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An Evening of Jazz and History

Thursday, Sept. 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Nunemaker Hall, located in Monroe Hall

From hymns to traditional jazz standards to rhythm-and-blues, New Orleans is music. From the Mardi Gras Indians to jazz funerals, the streets of New Orleans host musicians. Spend the evening hearing and learning about the sounds this city has influenced.

Acclaimed New Orleans author Jason Berry will read from his book, Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II. Enlivening Berry’s readings will be a band featuring Dr. Michael White on clarinet and John Boutté on vocals. The band will showcase the range of styles featured in the book.

Jason Berry, an award-winning journalist, is the author of Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children and Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II. The first edition of Up From the Cradle of Jazz was published in 1986. Dr. Michael White teaches Spanish and African-American music at Xavier University in New Orleans. He has played on more than 20 CDs, including his own Blue Crescent and Jazz from the Soul of New Orleans. Born into a large and musical Creole family, singer John Boutté has roots in gospel and traditional jazz. His most recent CDs are Good Neighbor and Stew Called New Orleans.

Photo Harold Baquet
This event is dedicated to the memory of Tad Jones, co-author of the first edition of Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II. He died in 2007. For more information, contact Laura Beatty with the Center for the Study of New Orleans at labeatty@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-3431. To view our upcoming Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series events, click here.

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