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New Orleans Jazz Fest Comes Full Circle With Its Mission | Forbes

The building in New Orleans’ Treme area will be
transformed into a state-of-the-art music education center.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, its foundation by the same name announced plans that will bring its mission full circle, 43 years after inception. At the announcement Friday morning, foundation leaders and board members revealed that their new education and community center in the New Orleans Treme area, merely blocks away from the festival’s original site, will be named in honor of founder George Wein and his late wife and business partner, Joyce.

The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center will become the permanent home of its Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free educational program that was founded in 1990 to educate children in the community about the fundamentals of jazz performance and theory. For the past 13 years, however, the program has been operating from Dillard University classrooms on Saturday mornings.


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