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Legend in the Classroom: The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch


Tremé native Yvonne Busch's name is known from Hollywood to Lincoln Center as a jazz pioneer, although even dedicated collectors and fans might not be familiar with it. Busch toured professionally, playing brass and woodwinds starting at age 12 with all-female ensembles like the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. She was the first female musician in the acclaimed Southern University jazz band and later joined the Dooky Chase Orchestra. But she spent the greater part of her career in the classroom, directing jazz and marching bands in New Orleans public schools from 1951 until 1983, schooling students who went on to become legends in the field " including saxophonist James Rivers, original A.F.O. executive drummer John Boudreaux and modern jazz drumming pioneer James Black. Leonard Smith III, one of Busch's former students at Carver Senior High School, produced and directed this feature-length documentary, which showcases Busch's stunning contribution to New Orleans jazz. Free admission. " Alison Fensterstock

7 p.m. Thu., Nov. 15

Dillard University, Samuel DuBois Cook Theater, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., 816-4800


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