The Go fund me story:
Can you imagine a world without the Samba,, Rumba, Tango, Meringue, Ga Ga, Ra Ra Reggae, Cha Cha, or A great 2nd Line Parade down in old New Orleans? I guess not.
Can you envision a Jazz World without Louis Armstrong?
Can you imagine a Jazz Festival Parade without a Brass Band?
Can you envision a Funeral Procession without a Jazz Band? No, incomprehensible.
Neither can I. Thanks for the rhythms from West Africa. Much like the Duracell Bunny, those rhythmic sounds just keep going and going.
And the Haitian Revolution-Had Haiti lost the revolution against France, no Louisiana Purchase. No migration to Cuba! No Cuban Jazz, uh, Maybe not.
Had Napoleon not invaded Spain in 1803, French creoles and their Afro-Creole off springs along with their enslaved Africans would not have been forced to migrate from Cuba to France’s Louisiana colony.
Got it?? Those were all of the what ifs. Can you imagine our world without the sound of Jazz?
In 1997, 21 years ago Paul Sylvester and I, purchased the abandoned Negro Musicians Union Hall in New Orleans. We gathered our family of cleaning crew members and discovered a treasure trove of documents, a 1968 Jazz Fest Poster, and black and white photos of the some of the giants of New Orleans Jazz. Performance and recording contracts of Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Doctor John, Little Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, B.B. King and the list goes on and on.
Then we decided that a Jazz Museum was needed. It took 20 years to accomplish this gargantuan task, but today, it lives and strives in the Treme neighborhood. Nestled inside of a 125 year old Flat Iron shaped building , the Jazz Museum is located across the street from the African American Museum of Art and Culture; 1500 Governor Nicholls Street.
We have been open for only 9 months and we need your help to tell more of the story of the evolution of rhythms from West Africa that would become inextricably intertwined with the melody and harmony of France and the bold sound of BRASS from Germany.
Jazz did not drop out of the SKY. The process took well over 200 years and more than 7 cultural influences in order for jazz to happen. The French classical influences coupled with another style of drumming , as the Civil War would usher in an array of Brass Instruments. The end of slavery and the reality of Plessy versus Fergueson were the proper ingredients for the development of Jazz and Rag by Uptown Blacks and Downtown Afro-Creoles. And yes, it happened right here, New Orleans!
Your support will help us to tell and share more of this hidden “Story of Jazz”.
Our plan is to expand the Jazz Museum to include another 200 Linear Feet of display area located on the 2nd floor of the existing Jazz Museum Building. This area would become the center piece of our various exhibits and an area dedicated to jazz research.
The first floor would become a teaching environment for young children and would also serve as a live music venue.
We are asking for a lot, but we are offering a lot as well.
For those of you who would like to accompany us on this musical journey, we offer the following;
Levels of Donations and Rewards:
1. The Jazzy Grand Marshall- $ 3,000.00 One Time Donation . Only 7 Slots are available.
a. 4 Nights at the Jazz Museum’s affiliate B & B. Available Times are, New Years Eve, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest 1st Week, Essence , Satchmo Fest or Bayou Classic ( Good for 5 years and is transferable).
b. An engraved Brick-To be placed outside of the Jazz Museum.
c. Canvas copies of the 1955 and 1968 Jazz Fest Poster.
d. Membership in the Jazz Club
2. The Band Leader- $ 1,500.00 One Time Donation Only 4 Slots are available.
a. 3 nights at the Jazz Museum’s B & B. Available Times are, Christmas, Jazz Fest 2nd Week, or Bayou Classic. Good for 3 years and is transferable.
b. A canvas print of the 1968 Jazz Fest Poster.
c. An engraved Brick- To be placed in front of the Jazz Museum.
d. Membership in the Jazz Museum,
3. The Parade Marshall- $ 750.00 .
a. A Canvas print of the 1955 Jazz Fest Poster.
b. An engraved Brick-To be placed in front of the Jazz Museum.
4. The Banner Carrier- $ 496.00 ( A 1968 Canvas Print of Pops Armstrong only Jazz Fest Appearance) Limited Edition of 496.
5. The Flag Carrier- $ 375.00. A canvas print of the 1955 Jazz Fest “Papa Celestine’s Band Poster. Limited Edition of 300.
6. The 2nd Liner - A Jazz Museum Member- $ 240.00 annually or $ 20.00 per month automatic debit ( A choice of (1) Louis Armstrong Print) 11 x17 on archival paper.
b. Plus you will receive a Black and White Image of The BMOL Parade Group 11 x 17.
c. A Treme's Petit Jazz Museum Tee Shirt
7. Make a pledge of $ 10.00- Jazz Museum Post Cards (2).
8. Make a Donation of any amount to show your love for Jazz!!!
- BRIAN ROBINSON
- Sterlyn Lee
- Jonathan Worth
- kenneth c Cook