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Backyard Grooves

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

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Carousel Gardens…

Jul 23 - 31, 2016
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Double Dose

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Jazz Yoga with Susan…

Jul 23 - 30, 2016
Jazz Yoga with live meditative music by Peter Nu, continues at the Old U.S.… more

Mama's Music

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 23 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

Rivertown Theaters…

Jul 23 - 24, 2016
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Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 23 - 24, 2016
Join us for the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The House of Groove

Jul 23, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Illusion

Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2016
Strange things happen when you wander into a magician’s cave. Pridamant,… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23, 2016 - May 23, 2026
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The New Movement…

Jul 23 - Dec 31, 2016
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The New Movement…

Jul 23 - Dec 31, 2016
Chris Trew is joined on stage by two audience members chosen at random who have… more

A Method to Our…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the second event in our summer series: “A Roaster’s… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for live music at the BB King's Blues Club with Jeremy Joyce. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

Soul Full Sunday…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center brings back the quarterly Sunday Brunch with… more

Backyard Grooves

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

New Orleans Public Library Celebrates the Arts this Holiday Season with Jazz Tunes and Poetic Prose

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
John Marc Sharpe
504.343.8568
jmsharpe@neworleanspubliclibrary.org

Brooks Horton
504.558.1790
bhorton@theehrhardtgroup.com

 

NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES THE ARTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH JAZZ TUNES AND POETIC PROSE

Main Library Hosts Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Premiere Preview and U.S. Poet Laureate Reading

 

NEW ORLEANS - December 14, 2012 - The New Orleans Public Library has invited the public to toast some of New Orleans' greatest artists with two major events this holiday season. The first was an exclusive premiere preview of "Dirt, Dust & Trees," a major New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Commission by Irvin Mayfield on Nov. 29, followed by a reading and book signing by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey on Dec. 6.

"Dirt, Dust & Trees" - a tribute to Ernest Gaines - was written by Irvin Mayfield and performed by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. at The Joy Theater. The concert, a jazz tribute to literary legend Ernest Gaines, is part of a concert series entitled THE NOJO 10, which celebrates the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's 10th anniversary with 10 signature Jazz events. The event at the Main Library location featured a reading by Treme actor, Clarke Peters.

Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate, read a selection of her poems from her latest work Thrall (2012) at the Dec. 6 event. Trethewey is a Gulf Coast native, a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet and the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2013). Dedicated to recovering the Gulf Coast, Threthewey shared themes of race, history, politics and her own personal experiences with a crowd of hundreds at the Main Library location.  

"It is an incredible honor to be able to pay tribute to our city's unparalleled arts culture with such talented and inspirational artists as Ms. Natasha Trethewey and Mr. Irvin Mayfield," said Charles Brown, executive director, New Orleans Public Library. "Our goal at the New Orleans Public Library is to offer a place for locals and visitors alike to gather in community and celebrate the living history of New Orleans. It is through the willingness of local artists and supporters that we were able to accomplish that goal through our past events, and we look forward to continuing to host events for the enjoyment of our patrons as we move into the New Year."

For more information on past and upcoming events, visit http://neworleanspubliclibrary.org or "Like" New Orleans Public Library on Facebook.

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