JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR
Jazz at the Sandbar has been a popular performance series at the University of New Orleans since 1990. 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 at the Sandbar” was established 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.
IN MEMORIUM: ELLIS MARSALIS
1934 - 2020
Artwork by Chuck Silar
We are truly saddened by the news of the passing of master pianist, cherished educator and NOJC ally, Ellis Marsalis.
Ellis was the first Chairman of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of New Orleans and established “Jazz at the Sandbar” in 1990. He was always the first performer of the season for the Fall series. Thanks to him, Jazz at the Sandbar still runs today.
Ellis now joins his beloved wife Dolores (Ferdinand) Marsalis, and is survived by their six sons; Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya, and Jason. He will forever stand as a foundation pillar of the Snug Harbor musical legacy and NOJC, his reach as a teacher is endless among generations of students who will continue to play the stages he played.
Our hearts go out to the Marsalis family and the musicians in our community. We pledge to keep his spirit alive, our piano patriarch
SPRING 2020 LINEUP
Singer RENE MARIE
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. Rene had just one year of formal piano training at age nine, then another year of lessons at age 13 after her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Roanoke, Virginia. During her teenage years, she sang in a few R&B bands at musical functions in her community. She composed and sang her first piece with a band when she was 15. But René put her musical aspirations aside to make room for the obligations and responsibilities of adulthood. She married a former bandmate when she was 18, and by the mid-1990s, she was the mother of two and working in a bank. When she was 41, her older son convinced her to start singing again, and she took a few tenuous steps into her local music scene, singing for tips one night a week in a hotel bar. She left the bank job, moved to Richmond, Virginia, divorced her husband of 23 years, produced her first CD, signed onto the MaxJazz label and took the title role in the world premiere production of Ella and Her Fella, Frank at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond. René’s self-produced CD, Renaissance, was released in 1999. In 2000, she signed onto the MaxJazz label and recorded four more over the next four years. She parted ways with the label in 2005 as part of a strategy to take more control of her own career track. Part of René’s musical philosophy has been focused on giving back. In 2010, she launched a series of vocal therapy group sessions called SLAM. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt, earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocals category. Perhaps more than most artists, René understands music’s capacity to heal and inspire. Not only has she herself been the beneficiary of it, but she has made every effort along the way to extend those same benefits to others.
Saxophonist VICTOR GOINES & BELOIT SCHOOL HIGH BAND
Clarinetist, saxophonist, and educator Victor Goines is one of the most respected and multi-faceted musicians in the jazz world today. He is a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1993 and as well as a leader of his quartet. As a leader, Goines has ten recordings to his credit. A gifted composer as well, he has more than 100 original compositions and 50 arrangements for jazz orchestra and small ensembles to his credit and a number of commissions to his credit. Adept at a bevy of instruments, Goines has also collaborated, recorded, and performed with many noted jazz and R&B artists such as Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Natalie Cole, Paul Simon, and a host of other renowned musicians and ensembles. Goines has been deeply committed to the field of music education. In November 2007, he was named Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at Northwestern University. Before that appointment, he was Artistic Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Juilliard School and a faculty member in jazz clarinet and saxophone. During his tenure at Juilliard, the department expanded from a collaborative program with Jazz at Lincoln Center to include bachelor’s and master’s degrees and artist diplomas. Goines has also served on the faculties of Florida A & M University, the University of New Orleans, and Loyola University in New Orleans and acts as an education consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has conducted clinics and workshops for numerous performing arts centers worldwide.
Saxophonist REX GREGORY
A Seattle-based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Rex Gregory has performed and/or recorded with a diverse array of luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Rickie Lee Jones, Jason Marsalis, Dr. John, Derek Smith aka Pretty Lights, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Stanton Moore, Herlin Riley, and many others.
Trumpeter MAURICE BROWN
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound. Brown displayed an affinity for the trumpet at a young age as he won the national Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and studied under legendary clarinetist Alvin Batiste. His critically acclaimed debut album “HIP TO BOP”, recorded in New Orleans, foreshadowed Brown’s unique talent for creating fresh bop-inflected jazz. Yet, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation didn’t spare Maurice and he took his talent to Brooklyn. Maurice reformed his own quintet, resurrected his underground hip-hop/funk combo, Soul'd U Out and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce and The Roots. Brown further embraced his be-bop roots with hip-hop hooks; it also lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course, bred by the rare success of his debut album and a life uprooted post-Katrina. Maurice was invited to join the newly formed Tedeschi-Trucks Band. He created the horn arrangements on TTB’s debut album, “Revelator” which won a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Constant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock n' roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop.
Saxophonist JEFF COFFIN
JEFF COFFIN is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts his own numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 15+ solo CD's on Ear Up Records. Coffin is known for his passionate and fiery soloing, his melodically driven compositions, his deep involvement with music education, and his continued dedication to the improvisational musical art form some call Jazz. He is one of the top, in demand, saxophonists in the world as well as a first call studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived since 1991. Jeff is both a Yamaha & D'Addario Performing Artist and Clinician, teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, authored The Saxophone Book, co-authored The Articulate Jazz Musician, and runs his own awesome record label, Ear Up Records. "Jaws drop, eyes pop open and crowds roar...Coffin has solidified himself as respected songwriter, eclectic musician, and contemporary pioneer of the saxophone." - Glide Magazine
Drummer Jason Marsalis
From a tender young age it was clear that Jason Marsalis had what it took to be great. Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz. By age six, not only had Jason gotten his first real drum set, but he was also taking lessons from the legendary New Orleans drummer James Black. By age seven he was sitting in with his father’s jazz group, as well as playing with his trombonist brother Delfeayo. Shortly after high school graduation, Marsalis ascended to the drum throne of a new group lead by virtuoso pianist Marcus Roberts. In 2000 Marsalis evolved and began to play the vibraphone on gigs and so began another chapter in Marsalis’ career. Jason continues to revolutionize jazz music and in 2013 Marsalis released another recording as a leader on vibes which went to #1 on the CMJ Radio Charts and also won an Offbeat Magazine award for best Contemporary Jazz Album.
Guitarist JONATHAN KREISBERG
Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz. Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith. Born in New York City, guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg has fond memories of a childhood steeped in music. Intensely dedicated to the instrument, he was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. Upon graduation, Jonathan began playing straight ahead jazz gigs as well as a myriad of other projects. He also began giving clinics at music schools and universities. While still in his early 20's, he returned to his birthplace in NYC with his focus on cutting edge acoustic jazz. Since returning to New York City, Jonathan has worked in the bands of many jazz greats including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Stefano Dibatista, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Don Friedman, Greg Tardy, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, and Yosvany Terry. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, Gary Versace, Mark Ferber, Kevin Hays and Scott Wendholt among others. Jonathan has now recorded Ten CDs as a leader, including his latest two albums, “CAPTURING SPIRITS - JKQ LIVE!” and “KREISBERG MEETS VERAS”. Although currently based in New York City, Jonathan can be seen on tour worldwide. Entering the major Jazz Festival circuit with their electrifying show at Jazz Baltica, JKQ has subsequently performed many of the major European and American festivals. Jonathan is also a respected educator with over 25 years of experience. In 2017 he released his first book of compositions and transcriptions, OFFERINGS OF NOTE, as well as a series of instructional videos called POLYRTHYTHMIC GUITAR. While on tour, he is always making time for masterclasses and residencies as well as his own “NEW FOR NOW music intensive” held every summer for the past 4 years in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
Pianist JON COWHERD & MERCY PROJECT
Although Mercy is Jon Cowherd's first album under his own name, the esteemed pianist/composer/arranger/producer is already firmly established as one of the jazz world's most accomplished, expressive and in-demand young musicians. The Kentucky-raised, New Orleans-schooled, New York-based Cowherd is best known for his long-running partnership with drummer/bandleader Brian Blade, with whom he co-founded the Brian Blade Fellowship, whose acclaimed, influential albums showcase Cowherd's stellar keyboard work and singular compositional skills. A wide range of projects has lead him to collaborate and tour with Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, The John Patitucci trio, Claudia Acuña, The Grahams, Myron Walden, Scott Colley, and Mike Moreno, to name a few. The Mercy Project encompasses a suite of compositions by Cowherd. On the project, the multi-talented young veteran, Brian Blade is already widely respected in the jazz world as drummer/composer/leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, with whom he has released three albums. He is also known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris. Blade is always searching for the balance that gives a song a personal story with an outward reaching resonance. One such song of memories is entitled, "Second Home," a tribute to his teacher, John Vidacovich, and the city of New Orleans where Brian met Fellowship band mates Jon Cowherd and Chris Thomas.
FALL 2019 LINEUP
Special Guest ELLIS MARSALIS
Singer CYRILLE AIMEE
Improvisation is not just a technique for vocalist Cyrille Aimée. It’s a way of life, one that has not only allowed her to share her engaging voice and sparkling creativity with the world, but has led her on an unexpected journey. Aimée has ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation" and called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by the New York Times. The adventure began in the small town of Samois-sur-Seine in France, where the young Cyrille Aimée was introduced to a wealth of diverse music by her French father and Dominican mother. It was the idea and unlimited potential of improvisation that set Aimée on her course and the desire to pursue that in-the-moment creation inevitably led her to jazz. She spent her teen years performing in the cafés and clubs of Paris, and then attended the American School of Modern Music there. She later attended SUNY Purchase on scholarship. Later, at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007, Aimée entered and won the vocal competition, recording her debut album with the prize money. It was the first of many such accolades to come, including winning the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and becoming a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition as well as the TV5MONDE series Talent Acoustic. She would later perform with her own band, the Surreal Band, plus other established artists like Diego Figueiredo, Roy Hargrove, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Michael Valeanu, and Adrien Moignard. Eventually Stephen Sondheim recognized that Aimée’s captivating gift for storytelling through song would translate to the theatrical stage. She’s also taken to telling her own story to audiences and students alike. Beside her TEDx talk, Aimée has twice been invited to address the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also teaches master classes for aspiring musicians, emphasizing an aware and spontaneous life – including a call to look up from smartphones and other addicting devices of modern existence - over technique and rote repetition.
Organist JEAN-YVES JUNG
Jean-Yves Jung is easily one of France’s most well-renowned organists. When Jung is not touring with the Organic Trio, he holds down the Hammond chair with guitar phenom Bireli Lagreneʼs Quartet. Jung’s organ skills and compositions are extensively featured on Lagreneʼs latest Verve release, Mouvements. Jung’s organ playing can be nimble and acrobatic, funky and futuristic, soulful and searching. He emanates a tremendous joy from the stage whenever he plays, and the challenges of his compositions are juxtaposed by his playful sense of melody and rhythm. Along with the Organic Trio and Bireli Lagrene, Jean-Yves has had the opportunity to record and tour with many musical greats, including Billy Cobham, Philip Catherine, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Andre Ceccarelli, The Paris Jazz Big Band, Jimmy Woode and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. Jean-Yves Jung, born in 1969 in France, is a self-educated jazz organist, pianist and composer. He played concerts in the evenings while studying physics at the university during the day, until he took the step to becoming a full-time musician after completing his studies. He moved to Paris to study composition and take piano lessons with Bojan Zul fi karpaçik. Jean, Brian Seeger and Paul Wiltgen have been the Organic Trio for over 4 years and their most recent album, Saturn’s Spell, has made it to #2 in the JazzWeek Charts in the USA and has been in the top 10 for two months.
Trombonist JON RAMM
Born in Lansing, MI in 1986, Jon Ramm felt an affinity for the lower register from a young age. First wielding the trombone in school concert and jazz bands in Tacoma, WA, Jon’s love blossomed into a career after studying with Stan Bock at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Jon grew to understand the importance of versatility and compositional curiosity under the tutelage of the great drummer Alan Jones. In 2012 Jon threw himself into the chaotic embrace of New Orleans where he immersed himself in the myriad of musical styles born of unique history and creative exploration. Jon has played, recorded, or worked with Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Valerie June, the Dap King horns, PJ Morton, Ana Popovic, Jake Shears, Stanton Moore, Keith Carlock, Aurora Nealand, New Orleans Suspects, Naughty Professor, Tank and the Bangas, David Ferguson, Nicole Johänntgen, Travers Geoffray, and appeared on The Late Show with Steven Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, KCRW Morning Set, Artist's Den, and the Grammys.
Drummer STANTON MOORE
Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996’s widely acclaimed Coolin’ Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Showing his outstanding versatility, Moore has appeared on Heavy Metal Grammy nominees Corrosion of Conformity, Irma Thomas, Robert Walter, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Boots Riley, Will Birch, & Alec Ounsworth. He continues to play dates globally with an ever-evolving cast of musicians including John Scofield; Karl Denson; George Porter, Jr., and Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters); Charlie Hunter; Warren Haynes; John Medeski and Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin and Wood); Donald Harrison Jr.; Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tab Benoit, Robert Walter; the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to name a few. When not performing with his band Galactic, he plays straight ahead jazz with his trio, featuring David Torkanowsky on piano and James Singleton on bass.
With a bachelor’s degree in music and business from Loyola University, Moore stays involved in education by constantly giving clinics and teaching master classes and private lessons all over the world. He has been a contributing writer for Drum!, Modern Drummer, and DownBeat magazines here he was featured on the covers of more than six drum publications. In 2009, Moore developed his own drum company to introduce his signature titanium snare drum that he designed in conjunction with Ronn Dunnett. Additionally he serves on the board of directors for the Roots of Music, a free music education and academic mentoring program founded by Derrick Tabb, drummer for Rebirth Brass Band and recent nominee for CNN’s Heroes awards.
Guitarist DAVE STRYKER
The Village Voice calls Dave Stryker “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was awarded Best Guitarist Fans Decision for 2017 with Hot House magazine, plus he was recently voted once again as one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2018 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls for the 10th time. Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff’s group for two years. When McDuff wasn’t on the road they worked a steady four-night a week gig at Dude’s Lounge in Harlem. It was there that Stryker met tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, who would occasionally sit in. After leaving McDuff, Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet. From 1986-1995 he played with the legendary saxophonist at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. With Turrentine, Stryker was able to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. Early on Stryker realized that as much as he loved playing standards and the jazz repertoire he had to have something of his own to give to the music. He has recorded and published over 150 of his own compositions and has released “The Dave Stryker Songbook” with most of his original music. Dave continues to perform with The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, his Blue to the Bone Band, and The Stryker/Slagle Band. Sideman work has included vocalist Kevin Mahogany’s group. He also has worked with Blue Note saxophonist Javon Jackson and pianist Eliane Elias. He has appeared on over 50 CD’s as a sideman. As a producer, Stryker compiled the CD “The Guitar Artistry of Billy Rogers” which is the only existing record of the brilliant jazz playing of the late underground legend who was his friend, former teacher and member of the Crusaders. Dave is the Adjunct Professor of Jazz guitar at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He is passing along his experience by teaching privately and at The Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, and The Litchfield Jazz Camp.
Pianist ROBERTO CARCASSES FROM CUBA
As the son of Afrojazz pioneer Bobby Carcassés, he might have made a decent living by keeping his head down and following in those famous footsteps. But Roberto pursued a musical path all his own and now he's on his way to becoming a legend in his own right - a standard-bearer for a young generation taking Cuban music to new heights. Roberto Julio Carcassés Colón was born in 1972 in Havana's Playa district and today he lives in Marianao, not far from the Tropicana where his father used to perform five decades ago. Roberto studied percussion at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and wound up "in love with the piano. . ." Among his influences Roberto cites the revered Cuban piano player Emiliano Salvador. He also name-checks other Cuban piano greats - Chucho Valdés, Ernán López Nussa, Frank Emilio Flynn - along with North Americans such as McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans. After he graduated from music school in 1991 Roberto toured Latin America and Europe with Santiago Feliú. Then he embarked on an extended tour of the United States with the Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Columna B, recording an album with them called Twisted Noon. As the 1990s ended Roberto was back in Cuba working with some of Havana's best musicians, among them trumpet player "El Indio" and sax players César López and Alfred Thompson from “Irakere”. They backed him up on his Invitation album, released in 2000. The same year Roberto revealed his talents as a producer and arranger on albums such as Air of Havanaby Selma Reis and with Gema Y Pavel'sTrampas Del Tiempo. Then, in 2001, Roberto Carcassés embarked on a project that would have - and is still having - enormous repercussions for the future of Cuban music. He gathered the best and brightest talents from Havana's eclectic music scene - beginning with Telmary Díaz, Francis del Rio, Yusa and William Vivanco - and organised them into a sprawling, ever-shifting orchestra he called Interactivo. Interactivo's first recording, Goza Pepillo, won the Best Album prize at the 2006 Cubadisco awards and the band has been touring and thriving ever since. Given his success as a music impresario - writing scores for film and theatre, producing, arranging - it’s easy to forget how truly talented Roberto Carcassés can play.
Singer KARRIN ALLYSON
Karrin Allyson, 5-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, pianist, and songwriter is widely recognized as one of the most gifted voices of her generation. She has built a mastery of The Great American Songbook, blues, pop, be-bop, Brazilian, and French chansons, to name a few. Allyson rose to prominence in the ‘90s, releasing a string of albums including her debut I Didn’t Know about You in 1992 and picking up Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy nominations for 2001's Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, 2006’s Footprints, 2007’s Imagina: Songs of Brasil, 2011's 'Round Midnight, and 2015’s Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein. Born in Great Bend, Kansas, Allyson now lives in New York City, after growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and earning her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She spent time in both Kansas City and Minneapolis before making the move in 2000. Also an accomplished vocal instructor, Allyson travels the world teaching, touring, and playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues, and clubs of the U.S. and overseas. Allyson’s impressive discography culminated last year with the release of Some of that Sunshine, her first collection of all-original songs. The record unleashes her dexterity as a songwriter and includes tracks that touch on social change and romantic disillusion while maintaining a joyous, bittersweet optimism. With fifteen albums released so far, and always more exciting projects in the works, Allyson’s range and creativity seems to have no bounds. What unites this wide world of music is Allyson’s warmth and depth. She’s not just singing a lyric, she’s telling you her story. And then that becomes your story. You hear the music from the inside out.