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Celebrating a New Year with the Music of Carnival

More than ever, we need a way to connect, an opportunity to unite, a way to turn from the past and look at the future, a celebration of the joys of life – this just described Mardi Gras. The rhythmic heartbeat of the season of Carnival, enjoyed each year locally, famously in New Orleans, and around the globe, has become jazz. This month, we explore that beat.

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Connecting to the Global Network of Jazz

Lonnie Davis has been a part of the Jazz Education Network (JEN) for ten years, announcing this year her leadership role as President-Elect for the Board of Directors. This unique global organization is holding its annual conference, “The JEN Experience” this week online, and perhaps because of that, is as valuable as it has ever been.

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Preserving the Essence of a Jazz Culture – Preservation Hall

This month, Conversations with Curtis welcomes Ben Jaffe, Creative Director at Preservation Hall. JazzArts Charlotte has celebrated our holiday at the JAZZ ROOM with the Preservation Hall All-Stars several times to sold-out crowds.   They know how to bring the house down with their New Orleans traditional jazz sound.  But there is much more to Preservation Hall.

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The Quest for Freedom – Jazz and the American Civil Rights Movement

The tradition of jazz was a natural soundtrack for the American Civil Rights Movement, and is still.

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Connecting to Jazz Virtually

More than ever, as we stay within our walls, this desire to connect stands out. Here are a few ways to stay connected to jazz from your couch.

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