Reflections of Cosimo Matassa: An Italian Perspective on the French Quarter

presented by Jack Stewart


Tuesday | November 27, 2018
5:30 reception | 6 pm presentation
Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres

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Please join us for the November event in our Tricentennial Lecture Series, “Reflections of Cosimo Matassa: An Italian Perspective of the French Quarter”, on Tuesday, November 27.

Reception: 5:30 | Lecture 6:00
This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Reservations are accepted by email at

New Orleans music historian Jack Stewart will explore the lives of Italian-Americans in the French Quarter through the lens of famed 20th century sound engineer and FQ business owner Cosimo Matassa. Learn about how Cosimo’s ethnic heritage informed his approach to the burgeoning New Orleans music scene in the 1940s and 50s and discover his connections to over 350+ influential Italian-American musicians who helped develop New Orleans rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock n’ roll. Mr. Stewart conducted hours of personal interviews with Mr. Matassa, which inform this lecture. If you love music, this event is not to be missed!

Jack Stewart is a New Orleans general contractor, music historian, and author. He is also co-founder and frontman for The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, a local local jazz and ragtime revivalist group. Jack has been a New Orleans preservation advocate since the early 1970s.

Many thanks to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, their Keep it 300 program, and Union Pacific Railroad for their support of this series.

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