The University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program has announced a schedule of distinguished musicians who will appear in the spring 2016 lineup of the Jazz at the Sandbar series. The series launches its 26th spring season on March 2, 2016 with guest artist Peter Martin performing with two UNO student ensembles at the renovated Sandbar at the Cove student center on the Lakefront campus.
Other highlights of this spring’s schedule include fellow pianists Deanna Witkowski and Henry Butler, Bonerama trombonist Mark Mullins, drummer Carl Allen, guitarist Todd Duke and celebrated trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and Maurice Brown. All shows are at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in The Cove on UNO's Lakefront campus. Admission is free to the UNO campus community and $5 to the general public.
Peter Martin, an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator, grew up in St. Louis and attended the Juilliard School of Music. He spent a number of years in New Orleans prior to Katrina; while here he honed his skills working with top artists including Nicholas Payton, Victor Goines, Germaine Bazzle, Alvin Batiste and Brian Blade. Martin is a versatile and boundary-crossing artist with a stack of accolades. He arranged and performed on Dianne Reeves’ Grammy-winning release, “A Little Moonlight,” and has toured with Reeves and others. He also appeared in the 2005 George Clooney film, “Good Night and Good Luck,” and was the featured pianist and arranger on the movie’s Grammy-winning soundtrack. He has performed, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In 2014 Martin was selected to tour with “Newport Now 60,” an all-star ensemble that toured nationwide in celebration of the iconic festival’s 60th anniversary. He has served on the faculties of Northwestern and Southern Illinois Universities, and is an in-demand clinician and guest artist.
The Jazz at the Sandbar program was established in 1990 by Ellis Marsalis. The concert series is 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 and unique opportunity to work with jazz masters.
Jazz at the Sandbar is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, the New Orleans Jazz Celebration, the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, WWNO FM and OffBeat Magazine. The series is also supported by grants from the New Orleans Theatre Association and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. All proceeds support the George Brumat Jazz Studies Scholarship Fund.
Jazz @ The Sandbar Spring 2016 Lineup:
March 2 - Pianist Peter Martin
March 9 - Trombonist Mark Mullins
March 16 - Drummer Carl Allen
March 23 - Spring Break (no show)
March 30 - Pianist Deanna Witkowski
April 6 - Guitarist Todd Duke
April 13- Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins
April 20 - Pianist Henry Butler
April 27 - Trumpeter Maurice Brown
For more information, call the UNO Music Department at 504-280-6381 or visit www.nojc.org/sandbar.