After years of there being no true space dedicated to the city’s No. 1 export—jazz—New Orleans now has two. In December 2014, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation unveiled its $9-million Jazz & Heritage Center. Housed in a former funeral home, the facility breathes new life into New Orleans jazz with seven classrooms providing instruction and career development to more than 80 students each week, recording studios, a music-focused art gallery and a state-of-the-art performance space.
At the New Orleans Jazz Market, which opened in late March 2015, Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra now have a permanent place to call home…and a space in which to celebrate other local musicians and their lasting legacies. In addition to regular orchestra performance, says Mayfield, “We’ll be conducting what I call ‘informances', informative programming around jazz in 45 minutes. In the lobby is our jazz collection—photography, books, music—which visitors can enjoy at our coffee bar during the day.” Pay a visit and pay homage.