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Press releases

  • 8/9/2011 – ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC TO OPEN IN NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS’ VILLAGE
    Center Named for Legendary Pianist and Educator Will Serve the Upper Ninth Ward and the Wider New Orleans Community
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  • 3/1/2011 – APRIL 4th BENEFIT CONCERT
    Harry Connick, Jr. & Orchestra to perform in New Orleans
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  • 10/14/2010 – Voodoo, Blues & ZuZus
    House of Blues Event Will Benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music at New Orleans Musicians’ Village
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  • 8/30/2010 – Hurricane Katrina 5th Anniversary
    Press clips and photos commemorating the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
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  • 8/26/2010 – 5th Anniversary Press Schedule
    National media outlets will be broadcasting from the Musicians' Village this weekend. Read on for more details.
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  • 8/12/2010 – Join us August 24 - 28, 2010 for the 5th Anniversary Build-a-Thon!
    NOAHH will host the “5th Anniversary Build-a-Thon ” in New Orleans...
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  • 7/20/2010 – ICONIC MARSALIS FAMILY TO RELEASE A LIVE ALBUM, “MUSIC REDEEMS”
    Proceeds To Benefit The Ellis Marsalis Center For Music In New Orleans.
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  • 3/11/2010 – Music Gets a Home
    Work Begins on Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans Upper Ninth Ward
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  • 2/5/2010 – WHO DAT!!!!!
    Musicians’ Village residents come together to record the song “Wit Da Saints.”
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  • 2/3/2010 – The National Building Museum Honors ‘Civic Innovators’
    On May 11, 2010, the NBM will hold its 24th Honor Award ceremony to recognize 3 organizations that have advanced the quality of our built environment.
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  • 7/21/2009 – Entergy Innovation Center Invitation
    Invitation to the Grand Opening of the Entergy Innovation Center on Wednesday, July 22nd
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  • 9/13/2007 – New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity to Celebrate the Beginning of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
    Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis kicked off the groundbreaking of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music
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  • 5/8/2007 – Boston Women Build in the Bayou
    Seasoned Professionals and Emerging Leaders Collaborate for Habitat for Humanity Project.
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  • 8/29/2006 – New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village Continues Building
    New Orleans Habitat for Humanity has transformed a vacant, blighted school lot into a vision of hope in the city’s recovering Upper Ninth Ward.
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  • 6/1/2006 – New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village Dedicates First New Homes
    Three new homes in what eventually will become a thriving neighborhood now stand as a testament to the determination of New Orleans to rebuild...
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  • 5/1/2006 – Dave Matthews Band Makes $1.5 Million Challenge Grant
    Dave Matthews Band Makes $1.5 Million Challenge Grant to Support New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village
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Current news
  • 2/4/2013 – Hundreds Fitted With New Hearing Aids
    More beautiful sounds than ever met the ears of visitors at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music on Saturday afternoon...
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  • 11/19/2012 – Drummer, Bob French dies
    First and foremost, Bob French loved New Orleans music and deeply understood the importance of its continuance from generation to generation.
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  • 8/29/2011 – Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a dream come true
    Branford Marsalis & Harry Connick Jr. were holding court, talking about the Center that their mutual visions, determination & much work helped create.
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  • 8/27/2011 – Ellis Marsalis Center for Music has many 'fathers'
    Two days before Thursday’s official unveiling of the EMCM, I asked Harry Connick Jr...if he felt like an expectant father.
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  • 8/26/2011 – Ellis Marsalis Center For Music Opens in New Orleans Musicians' Village
    As the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the unveiling of the Music Center restores hope in the Musicians' Village
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  • 8/25/2011 – Ellis Marsalis Center for Music opens in Musicians' Village
    On Wednesday afternoon, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis kicked the proverbial tires at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music...
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  • 4/29/2011 – Upper 9th Ward Musicians Village finally looking lived-in
    THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Musicians Village in the Upper 9th Ward, a downtown neighborhood.....
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  • 4/14/2011 – A Touch of Hope
    "Branford Marsalis: Teamwork"
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  • 9/1/2010 – The Marsalis Family – Music Redeems – Marsalis Music
    Music Redeems = family, charity and music that matters.
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  • 8/29/2010 – President Barack Obama speaks at Xavier University on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
    “I've seen the sense of purpose people felt after the storm when I visited Musicians' Village..."
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  • 8/27/2010 – Exclusive – Branford Marsalis: New Orleans remains in crisis
    Five years after Hurricane Katrina struck and decimated my hometown...
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  • 8/26/2010 – Evening Buzz: Reviving NOLA's Music Scene
    Tonight we bring you an AC 360° Special Report, "In Katrina's Wake: Building Up America."
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  • 8/26/2010 – Connick Jr., Marsalis Attend Event In Musicians' Village
    Residents Hope For Still More Development Post-Katrina
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  • 8/24/2010 – Marsalis family puts their talent to work for a good cause
    The Marsalis family rarely plays together, but the brothers seized the opportunity
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  • 8/15/2010 – First Listen: The Marsalis Family, 'Music Redeems'
    Today's first family of jazz, the Marsalises, don't often get together, at least on stage.
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  • 2/21/2010 – The White House Blog
    Harry Connick Jr. Live from the White House
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  • 2/3/2010 – National Building Museum Announces 2010 Honor Award Recipients
    Perkins+Will / New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village / Solar Decathlon
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  • 8/30/2009 – Sweat Equity: Rebuilding a sense of community in New Orleans
    The houses are marigold, sky blue, rose, lavender, lemon, gold, cerulean, fuchsia, cream, lime - an unmistakable oasis of color...
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  • 5/28/2009 – Musicians’ Village Builds on City’s Culture
    His cheeks puffed like a blowfish as he blew hard into the harmonica. Cigarette smoke filled the western-style, dimly lit St. Roch’s Tavern...
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  • 9/26/2008 – The Wee Trio sustains local vibraphonist James Westfall's New York connection
    Jazz vibraphonist James Westfall didn't much care for the food, weather, attitudes and expenses encountered during a two-year New York residency
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  • 6/28/2008 – Being home again is music to his ears
    NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Like many New Orleanians, jazz trumpeter Shamarr Allen spent his first year after Hurricane Katrina in limbo.
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  • 4/26/2008 – Musicians Village block reflects neighborhood rhythms
    THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Upper 9th Ward, a downtown neighborhood generally thought of as situated west of the Industrial Canal...
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  • 4/26/2008 – Musicians' Village block reflects neighborhood rhythms
    It's almost impossible to read about the New Orleans recovery without hearing about Musicians Village.
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  • 1/26/2008 – Billy Ray Cyrus says he'll join daughter onstage today
    "This is the first time in history, I had a good crowd on Saturday morning," said bluesman Little Freddie King...
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  • 1/17/2008 – Born on the Bayou: Smokey Johnson
    Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, stalwart New Orleans drummer tells MP3.com he's glad to be back home.
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  • 10/26/2007 – Hard-hit Upper 9th Ward is uplifted by Habitat
    Contrast underscores power of volunteerism
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  • 8/30/2007 – Musicians' Village Brings New Hope
    Standing on the porch of his Caribbean blue home, Jerome "JD" Hill has every reason to smile.
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  • 8/5/2007 – Village Rises for New Orleans' Musicians
    Standing outside his new mint-green house, Fredy Omar hears the rumble of construction trucks, the buzz of drills and the thud of hammers.
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  • 7/30/2007 – A Blessing...
    The merging of cultures celebrates a new beginning
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  • 6/12/2007 – Baptists pledge to build 300 houses in 5-year period
    In a partnership with the Habitat for Humanity, First Baptist Church
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  • 6/4/2007 – Work to begin soon on Ellis Marsalis Center
    The $5.5 million center in the Musicians' Village may be completed in January
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  • 5/17/2007 – In Tune With The Times
    MICHAEL HARRIS: Building ties in Musician's Village

    ELLEN SMITH: Expanding her circle in a purple house
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  • 5/14/2007 – Blue As Ever
    Having endured stormy relationships and even stormier weather, Little Freddie King finds there's still plenty to write songs about
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  • 1/15/2007 – U.Md. Band Leaves In Step With New Orleans
    BALTIMORE - Ruth Sparks remembers the conversation like it was yesterday. "He said, "I want to be a band director, and I want to make a difference in people's lives."
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  • 1/10/2007 – Rebuilding New Orleans
    Fifteen months after Hurricane Katrina rampaged along the Gulf Coast, I found myself nailing shingles to a roof in New Orleans, experiencing the aftermath of one of the costliest and deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States with my own two eyes — and hands...
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  • 1/9/2007 – Journey to Aid New Orleans
    This was my second time returning home from a New Orleans rebuilding trip this year knowing I'd be going back to the Big Easy...
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  • 5/7/2006 – After The Storm, It Takes A Village
    NEW ORLEANS - Peter ''Nine'' Badie, a devout Catholic, walked into church that Sunday before Hurricane Katrina but never sat down for services...
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  • 4/25/2006 – It Takes a Musicians' Village
    Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground in many ways with its post-Katrina planned neighborhood for local musicians.
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The music and musicians of New Orleans have always been the city’s heart and soul.  Your support of New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village is the best way to ensure that my home town lifts itself from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with heart and soul intact.- Harry Connick, Jr.


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