Jazz Orchestra in Honor of Two NOLA Legends
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be honoring two civil rights trailblazers, Edgar "Dooky" Chase Jr. and Leah Chase, on Saturday, January 13.
The show, titled Rhapsody in Blue, will be a jazz performance backed by a full
orchestra. The event will take place at the Orpheum Theater and the music will
begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $28-$110 with student tickets
available for $10.
The Chase family is deeply rooted in the history of New Orleans
and the fight for civil rights in the city. Dooky Chase's Restaurant, one of the most iconic Black-owned NOLA restaurants, opened
in 1941 and has been an integral part of the community and culture of the city
ever since. Many of the nation's leaders have dined at the establishment including
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall.
In addition to supporting
the family restaurant, Edgar "Dooky" Chase Jr. became a name in the world of New
Orleans music and founded the Dooky Chase Orchestra, which progressively, for
its time, featured his sister, Doris Chase, as a lead vocalist. The LPO's
concert this January commemorates the 75th year since the orchestra's
Leah Chase had an equally massive impact on New Orleans as
her husband. She was a legendary chef and advocated for the preservation
of Creole cooking. She was the executive chef of the Dooky Chase family
restaurant for over 50 years and fed the city with her passion for food and
civil rights. She was also awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award,
inspired the Princess Tiana Character in Princess and the Frog, and guest
starred on many cooking shows including Top Chef.
Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin, is a beautiful meld of jazz and classical music and plays homage to the big-band era of the 1940's. The concert also commemorates the 100th anniversary of Gershwin's piece. Chase Kamata, Edgar and Leah's granddaughter, will be featured as a vocalist in the show. The concert will also feature fan favorite classics from Duke Ellington including "Giggling Rapids" and "Satin Doll."