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Looking to take collegiate Vocal Jazz group to New Orleans

I know this is a terrible time to even mention this (mid-floods), but you know we have to plan way ahead! SO!
My 8 voice collegiate vocal jazz group with trio would like to go to New Orleans on their tour this year. We are in St. Louis, at Missouri Baptist University. We'd like places to sing on the way down, if we can. We do a secular program of course, but we do have a couple of sacred pieces ("This Little Light of Mine", arr. Kirk Marcy and Rutherford's arr of Ellington's "Come Sunday" that might suit a church if they are OK with jazz and drums. When we get to New Orleans we'd like to sing for a festival, tho' all I see on the 'net is THE Jazz festival, which of course is not quite our level!
If anyone knows of anything going on in early May, please let me know. We actually finish school at the end of April, with Commencement April 30. I'd like to leave as soon after as possible. I lived in Pineville/Alexandria, LA, for almost 20 years so I know the Big Easy, but been gone 20 years, so need some folks who are still there to connect if you can.
Thanks in advance for your help!
(Mrs.) Pat Lacey
Vocal jazz...and so much more
on August 2, 2013 5:09am
Hi Pat,
I know your post has been hanging around for quite awhile, but perhaps you're still interested in doing this.  I took my group to a festival in New Orleans (as my boss called it, a Make-a-Festival).  It was a great experience for me and my students, and the clinicians were too-notch.  We performed and had a clinic in the hotel ballroom, then the clinician (Sunny Wilkinson) performed with the group at The Old US Mint, (modern hall in a historic building with great engineers- our tax dollars at work).  The next day they performed outside in front of the cathedral, again with the Sunny. That was really fun and we got some great photos.  They had tons of free time to explore the quarter, and my group made me so proud, because they all stuck together and looked our for each other. Some even sat in with the pros on Frenchmen's St. We added the show at Preservation Hall, and other add-ons were available, like swamp tours. The trip ended with a riverboat cruise with buffet and music: trad jazz then a dj, whuch turned into a nice hang on deck for the grownups. Unforgettable for us, and the staff was thrilled to have a good vocal group participate.    I think I found out about it through JEN  Feel free to contact me personally-we should connect. 
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