FROM PALERMO TO NEW ORLEANS The story of the first jazz record ...Few people know that on February 26, 1917, an Italian musician in New Orleans released the first record ever made in the history of jazz. That musician was Sicilian and his name was Nick La Rocca... These are the opening words of "From Palermo to New Orleans," a documentary film prod...

This special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the unparalleled sound of a "Grand Stradivarius" violin – one of only five or six known to exist today – played with eloquence by Fedeli is presented by the American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) of New Orleans.   The concert event will feature a diverse, captivating musical program chosen...

The American Italian Cultural Center announces the unveiling of the bust of Italian American Nick LaRocca, the "Creator of Jazz" and composer of such jazz standards as "Tiger Rag" and "Livery Stable Blues". The unveiling by Lt. Governor of Louisiana Jay Dardenne will take place on November 16 at 3 pm at the Old US Mint on Esplanade Avenue.  ...

Singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble were discovered when the three singers appeared individually on Italy's televised singing competition – "Ti lascio una canzone." The show's creator/producer Roberto Cenci had the lads perform as a trio during the program's fourth episode, thus launching the group's career. Now Il Vol...

Holly Anne Savoie will be crowned queen of the 44th annual Italian American Marching Club St. Joseph Parade during a free pre-parade celebration in New Orleans. The gala will be held March 9, starting at noon, at the Piazza d'Italia.   Savoie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Savoie of Covington, will be surrounded by 80 beautiful maids in...

By Sharon Litwin For years now pundits and observers of the "high" arts in America have predicted the demise of classical music, opera and dance, whose audiences, they say, consist mainly of those with white hair and or no hair.   And yet, with every generation, inspired talented ones have appeared whose glorious flashes of brilliance and p...

by Dean M. Shapiro Staged by the American Italian Cultural Center, the second annual "Opera in the Piazza" concert will take place Friday night at the Piazza d'Italia. Seasoned New Orleans opera singers will present arias from operas in the Italian repertoire, plus such well-known Italian songs as "O Sole Mio," "Volare" and "Santa Lucia." &n...

It's an annual event that's fun for the whole family and celebrates the Italian American Heritage of New Orleans the St. Joseph's Day Parade. Peter Gilberti, the event coordinator, and Lena Prima, the Grand Marshall of this year's St. Joseph's Day Parade join the Eyewitness Morning News to talk more about this weekend's parade.   Catch...

A 170-year-old French Quarter church and a 190-year-old historic residence were among several properties vandalized along Chartres Street two days before Mardi Gras. One victim said police suspect an "anarchist parade" was responsible.   Vandals spray-painted St. Mary's Catholic Church and the neighboring Beauregard-Keyes House and Gard...

The Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade is Saturday, March 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Chartres and Canal streets. The parade marches through the French Quarter and Central Business District, with men passing out flowers in exchange for kisses or throwing beads from the new Rolling Cannoli float. After the parade, which ends on Co...