Wednesday, NOV. 7th @ 7pm



Critically acclaimed guitarist Phil deGruy's delightful fusing of creative energy, radical genius and impeccable craft has yielded much acclaim from contemporaries. Upon hearing Phil, Danny Gatton opined, "I have never been more impressed with anybody's playing, ever!" And Jazz star Larry Coryell has described him as the "most original solo guitarist of the 90s." After falling under the spell of Chet Atkins, New Orleans native deGruy began plucking an electric guitar behind its bridge and was compelled to incorporate these sounds into his music. Hank Mackie, Phil's extraordinary teacher, suggested fashioning the harp strings to sit on the guitarp's body where the pick guard would be located, thereby extending chord voicings in one motion and evoking the illusion of a "limitless" guitar, turning a sad chord into a tragedy, a happy chord into bliss and thereby enabling the juxtaposed variations of both.

Fall 2018 Series Details

October 3: Pianist Ellis Marsalis
October 10: Clarinetist Don Byron
October 17: Saxophonist Mark Turner & Pianist Ethan Iverson
October 24: Pianist Danilo Perez
October 31: Trumpeter Ashlin Parker
November 7: Guitarist Phil Degruy
November 14: Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt

Founders Road
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70148
Admission is free to the UNO community (with ID), with a $10 suggested donation for the general public

Jazz at the Sandbar, held at UNO's the Cove, 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 at the Sandbar” was established in 1990 by Ellis Marsalis, the first Chairman of the Jazz Studies Program at UNO.  Downbeat Magazine calls "One of the best things going in America."

“Jazz @ the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Assn, the New Orleans Jazz Celebration & the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, Nate & Priscilla Gordon, WWNO FM, and OffBeat Magazine. 




 The NOJC space set up at The New Orleans Jazz Museum!

The NOJC space set up at The New Orleans Jazz Museum!



 Grand Prize Painting by Art Contest Winner: Jamal Cook,10th Grade Eleanor McMain Secondary School

Grand Prize Painting by Art Contest Winner: Jamal Cook,10th Grade Eleanor McMain Secondary School

The New Orleans Jazz Celebration and New Orleans Jazz Museum are partnering with Satchmo SummerFest on an exhibition of the artwork from the "What a Wonderful World" Art-Essay and Poetry Contest.  Festival attendees can view youth submissions to the contest inside of the New Orleans Jazz Museum for the duration of the festival.

The contest is an opportunity for students in grades Kindergarten through High School to demonstrate their visual arts, oratorical and written skills. Student's work are judged in accordance with the contest guidelines and rules created by professionals in the field of visual arts or English. Each entrant in the contest receive a certificate of participation and prize. Place winners of the Art contest will receive a monetary prize and have their work displayed for four months in the EXCELth Health Clinic(s) and other public outlets as well. Contest judges have consistently been impressed with the quality of work exhibited by these students. The hope is that the participants will continue to develop their artistic talents in the same way Louis Armstrong developed his.

HERE ARE SOME Entries from this year's Contest

This event is able to be put on thanks to these sponsors:


Thank you to all who helped put on another great


We will be back the 1st wednesday of October.

Here are a few photos from this season:

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A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Fall 2018Nickel A Dance Schedule

Fall 2018 Jazz @ the Sandbar Schedule