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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Finally Achieving Ultimate Goal

Posted: May. 15th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Though it took more than four decades, the goal of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation will finally be constructing an education and community center. The new location should offer both visitors and locals of New Orleans ample opportunity to learn more about the city's influence on jazz and vice versa.

In the midst of two weekends that included dancing in the rain to The Dave Matthews Band, holding posters for New Orleans’ songbird Robin Barnes, eating pounds of crawfish pies, losing beer koozies, and anticipating Adam Levine’s abs and tattoos at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, its foundation by the same name announced plans that will bring its mission full circle, 43 years after inception. At the announcement Friday morning, foundation leaders and board members revealed that their new education and community center in the New Orleans Treme area, merely blocks away from the festival’s original site, will be named in honor of founder George Wein and his late wife and business partner, Joyce.

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