January 27, 2006
Tulane University will serve as the new residence of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), New Orleans' premier jazz orchestra. Grammy-nominated trumpet player Irvin Mayfield, artistic director and founder of the nonprofit orchestra, and NOJO's sixteen members will perform semi-annual concerts at Tulane.
In addition to offering the orchestra office and rehearsal space, Tulane will provide administrative services. "Tulane University is committed to the recovery of New Orleans -- and we recognize that the soul of the city lies within its cultural treasures," said Tulane president Scott Cowen. "It is with great pleasure that we can offer NOJO a home as they continue their work serving as ambassadors for the city of New Orleans."
"I am very excited about this new opportunity to partner with one of the nation's premier higher education institutions," said Mayfield. "I look forward to developing jazz-related programs that will benefit our returning community."
Mayfield established NOJO in 2002. The orchestra filled a void in the city of New Orleans, which, despite being the birthplace of jazz, had no citywide jazz orchestra. Since its founding NOJO has gained recognition as a national performing arts and education organization. Through its widespread appearances, including at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the orchestra strives to promote the history and importance of jazz and New Orleans culture.
Past education programs include "NOJO in the Schools," a high school lecture series conducted by Mayfield, and a community-wide jazz lecture series that brought national scholars of jazz music, art and literature to New Orleans.
NOJO's residency at Tulane complements the university's existing jazz strengths, including its undergraduate and graduate Jazz Studies programs, various jazz ensembles directed by John Doheny, and the renowned Hogan Jazz Archives. For more information on NOJO visit http://www.thenojo.com/
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