Qualities of New Orleans Jazz Music

Qualities of New Orleans Jazz Music 

Jamn right, damn right! We all miss getting together to play, gig, jam & dance. We are getting close to that, so why not reconnect and dust off our jazz insights? We invite you to explore the marvelous qualities that are embedded in the New Orleans jazz tradition and how they persist in later jazz styles. 

This event will combine the best of a live concert, lecture and opportunity to ask questions. We’ve invited Dennis Lichtman and a wonderful 6 piece band to host this event live from New York City. 


At the Mississippi Delta, in the South of the United States, in New Orleans – that’s where Jazz was born! And that’s where until today, a really specific kind of traditional jazz music is being played in the homes of the people, on the streets, in the bars. This music is energetic, fun, different every single time, and most importantly – it’s incredibly communicative. It’s a group effort, and played together in very specific ways. We would like to take you on a journey to (re)discover this beautiful traditional music, to be inspired, to reconnect and to jam!

What to expect? 

Dennis and his band will play a LIVE concert from NY city. Next to the concert and lecture we will provide the opportunity for Questions and Answers. We’ll take advantage of this live and interactive format in Zoom.

  • 8pm – Session 1 Introduction to New Orleans Jazz: What is this music? Where does it come from? How is it played together? What makes this early jazz so great? 
  • 9pm – Session 2 More advanced, in-depth exploration of specific techniques and tools which we can borrow from this early jazz music, for making our music come alive in both jam sessions and stage performance.

As a follow-up, there will be on- and offline workshops, to dive deeper into the topics touched during the first online concert. More info TBA.

For who? 

Everybody that’s interested in swing jazz music. In the first place musicians, but also dancers and jazz lovers will enjoy this lecture and concert!

Session 1 is understandable for everyone, 

Session 2 requires deeper musical insights. 

But of course, everyone is welcome for both sessions.

Music workshops

We organise online and real life music workshops, followed by jam sessions in Ghent. 

The focus will be on how to communicate / how to jam / how to incorporate the early jazz techniques. The workshops will be given by Marie-Anne Standaert, Dennis Lichtman, Pieter Mortier and Mathieu Najean.

Sunday June 27th – online music workshops

14h30 – 16h: workshop with Mathieu Najean (Brussels)

16h30 – 18h: worksop with Dennis Lichtman (NYE)

Saturday July 10th – live music workshops in Ghent

12h00 – 13h30: workshop with Pieter Mortier

13h45 – 15h15: workshop with Marie-Anne Standaert

15h45: jamm with Marie-Anne Standaert and Pieter Mortier


1 workshop: €12

2 workshops €20

3 workshops €26

4 workshops €30

The jam is free for people who attend at least one workshop. Once you register, payment details will be sent by mail.

Register for the workshop(s) HERE

This event is part of the Ups and Downs festival, a concept by LouisLou and with the support of the Flemish government.


Buy your ticket HERE

Open entrance fee, with a minimum of €7.

You can give what it is worth to you / how much you can.


Wednesday 23rd of June 

8pm session 1

9pm session 2

CEST – UTC+2 – EDT+6


This is an online event by ZOOM

Music Workshops

Register HERE

Sunday June 27th

Saturday July 10th


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