The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation:

A non-profit organization with the mission:

“To promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.” (


The foundation promotes musical education through various programs, which include:

-The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music

  • Free weekend music program that teaches middle school and high school students in a classroom setting jazz theory and hands-on music instruction.
    • The program prepares for the students to perform in many different concerts, including New Orleans Jazz Fest.

-The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band

  • Band that teaches middle school students the history, theory, techniques of the traditional New Orleans brass band.
    • Through this band students also perform throughout the city of New Orleans particularly in marching bands.

-School Day at the Fest

  • Is a field trip for 1,500 students to have behind the scenes tour of Jazz Fest.

The foundation puts on a variety of cultural and musical events in the city, which include:

  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
    • 2 weekends of music
    • Brings in over 100,000 visitors to New Orleans
    • $300 million to local economy

  • The Jazz Journey Concert Series
    • Modern American jazz music
  • Jazz & Heritage Gala
    • Raises money for the Foundation
  • Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series
    • Monthly lectures on different topics of culture and society
  • Jazz & Heritage Archive
    • Art gallery in the French Quarter

Posted by Maddie Gunter