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New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp for Adults

Jazz camp, featuring staff of New Orleans musicians, to take place before the Satchmo Summerfest

Banu Gibson
Otis Bazoon
Connie Jones
David Sager
David Boeddinghaus
Bunchy Johnson
Dan Vappie

A new jazz camp has recently been created with a unique focus. The 1st Annual New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp will take adults from all over the country and teach them how to play traditional jazz, New Orleans style, during a week-long session. The camp takes place August 1-6, 2010 and it dovetails with the Satchmo Summerfest. A few lucky campers will even get the opportunity to perform at the prestigious festival.

One of the camp’s co-founders, NOLA-based singer Banu Gibson, said that this camp came about because she knew of traditional jazz camps on the West Coast and always wondered why there wasn’t one in the city where jazz began. “I had just joined an organization called New Orleans Women in Music and I met two other ladies who had the same passion for this,” the good-natured Gibson explained. “So we decided to do something about it. And now look what we got ourselves into!” For the record, those two other inspired ladies are Nita Cooper and Leslie Cooper.

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