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Southern Miss to Host French Quarter Legend “Queen Clarinet” Doreen Ketchens

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Doreen Ketchens will bring the sounds of New Orleans to Southern Miss Feb. 5.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts & Letters and Honors Forum will bring New Orleans jazz and culture to Hattiesburg as they host Doreen Ketchens, a musical legend from the French Quarter. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1 and admission is free.

Ketchens has been called "Queen Clarinet" "the female Louis Armstrong” and “Lady Louie” by music critics. She has performed for four U. S. presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

“We not only entertain, but also educate through music the rich, historic and diverse culture of New Orleans,” said Ketchens, who will also offer an interactive workshop at 6:30, followed by what promises to be an amazing performance.

Ketchens is the leader of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, which (with the exception of June, July and August) can be heard and enjoyed on weekends in the heart of the French Quarter. The group includes Ketchens’ husband, Lawrence, who plays the tuba, valve trombone and piano and also arranges the group’s music.  The newest addition to the group is Dorian Ketchens-Dixon, Ketchens’ young daughter, who plays the drums. 

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the U.S. 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, spreading the culture and music of New Orleans.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters at 601.266.4315.