Ground will be broken Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. on the future home of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City (at the corner of Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley boulevards). According to a news release, the space will offer music education and performances as well as house a "New Orleans jazz archive."
Irvin Mayfield, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ellis Marsalis will perform at the groundbreaking. Marsalis and 102-year-old trumpeter Lionel Ferbos are the first inductees into the market's Walk of Fame.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra purchased the property last year. The building has more than 11,000 square feet, and the venue will offer more than 600 seats. Project partners for the market include the state, Community Development Capital, Goldman Sachs, Louisiana Economic Development, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Prudential Financial, and Red-mellon Restoration and Development.
According to documents filed with the state, the market will host at least two community "informances" and a seniors event each month, as well as a big band performance and a student big band performance each month. It also will offer one music education class a week, among other events. Construction is estimated to take six months.