After years of dreaming and careful planning, award-winning musician Irvin Mayfield created a local mecca for all things jazz. The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM) is a contemporary performing arts venue and jazz community center for people of all ages!
Located on the historic Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, the PHNOJM holds a magnificent theatre, full size bars, meeting rooms, interactive learning spaces and more. If youâ€™re looking to see a concert, learn about a famous musician or hear live music at the bar, you have to stop by the Jazz Market and see what itâ€™s all about!
Irvin Mayfield is a Grammy and Billboard-award winning Jazz musician with 25 albums produced to his name and counting. As a New Orleans native and resident, Mayfield has dreamed of this Jazz community center since 2002, when he founded the prestigious New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), the first performing arts group dedicated solely to development of the jazz music industry.
Mayfield and local partner organizations have worked together to turn what used to be an old department store into a contemporary home for the NOJO. In addition to its new and perfectly formed theatre for the orchestra, the market was built to attract musicians and jazz fans of all kinds, spark interest in jazz history and culture and provide a space for performers to share their talents with visitors from near and far.
Concerts in the Theatre
In addition to hosting the famous New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the main theatre will hold ticketed performance events that showcase world-renowned artists throughout the year.
This performance space is just large enough to accommodate a sizeable audience, while still acting as an intimate venue for all to enjoy. With carefully designed lighting, smooth wooden panels, and multilevel platforms, the theatre is engineered to create perfect sound that resonates to every seat in the audience.
The Bolden Bar
Not only does the New Orleans Jazz Market host special occasion concerts, you can enjoy free live music in the lobby on multiple days of the week!
The Bolden Bar is the first thing youâ€™ll see as you walk in the building. Open on Thursday evenings at 5 p.m., and 11 a.m.- midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, the bar serves both espresso and alcoholic beverages, with live music at any given hour.
While this setup is perfect for an evening cocktail, it also serves as a useful study/ meeting space. With coffee, cookies and free wifi, the bar is a great place to meet a co-worker, send a few emails or chat with an old friend.
Just for Kids
Though the Jazz Market is fully equipped to host lively evening and nightly events, this venue is very kid-friendly and encourages all young musicians to stop by for a visit!
The Jazz Market is in the process of setting up classroom space, bringing in toy instruments and even a digital interactive learning space, where kids can see the science and mathematics behind the magic of the music.
In fact, every Saturday at the Jazz Market is Kids Day, including jazz story time, games, arts and crafts and more!
The New Orleans Jazz Market is located in Central City at the intersection of Oretha Castle Haley and Martin Luther King Boulevards in the former Gators Department Store building, which once housed the historic Dryades Market.
Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. is a notable point of interest in itself, as this location played a major role in 19th century arts, entrepreneurship and the Civil Rights movement in New Orleans, and after years of re-investment, the neighborhood grows more vibrant every day.
To get the market you can take a short cab ride from Downtown or the French Quarter, or hop on the St. Charles streetcar, get off at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and walk three blocks to O.C. Haley Blvd.