Musicians from Home: Gracie Jessop and Joey Calderazzo

NOMA presents a series of virtual concerts featuring a range of music’s best and brightest performing from their homes. Assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, enjoy these relaxed and informal music experiences with acclaimed musicians from New Orleans and beyond.

About Gracie Jessop and Joey Calderazzo

One of the finest pianists of his generation, having recorded thirteen albums as a leader, Joey Calderazzo has traveled the road from child prodigy to in-demand session musician to elite member of the finest ensembles in jazz. He’s accompanied the music’s geniuses, from Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis to Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. Throughout his journey, Calderazzo has boldly explored his own psyche and his place in the world, as a composer, improvisor, band member, and leader. Calderazzo’s perennial trio has recorded multiple albums, including 1993’s The Traveler (with John Patitucci and Jay Anderson (bass); Peter Erskine and Jeff Hirshfield (drums)), 1997s Simply Music (Sylvain Gagnon, bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums); 1999’s Joey Calderazzo (John Patitucci, bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums); 2011’s Live (Orlando le Fleming, bass; Donald Edwards, drums); and 2015’s Going Home (Orlando le Fleming, bass; Adam Cruz, drums). Live from The Cotton Club Tokyo, Volume 1, extends Calderazzo’s relaxed persona and focused musicality.

Gracie Jessop is creating sounds for the soul and singing into the hearts of the human race with an original, raw and veracious repertoire. Recognized for her songwriting and singing capabilities, she offers up a musical experience that invites a diverse listening audience. Gracie left her hometown of Detroit, MI at 18 to pursue her dreams at Berklee College of Music where she began to discover her songwriting, bandleader, and singing abilities. She has acted as both front woman and co-songwriter in her own projects as well as bands in Colorado and New Orleans. Gracie released her Debut EP “Groundwork” in August of 2020, available on all streaming platforms. The change of pace this past year has motivated Gracie to return to school for her Masters in Music. She is currently serving as a Graduate Assistant in the North Carolina Central University Jazz Studies Program. Gracie Looks forward to returning to New Orleans, her favorite city in America.

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Instagram: @missjessop


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NOMA is committed to uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures through the arts — now more than ever. Your gift will make a direct and immediate impact as NOMA welcomes our community back to the museum and sculpture garden, plans new exhibitions, and develops virtual and at-home arts education resources for school partners.




Education and outreach initiatives at NOMA are supported in part by the Zemurray Foundation; the Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation; The Helis Foundation; The Gayle and Tom Benson Foundation; The City of New Orleans; IBERIABANK; The Wagner Foundation; Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack; the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation; Sara and David Kelso; Patrick F. Taylor Foundation;  Dr. Scott S. Cowen; The RosaMary Foundation; The Azby Fund; the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency; The Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation; Burkenroad Foundation; Marian Dreux Van Horn Education Endowment; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;  Ruby K. Worner Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee; The Harry T. Howard III Foundation; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.; Harvey and Marie Orth; The Bruce J. Heim Foundation; and Mrs. Bennett A. Molter, Jr. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.