The Friends of the Dew Drop presents New Orleans legend Doreen Ketchens and her band on Friday, November 2nd, 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.
Join your friends at the Dew Drop for transcendent, traditional New Orleans jazz from the Queen of the Clarinet, The Female Louis Armstrong, Lady Louie, 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 Crowes, Jennifer Warnes, Macy Gray and Dr. John.
Like many New Orleans musicians, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans loves to spread the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world. A native of the Tremé neighborhood, she and her family band have shared their love of New Orleans Jazz with visitors from all over the world from their famous busking spot on Royal Street near Rouses. In addition to concerts, Ketchens is a music educator, conducting workshops for students in towns where she is touring.
STILL TO COME THIS SEASON...
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.