Lt. Governor Landrieu & Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis Partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center for New Orleans Celebration -- 04/17/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2006
Lt. Governor Landrieu & Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis Partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center for New Orleans Celebration
Weeklong residency, world premiere of "Congo Square" continues Louisiana rebirth
BATON ROUGE, LA.--As part of its ongoing commitment to sharing the artistic talents of Louisiana with the world, the Office of Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu and Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism are sponsoring a weeklong residency in New Orleans with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
During the residency April 17-23, Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) will deliver free programs to audiences of all ages, including concerts, master classes, clinics and workshops.
Louis Armstrong Park's Congo Square will play host to the world premiere of a cross-cultural composition of the same name celebrating New Orleans and its place as the birthplace of American jazz: Congo Square was the only public area in America where slaves could practice African music and dance. "Congo Square" is a collaborative project between trumpeter, composer and bandleader Marsalis and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Adda and his nine-piece ensemble Odadaa! The 80-minute performance by the LCJO and Odadaa! takes place Sun., April 23.
Landrieu said that Marsalis is at the forefront of the efforts to rebuild Louisiana's tourism and cultural economies. As artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis organized one of the first all-star benefits to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief. He also was named a Chair of the Lieutenant Governor's cultural redevelopment committee, the Louisiana Rebirth National Advisory Board.
"Wynton is truly one of the greats. Not only is he a renowned Jazz artist and composer, but he is true to his roots and works tirelessly to both represent and promote the rich and authentic culture of Louisiana," Landrieu said. "We all owe Wynton and Jazz at Lincoln Center a debt of gratitude for everything they've done in the rebirth initiative in supporting our city and our state."
Following the New Orleans premiere, "Congo Square" will tour the Southeastern United States, beginning in Florida, and travel to New York, where Jazz at Lincoln Center will host a three-day New Orleans Festival May 4-6 at its home, the Frederick P. Rose Hall.
The partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center is part of the ongoing efforts outlined in "Louisiana Rebirth: Restoring the Soul of America," a strategic plan released immediately following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by the Office of the Lt. Governor to rebuild the tourism industry. For more information on the survey partnership or the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism's "Rebirth: Restoring the Soul of America" campaign, call Judy Morse, 225-342-8153 or Karen Hales, 504-949-3999.