FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATES AND SCHEDULE NOW SET FOR 8th ANNUAL DANNY BARKER BANJO AND GUITAR FESTIVAL
Organizers have announced the dates and lineup for the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2022 in New Orleans. The eighth annual festival is set for a four-day run January 12, 2022 through January 15, 2022 – and will again offer a mix of live music performances, interviews, and panel discussions at the New Orleans Jazz Museum (by admission – $15 each day) – plus school clinics, workshops, a Patron Party to kickoff the festival on the evening of January 12, 2022 at The Terrell House (live music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, silent auction – $45 individual – $75 couple) – and Danny Barker Birthday Bash at Snug Harbor January 13, 2022(tickets at www.snugjazz.com) – with shows at 8pm and 10pm featuring 2022 festival special guest artist Catherine Russell and an all-star band led by Dr. Michael White. A schedule of all festival events and venues is attached.
Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell is the festival’s special guest artist and will perform three times with Dr. Michael White and the Danny Barker Tribute Band: shows at 8pm and 10 pm at Snug Harbor on Thursday night, January 13, 2022 – and at 12:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, January 15, 2022 in the third floor Performance Center at the Jazz Museum. She’ll also be joined by banjoist, guitarist and vocalist Don Vappie for a Master Class on jazz singing and the contributions of Danny and Blu Lu Barker to the craft – which will be open to the public at the University of New Orleans at noon on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
The 2022 festival will also honor two stalwarts of New Orleans music and culture with deep connections to Danny Barker’s legacy – Hot 8 Brass Band co-founder and sousaphonist Bennie Pete – and jazz historian Don Marquis (In Search of Buddy Bolden) – both of whom passed away in 2021 – and present a special screening of Jason Berry’s acclaimed documentary City of a Million Dreams – followed by a panel discussion with director Jason Berry and three men featured prominently in the film – Fred Johnson, Gregg Stafford and Dr. Michael White – on Thursday afternoon, January 13, 2022 – 4pm – in the Jazz Museum’s third floor Performance Center (by admission – $10).
The mission of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival is to showcase and highlight the many contributions and accomplishments of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker: musician, singer, songwriter, educator, raconteur extraordinaire and author – who played guitar and banjo with many top jazz artists over the course of his 70 year plus career – and served as a mentor to numerous young New Orleans artists who have since come to prominence, including Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford and Dr. Michael White.
Sponsors of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2022 include The New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, WWL-TV, WGNO-TV,OffBEAT, Mark1 Graphics and Web Design, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Inc., The Historic New Orleans Collection, Threadhead Cultural Foundation, Newcorp.inc, NOCCA, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, UNO Jazz Studies Program,90.7 FM-WWOZ, Bywater Bakery, Terrell House Bed and Breakfast, Casey Lipscomb and Furge Records. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For complete sponsorship information please contact festival Executive Producer Detroit Brooks – 504-452-6705 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE IS ATTACHED – ATTACHED AND BELOW IS THE FULL LINEUP FOR THE LIVE MUSIC AND TALKIN’ DANNY BARKER INTERVIEW AND PANEL DISCUSSION SERIES AT THE JAZZ MUSEUM ON JANUARY 14TH AND 15TH, 2022:
LIVE MUSIC AT JAZZ MUSEUM JANUARY 14TH
PERFORMANCE CENTER STAGE (third floor)
11:30 am – Tom McDermott and Meschiya Lake
12:30 pm – Steve Pistorius Band
1:30 pm – Wendell Brunious Band
2:30 pm – Herlin Riley Quartet
3:30 pm – George and Gerald French Band
11 am – Shannon Powell Quartet
12 pm – Charmaine Neville Band
1 pm – Mark Brooks Quartet
2 pm – Gregg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds
3pm – Don Vappie and grioTrio
4 pm – Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
LIVE MUSIC AT JAZZ MUSEUM JANUARY 15TH
PERFORMANCE CENTER STAGE (third floor)
11:30 am – Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
12:30 pm – Catherine Russell and the Danny Barker Tribute Band
1:30 pm – Steve Masakowski and the Masakowski Family Band
2:30 pm – Mari Watanabe Band
3:00 pm – Joe Hall & The Louisiana Cane Cutters with special guest Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes. – Louisiana boasts its share of rare species. One such rarity is the Creole accordion player, Joe Hall. He and Cedric Watson join the Cane Cutters and combine forces with New Orleans own Sunpie Barnes.
COURTYARD STAGE (January 15th)
12 pm – Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest
1 pm – John Boutte
2pm – Mahmoud Chouki Trio
4pm – Treme Brass Band with Black Men of Labor and Baby Dolls
TALKIN’ DANNY BARKER
Two days of great stories about – and (on tape) from Danny
Barker – plus highlights of Danny and Blu Lu Barker’s
recorded cannon – in the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2022
12 noon – Danny Barker Talks and Plays – Select excerpts from a half dozen interviews with Danny Barker – plus a sampling of great recordings by Danny and Blu Lu Barker – with radio producer and host Fred Kasten.
1pm – Leroy Jones, the Fairview Baptist Church Band, and the Brass Band Revival – Great New Orleans trumpeter and composer Leroy Jones was Danny Barker’s first recruit for the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band, an ensemble that sparked a revival of brass bands in the Crescent City that continues over 50 years later. Jones discusses the impact of Danny Barker on his career with journalist and author Keith Spera.
2pm – Danny Barker: Cultural Advocate and Educator – Community activist Fred Johnson and educator Jonathan Bloom talk with jazz journalist Geraldine Wyckoff about Danny Barker’s legacy as an ambassador of and advocate for New Orleans culture – and as an educator.
3pm – Danny and Blu Lu Barker Take on the Big Apple – In their three plus decades on the scene in New York City, Danny and Blu Lu Barker were important members of a creative community that included Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Danny’s uncle Paul Barbarin, and Barbarin’s song-writing partner Luis Russell. Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell (Luis Russell’s daughter) and jazz historian Paul Kahn discuss the Barkers’ time in NYC and creative connections there with Fred Kasten.
4pm – Video Danny and Blu Lu – featuringthe Hogan Jazz Archive’s Barker Collection – as Hogan Jazz Archive curator Melissa A. Weber conducts a video tour of the archive’s Barker collection – and -filmmaker Matt Martinez presents select video segments with Danny and Blu Lu Barker.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
12 noon – Danny, Jelly Roll and the Dirty Dozen – Grammy-winning producer Scott Billington discusses his forthcoming book Making Tracks: A Record Producer’s Southern Roots Music Journey with Fred Kasten, reads portions of it dealing with time in the studio with Danny Barker working on two Dirty Dozen Brass Band recordings – Jelly and The New Orleans Album – and plays taped highlights of his interviews with Danny Barker during those sessions.
1pm – Herlin Riley: “Perpetual Optimism” and paying forward the legacy of Danny Barker – New Orleans rhythm master Herlin Riley discusses Danny Barker’s profound impact on his life and career – and ways he tries to pass it on – with journalist, author and host of public radio’s Music Inside Out – Gwen Thompkins.
2pm – Gregg Stafford, Danny Barker and the Jazz Hounds – Trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford discusses his long association with Danny and Blu Lu Barker – from the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band to the Jazz Hounds and beyond – with long-time WWOZ jazz programmer and host Sally Young.
3pm – Danny Barker: His legacy is marching on! – Clarinetist, composer and educator Dr. Michael White and composer and educator Roger Dickerson discuss Danny Barker’s on-going legacy in New Orleans and beyond with interviewer and producer Fred Kasten.
4pm – Tribute to author and New Orleans Jazz Museum founder Don Marquis – Jazz historian Charles Chamberlain, retired steamboat captain and calliope player Doc Hawley, writer and film director Daniel Pritzker (Bolden), curator Patrick Burns and journalist Geraldine Wyckoff discuss with Fred Kasten the many contributions to the documenting of jazz in New Orleans and New Orleans culture made by late (passed away July 29, 2021 at age 88) author, historian and Jazz Museum founder Don Marquis.
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