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Remembering Little Queenie at Jazz and Heritage Center Event

07:00 February 28, 2024
By: Audrey Campisi

Attend the Free Panel and Concert Tribute

On Wednesday, March 13, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, is hosting a tribute to Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris. This free night of jazz will honor the respected musician, songwriter, and mentor, whose absence is keenly felt in the vibrant music scene of New Orleans.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with a panel discussion scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:15 p.m. The event will take place at The George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, situated at 1225 N. Rampart St.

The evening will commence with a panel discussion moderated by Gwen Thompkins, including panelists Lina Bozak, Missy Bowen, and Darcy Malone. Attendees will have the opportunity for a brief Q&A session following the panel discussion, before transitioning to a concert featuring a lineup of extraordinary musicians including Paul Clement, the original Percolators bassist, and many others.

Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris, born in 1954 and who passed away in 2019, was a prominent blues-rock singer whose influence shaped the New Orleans music scene over four decades. Renowned for her dynamic performances, she was a true legend who embodied the essence of New Orleans music, blending gospel, soul, funk, and jazz seamlessly. Her iconic song "My Darlin' New Orleans" served as an anthem that defined her career, reflecting the upbeat and funky spirit of the city she cherished.

For those looking to delve deeper into their love for Leigh Harris or learn more about New Orleans music, The Historic New Orleans Collection, the producer of this event, is hosting a collection of "Little Queenie" memorabilia, including press photos, posters, and more. Additionally, visitors can explore instruments, lyrics, and audio recordings that offer a unique glimpse into the life and mind of Harris.

For an unforgettable New Orleans night celebrating the legacy of Little Queenie through jazz and more, make your way to the Heritage Center on Wednesday, March 13.

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