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Doreen Ketchens          

American Jazz Clarinetist; Founder of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans

Doreen Ketchens is an American jazz clarinetist who performs Dixieland and Trad Jazz. She has performed at concert halls, music festivals, and U.S. embassies, as well as in decades of weekly performances in Dixieland's tradition in the Royal Street Performing Arts Zone in the French Quarter of New Orleans with her band, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans. Ketchens has performed for four U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and was described by in 2012 as one of the cultural ambassadors of New Orleans.

Nicknamed "Lady Louis" because of her ability to hit and hold powerful high notes, and her love of Louis Armstrong's performance style, she has performed with Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Dorothy Donegan, The Black Crows and Jennifer Warnes, opened for Macy Grey and Dr. John and has been seen around the world by millions of people via media and fan videos of her performances. She has been featured in numerous documentaries about New Orleans and its music, and she has been seen on television in shows like HBO's Treme.


Preserving jazz in the Big Easy - CBS News
Among the musicians hit hardest by the pandemic are the ones who, usually, work on the street. Like millions of other Americans, Doreen Ketchens (on clarinet), ...

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