St. Peter Claver Catholic Church’s Annual Fundraiser

Jazz Extravaganza:  Economy Hall Revisited

Saturday, October 8, 2011




For the past ten (10) years, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church has produced a very successful jazz show – Jazz Extravaganza:  Economy Hall Revisited.  The Jazz Extravaganza enjoys a prestigious position in the music world in the City of New Orleans.  It is supported by the Mayor, Elected Officials, Corporate Representatives, neighboring citizens and SPC parishioners.

Proceeds from the Jazz Extravaganza are used to purchase materials and equipment that St. Peter Claver School needs.  Our students deserve the best that we can provide and the Jazz Extravaganza Committee assists with meeting some of those needs.

This year (2011) many of your favorite musicians and groups performed at the jazz show.  There were three (3) segments of music. ” The New Orleans Music Scene”  segment which showcased the incomparable jazz trombonist Lucien Barbarin.  He shared his unbridled musical talents along with crowd pleaser Smooth Jazz Violinist Michael Ward and Soulful Singer Michael Baptiste.  Then to close out this segment, our own Veronica Downs-Dorsey, who assembled a group of foot-stomping gospel divas,  brought the house down.

Next we enjoyed “The Motown Sounds”  as we listened to some of New Orleans’ accomplished performers.  Artists Real Love, Dwight & Connie Fitch & Family, and BRW delighted everyone with the Motown tunes from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. 

Finally, as we witnessed, ”Lagniappe Live:  A Taste of New Orleans” segment allowed us to end the evening New Orleans style.  Our own “Stevie Wonder” as Grand Marshal,  lead the Money Wasters S&PC, the Pinettes Brass Band, and some of everyone’s favorite Secondliners in a grand parade.

The evening was laden with lots of fun.  A grand time was had by all.