DISTINGUISHED FACULTY OF THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG SUMMER JAZZ CAMP FAMILY
Jackie Harris, Founder and Executive Director
Executive director of the New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee, Harris is also the founder and director of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. She has spent the past 25 years providing convention planning, festival/music production, program administration, coordination, and event management services to clients both domestic and abroad. Her experience includes a near ten-year tenure at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival which was followed by her appointment to lead the city of New Orleans’ Music and Entertainment Commission, a position held for eight years, marked with tremendous success in re-positioning New Orleans as an entertainment Mecca and marketing its rich cultural legacy as the “Birthplace of Jazz.”
Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Jazz Camp Artistic Director
Artistic Director, Edward “Kidd” Jordan was a founder of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp. Mr. Jordan has recorded and performed with a lengthy list of artists including Guitar Slim, Ray Charles, Ornette Coleman and Aretha Franklin. His influence on improvised music is permanent through his virtuosity as an artist, performer and educator.
The scope of Kidd Jordan’s contribution and accomplishments could complete a book. He is recognized internationally as a master of jazz improvisation. The French Ministry of Culture endowed him as a Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985. France granted him their highest artistic award for his impetus as a visionary educator and performer. His legacy is established in his children, artists Rachel, Stephanie, Marlon and Kent, jazz camp students and alumni who have become successful performers.
Norma “The Queen of Swing” Miller, Life-long Artist-in-Resident
Known to many as “The Queen of Swing”, Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over eight decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.
Honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop,” at a young 96 years of age, she continues to be an inspiration to all who know her. The Queen of Swing continues to amaze.