Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UNO Closes Out Jazz at the Sandbar with Christian Scott

Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott closes out the Spring 2015 season of Jazz @ the Sandbar at the University of New Orleans

For the final Jazz @ the Sandbar concert of the Spring 2015 season, the University of New Orleans welcomes jazz trumpeter Christian Scott. Scott will perform with the UNO Jazz Allstars under the direction of Dwight Fitch. The UNO Jazz Allstars will also perform on the Lagniappe Stage of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at 11:20 a.m. on Friday, May 1. The group includes Dwight Fitch, Jr. on piano, Miles Berry on saxophone, Jon Bauer on trumpet, Russell Ramirez on trombone, Robin Sherman on bass, and Peter Varnado on drums.

Join Us!

Concert times: 7:00 - 9:30pm.
Location: The Cove, Founders Road, UNO Lakefront Campus.
General Admission: $5.00 at the door. 
Faculty, Staff & Student Admission: FREE w/ UNO ID Card. 
Tickets sold at the door.

Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott received his first trumpet at age 12 as a gift from his mother and grandmother. Scott's uncle is modern jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, so it was no surprise that Scott soon became very proficient on the trumpet -- so good, in fact, that Harrison began having him play at his gigs.

Following in his uncle's footsteps, Scott enrolled at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and then at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a full scholarship. There, he was selected to be part of the Berklee Monterey Quartet in 2004, chosen from four of the school's finest musicians, and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Though Scott had already appeared on his uncle's 2002 album, Real Life Stories, he made his major-label solo debut at age 22 on Concord Jazz, with 2006's Rewind That. The record combined rock and R&B motifs with modern jazz, featured Harrison as a guest performer, and was nominated for a Grammy later that year.

Scott returned in 2007 with Anthem, a passionate response to the suffering of his fellow New Orleanians post-Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Scott released his third studio album, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. His musical ambition manifested itself expansively in 2012 with the release of his fifth album, the double-disc Christian a Tunde Adjuah. The compilation Christian Scott Collection appeared on Concord in 2014.

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 visit them on the web at www.nojc.org/sandbar.