Contemporary Jazz

Detroit Brooks

Sat, 12/16/23
Guitarist and banjo player Detroit Brooks was born into a New Orleans musical family with deep roots in the Southern gospel traditions. His father, George A. Brooks, performed with the Masonic Kings, his brother Mark is a world-renowned bassist, while his sister Juanita tou... Read more

Delfeayo Marsalis

Sat, 09/02/23
Delfeayo Marsalis carries the musical legacy of his father to the stage and the studio as an internationally acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer, and promoter of musical theatre and education. As a member of the illustrious Marsalis family (including patriarch pian... Read more

Herlin Riley

Sat, 09/02/23
Herlin Riley is the drummer’s drummer, the go-to rhythm master who keeps the beat for Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ahmad Jamal, Harry Connick, Jr., and a host of other jazz greats as well as with his own combos. His impeccable chops on the kit and ... Read more

Tony Dagradi

Thu, 08/31/23

Nicholas Payton

Thu, 08/31/23
Grammy-winning Nicholas Payton is a trumpet virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and writer whose performances dazzle crowds and whose writings have sparked spirited discussions on the deepest meanings of jazz and race. Nicholas Payton, born in 1973, is the ... Read more

Ashlin Parker

Thu, 08/17/23
Ashlin Parker is a Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter who brings a confident voice and deeply-educated soul to every note he plays. He can be heard in small and large ensembles, including the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and with his best-known project, the Trumpet Mafia. Parker ... Read more

Jason Marsalis

Mon, 08/14/23
Jason Marsalis, born into the illustrious Marsalis family, displayed prodigious musical talent from an early age. He is the youngest sibling of jazz luminaries Wynton, Branford, and Delfeayo Marsalis, with their father, Ellis Marsalis, being a pivotal figure in their musica... Read more

Alexey Martí

Mon, 08/14/23
Percussionist Alexey Marti brings the full set of Latin flavors to his unique style of Afro-Cuban jazz. He was born in Havana in 1985, and began his musical journey by playing congas as part of his family’s Santeria religious services. He also studied with the legendary voc... Read more

James Singleton

Mon, 08/14/23
James Singleton is one of New Orleans’– if not the country’s – most adventurous and energetic stand-up bassists. He is perhaps most noted for his membership in the contemporary jazz quartet Astral Project, but he is also a composer, producer, bandleader, and one of the most... Read more

Mahmoud Chouki

Tue, 08/08/23
Mahmoud Chouki was a musical child prodigy in his native Morocco; today, the masterful guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and genial collaborator makes his home in New Orleans. His music is unique: with deep roots in European classical and jazz guitar, Chouki weave... Read more

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