by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
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32nd New Orleans Jazz
& Heritage Festival is Here
Jazz Festival Producer/Director Quint Davis said, "In a year when the Louis Armstrong Centennial is focusing so much attention on New Orleans and its contributions to American and world culture, the Festival will honor that tradition by continuing it. Fats Domino, Nicholas Payton, Mystikal, The Neville Brothers, Pete Fountain and countless others will thrill audiences with the sounds of the city. Paul Simon, a one-man Festival, will share his unique synthesis of many world beats, including zydeco. Just as Louis Armstrong took great joy in bringing New Orleans to the world, the Festival takes great pleasure in inviting everyone to experience the roots and revolutions of American rhythms."
The world-famous Louisiana Heritage Fair, which is scheduled for Fri. through Sun., Apr. 27, 28, 29, and Thurs. through Sun., May 3, 4, 5, 6, will again be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
The 2001 Festival will pay homage to New Orleans' most revered and celebrated native son - Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong! In honor of Armstrong's 100th birthday, the Festival will create the Louis Armstrong Pavilion in the Fair Grounds Grandstand, where exhibits and discussions will commemorate the life and influence of the Crescent City's cultural ambassador. The Armstrong salute will permeate numerous Festival stages with special performances by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra Tribute to Louis Armstrong with Jon Faddis and special guest Clark Terry, The Nicholas Payton Armstrong Centennial Celebration, The Armstrong Alumni All-Stars with Arvell Shaw and Joe Muranyi, Dr. Michael White's Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven with Nicholas Payton and Irakli, Louis' Home Cookin': New Orleans Trumpet Tribute with Irvin Mayfield, Gregory Davis, Clyde Kerr, Jr., Marlon Jordan and Trombone Shorty; Trumpet Summits honoring Armstrong hosted by Walter Payton featuring Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Chris Clifton, and a host of other artists. The Armstrong continuum will accentuate jazz throughout the 2001 Jazz & Heritage Festival as many of the genre's greatest masters, including Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, Al Jarreau, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Weston, James Moody and Marlena Shaw, Nu Legends with Gary Bartz, Idris Muhammad, Frank Morgan and others, Donald Harrison, Jr., Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis and many other New Orleans jazz giants, will perform.
In addition to the music, presented simultaneously on 12 stages, the Heritage Fair will also offer an incomparable array of food and contemporary and folk crafts. Also, the Fair features numerous areas that highlight Louisiana's diverse influences, including the Native American Village, Congo Square African Marketplace, Louisiana Folklife Village and Heritage Square - site of the jazz and Gospel tents, the Contemporary Crafts area, and food booths. Festival parades, starring brass bands and marching clubs, begin and end in Heritage Square. The multi-tiered, air-conditioned Grandstand will feature the heritage stages, arts and crafts exhibits, video presentations, cooking demonstrations, music performances, and intimate interviews. This year, many aspects of the Grandstand will be a part of the Festival's tribute to Louis Armstrong.
On the eve of Jazz Fest, the legendary B.B. King and Nancy Wilson, in her only Jazz Festival appearance, will dazzle patrons when The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents its Gala 2001 fund-raiser on Thurs., Apr. 26, at 7pm, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in the Pontchartrain Ballroom. The Gala will honor Sherman Washington, Festival Gospel music coordinator and leader of the Zion Harmonizers. A special dinner will be served, featuring food specially selected from the Festival's world-renowned menu. Gala tickets are $500 per person ($400 of which is tax-deductible) and the proceeds will benefit the charitable and educational purposes of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For Gala information and tickets only, call 504.558.6130 or visit nojhf.org.
Judge Michael Bagneris, president of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation said, "Our Festival is an event that has taken on mythical proportions in bringing this unique and vibrant culture to the world. The board is as proud of it as any parent might be when their child blossoms to make a positive contribution to humanity. It is our fervent hope that our faithful patrons return to participate in this wondrous Festival and also join us at Gala 2001 to support the Foundation and its many community-boosting programs."
The Festival's Harrah's Evening Concert Series will take place at venues throughout the city, including the historic Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium, featuring performances by Paul Simon, Brian McKnight, Widespread Panic, Van Morrison, B.B. King and many others. Other evening concerts will be held at the Praline Connection Gospel & Blues Hall (907 S. Peters Street), the House of Blues (225 Decatur St.), and the Palm Court Jazz Cafe (1204 Decatur).
The 2001 Workshop Series marks the 15th anniversary of this important component of the Festival. Held at area schools and colleges, as well as the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, the workshops are free and open to the public; seating is limited at most of the schools. Special workshops for area school children will be held at the Heritage Fair on Thurs., May 3.
Daily tickets to the Louisiana Heritage Fair are $15 in advance ($1.50 for children under age 12) of each weekend. Tickets at the gate are $20 ($2 for children) each day. Evening concert ticket prices are $25 and up. Tickets to all Festival events can be purchased at Ticketmaster centers throughout the Gulf South. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 504.522.5555, or outside Louisiana at 800.488.5252. Jazz Festival tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket orders can be faxed to 504.524.2819.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's Web site is nojazzfest.com, which presents up-to-the-minute Festival information and much more. Festival patrons can shop online at jazzandheritage.com to find the latest in Jazz Fest wear and gear, Festival keepsakes, and other specialty items.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is presented by the non-profit New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc., which uses proceeds from the Festival to develop and support special projects designed to preserve and perpetuate the area's rich music and cultural heritage. For information on the Foundation's programs, visit www.nojhf.org or call 504.522.4786.
Easter Grand Marshal's Bash
Kicks Off Parade Festivities
The Easter Grand Marshals' [EGM] Bash kicked off festivities for the 2nd Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade [ONOGEP] Sat., Apr. 14. EGMs II Larry Bagneris, Jr. and Miss Do Moreland [posthumously] were honored by parade founder Lance Ford and producer Carl Ford. The honorees were presented with gifts by EGMs I Marsha & Rip Naquin-Delain.
Revelers enjoyed complimentary mimosas courtesy of Oz and hors d'oeurvres courtesy of Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli. Oz was a beautiful backdrop for the snazzy affair magnificently decorated in fresh floral displays, fabric drapings, life size angels, all in white, following the previous nights White Party VII, raising $1,750 for Project Lazarus.
Easter Sunday, Apr. 15, brought loads of participants to Elysian Fields and N. Rampart to line up for the 2nd Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade. The Mint hosted the Parade Kick-Off Party complete with complimentary buffet, while the Phoenix hosted its Pre-Parade Party including Easter Brunch and their annual Easter Bonnet Contest.
This year's parade united the community into one parade celebrating the theme Strength in Diversity. The parade was led by the carriages of EMGs II the late Miss Do Moreland and Larry Bagneris, Jr. Consisting of 22 carriages, 3 convertibles, 1 minifloat, 2 bands, the Harrah's Men and others, the 2001 event more than doubled last year's presentation.
After winding through the streets of the Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter, the parade ended with the Post Parade Party hosted at the Double Play. Here, new owners Chuck and Bill, served a huge buffet for the public. It gave participants the chance to socialize with others following this year's smash success.
Through the generosity of founder Lance Ford, producer Carl Ford and sponsors Ambush, Club New Orleans, Cowpokes, Double Play, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, Le Roundup, Mint, Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli and Oz, all expenses were covered. And of course, all of the participants of the parade made it a truly memorable experience showcasing the class, fashion and creativity of the GLBT community.
The 3rd Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade is set for Easter Sunday, Mar. 31, 2002, 3pm. Visit gayneworleans.com/easterparade or call Carl Ford for sponsor and parade info, 504.581.4173.
Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade is a trade name, trademark and service mark of Ambush, Inc., and is in no way affiliated with Monroe's French Quarter Official Gay Easter Parade.
Community Events Raise Thousands of Dollars
The GLBT community should be congratulated for its extensive support of fund-raisers close to their hearts.
Vendredi de Nuit Mardi Gras Avant [Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Extravaganza], sponsored by Ambush and AMBUSHonLine, raised an astounding $11,000 for Belle Reve, a popular AIDS hospice.
Bourbon Pub Parade's White Party XVI: Heaven brought in $2,615 for the Contemporary Arts Center.
Country Club's first "A Dog Gone Fashion Show" raised over $6,000 for the Jefferson SPCA, through pet contests, a silent auction and a live auction.
Oz's White Party VII, brought in $1,750 for Project Lazarus, featuring the talents of star Jeanie Tracy.
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