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Free Concert at Jazz Heritage Center

The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series Presents
NAYDJA COJOE, NAYO JONES and MYKIA JOVAN
Saturday, May 5
Sets at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.)
Free Admission

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation proudly presents a special concert featuring three New Orleans singers – Naydja Cojoe, Nayo Jones and Mykia Jovan – on Saturday, May 5 (the second Saturday of Jazz Fest) at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street).

Doors open at 9 p.m. Sets are at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Admission is free. No tickets or advance registration are required. There is no reserved seating.

This special community concert is a rare opportunity to hear three of New Orleans’ most exciting singers performing – separately and together – all in one show.

Naydja Cojoe is beloved in her native New Orleans for her deep and colorful voice, her exuberant performance style and an eclectic spirit that finds her at home with jazz, blues, pop and much more.  A veteran artist who has appeared at all of the major festivals in her hometown, she has traveled the world bringing a taste of the Crescent City to appreciative audiences everywhere.

Nayo Jones grew up in Chicago and attended Spellman College in Atlanta, but it’s in New Orleans where she came alive musically. The daughter of an accomplished musician and music educator, she is from a musical family but initially set out on a career in business. It was on a musical excursion to New Orleans in 2011 that she first encountered the Kermit Ruffins, who invited her on tour.  Nola has been her home ever since. While she continues to work with Kermit, she is increasingly in demand as a solo act thanks to her sultry voice and charismatic delivery.

Mykia Jovan, a proud daughter of the Hollygrove neighborhood, is a NOCCA alum who has distinguished herself both as a vocalist and as a songwriter. Her singing style has drawn comparisons to some of her heroes – notably Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu. But it’s her socially conscious material that makes the comparisons even more apt, especially her song “16 Shots,” which is like a neo-soul updating of Holliday’s landmark “Strange Fruit.”

The Jazz & Heritage Concert Series is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit us online at www.jazzandheritage.org.

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