Style on the Spot:
The Uptown Jazz Orchestra Goes Pink
Style, jazz, and a cause converged at Snug Harbor last week. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra Goes Pink was created to shine a proverbial light on smaller breast cancer organizations that too often go unseen. We chose two organizations, Mothers Month and Poems and Pink Ribbons, to receive the funds raised.
Micaiah Bethune, founder of The Wild Life Reserve, and I welcome the audience. Photo by Tabitha Bethune.
Signed cleats for the auction from New Orleans Saints defensive backs Jabari Greer and Malcolm Jenkins.
Bryce Eastwood and Roger Lewis leading the band on stage from the balcony.
Roger Lewis, foreground, is the baritone saxophonist and the resident “Dirty Old Man” of the orchestra. Lewis, a polite and upstanding member of the community, briefly takes on the moniker when he sings the sexually suggestive song of the same name.
Kelly Harris-Deberry, founder of Poems and Pink Ribbons, reads one of her latest works.
Delfeayo Marsalis established The Uptown Jazz Orchestra in 2008 to preserve the musical traditions of New Orleans. Pictured left to right: Khari Lee, Jeronne Ansari, and Gregory Agid.
Tabitha Bethune and Gina Barbieri.
Ladies from Poems and Pink Ribbons.
Hannah Chalew, a cocktail waitress at Snug Harbor (and artist whose work appears in BOTS 2012!)
Jeff Broussard, bar manager at Snug Harbor.
Stylish siblings Tonyelle Nelson and Adam Nelson. Adam is a designer and is wearing his father’s Lacoste cardigan from the 1970s, Gap hat and corduroy pants from the Buffalo Exchange, and red frame specs from Urban Outfitters.
Geoff Clapp and Khari Lee, members of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
Stephen Gordon, pianist for the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.
Bobby Campo, a trumpeter in the UJO, during intermission.
During the intermission, Bryce Eastwood checked his messages, Jeremy Thomas meditated, and Matthew Skarzynski listened to solos from the late great trumpeter Woody Shaw.
The Bethune’s share a moment.
I noticed we all had similar hats and our attire had an old school feel, like a singing group from the 1950s or 1960s. Photo by Tabitha Bethune.
Style on the Spot:
NOLA Fashion Week, Jolie and Elizabeth show
NOLA Fashion Week was a week of runways shows, parties, and workshops. Most of the runway shows were held at the Saratoga Building, a newly renovated residential/commercial art space in downtown New Orleans. Jolie and Elizabeth debuted their lines for Spring/Summer 2013.