Throw me somethin’: Satchmo Summer Camp draws young musicians _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Deacon John Moore, shown in a 2015 concert, will be honored with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Pioneer Award on June 9.

Young musicians from around the country will gather for the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays from June 27 to July 15 at the Loyola University Communications/Music Complex.

More than 2,000 campers, ages 10 to 21, have participated in the music-education program since it began in 1995. Participants have studied music for a minimum of two years or demonstrated the ability to qualify for intense camp classes. Deadline to register is June 10.

The three-week camp is a project of the New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of New Orleans and providing its youth with opportunities for arts education.

“This is one of the most unique experiences a young musician can encounter,” said Jackie Harris, the camp’s founder and executive director. “Students will participate in programs that center on refining musical skills, including composition, voice and even swing dancing.”

Camp instructors are “some of the city’s most revered and respected music educators,” Harris said. Ninety percent of the faculty are elementary and high school teachers and current and retired university professors, she said.

The artist-in-residence is renowned drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, 80, who made his musical debut in 1957 with John Coltrane. He was played with Herbie Hancock and Yusef Lateef. Heath is producer and leader of a jazz ensemble called The Whole Drum Truth and is a regular instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

New Orleans musician Deacon John Moore will be honored with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Pioneer Award during an event benefiting the camp’s scholarship program from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 9 at the home of Jimmie M. Woods Sr., 5668 Bancroft Drive.

For information about the camp and the event honoring Moore, visit

Bridal open house

Brides- and grooms-to-be and their families and friends are invited to grab a camera and discover available wedding settings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at New Orleans City Park.

The free event includes tours of the Pavillion of the Two Sisters, the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain and the Parkview Terrace above Morning Call. For information, call (504) 488-2896.

Brunch benefit

Enjoy Jazzi Brunch benefiting the Louisiana SPCA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in June at the Algiers Auditorium, 2485 Guadalcanal St.

Brunch includes a buffet, bottomless mimosas and music. Tickets are $30 with early registration, and a discount is available by using promo code LASPCA. For information, visit

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