SUNO student curates exhibit for internationally renowned Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Keisha Washington, a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies at Southern University at New Orleans is using the skills that she has learned at the University to support the work of The Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp. She will be hosting a photography exhibition entitled “Satchmo’s Kids: Students’ Conversations with Musical Instruments” on Saturday, December 8 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm at Le Musee de f.p.c., located at 2336 Esplanade Avenue. The exhibit will highlight the talent of young musicians who have been a part of the programs through the work of photographer JR Thomason.
The camp, founded in 1995, has annually offered intensive music instruction for young people ages 10-21 under some of the best musicians in the city. Under the direction of Jackie Harris, the program has received international recognition for its contribution to jazz music education. Over the years, eminent musicians such as Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Calvin Johnson, Gregory Agid, Troy Sawyer, Michael Ballard, Joseph Peebles, Jonathan Batiste, Sammie “Big Sam” Williams and many others have benefitted from the lessons learned at the camp. Musicians such as Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Mr. Roger Dickerson Sr., Alvin Batiste, Clyde Kerr, Germaine Bazzle, Norma Miller, Kent Jordan, Marlon Jordan, Darrell Lavigne, Jonathan Bloom, Donald Harrison, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, George Duke, Nicholas Payton have lent their expertise and guidance as instructors.
“The opportunity to tell the story of this camp, which is now woven into the fabric of New Orleans through the eyes of Mr. Thomason and the faces of the students is something that I am very proud to be a part of”, said Ms. Washington. “I think the public will enjoy this exhibition and see just what goes into the building of an artist.”
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact 504-319-2693. To learn more about the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp visit www.louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com