Our Story

The NOLA Jazz Revival Band is an Ubuntu of talented musicians, producers, and educators creating masterful recordings, original show productions, and unique learning opportunities. Led by Matt Lemmler, the NOLA Jazz Revival band's mission is to share the distinctly diverse New Orleans culture with the world, and to ensure its legacy among future generations via collaborative mentorship and education grounded in world class musicianship.


Matt Lemmler and The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band is a fellowship of many great musicians and producers creating masterful recordings, original and educational show productions, and wants to UBUNTU with all like-minded spirits who want to raise their mission. This unique name, UBUNTU, comes from the African humanist philosophy that speaks about interconnectedness in creativity and the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. For Matt and the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band, UBUNTU summarizes in one word his experiences in creating inspirational & healing music performances, recordings and educational shows.

The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band has presented master classes, educational shows and workshops for Loyola University, University of New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the National Jazz Historical Park  and most recently to Ridgeview Charter Middle School from Atlanta, GA.  Under the direction of Lemmler, the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band collaborated with  265 middle school musicians- choir, band and string orchestra all were able to perform alongside the New Orleans Jazz Revival Band as one ensemble-UBUNTU Education.

Recently, Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band has premiered many original shows including “Right On! The Music of the 70’s”"The History of Jazz," "Tribute to Mahalia Jackson," "Songs of the Southern States," "A Healing Celebration featuring Inspirationalist Dan Caro" and "Matt Lemmler’s Southern Sonatas & Songs, Live at the Ogden,” featuring all original compositions by Lemmler dedicated to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s permanent collection.