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 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.


Here are some photos from this past season's Jazz @ the Sandbar:

Pianist Ellis Marsalis Kicks Off Jazz At The Sandbar

October 4th!

Education icon Ellis Marsalis kicks off the new season of Jazz at the Sandbar. 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. Ellis Marsalis returns to the University of New Orleans where he headed Jazz Studies as the first endowed chair of the department in the 1990s.

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Germaine Bazzle At The Sandbar

October 11th!

Germaine Bazzle is often referred to as one of New Orleans' important jazz vocalists. After graduation from Xavier University of Louisiana, Germaine began a teaching career and entertaining in the same year, teaching during the day and playing bass in a local traditional jazz band at night. After 12 years as a teacher, she left the classroom and began singing with various bands in New Orleans. Three years later, she returned to the classroom, but continued to perform with such jazz greats as Alvin "Red" Tyler, Peter "Chuck" Badie, Victor Goines, bassist/vocalist, George French, pianist Ellis Marsalis, Emile Vinnette, Larry Siebert, David Torkanowsky and many more. 

Germaine can be heard on her CD entitled "Standing Ovation." In his liner notes producer Kalama ya Salaam writes that while some might compare Bazzle to other great jazz vocalists she is "dazzling in her own right . . . Especially in her ability to mimic the sound of the trombone, but also her musicianship. She knows the music, the changes, and above all the rhythms. And the listener can hear her expertise in the way this lady improvises ... Moreover there is a bubbling exuberance in Germaine's style. She smiles. She laughs, sometimes even giggles. Hers is a joyful sound. She is an awesome jazz artist and also a very warm and sensitive human being whose artistry makes one feel glad to be alive."—JazzCorner

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John Wooton @ Sandbar

October 18th

Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. John specializes in various drums, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. Along with playing vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet, John leads his own band which showcases the steel pans with the danceable sounds of the islands. 


Andrew Baham @ Sandbar

October 25th!

Andrew Baham, a native to New Orleans, began playing the trumpet at age 11 and has performed with artists Mystikal, Mannie Fresh, Grammy Nominee Los Hombres Calientes, Adonis Rose, and The Ellis Marsalis Quinet. He has produced albums for The Stooges Brass Band (It's About Time, Thursday Night House Party ), Big Sam's Funky Nation' (King Of The Party, Evolution), and others. He has recorded with alto saxophonist Darryl Reeves, The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, The Lil' Stooges Brass Band, and Big Sam's Funky Nation.

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Mike Moreno @ Sandbar

November 1st!

While still in school, Mike began garnering the recognition necessary to be called to perform and tour with some of the most venerable names in the Jazz world as well as rising stars of the scene. Over the years, those names have included The Joshua Redman Elastic Band, Lizz Wright Band, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Jason Moran, Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jeremy Pelt, and many more. Additionally, Mike has recorded with numerous major artists, both inside and outside of the Jazz genre. 3 of these recordings were nominated for a Grammy. Recognized as one of the leading voices in the Jazz guitar world, Mike has toured extensively and recorded as a leader of his own band, playing his original music to high critical acclaim. His albums have been deemed in The New York Times as one of the authors top 10 Jazz albums and made the 25 "Best of 2012" Jazz Releases on iTunes. "Lotus", Mike's new Quartet album is now available! The album features Aaron Parks, Doug Weiss and Eric Harland. Mike can also be heard on Kendrick Scott Oracle's Blue Note Records debut "We Are The Drum." The band also features John Ellis, Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders. Mike performed with Stefon Harris Group - Sonic Creed. Hear Mike during the final credits of Don Cheadle's Miles Davis movie. He plays on a track written by Robert Glasper featuring rapper Pharoahe Monch.

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James Evans @ Sandbar

November 15th!

James Evans, clarinet, sax, vocals, and composer. Immediately after graduating from Leeds Music College, James started touring Europe with Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars. After years in the UK, James moved to New Orleans to pursue his lifelong love of the city and its music. Since his arrival he has played with many local luminaries such as Leroy Jones, Steve Pistorius, Seva Venet, Lucien Barbarin, Tim Laughlin, Gerald French, Duke Heitger, Lars Edegran, The Shotgun Jazz Band, Smoking Time Jazz Club, Tuba Skinny, and many more. He has appeared in venues such as Preservation Hall, The Palm Court Jazz Café, and many of the music clubs around the town, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. 


Rufus Reid @ Sandbar

November 8th!

Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus Reid is equally known as an exceptional educator. Dr. Martin Krivin and Reid created the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University.  Reid retired after 20 years, but continues to teach, conducting Master Classes, workshops, and residencies around the world. Rufus’ book, The Evolving Bassist, published since 1974, continues to be recognized as the industry standard as the definitive bass method.  

He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Harold Land & Bobby Hutcherson,  Lee Konitz, The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron and countless others.  He continues to enjoy associations with Tim Hagans, Bob Mintzer, Frank Wess, Marvin Stamm, Benny Golson. Reid continues to lead his Out Front Trio with pianist, Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca.

Rufus Reid Truly Continues To Be THE EVOLVING BASSIST