Danny Barker Festival 2019 Press Release


Organizers have announced the dates for the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2019 in New Orleans. The fifth annual festival is set for a six-day run January 8,, 2019 through January 13, 2019 – and will again offer a mix of school clinics, workshops, panel discussions, interviews and live music performances at a variety of venues. The 2019 festival will be headquartered at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, which will host events for 3 days – Friday, January 11, 2019 – Sunday, January 13, 2019. The festival will also continue to present a popular series of events at other sites around the city, including the Prime ExampleSnug Harbor, the George and Joyce Wein Center, Bullet’s Sports Bar, and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.

The live music performances will feature an all-star array of New Orleans artists – and international special guests  – including legendary Haitian guitarist and educator Claude Carre` (www.claudecarre.com ), Italian guitarist Fabrizio Sotti, and Senegambian kora master Morikeba  Kouyate.  A schedule of currently confirmed festival events is attached and included below. Advance tickets for many festival events are now available at www.dannybarkerfestival.com.

Attendees at the festival’s Patron Party Tuesday  night, January 8, 2019  (at a private residence at 2924 St. Bernard Avenue) will have the opportunity to participate in  a live auction of a “New Orleans Saints” model Schecter guitar autographed by Drew Brees (https://www.schecterguitars.com/index.php ) plus two other deluxe string instruments – a Deering Good Time Six String banjo (https://www.deeringbanjos.com )  – and Fabrizio Sotti Excel model D’Angelico guitar (https://dangelicoguitars.com ) – with all proceeds from the auction benefitting the festival. Tickets for the Patron Party are available at www.dannybarkerfestival.com  – $50 (single) – $75 (couple).

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, 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, Dr. Michael White and Lucien Barbarin.

Sponsors of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2018 include WWL-TV, OffBEAT, The New Orleans Jazz MuseumNational Park Service, The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Jazz Foundation of America, Newcorp.inc, NOCCA, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, UNO Jazz Studies Program, WWNO, WHIV,WWOZ, The Prime Example, Louisiana Weekly, the New Orleans Advocate, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Data News, Bullet’s Sports Bar, Deering Banjos, D’Angelico Guitars, Schecter Guitars, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Thread Head Cultural Foundation and Whitney Plantation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.  For complete sponsorship information please contact festival Executive Producer Detroit Brooks –  504-452-6705 – detroitbrooks@yahoo.com 

Tuesday January 8th, 2019

Danny Barker Patron Party Gala and Fundraiser

Where: The home of Dr. Sidney and Mrs. Vaughn Fauria, 2924 St. Bernard Avenue

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Food- spirits-music by the Detroit and Kanako Brooks Trio with guests, including Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

Live auction for three deluxe string instruments: a Deering banjo, Fabrizio Sotti model D’Angelico guitar, and a “New Orleans Saints” guitarautographed by Drew Brees – from Schecter Guitars.

$50 donation (single) -$75 donation (couple).


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Banjo & Guitar Clinic

Bethune Elementary School

2401 Humanity Street 70122


(504) 324-7076

Seva Venet

Hosted by Jonathan Bloom

(Student Participation)

Free admission


International and Local Culture Exchange

Prime Example Jazz Club

1907 Broad Street

8:00pm-12:00am  – (504) 701-9007

Brian Seeger -with special guests:

Claude Carré – Steve Masakowski

Detroit A Brooks – Joe Dyson

$20 admission


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Banjo and Guitar Clinic


2000 Lakeshore Drive


Hosted by: Steve Masakowski

Don Vappie – David Bandrowski

Special guest – Claude Carre`

Elysian Fields toward the lake until to arrive at Leon C. Simon and them make
the left on Leon C. Simon. Proceed two blocks to St Anthony street then make
a right turn and proceed another two blocks and you will see the sign with
Performing Arts Building on it.

Free admission

Danny’s Birthday Bash

Snug Harbor Jazz Club

Gregg Stafford – Dr. Michael White

Freddy Lonzo – Mari Watanabe

Detroit Brooks Sr. –  Glenn Andrews

Kerry Lewis – Topsy Chapman

8:00pm and 10:00pm

626 Frenchman Street

(504) 949-0696

$20 admission


Friday, January 11, 2019

Danny Barker: His Life In Jazz – Day 1 of 3 – Three days of great talk, music, and more in celebration of the life and legacy of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker – in the third floor auditorium of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. – $10 admission – includes access to all NOJM exhibits.

1/11 – 2pm – Leroy Jones and Chris Sylvain talk with Fred Kasten about         Danny Barker’s impact on their lives and New Orleans music.

           3pm – Gregg Stafford and Fred Johnson talk with Fred Kasten about Danny Barker’s profound and on-going cultural influence.

           4pm – Producer Scott Billington, writer Jon Pult and publisher Jan Ramsey share favorite memories of Danny Barker.

           5pm – The Arrowhead Jazz Band with guests (live music)


Banjo and Guitar Clinic

NOCCA: Hosted by Michael Pellera

2800 Chartres Street


Carl LeBlanc/Seva Venet

(Student Participation) – Free admission


Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Night Jam

Featuring top New Orleans and international players


George and Joyce Jazz and Heritage Center

1205 North Rampart Street

(504) 558-6100

Claude Carre (Haiti) – Don Vappie

John Rankin – Carl LeBlanc

Morikeba Kouyate (Senegambia kora master)

Fabrizio Sotti (Italy)

Steve Masakowski – Detroit A Brooks

Chris Severin-Bass

Joe Dyson-Drums

 Michael Pellera-Piano

$20 admission


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Danny Barker: His Life In Jazz – Day 2 of 3 – Three days of great talk, music, and more in celebration of the life and legacy of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker – in the third floor auditorium of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. $10 admission – includes access to all exhibits and performances at New Orleans Jazz Museum and grounds.

1/12 – 11am – Danny Barker: A Life In Jazz – Journalist Gwen Thompkins, writer Jason Berry and editor Molly Reid talk with Fred Kasten about the Historic New Orleans Collection’s  recent expanded edition of Danny Barker’s autobiographical memoir A Life In Jazz.

12 noon – Tom McDermott (live music)

Mari Watanabe – 1:00pm (live music)

Wendell Brunious – 2:00pm (live music)

Gregg Stafford – 3:00pm (live music)

Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony – 4:00pm (live music)



Music of the Banjo – New Orleans Jazz Museum  (second floor)

Joe Cushenberry 1:00 – 1:40 pm

Carl LeBlanc 2:00-2:40pm

Seva Venet 3:00-3:40pm

Don Vappie 4:00 -4:40pm

Included in $10 festival admission

Outside Stage at New Orleans Jazz Museum

Charmaine Neville – Amasa Miller – 1-1:40pm

John Boutte – 2:00-2:40p

 Gerald French – 3:00-3:40pm

Treme Brass Band with Black Men of Labor – 4:00-4:40pm

Included in $10 festival admission

Saturday Night Spotlight

Bullet’s Sports Bar

2441 AP Tureaud Street

Harry Sterling –  7:00-7:40pm

 Les Getrex  8:00-8:40pm

George French 9:00pm-9:40pm

Plus special guests

$15 admission


Sunday, January 13, 2019

In the Beginning: The Fairview Church and Danny Barker

Pastor Chris Sylvain’s multi-media presentation about the beginnings of the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band

10:00 to 10:30 am  (3rd Floor, New Orleans Jazz Museum)

$10 admission includes access to all exhibits and festival performances at New Orleans Jazz Museum and grounds.

Danny Barker Day Parade

Danny Barker Procession of the Young People:

Second-line from New Orleans Jazz Museum to Danny’s house in the French Quarter – through the Quarter – back to the New Orleans Jazz Museum – with the Hot 8 Brass Band


Start: US Mint Building (400 Esplanade Avenue) – head North & across Rampart to St. Claude

Left on St. Claude to Barracks Street (Stop) at Barracks& St. Claude

Continue on St. Claude to St. Philip Street

Left to Rampart Street, continue on Rampart to Orleans

Left on Orleans across Rampart…Continue on Orleans to Royal

Left on Royal to St. Ann

Right on St. Ann to Chartres

Left on Chartres continue to Danny Barker Birthplace (STOP: 1027 Chartres Street)

Right on Ursulines to Decatur

Left on Decatur to Mint (Disband)


Danny Barker Day Proclamation and Celebration

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Mayor or Representative of the City of

New Orleans to make proclamation

Steve Pistorius 12:30 -1:10pm

Leroy Jones 1:30-2:10pm

Mark Brooks 2:30pm-3:10pm

Kermit Ruffins 3:30-4:10pm

Outside stage – $10 festival admission includes access to all exhibits and festival performances at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and grounds.

Danny Barker: His Life In Jazz – Day 3 of 3 – Three days of great talk, music, and more in celebration of the life and legacy of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker – in the third floor auditorium of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

1/13 – 1pm – Danny Barker: Man of Many Hats – Pianist Ellis Marsalis, composer Roger Dickerson, clarinetist Dr. Michael White and historian Don Marquis talk with Fred Kasten about Danny Barker’s multiple contributions  to New Orleans music and culture.

2pm – Danny Barker Film Fest – Filmmaker Matt Martinez talks about and screens some of his classic segments with Danny and Blue Lu Barker.

3pm – Robert Allen Quartet (live music)

4pm – Dr. Brice Miller’s Band (live music)

Included in $10 festival admission

Adella the Storyteller – 1pm

Greer Goff Mendy  – Cultural dance – 2pm

2nd floor

Included in $10 festival admission

Festival Finale

Ellis Marsalis Center


Dr Michael White Quartet

Davell Crawford

Play Them ‘Bones – Featuring trombonists Delfeayo Marsalis, Craig Klein, Corey Henry, and Big Sam Williams

Donald Harrison

Jam Session

$25 admission