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8660Swinging in the French Quarter

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  • Nita Hemeter
    May 26, 2011
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      *THE SECOND ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS TRAD JAZZ CAMP*

      * SWINGS IN THE FRENCH QUARTER*



      The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for adults is kicking off it�s
      second year June 5-10, 2011. The camp is held in the heart of the French
      Quarter at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Campers from 18 states as well as
      Canada, Switzerland and Argentina are attending the camp to hone their music
      skills with some of the best Traditional Jazz Musicians in the city. The
      camp was started in 2009 by Banu Gibson, Leslie Cooper and Nita Hemeter to
      promote and preserve Traditional Jazz in New Orleans. Established trad jazz
      camps for adults already exist in Sacramento and San Diego, but there�s no
      place like home, the place where it all began.



      This year the camp is excited to award scholarships to ten student
      musicians from local schools. The scholarships were made possible by
      contributions from local jazz lovers and well as supporters from across the
      country.



      Morning sessions begin with our guest speakers who include: Bruce
      Raeburn from the Hogan Jazz Archives, John Joyce jazz studies professor at
      Tulane University, Grammy nominated musician David Sager from the Library of
      Congress and John McCusker a local photographer and expert on Jazz. Their
      focus is on the musical heritage of New Orleans.



      The major part of the day is spent in music classes with instructors
      specific to their instrument and in bands where musicians will hone their
      skills learning selected songs. Evenings are spent jamming in the hotel and
      around town in the clubs. On Thursday night campers will go to Preservation
      Hall as their dreams come true to perform in the mecca of Traditional Jazz.
      Friday June 10th is the free and open to the public Camper Concert.
      Campers will perform the songs they have been working on for the week.
      Saturday June 11th will be the first ever New Orleans Traditional Jazz
      Festival at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe from 11am-4pm.



      Schedule of Events:



      June 5th - Bourbon Orleans Hotel - Meet and Greet and Professor Performance
      - 7pm Private (press are welcome)



      June 7th - Second Line Parade through the Quarter - parade rules apply



      June 9th - Preservation Hall Party - 6-8pm � Private (press are welcome)



      June 10th - Camper Concert - Grand Ballroom Bourbon Orleans Hotel - 7 pm
      Public Invited - Free



      June 11th - New Orleans Trad Jazz Festival - Palm Court Jazz Cafe 11am-4pm
      Public invited - Free


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