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ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
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NASA Week to Blast…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 5 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

Red, White, and…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 7 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
Designed for wellness travelers visiting New Orleans, the Sweat Social offers… more

Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

2015 Francisco…

Jul 9 - 9, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will… more

Langlois Girls Night…

Jul 9 - Sep 3, 2015
Bring your friends to Langlois on Thursdays or Fridays this summer for girls'… more

LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

San Fermin in Nueva…

Jul 9 - 12, 2015
The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Smoothie King Center…

Jul 10 - 11, 2015
Garth Brooks is bringing his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to the Smoothie… more

Toast & Tiki Tails

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market  during… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

Searches for the Next Louis Armstrong on May 15!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:

Amy A. Kirk Duvoisin
Director of Marketing
(504) 522-2621 ext. 205 office
akirk@frenchmarket.org

SEARCHES FOR THE NEXT LOUIS ARMSTRONG on May 15th!!
WINNERS RECEIVE TRAVEL, PERFORMANCES, & ENGRAVED B&S TRUMPET
Local musicians Delfeayo Marsalis and Wendell Brunious will judge students

(New Orleans, LA –April 16, 2011)—The French Market, French Quarter Festivals, Inc., Uptown Jazz Orchestra, The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, The Louisiana Weekly, McDonough 15 School for the Creative Arts, B&S Company, and an extraordinary contingency of German sponsors organized by New Orleans supporter, ambassador and German musician/festival organizer Thomas Gerdiken are joining forces to encourage local trumpet players to audition to be “the next Louis Armstrong”.

This is the second year of the “Seeking Satch” contest, culminating with a public performance of all final contestants at the Satchmo SummerFest grand finale “Trumpet Tribute” at the Red Beans and Rice Stage on August 7, 2011. Auditions will be held at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park on Sunday May 15th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The contest is free and open to New Orleans students in grades 8-12th grade who can bring their own instrument to the 20 minute audition and:

  • Play any 2 Major scales; perform a musical selection of their choosing; sight-read a piece of the judges’ choosing; and perform one song of their choice (made famous) by Louis Armstrong.

    Applicants must register for the audition by May 6, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. To receive an application, email akirk@frenchmarket.org. Applications may be emailed, faxed, or dropped off in person upon completion.

    The competition continues to evolve with prizes that offer young trumpeters a chance to strut their stuff on various stages locally and internationally. Last year’s contest winner, Terry Gibson Jr., New Orleans trumpeter and high school senior at Warren Easton High School, won grand prize for his highly spirited rendition of “St. James Infirmary”. As a result, Gibson won a trip to Bonn, Germany, as a featured performer at the “Keep New Orleans Music Alive” benefit concert in the Bundeskunsthalle, the official museum of the Federal Republic of Germany.

    This year’s contest winner will also win a fully paid trip to Berlin, Germany, in October, that includes a special public performance with a twelve piece international band for the festival JAZZ IN THE GARDENS OF THE MINISTRIES. While in Germany, the first place winner will also be gifted with a personally engraved B&S trumpet at the B&S factory, valued at $3,000. A personal sightseeing trip through Germany will be organized, including visits to Brandenburg Gate, Autostadt Volkswagon, and a V.I.P. tour of the German Parliament Reichtagsgebäude.

    Both first and second prize winners will be awarded with two locally paid music gigs in 2011: one at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the French Market, and one with Uptown Jazz Orchestra, directed by Delfeayo Marsalis.

    “Offering serious young trumpeters a chance to perform onstage locally and internationally benefits everyone. We owe it to our young musicians, to the legacy of Louis Armstrong and his native city New Orleans, to support the next generation of New Orleans musicians,” says contest Chairman Delfeayo Marsalis, director of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and Uptown Musical Theatre in New Orleans, and an educator, trombonist, composer, producer and 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award recipient.

    Judges for 2011 include contest chairman Delfeayo Marsalis; legendary local trumpeter Wendell Brunious, and German musician and contest donor Thomas Gerdiken, aka “The Prince of New Orleans Piano”. Contest committee members include McDonough 15 Band Director Kelvin Harrison, Greg Schatz, Music Director for French Quarter Festivals, Inc., and Joe Llewellyn, Assistant Superintendent New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.