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Eric Calhoun, Jr.
The New Generation
Eric was twelve years old when this was recorded last year.
He currently studies at Don Jamison Heritage School of Music Dillard Campus on Saturday and has played with Storyville Stompers, Treme Brass Band, Red Hot Brass Band, Kermit Ruffin, Frank Oxley, Rockin Dopsie, and Jessie McBride and the Next Generation.
I actually caught the end of of one of his solos at Rays on Frenchman when he was playing with the Treme Brass Band. Glad to finally know who he is!
The Don Jamison Heritage School of Music is a free after-school program funded by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation created the Heritage School of Music in 1990 under the leadership of renowned saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, who ran it at Southern University at New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina. In September 2006, the Foundation restarted the program and moved it to Lusher High School, where it attracted more than 40 students from throughout the area in its first semester of post- Katrina operation.
In January 2007, the Foundation expanded to program to include campuses at Dillard University and other local schools. The school will operate this semester Lusher and Dillard; both campuses will accept students from the entire metropolitan area.
In addition to providing free music education to young people in the community, the Heritage School of Music creates employment opportunities for the musicians who serve as teachers. These include some of the city's most respected performers, such as Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Kent Jordan, Germaine Bazzle, Jonathan Bloom, Edward Anderson, Leah Chase, Geoff Clapp, Brent Rose and Jesse McBride.
The Heritage School of Music also provides professional performance opportunities for the students, with appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, the French Quarter Festival, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival and other events.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, proceeds from which support the foundation's year-round community development activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural programming. Programs anda ssets of the foundation include: radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM; the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive; the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music; the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series; the Jazz Journey concert series; the Community Partnership Grants program; and the Raisin' the Roof housing initiative. The foundation also produces community events such as the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Fiesta Latina, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival and others.
For more information, please call the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100.
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