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June 23, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Dubbed the “First Lady of the Bayou,” legendary swinging jazz singer, Banu Gibson (pronounced bah-new) is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Rather than mimic singers of the past, she mixes fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards and jazz classics by Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Carmichael, Waller, Porter, et al. A powerful force on stage as well as on her recordings on the Swing Out label, her enthusiasm and showmanship are highlighted by her wide range and versatility. 

Banu and her band appeared on Garrison Keillor’s award-winning NPR series, A Prairie Home Companion, and brought in the millennium in 2000 as the only guest artist of the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. She’s toured Europe with the legendary, fiery cornetist Wild Bill Davison, and has continuously performed abroad with the New Orleans Hot Jazz in Germany, England, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia and Japan. 
With an extensive repertoire of songs, her performances cover many high points of America’s golden age of popular music. Not content to copy the past, Banu Gibson is creative within the boundaries of the genre, consistently inventing fresh and imaginative variations, giving new life to timeless, unforgettable music. 
Gibson is also the co-founder and executive director of the New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp, alongside Leslie Cooper and Anita Hemeter. Their love for the music inspired the idea for a camp to be held in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. The camp project gained momentum when these three discovered they had the same passion to create such a camp. Today, the NOTJC teaches the musical styles of early jazz as originated in New Orleans and exposes traditional jazz to a larger audience by hosting an annual music event – in the form of an adult traditional jazz workshop intensive – that raises the level of musicianship and knowledge of this music form at home and abroad. 
This year’s New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp takes place June 19th – 25th, and Snug Harbor is pleased to host this special concert during the 2022 week-long intensive tonight, with Banu Gibson & The New Orleans Trad Jazz Camp All-Stars, featuring: 

Banu Gibson – lead vocals 
Dan Levinson – clarinet 
Allan Vaché – clarinet 
Ben Polcer – trumpet 
David Sager – trombone 
Russ Phillips – trombone 
Charlie Halloran – trombone 
Ray Moore – saxophone, piano 
David Boeddinghaus – piano 
Kris Tokarski – piano 
Larry Scala – guitar 
Katie Cavera – banjo, guitar, bass 
Kerry Lewis – bass 
Gerald French – drums 
Shows at 8pm & 10pm. 
Doors at 7:00pm & 9:30pm. 
Restaurant is Open 6pm – 10pm for dinner before or after your showtime
Advance Ticket Holders can now automatically make dinner table reservations for the Dining Room online via Open Table here
Advance Ticket-Holders can also make table reservations for dinner by Emailing info@snugjazz.com after your tickets have been purchased online. All dinner table reservations must be attached to advance concert tickets. Dinner Service without Advance Concert Tickets is first-come, first-served based on availability upon arrival. 
Full Bar is Open 6pm – Midnight for all, on show nights, with or without tickets. 
Kind Reminder:  Snug Harbor does not serve food inside the Music Room. In order to preserve the integrity, quiet and focus of our world class intimate concerts, only cocktails and soft drinks are available for table service inside the Music Room. However, we encourage you to arrive 90 Minutes prior to your showtime in order to enjoy full, relaxing dinner service in the Dining Room right next door, before getting seated in the Music Room for the show. 8pm ticket holders can also enjoy dinner, dessert or appetizers after the show, with Dining Room seating only guaranteed by submitting your table request before 8pm. 
 As announced by the City of New Orleans, as of March 24th, Snug Harbor is no longer requiring valid proof of Covid vaccination or negative test for entry, and while masks are still suggested when not actively eating or drinking indoors, they are now optional for all. We are also now seating at just under our regular audience capacity. 
However, with our intimate venue’s regularly limited seating capacity, advance tickets are still strongly suggested in order to guarantee seats for this show. 


June 23, 2022
8:00 pm


Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
New Orleans, + Google Map