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April 15, 2015

There’s a whole new reason for Jazz fans to make the pilgrimage to New Orleans. Earlier this month the doors to The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM) swung open for the first time, with a show by The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) and featured guest Grammy and Tony award-winning artist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The 13,000-square-foot PHNOJM is the first in a series of projects aimed at rejuvenating the genre in The Big Easy (another involves a partnership with Harlem’s Apollo Theater). This is the initiative’s first building, and it’s dedicated to music education programs, a New Orleans Jazz archive, live performances at the 340-seat performance hall, and tributes to past and present jazz icons. The initiative, which has been in the making since NOJO’s founding in 2002, aims to nurture the future of Jazz—not just add another entertainment venue to New Orleans’ bustling scene.

The location will act as a community center by day, offering kid-friendly programming, record-listening get-togethers, and access to the center’s Jazz book collection (with a library card, of course). Visitors can also look forward to a digital archive of recordings, charts, and genre history later this year.

To see a full list of events at the PHNOJM, head to their website.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at T+L. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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