GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING IRVIN MAYFIELD AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA (NOJO) CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF
THE PEOPLES HEALTH NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MARKET
Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Kicks Off Weekend of Activities, Month of Events
NEW ORLEANS (March 26, 2015) – The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will celebrate the grand opening of the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM) with a weekend of festivities, beginning Thursday, April 2nd with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on its new facility, which provides music education and community events, live performances by Irvin Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians, and a developing New Orleans Jazz Archive.
WHAT: Grand Opening of the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market
Celebration kicks off a weekend of festivities and month of events
WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2015 ( 7p.m.-10 p.m.)
7 p.m.: Grand Opening celebration hosted by Councilmember LaToya Cantrell and NOJO Board Chairman Ron Forman; Event will feature musical performances by NOJO’s Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield with Honorary NOJO Board Chair and legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater; Speakers will include Nick Karl of Peoples Health, Margaret Anadu of Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group, Ommeed Sathe of Prudential Financial Inc., Mikki Shepard of the Apollo Theater, and leaders from the PHNOJM’s other key partnerships.
10 p.m.: After Party at Bolden Bar in the PHNOJM featuring Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters.
WHERE: Grand opening festivities begin (7 p.m.); Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony (8 p.m.) at The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans)
Event After-Party (10 p.m.): Bolden Bar in the PHNOJM
The People Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM) is located at intersection of Oretha Castle Haley and Martin Luther King Boulevards in Central City, in the former Gators Department Store building, which once housed the historic Dryades Market.
PARTNERS: Development partners for the project include Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group (UIG), Prudential Financial Inc., the State of Louisiana, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Louisiana Economic Development, and Community Development Capital. Capital campaign supporters of the project include: Peoples Health, the New Orleans Public Library Foundation, the Youth Rescue Initiative’s Illumination Center, IberiaBank, Chevron – Gulf of Mexico, Pamela and Warner Williams, the Goldring Family Foundation, The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Neal and Anne Morris, the Helis Foundation, WDSU New Orleans, and the Keller Family Foundation. Redmellon Restoration and Development was the developer for the project, Landis Construction was the General Contractor, Kronberg Wall Architects designed the facility, and Kirkegaard Associates designed the hall’s acoustics.
About the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO)
NOJO creates Jazz to enhance life, transform place, and elevate spirit through the tenets of truth, love and beauty. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, NOJO is the first and only performing arts institution committed solely to the development of an industry for Jazz in the city that created the music. For more information, please visit www.thenojo.com.