Wednesday, April 20, 2016

University of New Orleans Dominates Jazz Fest 2016

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University of New Orleans students, alumni and faculty will perform more than 70 times for the nearly half million music fans who are expected to attend the 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which opens Friday, April 22 with a performance by the UNO Jazz All-Stars. To put into perspective UNO’s influence among Jazz Fest talent, 70 performances could fill an entire day in all of the festival’s 12 music and cultural venues.

For years, UNO has boasted a greater showing at the world-renowned festival than any other university, a testament to the strength of the University's music department and acclaimed jazz studies program, founded by legendary jazz musician and UNO Professor Emeritus Ellis Marsalis. In addition to opening the festival on Friday, a sampling of other festival performances by members of the UNO family include 2016 Grammy nominee and alumnus Jamison Ross on the Acura Stage (Saturday, April 23); current student Glenn Hall on trumpet with his cousin, Glen David Andrews, in the Blues Tent (Sunday, April 24); alumnus Jeremy Davenport leading his band in the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent (Saturday, April 30); and adjunct professor and longtime drummer for The Allen Toussaint Band, Herman LeBeaux, offering a tribute to the late New Orleans icon on the Gentilly Stage (Sunday, May 1).

Below is a partial list of performances featuring UNO students, alumni and faculty. This list includes only festival performances at the Fair Grounds location and is not comprehensive. Hundreds of UNO-affiliated musicians will be performing at venues around the city during the two-week extravaganza. Follow UNO Music Alumni on Facebook for additional updates.


Friday, April 22

11:20 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
The UNO Jazz All-Stars shine early! Musicians - all current students - include Ricardo Pascal on tenor sax, Glenn Hall on trumpet, Miles Berry on tenor sax, graduate assistant Eric Merchant on guitar, ASCAP scholar Oscar Rossignoli on piano, Stuart Coles on bass and Jua Ferdinand on drums.

11:20 Gentilly Stage
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes includes alumni Andre (Dirty Johnny) Bohren on drums, Sage (Rouge) Newell on sax and Bill Malchow on keyboards, Omar (Johnny Fashion) Ramirez on trumpet and guitar instructor Camile (Johnny Pirogue) Baudoin.

12:20 Blues Tent
UNO graduate Kyle Roussel is at the keyboards for Shannon Powell’s Tribute to Smokey Johnson.

1:00 Gospel Tent
Adjunct professor Herman LeBeaux keeps the beat with Connie and Dwight Fitch and the St. Raymond & Leo the Great Choir.

1:30 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Adjunct professor Jason Marsalis headlines with his band, which features fellow instructor and UNO alumnus Peter Harris on bass.

1:40 Jazz & Heritage Stage
The La Tran-K Band features current UNO students Robert Ramson and Leo Hernandez.

1:55 Gospel Tent
Alumna Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson sings with Betty Winn and One A-Chord.

2:00 Congo Square
Alumnus Derrick “Mr. Smoker” Freeman swings out with Kermit Ruffins.

2:50 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Former professor Matt Lemmler’s Tribute to Stevie Wonder features alumnus Brian Blade on drums.

3:00 Economy Hall
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra’s got UNO rhythm with alumnus Barry Stephenson on bass and adjunct percussion professor Herman LeBeaux on the drum kit.

Saturday, April 23

11:15 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Recent graduate and bass master Brian Quezerque headlines his own band.

11:20 Acura Stage
2016 Grammy nominee and UNO graduate Jamison Ross holds down percussion with old-school funkmaster Nigel Hall.

12:35 Congo Square
Current student Wynton Thomas, aka Kevin Stylez, is part of The New Orleans Experience featuring S-Eighty; Trenton Thomas, aka T-Ray the Violinist, will also star.

1:45 Lagniappe Stage
Recent grad Byron Asher is a New Orleans Jazz Viper.

2:45 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Chanteuse and jazz voice instructor Leah Chase headlines, with alumni Khari Allen Lee on saxophone and Geoff Clapp on drums.

2:45 Jazz & Heritage Stage
Alumnus and percussionist Alexey Marti leads his band, Urban Minds; his band includes professor Brent Rose on sax.

4:10 Economy Hall
The Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton super group includes percussion instructor Herman LeBeaux.

4:35 Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage
Enjoy the dulcet saxophone tones of UNO professor and alumnus Brent Rose with The Brothers Osborne.

Sunday, April 24

11:20 Acura Stage
Los Po-Boy-Citos includes UNO graduate Byron Asher.

11:25 Gentilly Stage
The Imagination Movers include Scott Durbin, who earned his graduate teaching certificate from UNO.

12:20 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
UNO graduate and 2016 Grammy nominee Jamison Ross and current professor Victor Atkins III are with the Woodshed Trombones.

1:35 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Larry Sieberth presents Estrella Banda, backed up by UNO alums Rex Gregory, Brian Quezerque, Eric Lucero, Alexey Marti, and Ricky Sebastian. Sebastian is currently an adjunct percussion professor.

1:35 Acura Stage
Bassist and UNO alumnus Tom Drummond performs with Better Than Ezra.

2:30 Blues Tent
Current student Glenn Hall blows trumpet with his cousin Glen David Andrews.

2:35 Lagniappe Stage
Ed Volker’s Quintet Narcosis includes student Joe Cabral and guitar instructor Camile Baudoin. (Volker and Baudoin were UNO students when they started The Radiators in 1978.)

2:45 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Alums Derek Douget and Ashlin Parker perform with Herlin Riley.

2:55 Economy Hall
Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band includes adjunct percussion professor Herman LeBeaux.

4:15 Economy Hall
Stay in your seats for more Herman LeBeaux, as he keeps the beat for Mr. Ruby Wilson’s tribute to Bessie Smith.

5:55 Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage
The legendary Iguanas include student Joe Cabral on sax.

Thursday, April 28

11:20 Gospel Tent
Alumnus Clyde Lawrence directs the Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs.

11:20 Gentilly Stage
Alumni Omar Ramirez and Josh Reppel get energetic with Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!

12:20 Blues Tent
Recent UNO graduate, pianist, and drummer Andre Bohren is a Whippersnapper with his father, Spencer Bohren.

12:30 Economy Hall
Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra includes violinist and adjunct professor Matt Rhody.

1:25 Congo Square
Faculty member and alumnus Brent Rose is on sax with the New Birth Brass Band.

1:45 Economy Hall
The Bootleg Operation features Tricia Boutte and UNO alumnus Paul Longstreth.

2:20 Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage
MFA alumnus Allison Fensterstock interviews Buffy St. Marie.

3:40 Jazz & Heritage Stage
The New Orleans Nightcrawlers get it done with adjunct instructor Matt Perrine on sousaphone and alumni Jason Mingledorff and Brent Rose (who is also a full-time faculty member) on saxophone.

4:20 Economy Hall
Adjunct professor Tom Fischer puts clarity in the clarinet with Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band.

4:20 Lagniappe Stage
UNO graduate and current adjunct guitar instructor Chris Adkins brightens up the guitar for Lynn Drury.

Friday, April 29

11:20 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Derek Douget, UNO graduate, leads his own band.

12:25 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
The venerable Astral Project includes the stardust guitar tones of professor and Coca-Cola Endowed Chair Steve Masakowski.

12:35 Gentilly Stage
Bonerama includes alumnus Greg Hicks.

12:40 Kids Tent
Recent graduate Jayna Morgan-Decuers leads the Swing Setters, with help from adjunct professor David Phy on trombone.

1:00 Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage
Adjunct drum professor Herman LeBeaux is among those interviewed by Ben Sandmel on The Life and Music of Allen Toussaint.

1:45 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Former student Nicholas Payton headlines with Afro-Caribbean Mixtape.

1:45 Economy Hall
Alum and current professor Brent Rose, Mr. Jordan “Juice Box” Baker, and alum and current student Peter Varnado spice it up with Lillian Boutte and Gumbo Z’herbes.

2:00 Gentilly Stage
Raw Oyster Cult features former UNO student and current guitar instructor Camile Baudoin.

2:45 Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage
Trombonist and graduate Greg Hicks sweetens it up with the Honey Island Swamp Band.

2:45 Congo Square
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra include current students Jeronne Ansari and Ricardo Pascal, faculty members Ed Petersen and Victor Atkins III, and graduates and other alums, including Mayfield, Khari Allen Lee, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Ashlin Parker, Andrew Baham, Emily Fredrickson, and Michael Watson.

3:00 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
UNO Jazz Tent domination continues with alumnus Chris Cole on clarinet and adjunct professor Herman LeBeaux on drums for singer John Boutte’s set.

3:35 Jazz & Heritage Stage
Alumnus Trenton Thomas, aka T-Ray the Violinist, fronts his own band, featuring Dreams2Reality.

6:00 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Alumnus Jesse McBride leads his Big Band to close the day.

Saturday, April 30

11:15 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
UNO alumnus and trumpeter Andrew Baham opens the day with his own band.

11:30 Kids Tent
Stephen Foster’s Family Music Program includes current student Robert Ramson.

12:40 Lagniappe Stage
Adjunct guitar instructor and UNO alumnus Chris Adkins performs with Ingrid Lucia.

1:00 Gospel Tent
The Voices of Peter Claver include recent UNO graduate Brian Quezerque.

1:35 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
Germaine Bazzle’s band includes bassist, alumnus, and current adjunct professor Peter Harris.

1:45 Jazz & Heritage Stage
Adjunct professor Matt Perrine is, not surprisingly, a Midnite Disturber.

1:50 Lagniappe Stage
Alumnus Luke Winslow King headlines his band.

1:55 Gentilly Stage
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band features UNO alumnus Mark Braud on trumpet.

2:45 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
UNO graduate and debonair trumpeter Jeremy Davenport leads his band.

2:50 Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage
Alumnus Matt Hempsey shines with Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots.

3:45 Congo Square
Do whatcha wanna with the Rebirth Brass Band and graduating UNO senior Glenn Hall.

4:15 Jazz & Heritage Stage
The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars includes all-star adjunct faculty member Matt Perrine.

Sunday, May 1

11:15 Economy Hall
Alumnus Bobby “The Thereminister of Swing” Skinner plays the theremin with the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.

11:30 Lagniappe Stage
The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music is directed by UNO graduate Derek Douget. Other teaching alumni include Geoff Clapp and alumni and adjunct professors Ricky Sebastian and Peter Harris.

1:30 Second line around the fairgrounds with The Baby Boyz, featuring current UNO student Glenn Hall.

2:20 Gentilly Stage
Herman LeBeaux, UNO adjunct professor and longtime drummer in The Allen Toussaint Band, offers a tribute to the great New Orleans icon.

1:40 Congo Square
Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s Roadmasters includes UNO alumnus Antonio Gambrell on trumpet.

12:20 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
You can’t refuse Ashlin “Go With the Fro” Parker’s Trumpet Mafia.

1:35 Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
UNO Professor Emeritus and jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis performs on piano.

1:50 Lagniappe Stage
UNO adjunct professor and violinist extraordinaire Matt Rhody smokes it with the Hot Club of New Orleans.

3:00 Lagniappe Stage
UNO’s New Orleans Jazz Ensemble and tuba instructor Matt Perrine brings the big brass and the hot bass to The Tin Men.

5:40 Economy Hall
Tom Saunders’ TOMCATS include UNO grad Jason Mingledorff and adjunct professor Matt Rhody.

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