Jazz at the Sandbar

Spring 2015 Series Begins on March 4!

 Jazz at the Sandbar is designed to provide UNO Jazz Studies students an opportunity to get real life experience performing with respected professional musicians in front of a live audience.  The series is presented on Wednesday nights during the fall and spring semesters and features a different respected jazz artist each week. It also provides a medium in which students exercise their improvisational skills and gives them the rare opportunity to work with jazz masters.

Upcoming Guest Artists

March 4: Drummer Shannon Powell

Shannon Powell dazzles audiences with his natural showmanship and fever for the jazz flame. The New Orleans native grew up in the jazz threshold neighborhood of Treme, which percolates with the sounds of Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, second line parades, Jazz funerals and church revivals. By the age of fourteen Powell was already a professional musician, playing gigs such as Jazz Fest as a member of the legendary Danny Barker’s Jazzhounds. Powell’s influences sprung from listening to his childhood neighbour, drummer James Black as well as pianist Ellis Marsalis and the players at Preservation Hall. "Everything I learned was being around the great musicians of New Orleans. Danny Barker was first and then I fell into the hands of David Lastie who is Herlin Riley's uncle. They kind of raised me as a young musician and I started calling them my family" states Powell. If drumming is the essential beat of New Orleans, then Shannon Powell is a leader of the pack at the fusion of jazz, funk, and R&B.

March 11: Saxophonist AuroraNealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An established bandleader, composer, performer and improviser, Aurora Nealand has become a prominent force in the New Orleans music scene since she first arrived in 2005. Combining the “formal education” – a music composition degree from Oberlin Conservatory and training at the Jacques Lecoq School of  Physical Theatre in Paris –  with the “informal”  experience of playing music in the streets and clubs of New Orleans and throughout the northern Hemisphere, Nealand has emerged as an innovative, sensitive and daring musiccreator and performer.

She is most recognized for her performance on saxophones, clarinet and vocals and has been at the forefront of the revival of New Orleans Traditional Jazz amongst the younger generation of the city’s musicians. After playing and learning as a sideman in established New Orleans Bands for several years, (Panorama Jazz Band, VaVaVoom, The New Orleans Moonshiners), in 2010 she formed her own Traditional Jazz band “The Royal Roses”. The Royal Roses released it’s first album, “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” to national acclaim and Nealand was voted as one of Downbeat Magazines top ten rising stars for soprano saxophone in 2010.

March 18: Bassist Roland Guerin

First call bassist in NO, Guerin studied at Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he joined legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste’s Jazztronauts.  He later began to tour the world as a member of jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield's band.  During that time Guerin explored the jazz genre; which ultimately proved to be an avenue toward success.  He had the opportunity to perform with such greats as George Benson, Jimmy Scott, Frank Morgan, Vernel Fournier, and Gerry Mulligan. 

When he is not performing with his own band, Roland Guerin tours and performs with Allen Toussaint and also enjoys occasional performances with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band.  In the late summer of 2009, Guerin had the pleasure to tour with John Scofield and the Piety Street band, with fellow New Orleanians Shannon Powell and Jon Cleary.  Roland is also very active on the New Orleans music scene, where he performs in all genres with such artists  as Herlin Riley, Dr. Michael White, Germaine Bazzle, Shannon Powell, Leah Chase, and Ellis Marsalis.


March 25: Pianist Dick Hyman

A very versatile virtuoso, Dick Hyman once recorded an album on which he played "A Child Is Born" in the styles of 11 different pianists, from Scott Joplin to Cecil Taylor. Hyman can clearly play anything he wants to, and since the '70s, he has mostly concentrated on pre-bop swing and stride styles. Hyman worked with Red Norvo and Benny Goodman and then spent much of the 1950s and '60s as a studio musician. He appears on the one known sound film of Charlie Parker (Hot House from 1952); recorded honky tonk under pseudonyms; played organ and early synthesizers in addition  to piano; was Arthur Godfrey's music director collaborated with Leonard Feather on some History of Jazz concerts and even performed rock and free jazz; but all of this was a prelude to his later work. In the 1970s, Hyman played with the New York Jazz Repertory Company, formed the Perfect Jazz Repertory Quintet, and started writing soundtracks for Woody Allen films. He has recorded frequently during the past several decades and ranks at the top of the classic jazz field. In 2013, Hyman teamed up with vocalist Heather Masse for a set of standards on the Red House label called Lock My Heart.

 

April 1: Spring Break

April 8: Drummer Paul Wiltgen

Since his arrival in New York City in the fall of 2001, Luxembourg native Paul Wiltgen, has made a name for himself among the local and international music industry as an accomplished jazz percussionist and forward-thinking composer. Wiltgen completed both undergraduate and graduate jazz studies at Manhattan School of Music, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene. He has appeared alongside such emerging stars as Patrick Cornelius, Michael Janisch, David Binney, Miles Okazaki, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno, Franz von Chossy, Tim Collins, Brian Seeger, Cedric Hanriot, Kristjan Randalu and Pablo Held.

Besides mainly working as a sideman and occasionally leading his own groups, Paul is currently also co-leading the Reis / Demuth / Wiltgen Trio. From 2004 until 2007, he was the leader of a New York band named “The Paislies.” Paul was also one of the original members of The TransAtlantic Collective, a vivacious contemporary jazz ensemble made up of musicians based in London and New York City.

 

 

April 15: Guitarist Warren Batiste

Guitarist Warren Batiste, is another one of those unsung heroes in the annals of jazz who deserve more recognition for their contributing efforts to the cause of American music. He was born in New Orleans in 1925 and was taught to play the guitar by his father who was a banjo player at Preservation Hall. He was the first guitarist to play with Fats Domino on a regular basis, and went on to play with Illinois Jacquet in New York. In 2000 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Warren Battiste was one of the many victims of hurricane Katrina in 2005, and has reached into the experience to come out with a new record release of Quiet Storm In New Orleans.  On this recording his regular trio mates of bassist Jim Markway, and drummer Richard Hale, are joined by pianist Larry Siebert.   "Quiet Storm" is an impressive recording by a New Orleans guitar master in his 80's still in prime form.

 

 

April 22: Saxophonist Rick Margitza

Former New Orleanian and Miles Davis alumni Rick Margitza, has long been regarded as one of the “Young Lyons” of the International Jazz Scene, is nowadays one of the most respected musicians of his generation. Excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, highly poetic and sharply incisive. He joined Miles Davis' group and recorded three albums with them: “Amandla”, “Live around the world” and "Live in Montreux". He then cut three sets as a leader for the prestigious label Blue Note during 1989-1991. Since 1994, his career found itself enriched with five more solo albums and collaborations with such artists as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner.

 

 

 

 

 

April 29: Trumpeter Christian Scott 

Born in 1983, Christian Scott learned much about jazz first hand from his uncle, saxophonist Donald Harrison, whom he recorded with at 16 years old.

“My uncle took me back to the very beginning of the music. He taught me stuff that Buddy Bolden was playing in the early 1900s.” By the time Christian graduated at the top of the class at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, he was in his uncle band and recorded with him at 16 years old. In 2006 Scott released Rewind That on Concord Jazz, an album that won a Grammy nomination. Anthem, released the following year, was a statement about the political and social dynamics associated with Hurricane Katrina. Living back in town now, Christian will get together with his New Orleans band for a unique jazz experience.

“Jazz @ the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, Offbeat Media,  WWNO FM and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration. All admission proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504) 280-6039 or New Orleans Jazz Celebration 504-309-JAZZ or on the web, go to www.nojc.org/sandbar.

 

 


 

THANKS FOR ANOTHER

SUCCESSFUL SERIES! 


The final Sandbar of fall 2014 included trombonist Lucien Barbarin and guitarist Steve Masakowski performing with the UNO Classic Jazz Combo on November 19th, 2014. 

 


 

JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR

FALL 2014 SERIES! 

October 1st- Ellis Marsalis

                   

 

 

 


It is becoming a tradition that jazz education icon Ellis Marsalis kicks off the new season of Jazz at the Sandbar and this year is no exception. Marsalis is the premier modern jazz pianist of New Orleans and the father of a generation of contemporary jazz musicians who are considered the international leaders of the current scene. Together with his sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, the Marsalis clan is often referred to as “The First Family of Jazz.”The acclaimed pianist and patriarch of the New Orleans jazz community will be a special guest at the opening celebration of the performance series Downbeat Magazine calls “One of the best things going in America.” Ellis will be joined by the Thelonious Monk Assemble under the direction of Steve Masakowski and a second combo under the direction of Victor Atkins. 

October 8 Singer Cindy Scott 

Cindy Scott is an accomplished vocalist, bandleader, composer and arranger. She graduated from UNO with a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 2007. She was also the director of the UNO Jazz Voices from 2005 to 2011. Scott has walked a different path than most jazz singers, though. She also has a Masters in International Business, speaks German and Spanish, and spent several years living and working in Europe and Central America. “She has the serious jazz chops that enable her to improvise on a dime on whatever chord changes are thrown her way… the highest praise of all, she really doesn't sound like anyone else.” - Tom McDermott, Offbeat Magazine.

October 15 Saxophonist Jason Mingledorff

Jason Mingledorff has become one of the most versatile and in-demand saxophonists in New Orleans since moving here in 1995. Jason attended UNO from 1995 to 1997 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance. He has played with a diverse collection of award-winning local bands, including funksters Galactic and Papa Grows Funk, bluesman Mem Shannon and the critically praised Nightcrawlers Brass Band. He has also toured with country star Clint Black and performed and recorded with two of the city’s biggest exports – Dr. John and Harry Connick, Jr. In 2006, he began teaching at Loyola University and soon became the conductor of the Jazz Workshop Band, as well as the assistant professor of saxophone studies. 

October 22 Tabla Master Badal Roy  

Badal Roy is one of the world's leading tabla players. Although his musical roots reflect the influence of Indian classical music, Roy has taken the Indian hand drum from its traditional role and placed it in the realm of jazz and improvisational music. In addition to recording with John McLaughlin and the late Miles Davis, Roy has performed with such stellar jazz and world music players as Herbie Mann, Dave Leibman, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Andreas Vollenweider, and Yoko Ono. Since the mid-'90s, Roy has collaborated with Brazilian guitar duo Duofel.

October 29 Pianist Jorge Pacheco  with the World Beat Combo

One of the most renowned young musicians from the new generation of jazz in Cuba is pianist, percussionist, composer and musical director, Jorge Pacheco. Pacheco has shared the stage with great musicians like Bobby Carcasess, Javier Zalba and Orlando Sanchez. He has participated in concerts and festivals in Cuba, Germany, Spain, Italy, Barbados, Brazil, Canada and Switzerland was invited by the world-famous Wynton Marsalis and Chucho Valdés to guest star with the Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York during their presentations at the Mella Theater of Havana. Bobby Carcases has called Pacheco "Flying hands" ... "beyond full technical mastery, Pacheco tohas natural talent as well as a sense of total dedication to musical interpretation, despite his youth."

November 5 Guitarist Peter Bernstein

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. Peter has enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart as a member of their highly acclaimed trio. The New York Times called them “the best organ trio of the last decade”. Bernstein  played with Diana Krall’s quartet from 1999 through 2001 and with Dr. Lonnie Smith, the legendary organist who made his debut on the George Benson Cookbook albums. He has also recorded five CDs with organist Melvin Rhyne, known for his association with Wes Montgomery. In addition, Peter has appeared in groups led by Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Eric Alexander.

November 12 Drummer Adonis Rose

Adonis Rose, hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a “Contemporary Jazz All Star,” is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. Rose is the founder of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, in addition to serving as an Artist in Residence at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Grammy Award-winning drummer has played with some of the world’s most esteemed jazz artists, from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and Harry Connick Jr. to the top pop artists including rap group Public Enemy, soul diva Chaka Kahn and the late R&B chart-topper Gerald Levert.

 

November 19 Trombonist Lucien Barbarin

Lucien Barbarin is the great-nephew of revered musician Paul Barbarin, who composed the tune "Bourbon Street Parade." Lucien has a command of the trombone and love for performing which establishes him as one of the city's premier musical ambassadors. Lucien has played with Dr. Michael White, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Lionel Hampton, Dianne Reeves, and tours internationally with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and with Harry Connick, Jr.

 

 

Jazz at the Sandbar is designed to provide UNO Jazz Studies students an opportunity to get real life experience performing with respected professional musicians in front of a live audience.  The series is presented on Wednesday nights during the fall and spring semesters and features a different respected jazz artist each week. It also provides a medium in which students exercise their improvisational skills and gives them the rare opportunity to work with jazz masters.

 “Jazz @ the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, Offbeat Media,  WWNO FM and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration. All admission proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504) 280-6039 or New Orleans Jazz Celebration 504-309-JAZZ or on the web, go to www.nojc.org/sandbar.


 


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Spring 2014 Series Begins with Saxophonist

Dave Liebman on March 12th

With a career that spans nearly four decades, master reedman Dave Liebman will kick off the spring series with the power of a jazz legend.  Liebman first gain recognition in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in the groups of two giants of jazz Elvin Jones and Miles Davis.  Since then, he has played on nearly three hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership. Lieb has consistently placed among the top three in the Downbeat Critics Poll for Soprano Saxophone since 1973; winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic's Poll in 2011. Also in 2011, Liebman received the NEA Masters of Jazz Award, the highest honor for jazz given by the United States government. On March 12 he will be a guest with the UNO Thelonious Monk Ensemble in two configurations under the direction of Dave’s old friend and colleague Steve Masakowski.

March 19th Clarence Johnson III

'Spirituality,' 'fire,' and 'passion' are not simply words saxophonist Clarence Johnson uses when talking about the music, they are also emotions that are evident in his playing. Currently, Clarence is celebrating the national release of his latest recording, "Watch Him Work", his first release in nearly 15 years. The new original material, which features himself and his latest creation, Cornerstone, can best be described as a fresh take on jazz fusion, which is reminiscent of the compositional styles of Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the Brecker Bros., and the Yellow Jackets. Clarence Johnson has performed with the likes of  the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Dr. John, and members of the Neville Brothers.

March 26th  Larry Sieberth

Pianist Larry Sieberth has been an ace sideman on the local modern jazz scene for decades, rarely drawing attention to himself despite consistently tasty work. In recent years he’s been plumbing traditional jazz waters, most notably with banjoist Don Vappie. As a self described “musical chameleon,” Sieberth is one of the most notably versatility adaptable pianist the Crescent City has to offer. His musical background is very diverse, being a pianist, composer, arranger, musical director, and producer. His collaborations with other musical artists have put him in the best of company around the globe and he has been honored as outstanding jazz pianist by both New Orleans Magazine and Jazziz.

April 2nd John Wooton

Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Wooten specializes in the rudimental snare drum, drum set, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. Dr. Wooton directs the Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra, Graduate Percussion Ensemble and the Samba Band. He also performs regularly on steel pans as a soloist or with his band, KAISO!, and plays vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet. He has served as the president of the Percussion Arts Society, Mississippi Chapter, and is presently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee.

April 9th  Detroit Brooks

 From a historic musical family, Detroit Brooks is one of the most in-demand guitarists on the New Orleans scene. A virtual chameleon of musical styles allows him to go from traditional jazz banjo with Dr. Michael White’s Liberty Jazz Band to improvisational jazz with Dr. Lonnie Smith to rhythm and funk with the Charmaine Neville Band. Often admired by banjoists and guitarists world-wide, Brooks’ laid-back demeanor masks one of the most heralded and sought-after performer, songwriter, and session men of our time. Brooks has studied intensely under the direction of Roy Montell and Gary Haulette, as well as ongoing training and studies in Improvisation and Theory with Hank Mackie to further hone his sound.

 

   

April 16th Craig Klein

Native Jazz trombonist Craig Klein has been cutting his teeth gigging around the city for years with the likes of the Dukes of Dixieland and the Storyville Stompers.  Klein has performed with some of the New Orleans greats, such as Kid Sheik Colla, Father Al Lewis, Danny Barker, Chester Zardis, Frog Joseph. In 1990 Klein joined Harry Connick Jr.’s big band and since recorded and toured extensively all over the world . Craig's diverse experience has made him a top-call trombonist in New Orleans, capable of many musical styles and configurations, from trios to large orchestras.

April 23rd Lew Soloff  

A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, trumpeter Lew Soloff’s career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody. Soloff’s expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute and he is particularly recognized for his work on piccolo trumpet.   This classically trained jazz player’s diverse background has allowed him to perform with the likes of some Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra, as well as Blues legends John Mayall and Dr. John.  


April 30th  Charles Neville

Hailing from the talented dynasty of the Neville Brothers and their world famous embodiment of New Orleans sound is Charles Neville. As the second oldest brother, Charles is perhaps the most experienced in the music scene. With five decades of performing to his name, the saxophonist diversity ranges from rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. Known as "The Keeper of the Horn" by his brothers and fans, Charles won a Grammy or his haunting rendition of "Healing Chant.”

Jazz at the Sandbar Series runs every Wednesday through April 30th at The Cove, UNO.

“Jazz @ the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, Offbeat Media,  WWNO FM and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration.

All admission proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504) 280-6039 or New Orleans Jazz Celebration 504-309-JAZZ or on the web at www.nojc.org/sandbar.


Click here to take the Jazz at the Sandbar Survey!

“Jazz @ the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, Offbeat Media,  WWNO FM and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration.

All admission proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504) 280-6039 or New Orleans Jazz Celebration 504-309-JAZZ or on the web at www.nojc.org/sandbar. 


 Jazz @ the Sandbar Fall 2013 Lineup:

 

October 2 Pianist Ellis Marsalis  

It is becoming a tradition that UNO Professor Emeritus and jazz education icon Ellis Marsalis kicks off the new season of Jazz at the Sandbar and this year is no exception. The acclaimed pianist and patriarch of the New Orleans modern jazz community will be a special guest at the opening celebration of the performance series Downbeat Magazine calls “One of the best things going in America.” Mr. Marsalis will be joining Jazz Studies students Amber Matthews, Jeronne Ansari, Albert Allenback, Glenn Hall, Jordan Baker, Tanarat Chaichana and Peter Varnado under the direction of Victor Atkins.

 

October 9 Trumpeter Ashlin Parker 

Grammy-winner Ashlin Parker began studying trumpet at age 10 and earned his high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied classical trumpet. Parker was accepted into the University of New Orleans, completing a Masters of Music in 2009. Ashlin then began touring and recording with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), winning the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Now back in New Orleans, Parker regularly performs with the who’s who of jazz musicians including the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Ellis Marsalis and Herlin Riley. 

 

 

 

October 16 Saxophonist Dmitry Mospan

Dmitry Mospan is one of the brightest and most popular tenor sax players of Moscow. He has been playing in Oleg Lundstrem’s Orchestra since the age of 14 and currently he is the soloist of Igor Butman’s Orchestra. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis  and the Igor Butman Big Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York He has also played Richie Cole’s Alto Madness Orchestra and with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 23 Drummer Johnny Vidacovich

Contemporary jazz drummer extraordinaire Johnny Vidacovich is one of the most respected players in New Orleans and around the Jazz world. His long resume includes playing with New Orleans legends Professor Longhair and James Booker in the 1970s and 80s. His unique style has influenced generations of drummers including Brian Blade, currently in Wayne Shorter’s band, and Stanton Moore with the funk band Galactic. His most recent gigs include touring with Joe Sample from the Crusaders and Brian Hass from Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Johnny may be best known as one of the founding members of the jazz quartet Astral Project, the band that debuted with singer Bobby McFerrin as a member in 1978 and after 35 years, is still going strong. Jazz combos with instructor Steve Masakowski featuring students John Perkins,Greg Agid,Phil Sylve,Miles Fortenberry,J.P. Smith,Trey Boudreaux, and Walter Lundy.

October 30 NOJI Masters Series Combined Performance: Atkins, Masakowski & Petersen

Three favorites of the New Orleans jazz scene and all professors from the UNO Jazz Studies Program, will be performing Jazz Tributes to the Poetry of three acclaimed poets: National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, State Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon and The Poetry Foundation's Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt.

Pianist Victor Atkins’ distinct style has been is heralded as “infectious, unconventional, tasteful, and powerful" all at once. Master saxophonist Ed Petersen has that big tenor sound that he honed as a star player for years on the Chicago jazz scene. Steve Masakowski is recognized as one of the finest jazz guitarist of New Orleans by Offbeat magazine and is a long-time member of the highly praised Astral Project.

November 6 Guitarist/Banjoist Don Vappie

A New Orleans native creole, “Papa” Don Vappie can draw audiences in with his versatile background in many styles of New Orleans music, but his true love is classic Jazz and creole music. Vappie is the founder of the Creole Jazz Serenaders that performs unique arraignments of traditional New Orleans jazz from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Vappie is known for his original banjo style, showcased at banjo summits around the world, but also plays mandolin, guitar, string bass and is a fine vocalist as well. Don’s music incorporates the musical legacy of the New Orleans and Caribbean Creole culture. On November 6th, he will be a guest with both the UNO Classic Jazz Combo under Instructor Matt Perrine with students Claudia Baumgarten, Ying-Chen Lin, Matthew Folse, Asher Ross, Chris Gontar, Tom Witek and Ciaran Brennan, and Hank Mackie's Guitar Ensemble featuring students Mike Roussell, Adam Guthrie, Jared Buck, Soren Andrade, Dudley Gattis, Brandon Guimbellot and Juri Schewe.

November 13 Pianist Jeff Gardner

Pianist Jeff Gardner is originally from New York but has now lived in Brazil for over two decades. He will be bringing his varied repertoire of contemporary jazz, bossa nova and classical styles to the stage. Gardner has performed with such musicians as Kenny Wheeler, Gary Peacock, Eddie Harris and Steve Lacy. Gardner is active as a jazz educator, having conducted workshops around the world and is the author of several jazz study materials.  Jeff Gardner’s unique mixture of Brazilian sounds and jazz caught the attention of legendary Brazilian artist Hermeto Pascoal, who said “His music is tasty and beautiful, wait and see, Jeff is a great musician -I am speaking from the heart." He did a wonderful clinic at UNO last year. On November 13, he will guest with Ricky Sebastian’s World Beat Combo featuring students Greg Morrow,Byron Asher, Adam Guthrie,Chris Gontar,Noah Young, Alexey Marti, Anthony Cuccia, Luke Hester, Jua Ferdinand and Instructor Edward Petersen with students Devin Belton,Drew Fink, Jared Buck,Andrew Coker and Matt Keegan.

November 20 Trumpeter Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. The versatile artist commands the trumpet and flugelhorn like no other musician. Though Randy is known as an expert of the hard bop style, he was also a founding member of the seminal Jazz Fusion group the Brecker Brothers band along with brother Michael Brecker. He was also a founding member of the jazz rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears and has performed with some of the greatest band of all time including with the Horace Silver Quintet, Art Blakely’s Jazz Messengers and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. He has also recorded on hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn and Jaco Pastorius.


R.I.P. MULGREW MILLER

1955 - 2013

Mulgrew Miller at Sandbar April 3rd with Victor Atkins Combo: Jeronne Ansari, Mulgrew, Emily Fredrickson, Georgi Petrov, Jordan Baker below, Tanarat Chaichana, Peter Varnado and Brian Murray with trumpet.

The Jazz world lost the gentleman giant of piano Mulgrew Miller on May 29. His death was caused by a fatal stroke. Mulgrew had just done a short residency in New Orleans, appearing at the UNO Jazz @ the Sandbar on April 3rd followed by a master class the next day and a performance at the Snug Harbor on April 4. UNO Professor and pianist Victor Atkins had studied with Mulgrew at Memphis State and was an advocate for bringing Mulgrew to New Orleans this spring. He saw how important it was for his students to learn from the master. "The thing about Mulgrew is you could hear so much jazz history in his playing. He could play in an older style of jazz and make it sound new and fresh. My students were able to experience that level of history from someone that had played with and absorbed from so many giants of the music. You can't hear that from the younger players on the scene today."

Post show hang with Jason Patterson, Jordan Baker, Mulgrew and Victor Atkins from the Sandbar Spring 2013 Series. Photos courtesy of Missy Bowen.

More about Mulgrew follows written by Geraldine Wychoff

to be published in Louisiana Weekly next issue:

 

Pianist Mulgrew Miller Passes

Mulgrew Miller, a renowned jazz pianist of great physical and musical stature, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the age of 57.

Miller, who played with a who's who of jazz artists, was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and was residing in Pennsylvania and teaching jazz studies at New Jersey's William Paterson University. Nonetheless, with all of his New Orleans connections, Miller was considered one of our city's own. Just last April, the pianist performed with students at the University of New Orleans' Sandbar series and in a quartet at Snug Harbor with natives drummer Herlin Riley, saxophonist Derek Douget and bassist Jason Stewart.

“It was a wonderful visit,” says Jason Patterson who books the UNO series and Snug Harbor. “He had a great rapport with the kids at the Sandbar and then he did a Masters Class. New Orleans is a piano players' town, so there was always a great turnout,” adds Patterson, who believes Miller's initial appearance at Snug was many years ago with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Miller made his first of many trips to New Orleans at age 20 playing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra led by Mercer Ellington. When he was a member of drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the frontline boasted saxophonist Donald Harrison and trumpeter Terence Blanchard. His New Orleans ties also include playing on saxophonist Branford Marsalis' first album, 1984's Scenes in the City, and trumpeter Nicholas Payton's 1995 release From This Moment. Miller made his final of numerous performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2011 as a member of the Golden Striker Trio.

In a 2005 interview Miller offered that he always looked forward to his trips to New Orleans. “I like coming South – I'm from the South. That's my roots. My upbringing is basically who I am.”


Offbeat's Look-Ka Py Py Podcast catches up with event producer Jason Patterson on the Jazz at the Sandbar Series below:

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Wonderful evening at Jazz at the Sandbar on May 1st with Dr. Lonnie Smith and Ricky Sebastian's World Beat Combo!


Ellis Marsalis Opens Jazz @ the Sandbar Concert Series: Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 P.M.

CELEBRATING TWENTY TWO YEARS OF LIVE JAZZ AT THE LAKEFRONT

 

Jazz @ the Sandbar

WEDNESDAYS OCT 3- NOV 14

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
SANDBAR at the new COVE

Founders Rd.
on UNO campus

General Admission: $5.00 PER PERSON
UNO students, faculty & staff free w/ UNO ID.

Thank you to the following sponsors:







Nate & Priscilla Gordon









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The performance series Downbeat Magazine calls “One of the best things going in America".

Jazz @ the Sandbar Returns to Wednesdays this Fall

New Orleans favorite father figure Ellis Marsalis kicks off the Fall 2012 series in the recently opened Cove on the University of New Orleans Lakefront campus. This season, all events will be on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Here is the complete schedule of guest artists coming through the end of the season:

ELLIS MARSALIS on October 3

It is becoming a tradition that UNO patriarch and jazz education icon Ellis Marsalis kicks off the Sandbar season, and this year is no exception. The premier modern jazz pianist of New Orleans...and the father of a generation of contemporary jazz musicians who are considered the international leaders of the current scene. Together with his sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, the Marsalis clan is often referred to as ‘The First Family of Jazz’.

 

DEREK DOUGET on October 10

Saxophonist Derek Douget serenades audiences with equally powerful and melodic vibes as he switches between alto, soprano, and tenor sax throughout his sets. A native to Gonzales, Louisiana, Douget contains an advanced jazz dexterity that is reminiscent of Sidney Bechet and old world New Orleans. Notably, he performed on the 2010 Grammy Winning Album “Book One” with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The Grammy was awarded for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

 

JONATHAN LEFCOSKI on October 17

Classically trained pianist Jonathan Lefcoski has made a name for himself in the jazz world by playing with the likes of Jason Marsalis, Grammy winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton and with the legendary R&B vocalist Johnny Adams. Lefcoski has toured internationally as a musical ambassador for the US State Department throughout Europe and the Middle East saying that "music is universal" throughout all languages.

 

VICTOR ATKINS III, ED PETERSEN, & STEVE MASAKOWSKI on October 24

University of New Orleans professors Victor Atkins, Ed Petersen and Steve Masakowski will perform original Jazz music based on renowned authors William Faulkner, Dr. Seuss and John Kennedy Toole. These performances were originally presented as a Jazz Masters Series commissioned by New Orleans Jazz Institute.

 

JOANNE BRACKEEN on October 31

Known as the “Picasso of Jazz Piano,” Joanne Brackeen’s cutting-edge elegance as a musician ranks her among some of the top pianist in the world including Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea. Brackeen first gained recognition as the first and only female member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1969-1972. With 25 albums to date, her style is consistently inventive, dynamic, and filled with playful imagery that captivates audiences.


GUITARIST TED LUDWIG

with the UNO Guitar Ensembles on November 7

World class seven-string jazz guitarist Ted Ludwig is an improviser who plays with effortless grace the melody and swing of traditional jazz. While a student at the University of New Orleans, Ludwig studied with jazz notables Ellis Marsalis, Harold Batiste, Hank Mackie and Steve Masakowski. Transplanted to Little Rock after Hurricane Katrina, the alumni is back in the Big Easy to team up with the UNO Guitar Ensembles under the direction of Mackie and Masakowski.

 

TRUMPETER MARK BRAUD

with the UNO Classic jazz Combo November 14

Grandson of the legendary trumpeter John "Picket" Brunious, Sr. and nephew of internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeters Wendell Brunious and John Brunious, Jr., Mark Braud was destined to acquire a passion for music and pursue a career as a musician. A native to New Orleans, Mark has toured with Harry Connick Jr., Dr. Michael White, Henry Butler, and Legendary R&B singer Eddie Bo to name a few. Mark Braud joined Preservation Hall Jazz Band as one of its youngest members, keeping the New Orleans jazz tradition alive.


‘Jazz at the Sandbar’ was established in 1990 by Ellis Marsalis, the first Chairman of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. The Jazz at the Sandbar performances are designed to provide UNO Jazz Studies students an opportunity to get real life experience performing with professional musicians in front of a live audience. The series is presented on Wednesday nights during the Fall and Spring semesters and features a different respected jazz artist each week. It also provides a medium in which students exercise their improvisational skills and gives them the rare opportunity to work with jazz masters which have included Marcus Roberts, Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton among many others.

“Jazz @ the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, WWNO, Nate & Priscilla Gordon, the UNO international Alumni Association and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration. For further information, call UNO Music Dept. at 504-280-6381 or visit www.nojc.org/sandbar.

New Orleans Jazz Celebration Bringing an Understanding and Appreciation of Jazz to Louisiana and the World

 


UNO STUDENTS PLAY AT YOSHI'S IN SAN FRANCISCO

UNO students Barry Stevenson and Jamison Ross (bass & drums) are caught backstage at San Francisco's premiere jazz club Yoshi's with New Orleans piano professor Henry Butler. Henry selected them to do his July 27th gig there and was very impressed with them. Jamison stayed in the Bay Area to play that Sunday with Carmen Lundy at Bach's Dancing & Dynamite Society Lodge in Half Moon Bay.



“…is one of the best things going in America.” –Downbeat Magazine

Archival video of Jazz @ the Sandbar from 1992 (at the original Sandbar in the Cove)


Images from the 20th Anniversary Fall 2010 series of Jazz @ the Sandbar

Images courtesy of Brian Epstein

October 27, 2010 Drummer and Balafon player Seguenon Kone with Brian Seeger's combo

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October 6, 2010 Saxophonist Brice Winston with UNOJO

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October 13, 2010 Trumpeter Jeremy Davenport with UNOJO and UNO Jazz Voices

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‘Jazz at the Sandbar’ was established in 1990 by Ellis Marsalis, the first Chairman of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. The Jazz at the Sandbar performances are designed to provide UNO Jazz Studies students an opportunity to get real life experience performing with professional musicians in front of a live audience. The series is presented on Wednesday nights during the Fall and Spring semesters and features a different respected jazz artist each week. It also provides a medium in which students exercise their improvisational skills and gives them the rare opportunity to work with jazz masters which have included Marcus Roberts, Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton. Downbeat Magazine has declared “Jazz at the Sandbar Series is one of the best things going in America.”

New Orleans Jazz Celebration UNO Student Government UNO Alumni

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Sonny Fortune at Sandbar Saxophonist Sonny Fortune with UNO Jazz Combo

Guitarist Prince Kupi from South Africa with UNO Jazz Combo