The Friends of the Dew Drop presents the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet on Saturday, October 6th, 6:30 – 9:00pm at the historic Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville.
Admission for each concert is $10 at the door. Friends of the Dew Drop members will maintain a beverage center for a nominal fee and offer souvenir Dew Drop merchandise. The members of the First Free Mission Baptist Church next door will offer hearty, home-cooked meals for a nominal fee.
Cool, compelling and challenging music from four musicians led by Marsalis, a prince of New Orleans’ venerable first family of jazz. The son of pianist Ellis Marsalis and wife Dolores, and the younger brother of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo, Jason Marsalis performs with a fire in his heart and a relentless passion to swing. Marsalis began his musical journey as a young boy. “When I was three, my parents bought me a toy drum set and used it to introduce me to an imaginary audience,” Marsalis says. The very real audience at the Oct. 6 show will hear the maturity and the command he possesses over his music.
STILL TO COME at the Dew Drop...
Friday, October 19th: Gospel Night
6:00 – 6:45: Covenant Church Praise and Worship Team
7:30 – 9:00: Shades of Praise New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir
“Thank you, Jesus, please take me home now," you’ll say, and mean it too. as the Shades of Praise New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir crack open the gates of heaven in the Dew Drop hall. Shades of Praise shatters stereotypes, racial, and denominational boundaries with its joyous, high-energy, contemporary gospel sound.
The group sings at its hometown New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is featured in WWL-TV promotions, received four nominations for the Big Easy Award in the Best Gospel Choir and was the center of a citywide series of “Care Again” concerts, to facilitate public dialogue on race and promote harmony and diversity.
The Covenant Church Praise and Worship Team is a diverse group of singers and musicians led by the Will Allen, the team’s director of music. The Covington-based group performs a wide range of both traditional and contemporary gospel music. Their youngest team member, Jamie Planchard, is one of the Dew Drop’s very own Jazz Kids, having participated in various workshops.
Friday, November 2nd, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Transcendent, traditional New Orleans jazz from the Queen of the Clarinet, the classically-trained street performer, Doreen Ketchens. She began playing in Jackson Square with her first band and has since played for four U.S. presidents, and musicians Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Dorothy Donegan, The Black Crows and Jennifer Warnes, Macy Grey and Dr. John. Like many New Orleans musicians, Ketchens grew up in Tremé. In addition to concerts, Ketchens is a music educator, conducting workshops for students in towns where she is touring.
Friday, November 16th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
A soulful voice with the clarity of Ella Fitzgerald and the raw power of Etta James. Arsene Delay is the youngest of the world-renowned Bouttee vocalists, a veteran musician and an actress. For the Dew Drop, Delay will blend traditional jazz with rock and roll in a rich gumbo as complex as the city she calls home. Her latest project, The Bayou Saints, co-created with songwriter/guitarist Matt Clark, combines elements of rock, jazz, country, and original material to bring you the "new" New Orleans sound!
Friday, November 30th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Think Chaka Khan meets Ella Fitzgerald, and both show up at the Dew Drop to sing just for you with a voice that is as powerful with a whisper as it is with a bellow. That is Robin Barnes, a contemporary jazz singer and ohhhh, so cool. She grew up surrounded by the sounds of jazz and as she got older, she married the old and the new to create her own blend of funk, jazz, R&B and soul. Barnes captivates audiences with renditions of popular songs and contemporary classics. She makes each song her own.
Friday, December 14th, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band
All-female, all traditional jazz, all-sass, all-fun, all-the-time! That’s New Orleans-based Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band. The ladies will rock the house and have the Dew Drop audience up on their feet. Santa may even come to town early to catch this group, because, we are told, his reindeer love New Orleans music.
Shake ‘Em Up was assembled in 2016 to perform for “Girls Rock New Orleans.” They blew that room away and the requests to perform flew in. The band has since enjoyed a stream of bookings, including the Abita Springs Opry, the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.
Shake 'Em Up performs steadily in New Orleans clubs, including Preservation Hall, Spotted Cat Music Club, Maison Frenchmen, and will make their French Quarter Fest and New Orleans Jazz Festival debut in April 2019. This sublime crew, most of whom provide vocals, includes Marla Dixon on trumpet, Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet, Haruka Kikuchi on trombone, Molly Reeves on guitar, Julie Schexnayder on upright bass and Defne “Dizzy'”Incirlioglu on percussion.
***Owned by the City of Mandeville, the Dew Drop is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed by the non-profit Friends of the Dew Drop who all volunteer to bring music to the historic site and preserve and protect it. It also manages an outreach program called Dew Drop JazzKids wherein local jazz musicians conduct programs on jazz music for elementary school students in St. Tammany Parish.
More information on the Dew Drop is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.
Free off-street parking in neighborhood.