The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit owner of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, announced a free concert series, beginning with James Rivers Movement Saturday, Sept. 16 and running through July 2018. Events take place at the foundation's George and Joyce Wein Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.) on Saturday nights staggered through the year. Performers include Donald Harrison Jr., Astral Project, Helen Gillet with Leyla McCalla and others. The lineup heavily features jazz musicians but includes into other genres as well. Most concerts begin at 8 p.m. and generally feature two sets. The full lineup is below.
[jump] Sept. 16 James Rivers Movement
Sept. 30 OTRA and Rumba Buena
Nov. 4 Derek Douget, Stephen Riley and Ed Petersen
Dec. 2 Leroy Jones
Dec. 9 Helen Gillet and Leyla McCalla
Feb. 17 Astral Project
March 10 Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
April 7 Doreen Ketchens
April 28 Donald Harrison Jr.
May 5 Naydja CoJoe, Nayo Jones and Mykia Jovan
May 26 Jesse McBride & Next Generation
June 9 Troy Sawyer & the Elementz plus Calvin Johnson & Native Son
July 14 Kyle Roussel Organ Trio