Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Jazz @ the Sandbar Kicks Off the Fall Season with A Performance by Ellis Marsalis

University of New Orleans Professor Emeritus Ellis Marsalis returns next week to Jazz at the Sandbar In keeping with tradition, renowned jazz pianist and UNO Professor Emeritus Ellis Marsalis returns to the University of New Orleans this week to launch the fall season of Jazz @ the Sandbar.

In keeping with tradition, renowned jazz pianist and UNO Professor Emeritus Ellis Marsalis returns to the University of New Orleans this week to launch the fall season of Jazz @ the Sandbar.

In 1990, Marsalis turned The Cove into a living laboratory where UNO students performed with national and international jazz artists, establishing the Jazz and the Sandbar series, which in 2015, celebrates its 25th year. The fall season runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sandbar at The Cove on Founders Road. Admission is $5. Concerts are open to the public.

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The fall season of Jazz @ the Sanbdar runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sandbar at The Cove on Founders Road. Admission is $5. Concerts are open to the public.

October 1 - Ellis Marsalis and the Thelonious Monk Ensemble

Ellis Marsalis is the premier modern jazz pianist of New Orleans and the father of a generation of contemporary jazz musicians who are considered the international leaders of the current scene.

Together with his sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, the Marsalis clan is often referred to as "The First Family of Jazz." The acclaimed pianist and patriarch of the New Orleans jazz community will be a special guest at the opening celebration of the performance series DownbeatMagazine calls "one of the best things going in America."

Ellis will be joined by the Thelonious Monk Ensemble under the direction of renowned UNO Endowed Coca-Cola Chair of Jazz Studies Steve Masakowski and a second combo under the direction of Victor Atkins.

October 8 Singer Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott is an accomplished vocalist, bandleader, composer and arranger. She graduated from UNO with a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies in 2007. She was also the director of the UNO Jazz Voices from 2005 to 2011. She also holds a Master's degree in International Business, speaks German and Spanish, and spent several years living and working in Europe and Central America.

"She has the serious jazz chops that enable her to improvise on a dime on whatever chord changes are thrown her way... the highest praise of all, she really doesn't sound like anyone else," wrote Tom McDermott in Offbeat Magazine.

October 15 Saxophonist Jason Mingledorff

Jason Mingledorff has become one of the most versatile and in-demand saxophonists in New Orleans since moving here in 1995. Mingledorff attended UNO from 1995 to 1997 and graduated with a Master's degree in Jazz Performance.

He has played with a diverse collection of award-winning local bands, including funksters Galactic and Papa Grows Funk, bluesman Mem Shannon and the critically praised Nightcrawlers Brass Band. He has also toured with country star Clint Black and performed and recorded with two of the city's biggest exports – Dr. John and Harry Connick, Jr.

In 2006, he began teaching at Loyola University and soon became the conductor of the Jazz Workshop Band, as well as the assistant professor of saxophone studies.

October 22 Tabla Master Badal Roy

Badal Roy is one of the world's leading tabla players. Although his musical roots reflect the influence of Indian classical music, Roy has taken the Indian hand drum from its traditional role and placed it in the realm of jazz and improvisational music.

In addition to recording with John McLaughlin and the late Miles Davis, Roy has performed with such stellar jazz and world music players as Herbie Mann, Dave Leibman, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Andreas Vollenweider, and Yoko Ono. Since the mid-'90s, Roy has collaborated with Brazilian guitar duo Duofel.

October 29 Pianist Jorge Pacheco with the World Beat Combo

Jorge Pacheco, one of the most renowned young musicians from the new generation of jazz in Cuba, is a pianist, percussionist, composer and musical director. Pacheco has shared the stage with great musicians such as Bobby Carcases, Javier Zalba and Orlando Sanchez. He has participated in concerts and festivals in Cuba, Germany, Spain, Italy, Barbados, Brazil, Canada and Switzerland.

The world-famous Wynton Marsalis and Chucho Valdés invited him to guest star with the Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York during their presentations at the Mella Theater of Havana.

Bobby Carcases has called Pacheco "Flying hands" ... "beyond full technical mastery, Pacheco has natural talent, as well as a sense of total dedication to musical interpretation, despite his youth."

November 5 Guitarist Peter Bernstein

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. Peter has enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb's Mob), as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart as a member of their highly acclaimed trio. The New York Times called them "the best organ trio of the last decade."

Bernstein played with Diana Krall's quartet from 1999 through 2001 and with Dr. Lonnie Smith, the legendary organist who made his debut on the George Benson Cookbook albums. He has also recorded five CD's with organist Melvin Rhyne, known for his association with Wes Montgomery.

In addition, Peter has appeared in groups led by Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Eric Alexander.

November 12 Drummer Adonis Rose

Adonis Rose, hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a "Contemporary Jazz All Star," is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. Rose is the founder of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, in addition to serving as an Artist in Residence at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The Grammy Award-winning drummer has played with some of the world's most esteemed jazz artists, from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves and Harry Connick Jr. to the top pop artists including rap group Public Enemy, soul diva Chaka Kahn and the late R&B chart-topper Gerald Levert.

November 19 Trombonist Lucien Barbarin

Lucien Barbarin is the great-nephew of revered musician Paul Barbarin, who composed the tune "Bourbon Street Parade." Lucien has a command of the trombone and love for performing which establishes him as one of the city's premier musical ambassadors.

Lucien has played with Dr. Michael White, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Lionel Hampton, Dianne Reeves, and tours internationally with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and with Harry Connick, Jr.

Jazz at the Sandbar is designed to provide UNO Jazz Studies students an opportunity to get real life experience performing with respected 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 opportunity to work with jazz masters.

"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 on the web, go to