Tuesday, April 2, 2013

UNO Professors, Students and Alumni Perform on Moscow's Kultura TV

Victo AtkinsUNO Professor Victor "Red" Atkins III put together a team of arrangers to write 28 arrangements for the show in 10 days. Atkins, a jazz pianist who serves as the music department's graduate coordinator and Danny Barker Professor of Jazz Studies, leads the student Jazz Ensemble at UNO.

Two University of New Orleans professors, two UNO students and a host of UNO alumni headed to Russia last week with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to serve as the house band for contestants in a jazz competition on Moscow's Kultura TV.

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and NOJO artistic director Irvin Mayfield Jr. designed the program. He is a professor of professional practice in UNO's music department, as well as a UNO alumnus.

Joining Mayfield on the program were UNO Professor Ed "Sweetbread" Petersen, who serves as the department's associate chair of music, coordinator of jazz studies and Al Beletto professor of jazz studies. Petersen performed to great applause the previous week at NOJO's show in Symphony Hall in San Diego.

UNO jazz studies students Emily Fredrickson and Glenn Hall performed on the program. Joining them in the ensemble were a host of UNO alumni, including Ashlin Parker, David Pulphus, Jasen Weaver, Eric Lucero, Rex Gregory, Sasha Masakowski, and Oliver Bonie.

UNO Professor Victor "Red" Atkins III put together a team of arrangers to write 28 arrangements for the show in 10 days. Atkins, a jazz pianist who serves as the music department's graduate coordinator and Danny Barker Professor of Jazz Studies, leads the student Jazz Ensemble at UNO.

UNO jazz studies student Georgi Petrov transcribed all of the tunes for the second episode of the competition, which showcases Soviet Jazz.

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