Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp Fund Raiser

featuring Barry Harris, Herlin Riley, Kidd Jordan and Jazz Camp Faculty
October 19 at 8:00 PM

In an era when public schools are forced to cut back on arts and music education, there is a need to offer projects, which promote creative thinking and expressions. The New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee (NOACHC), Jazz Camp faculty and staff are committed to providing young people with productive activities to keep them positively involved.  The discipline employed in learning music is a character-building skill, which is useful throughout life.

The New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee has been presenting Jazz Camp since 2000 and enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with many local, national and international organizations.

The primary sponsor and supporter of Jazz Camp is the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (New York).  Louis and Lucille Armstrong created this foundation.  All assets from their estate were left to the Foundation.  The camp’s biggest cheerleader was the late Phoebe Jacobs.  Mrs. Jacobs was a publicist, Jazz historian, and friend to the world’s most gifted and prominent Jazz artists. Phoebe Jacobs served as the executive vice president of the Armstrong Foundation until her death.  The New York based organization is dedicated to supporting Jazz education and perpetuating the legacy and contributions of both Louis and Lucille Armstrong.

NOACHC greatly cherishes and appreciates the support the many individuals and philanthropic organizations that have and continue to support its efforts.

The developments of strategic partnerships have insured the success and longevity of the camp.  NOACHC presently enjoys a fruitful and beneficial relationship with Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts.  Loyola is a Jesuit run college that is one of the largest systems in American higher learning institutions. NOACHC, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Loyola University and the University of New Orleans have created a partnership that includes summer music education programming, after-school and in-school instructions provided by professional Jazz and classical musician/educators going to local middle and high schools working with band directors/teachers and students.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has supported Jazz Camp since 2004.  ASCAP funds the camp’s artist-in-residence program through which a national Jazz icon is engaged to spend the last week of Jazz camp teaching performing with camp students.

The relationship with Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) officially began in 2005 immediately following Hurricane Katrina.  New Orleans native son, Wynton Marsalis and JALC made it possible for the Armstrong Jazz Camp to continue in spite of its citizens falling victim to one of our nation’s largest natural disasters.   JALC and NOACHC continue to enjoy a beneficial relationship that has yielded benefits to the Armstrong Camp.

This year Horns to Havana (H2H) and the New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee joined hands in an innovative exchange program between music students in Havana, Cuba and Jazz Camp students in New Orleans. Four Cuban music students attended the three-week-long program and stayed in the homes of New Orleans families. The students were accompanied by a Cuban musician/educator. Cuban students were taught the music of New Orleans as well as compositions of other American Jazz composers. New Orleans students were taught components of Afro-Cuban Jazz. Six Jazz Camp students and a Jazz Camp instructor will travel to Cuba in November to work in schools, arts facilities and attend a music youth festival. H2H is the primary sponsor of both endeavors.

We are very pleased to welcome our new partner – Positive Vibrations Foundation who supports instrument rentals and tunings for Jazz Camp.  Positive Vibrations Foundation is a Louisiana based non-profit organization created to encourage community through the development and preservation of the arts, music, culture and heritage.