NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & POP HARP WEEKEND 2015:
Bette Vidrine: I just returned from a great weekend in New Orleans at the Jazz Harp Weekend Festival. Those of you who weren't there missed a great time with presenters Lori Andrews, Bart Samolis, Louise Trotter, and Ivory McCann, and amazing concerts with all of the above plus Patrice Fisher and her band Arpa and Rachel Van Voorhees. I only got there on Saturday morning, so I may have missed anybody who was involved on Friday. New Orleans is always a fun place to go, and it was so good to be with old friends again. Folks, keep your eyes out for the next one! Remember, jazz was born in New Orleans, and what better place to learn it?
Ivory McCann: I had such a great time! This was definitely my favorite JHW! It is because of your dedication and vision JHW has ever happened to begin with. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my beliefs and journey!
Ann Seward : Having folks with us made our trip more fun too. Already looking forward to next year!
Karla Williams: Thank you and Carlos tremendously for your hospitality and a fantastic conference. I had such an incredible time! I can't wait to see all the pictures! You are so awesome and I feel so blessed to have met you! Thanks for the great pictures. I am so grateful for your understanding during such a stressful several months. You were a ray of sunshine during that time and I will never forget it!
Lori Andrews: Bart and I just wanted to say we had a BLAST with y'all this weekend!! I'm soooo sad it's over. We sure hope to hear from each and every one of you in the VERY near future.
Cassie Watson: You continue to illuminate the community with your selfless dedication and transcendent vision. Thank you for everything and for inspiring each life that you know. We are very blessed to know and love you.
Rebecca Todaro: In my short experience with the chapter I have been touched by the level of sacrifice and industriousness of you two. Your efforts have built some very special traditions in this amazing city. Working together, being inclusive to all who wish to throw their efforts in- this speaks volumes about the kind of people you are. You are my heroes!
Cathy Anderson: Thank you for all the organizing and time you spent with the weekend. I think everyone really enjoyed it, and I was glad to be able to attend. Congratulations on pulling it off!