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NOJO’s first building project, The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, is a performing arts venue and Jazz community center in Central City, New Orleans. The Jazz Market features music education experiences for all ages, a New Orleans Jazz Archive, tributes to current and past Jazz Masters, and performances by Irvin Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians.
The Bolden Bar in the Jazz Market is open daily at 8am. The venue was named in honor of famed Central City resident and Jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden (1877-1931). The bar program was designed by respected sommelier and hospitality professional Sara Kavanaugh.
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Goldman Sachs’ impact investing business, the Urban Investment Group, provided approximately $10 million and was the lead capital provider of the project. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority awarded a loan in the amount of $800,000 through its Commercial Corridor Gap Financing Program. Prudential Financial, Inc. served as a bridge lender. The sale of Louisiana Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and Louisiana Theater Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credits provided equity. The Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control administered two legislative Capital Outlay appropriations. Community Development Capital provided acquisition financing.
In addition to the project’s development partners, NOJO owes gratitude to several capital campaign supporters. Peoples Health named both the Jazz Market and its elevator. IBERIABANK’s name is featured on the 340-seat performance hall in recognition of their support. Chevron provided funding for the installation of a digital Jazz STEAM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math) Zone for the Market’s lobby, in addition to funding the education and practice space. The Youth Rescue Initiative’s Illumination Center supported the developing digital Jazz Archive. Pamela and Warner Williams sponsored naming rights for the Jazz Market’s stage, which will soon be officially dedicated to Dee Dee Bridgewater. The support of the Goldring Family Foundation has been recognized with naming rights for the upstairs lounge. Neal and Anne Morris of Redmellon participated as capital campaign supporters by donating a Steinway Model D for IBERIABANK Hall. The Helis Foundation supported the purchase of more than 25 original photographs from late photographer Herman Leonard, who was also an original NOJO board member. Other vital supporters included The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and The Keller Family Foundation. Current VIP seat patrons for the hall are named in honor of Nate and Priscilla Gordon, Pamela and Warner Williams, Robert Bohne, and Russell “Rusty” Mayne.
Redmellon Restoration and Development was the development partner for the project. Landis Construction was the General Contractor, Kronberg Wall Architects designed the facility, and Kirkegaard Associates designed the hall’s impressive acoustics. Major construction took less than a year to complete.
1st Floor plan-no seating
1st Floor plan-with floor seating
2nd Floor plan