… you might consider checking out the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, apparently performing five shows at Benaroya Hall, starting January 22 (tonight). NOJO is led by Irvin Mayfield, one of the city’s preeminent modern trumpet stars.
This spirited, swinging, 16-piece band is steeped in the tradition of New Orleans jazz, blues, swing and spirituals, and performs and presents educational programs that draw upon the rich musical and cultural traditions of its home town….
NOJO’s national tour, “New Orleans: Then and Now,” gives concert goers a taste of the city’s unsurpassed musical heritage and history. Every tune invokes the rich cultural traditions and legacies of America’s most unique city, the birthplace of jazz. From “The Elder Negro Speaks”, a song that brings the city to life with a traditional second line celebrating death and rebirth, to “St. James Infirmary”, which harkens back to Louis Armstrong and the early days of jazz, listeners experience the vibrant spirit of New Orleans….