The University of New Orleans maintained a high profile throughout the Jazz Education Network Conference that took place Jan. 4-7 in New Orleans, thanks to robust participation from students, alumni and faculty at numerous concerts, workshops and panels.
The UNO Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of professor Steve Masakowski, were featured performers at the conference. They included students LaCarlton Ross, James Easter, Ari Teitel, Geovane Santos, Jared Buck, Jake Ricke and Xavier Molina.
Six alumni were featured during the opening concert, with Delfeayo Marsalis’s Uptown Jazz Orchestra playing to a packed grand ballroom. They included Megan Swartz on piano, bassist David Pulphus, Khari Allen Lee and Jeronne Ansari on alto and tenor saxophones, Gregory Agid on clarinet and Andrew Baham on trumpet.
More than 4,500 jazz educators and students from around the world attended the four-day event at the Hyatt Regency, which was sponsored in part by the UNO Jazz Studies program. Other UNO faculty, students and alumni performing at the conference included Ed Petersen (with harmonica master Howard Levy), David Phy, David Bode, Jesse McBride, David Douget, Jordan Baker, Brice Winston and Harry Watters, who performed with the United States Army Band.
In addition to Delfeayo Marsalis, the conference’s headline performers included his brother Branford Marsalis, Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Stanton Moore, Astral Project and many others.