The New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp was founded by Banu Gibson, Leslie Cooper, and Anita Hemeter. Their love for the music inspired the idea for a camp to be held in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. The camp project gained momentum when these three discovered they had the same passion to create such a camp. Currently the camp is run by Executive Director Banu Gibson and Production Director Leslie Cooper.
• To teach and perpetuate the musical style of early jazz music as it originated in New Orleans.
• To create a yearly musical event in New Orleans that will raise the level of musicianship and knowledge of early jazz.
• To expose traditional jazz to a larger audience.
• To attract musicians from around the world to New Orleans to learn traditional jazz.