ADONIS ROSE & THE NOJO 7, Saturday, April 13, 1:00pm, It's A Breeze and Hawk Haven Stage in Cape May Convention Hall

The Story

Currently under the direction of NOJO’s longtime drummer Adonis Rose, the 7-piece aggregation is dedicated to the art of swinging while cutting a wide swath stylistically. From recent tributes to Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint to putting their own unique spin on covers of songs by Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Queen, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra has headlined all of America’s major performing arts venues and clubs while maintaining a home base at the 370-seat New Orleans Jazz Market. Its 2015 album Dee Dee’s Feathers featured Grammy and Tony award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater while 2017’s Live at Newport included a poignant tribute to those who died in Hurricane Katrina. 

Rose has had drumsticks in his hands since he was four years old, and to this day they’re usually close by. Musical skills, particularly behind a drum set, run in his family. His father is drummer Vernon Severin, who is perhaps best recognized with the Treme Brass Band, and his grandfather, Wilfred “Crip” Severin, also made a mark at the drums. Noted New Orleans bassist Chris Severin is his uncle and his grandmother was a member of the musical Pichon family. Rose attended Warren Easton High School while also a student at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). He was there at the same time as trumpeter Nicholas Payton, with whom he would later perform and record. 

A graduate of the Berklee School of Music and leader of his own combos, Rose first hit the road at age 17 with New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard. “Terence was my introduction to being a touring musician,” Rose adds. “Everything I learned about being on the road, being consistent with my playing, playing on a high level every night and being pushed to be my best, I learned from him.” Rose has since toured with such artists as vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Harry Connick Jr. and Kurt Elling, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and pianist Ellis Marsalis.

The Sound

Expect to hear rich big band arrangements of Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights” and “Java” along with interpretations of Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady,” Aretha Franklin’s “Daydreaming” and Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing.” Led by Artistic Director Adonis Rose, the NOJO 7 will perform from their ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of Jazz as the grandfather of all modern American

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Blake Haney