


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