Dear Newsletter Family and Friends,
Right now, I'm feeling extremely blessed in taking time in August to compose/arrange and produce some upcoming shows at the end of this month. We've been working with the Ogden Museum to help celebrate the Ogden's 9th Anniversary with a brand new show
"A Celebration of Southern Music: The 16 Southern States in Song" on August 23rd at 6pm for The Ogden After Hours Series. We premiered "A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson-100th Birthday Celebration Show" this past October at the Ogden.
Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band will feature Kim Prevost, Brian Blade, John Ellis, Jason Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, David Pulphus, Bill Summers and other special guests for this show. I've heard rumors of a choir possibly being there to celebrate with us. Stay tuned. Come hear what tunes we've selected to represent each of our Southern States and they surely will be "Lemmle-rized" in that "quirky" kind of way.
Also, we're presenting two UBUNTU CD release concerts along with the re-release of "Portraits of Wonder" and "The Music of New Orleans". We'll be at Cafe Istanbul inside the Healing Center (The Old hang out of Universal Furniture and "The ChairMan")
on Friday, August 24th with shows at 8pm and 10pm, and then at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on Sunday, August 26th, with shows at 8pm and 10pm.
The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band for the CD release concerts will also feature Brian Blade, David Caceres, Bobby Campo, John Ellis, Rex Gregory, John Mahoney, Steve Masakowski, Ray Moore, Ashlin Parker, Kim Prevost, Donald Ramsey, David Pulphus and Bill Summers as well as some other special guests.
We're very excited about our upcoming August concerts and blessed from our wonderful months of June/July.
Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band's premiered another entertaining show
"The History of New Orleans Music".
It made its debut at Loyola University--my old alma mater in June. The show featured Steve Masakowski, John Mahoney, James Singleton and Geoff Clapp to an audience filled with friends, family and Loyola alumni. I'd like to send a special gratitude to my first Holy Cross band director, Mr Michael Orkus, who came out to witness our debut concert. While I was starting Holy Cross in 7th grade, Orkus taught me how to read and sight read music, along with my first experiences playing in all types of ensembles from marching band, jazz band, concert, small and large ensembles. I learned many things from Mr Orkus about life, music and God/prayer while under his baton and also working with him during the Summer's work study program. I remember helping him paint the Bengal Band room and doing all kinds of stuff pertaining to music. Very blessed to have him come share in the joy of music that night. Another special thanks to Dean Boomgaarden and Loyola University for having us premiere a brand new show.
In July, my first appearance at the Essence Festival and was blessed to share the stage with Aretha Franklin. What an amazing spirit and performer. A legend and one of my all-time favorite musicians. Her energy was inspirational and I loved playing that intense 2 hour or more concert. What an amazing band too. It had an all-star New Orleans cast of musicians and Aretha's touring band. A very cool night and experience.
Also, I had the privilege to tour my old middle and high school Holy Cross and its brand new campus. Wow!!! I was sad to see it leave its home in the Ninth Ward a few years ago, but what a beautiful campus and re-birth for our Holy Cross family and all the new Holy Cross men that will become The Holy Cross Man.
And, speaking of the Ninth Ward and Holy Cross, I had the honor to be featured with The Dukes of Dixieland on several Jazz Cruises aboard the Natchez Steamboat. What a trip to play again with this amazing New Orleans traditional band. I last performed with them when the band was still at Mahogany Hall on Bourbon Street. The band and the cruise was amazing. It was great to see my old Ninth Ward/Holy Cross neighborhood and my MawMaw & PawPaw's house from the river (right by the old Steamboat Houses), while playing and singing New Orleans Jazz. I highly recommend taking the cruise one day or night. So much history on the river and Louis Armstrong even played music on that river!!!
Speaking of Pops, Satchmo Fest was just here, and it was great to present a program of all Louis Armstrong's music for the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Mojitos, across the street from the Satchmo Fest.
Kid Ory's daughter, Babette, came to hear the show and have brunch with us and requested a rendition of her father's composition " Muskrat Ramble". One of Bob French's favorite tunes. I always think of him when I perform that. I loved how he sang and played that groove while leading his Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. Go to Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse on Monday nights to see Gerald French lead this wonderful New Orleans band. Music is a family tradition here in New Orleans for sure.
I'm always happy when I'm playing or hearing those old, New Orleans tunes/hymns/spirituals and always thinking of our past New Orleans musical mentors/masters.
Come on out and hear Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band this month and see some original shows created to celebrate music, spirit and heritage. An awesome way to end the month of August and celebrate the many blessings we've experienced since Hurricane Katrina. I hate using the "K" word anymore, but I wanted to celebrate our release of UBUNTU during our remembrance of her anniversary. Out of destruction, came re-birth and revival to so many spirits. God has always blessed us, and sometimes in ways we can't see at those times of darkness. But, that Love and Light is always there for everyone of us. It's always waiting to be grasped with our hearts. Seeing,feeling, hearing, and singing it in song is the Best!!!
"Go to the Light, Caroline"
God/Love is the way. UBUNTU
With Peace & Gratitude,
Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band
Thursday, August 23rd
Premiere of "A Celebration of Southern Music-The 16 Southern States in Song"
with Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band featuring Brian Blade, John Ellis, Jason Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Kim Prevost, David Pulphus and Bill Summers and special guests.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Atrium of The Ogden Museum's Goldring Hall
A very special Ogden After Hours to commemorate their ninth anniversary!
"UBUNTU" CD Release Concerts
with Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band
Brian Blade, David Caceres, Bobby Campo, John Ellis,
Rex Gregory, John Mahoney, Steve Masakowski, Ray Moore,
Ashlin Parker, Kim Prevost, David Pulphus, & Bill Summers
and also featuring music from
"Portraits of Wonder- A New Orleans Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder"
"The Music of New Orleans"
Friday, August 24th
(inside New Orleans Healing Center)
(Come say Hello to the spirit of "The ChairMan")
2372 St Claude Avenue
Shows 8pm & 10pm
Sunday, August 26th
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen Street
Shows 8pm and 10pm