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A Celebration of New Orleans Food and Music

Date: 06/20/2013

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Coffman Memorial Union

Cost: $65


This one-night event is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


A distinctly American art form, jazz emerged from the diverse melting pot of New Orleans at the turn of the last century. A legendary attribute of "The Big Easy" was its perennial party atmosphere and jazz quickly became the sound track for the non-stop revelry. But its syncopated rhythms spread well beyond the city's saloons and dancehalls to become a global sensation. Today New Orleans continues to enjoy an international reputation for its unique food and music. On the eve of the summer solstice, gather at the University's beautiful Campus Club with its panoramic views of the Mississippi River, for a celebration of New Orleans' culinary and musical traditions. 

The evening begins as participants gather on the terrace from 5-6 p.m. for a social hour featuring a cash bar stocked with classic New Orleans cocktails including the Sazerac, the oldest known American cocktail. At 6 p.m., guests will enjoy a distinctive New Orleans buffet created by Executive Chef Beth Jones. Then, at 7 p.m., join Butch Thompson, one of the premier musicians and leading authorities of traditional jazz, as he discusses and demonstrates ragtime and early American jazz on the Campus Club's 1939 Steinway grand piano. You won't want to miss this celebration of the tantalizing cuisine and musical heritage of one of the world's most fascinating cities.

Tuition includes dinner. Space is limited; registrations must be received at least 72 hours in advance or by June 17.

Butch Thompson has an international reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. While still a student at the University of Minnesota, he took over the clarinet chair of the Hall Brothers Jazz Band and began making regular pilgrimages to New Orleans. In 1974, he embarked on a memorable 12-year run as the house pianist on "A Prairie Home Companion." Today he tours and records widely both as a soloist as well as at the helm of several jazz ensembles and hosts the radio show "Butch Thompson's Jazz Originals" on Jazz88 in Minneapolis. 


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/dcd

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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