Celebrating a New Orleans Musical Hero
Danny Barker (1909-1994) was a profoundly influential New Orleans musician, bandleader, educator, and storyteller. As a guitarist, he played and recorded with greats including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker from the 1930s to the '60s.
In the '70s and '80s, his Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band (later to evolve into the Dirty Dozen Brass Band) helped launch the careers of players like Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton and led to a revival of the New Orleans brass band tradition.
A six-day celebration of Barker's 100th birthday will be presented by the French Market Corporation, the New Orleans Jazz Celebration, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
Danny Barker Centennial Celebration
January 13: Awards ceremony at Palm Court Jazz Café
January 14-16: Educational "informances" by guitarist Carl LeBlanc in New Orleans public schools
January 17: Danny Barker tribute with drummer Herlin Riley at Snug Harbor.
January 17-18: Leroy Jones, the Dirty Dozen, Lionel Ferbos, Charmaine Neville, the Rebirth Brass Band, and many more perform at various locations around the French Market.
There will also be walking jazz tours each day of the festival with NOJC board member Susan Wayman.
For more information and the complete lineup of performances, visit jazzcent.com.