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Take a stroll through the swinging streets of the Big Easy with one of the world’s most sought-after big bands! Legendary singer Dee Dee Bridgewater joins Irvin Mayfield and his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra for a memorable concert filled with the spirit of Mardi Gras and unmistakable sounds of New Orleans.

Tickets are available at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield founded NOJO in 2002 as a powerful vehicle for celebrating and advancing the cultural and historical legacy of New Orleans Jazz. The concept came to Mayfield after he created the Institute of Jazz Culture at Dillard University as the youngest member of the faculty. As he looked around the city for a partner in the jazz industry, he found that there was no institution committed solely to the business of Jazz or performing it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the city that created it.

This led Mayfield to create the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, designed to celebrate and fortify the American Jazz portfolio while providing infrastructure for developing the New Orleans Jazz Industry. Mayfield assembled a 16-piece band and enlisted NOJO President and CEO Ronald Markham. NOJO had its first performance in early 2003 at Tipitina’s.

NOJO has headlined all of America's major performing arts venues and clubs and produced the first local, ticketed Jazz Concert Series in the history of New Orleans. NOJO's latest album, BOOK ONE on World Village, a subsidiary of the Harmonia Mundi label, won the 2010 Grammy® Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble." NOJO recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary with The NOJO 10, a series that featured events at Preservation Hall, Tipitina's, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and even New York City's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

NOJO’s March 11 concert will feature legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. In 1974 she jumped at the chance to act and sing on Broadway where her voice, beauty and stage presence won her great success and a Tony Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” This began a long line of awards and accolades as well as opportunities to work in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris and in London where she garnered the coveted Laurence Olivier Award nomination as Best Actress for her tour de force portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl’s “Lady Day.” Performing the lead in equally demanding acting/singing roles as Sophisticated Ladies, Cosmopolitan Greetings, Black Ballad, Carmen Jazz and the musical “Cabaret” (the first black actress to star as Sally Bowles), she secured her reputation as a consummate entertainer.

Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium. Fewer still have been rewarded with Broadway’s coveted Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical for “The Wiz”), nominated for the London theater’s West End equivalent, the Laurence Oliver Award (Best Actress in a Musical for “Lady Day”), won three Grammy® Awards (2010‘s Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Eleanora Fagan: To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater,” 1998’s Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal ("Cottontail" from "Dear Ella"), and France’s 1998 top honor Victoire de la Musique (Best Jazz Vocal Album).