The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s mission is to strengthen the legacy of Jazz throughout local and global communities by providing access to unparalleled performances, creative gathering places, and authentic community engagement. NOJO was formed in 2002 and is the first and only performing arts institution committed solely to the development of an Industry for Jazz in the city that created it. NOJO was designed to celebrate and fortify the American Jazz portfolio while providing infrastructure for developing the New Orleans Jazz Industry. Led by Artistic Director Adonis Rose, this 20-piece big band has an ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of Jazz as the grandfather of all modern American music. 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 album, BOOK ONE on World Village, a subsidiary of the Harmonia Mundi label, won the 2010 Grammy Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble.” It’s most recent album, Dee Dee’s Feather’s was released in 2015 and featured Grammy and Tony award-winning vocalist – Dee Dee Bridgewater.
ON ADONIS ROSE:
Adonis Rose, 43, is a Grammy winning artist from the city of New Orleans with over 50 recordings to his credit, five as a leader. Rose is the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a position he took over January 2017. In October 2017 Rose lead the 18 piece orchestra to it’s first concert season in two years, bringing in world renowned artists Sheila E, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ledisi, Slick Rick and Eric Benet to perform with the NOJO at the orchestra’s 380 seat venue, the New Orleans Jazz Market. Rose is instrumental in the organization’s success by developing programs, performances and partnerships year round. Rose is also in the process of finishing NOJO’s newest recording project in three years, a tribute to the legendary Allen Toussaint, planned for a spring 2019 release.
Rose has performed and recorded with the biggest names in jazz for over two decades including Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, and six recordings with longtime friend Nicholas Payton. He still currently performs and tours with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Ellis Marsalis, and Kurt Elling.
Rose is also an educator, festival producer, composer, and performer. After relocating to the DFW area, Rose served six years as Artist in Residence at University of Texas Arlington, Artist in Residence for Cadillac’s Jazz by the Boulevard Festival, producer of the Keller Jazz in June series, and founder of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, a 501 c (3) non profit organization. Rose is Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute and currently holds a residency at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Over his twenty five year career Adonis Rose has performed at every major jazz festival, performing arts center and jazz club in the world. Including Carnegie Hall, Olympia in Paris, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria, Birdland, Apollo Theater, Newport Jazz Festival, JALC and hundreds of others. Adonis Rose won a Grammy Award with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra for Best Large Ensemble in 2010.
ON DAVELL CRAWFORD:
Performing professionally since the age of seven, Davell has enjoyed a wild widely acclaimed career as an entertainer. He emerged as a teenage piano terror and for numerous years began to unfold his incredible talent at the most legendary jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs nonstop worldwide. Thereafter, Davell Crawford put forth years of somewhat reclusiveness and dedicated a large portion of his life to community efforts as he quietly continues today.
More recently, Davell has taken course at appearing live again and has found a renewed love for traveling and playing concerts before audiences. He now again tours the world performing to sold out audiences as a leading representative of American Roots music, specifically New Orleans music. Crawford is a committed advocate and tireless supporter of young artists and the arts in education. While touring and recording he is active in schools, gives master classes / workshops to artist ranging from choral and orchestral topics to artistry growth and the importance of American Roots Music, Traditional Jazz, Country, Gospel, Funk and R&B.