[Dixielandjazz] New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp for Adults

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Mon May 31 08:00:13 PDT 2010

Television may be a blessing, after all!

> The acclaimed HBO series "Treme" has ignited a firestorm of interest in New
> Orleans music.  The music has emerged, according to one critic "as its
> central character, the lone force capable of holding a shattered city
> together." For another, the music is " a huge reason to keep watching." The
> songs included each episode have become the subject of scores of print and
> blog commentaries and at least one website dedicated to the soundtrack of
> "Treme" -- MusicOfTreme.com. Much of the music featured in the series is
> traditional jazz.   Songs like "St. James Infirmary," "Li'l Liza Jane," and
> "Basin Street Blues" are now being heard in living rooms across America.

Could this be the beginning of another revival?  Coupled with the
rebewed interest in swing dancing, it could be just that, even if this
time the revivalists might not exclude everything else, especially


> But adults who wanted to learn how to play this kind of traditional New
> Orleans Jazz used to have to attend band camps in Sacramento, San Diego or
> other cities.  Until now.
> For the first time, "the birthplace of jazz" is hosting a traditional jazz
> camp for adults.  This summer, between August 1-6, 60 adults from across the
> globe are coming to New Orleans to learn New Orleans music from New Orleans
> musicians.  The camp will feature individual and group classes, evening jam
> sessions, a jazz club crawl, a birthday party for Louis Armstring at
> Preservation Hall and the opportunity to sit in with jazz bands in the
> French Quarter and the chance for some to perform at the Satchmo Summerfest.
> This year is the start of an annual event that will capitalize on the
> growing popularity of New Orleans music and attract people from around the
> world to the city in early August. A shrinking number of slots are still
> available.  For more information about New Orleans' first traditional jazz
> camp, go to www.neworleanstradjazzcamp.com.  To interview the musicians
> organizing the camp, contact info at neworleanstradjazzcamp.com
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