Doreen Ketchens "Queen Clarinet"
February 5, 2013 - 6:30pm
Thad Cochran Ballroom I
free and open to the public
The College of Arts and Letters and Honors Forum will host New Orleans music legend Doreen Ketchens on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Thad Cochran Center Ballroom I.
Ketchens will make a presentation which will last about an hour. After a short break, she will perform.
Ketchens has been called "Queen Clarinet," "the female Louis Armstrong,” and “Lady Louie” by critics. She has performed for four United States presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Ketchens is the leader of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, which can be heard and enjoyed on weekends (with the exception of June, July and August) in the heart of the French Quarter. The group includes Ketchens’ husband, Lawrence, who plays the tuba, valve trombone and piano and arranges the group’s music. The newest addition to the group is Dorian Ketchens-Dixon, Ketchens’ daughter, who plays the drums.
Doreen's Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States around the world, performing in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the United States. They also regularly perform in schools around the world, educating students of all languages and spreading the culture and music of New Orleans.