GCEH Jazzfest 2011

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2011 Line Up

Jazz In Bienville

Performers for 2011

Donald Harrison

Is being called one of the most important musicians of the new millennium by CBS Sunday Morning. A list of his accomplishments shows that he has developed into a musical category unto himself. In the classic jazz genre, he is the originator of the Nouveau Swing style which merges acoustic swing with modern R&B, second-line, hip-hop, (New Orleans African American roots culture), and reggae rhythms. His smooth jazz recording, The Power of Cool, went to the top of Billboard Magazines Smooth Jazz and R&B charts and is considered a classic. His ground-breaking recording, Indian Blues captured the essence of Mardi Gras Indian culture within a jazz context. His latest New Orleans recording, The New Sounds of Mardi Gras,updates New Orleans music. It puts the sounds of Mardi Gras into Hip-hop, R&B, and Funk. It also marks Harrison s debut as a rapper. The great singer-pianist Dr. John says of the recording, "This is the freshest thing to come out of New Orleans in years. You deserve an award for this one." Harrison's newest Classic Jazz recording, "Heroes", is now available. The CD is a trio recording with the great bass innovator Ron Carter and drum innovator Billy Cobham. .....more

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Chris Saunders and Friends

The New Orleans pianist and vocalist makes a return to the Gulf Coast. A 20 year veteran of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, French Quarter and Montreal International Jazz Festivals, he has worked with Tommy Dorsey, Harry Connick, Gregory Hines,Pete Fountain, Little Milton, Al Hirt, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, liza Minnelli and has many session, TV, radio and movie credits to his name.
Along with Chris will be, Jimmy Roebuck, JoJo Morris, Larry Carter. .......more

Kent Jordan, Performer and Clinician.

This year Kent Jordan brings his educational skills to GCEH as this year's clinician. Kent hosts the "Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp" in New Orleans http://louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com and will be hosting the GCEH Youth Jazz Workshop for 2011. Traditionally this workshop has been held on the Friday morning of the GCEH festival event but, this year it will a three-day jazz camp. Starting at 9am continuing until 2pm, Wednesday, August 3rd through Friday, August 5, 2011.

Hailing from New Orleans, a city renowned for its musical luminaries, flutist Kent Jordan shimmers as one of the brightest lights in modern jazz. Whether with his own band or alongside other artists, Jordan has dazzled audiences from Rio to Tokyo and firmly established himself as the foremost master of the jazz flute. ....more



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