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Workshops bring Local Talent & Young Musicians Together

Tipitina’s Foundation’s Sunday Youth Music Workshops are free workshops designed to connect music students with professional musicians for practice, mentoring and performance. During these workshops, each child has the opportunity to play on the legendary stage at Tipitina’s Uptown club along-some of the region’s best talent.

The Foundation works to feature a variety of musical genres and local artists of different backgrounds and styles. In January, we featured Claude Bryant and the All Stars, who have their own style of Reggae and New Orleans Funk. Claude’s “All Stars” include Earl Smith, from the Neville Brothers, Charles Moore, from Deacon John, Jimmy Planells and Al Ventura. It was an exciting opportunity for the kids to join this impressive group of musicians on stage. As a music producer as well as a musician, Claude talked to the kids about music production and handed out copies of his latest production, a country music CD. His advice to the kids was “never be afraid to make mistakes; learn from your mistakes”.

Jazz and R&B songbird, Robin Barnes, a repeat artist at our workshops, knows that “music education is essential in early childhood development”. Robin has enjoyed national success, having made several Billboard charts. But she is also a native New Orleanian, whose new works demonstrate a strong connection to New Orleans’ special musical sound. In February, the kids jammed with Robin and were inspired by her words of wisdom and her amazing energy and enthusiasm.

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Walter Wolfman Washington working with the kids

In early March, the kids rocked the stage with the Funk and Jazz Fusion beat of Chapter Soul. Bandleader Calvin Johnson told the kids to “strive to be a great musician, not just a band member. Band members can be replaced. Musicians are irreplaceable.” Joy Owens worked with the kids on R&B and Soul on Sunday, March 18. A surprise visit by Walter Wolfman Washington made the day an extra special one! Every workshop offers students a hands-on, improvisational approach to music education. Join us!