Tuesday, March 11, 2013

Jazz @ the Sandbar Spring Series Begins Wednesday with Saxophonist Dave Liebman

jazz band playing at the University of New OrleansJazz @ the Sandbar returns this spring to the Cove. The series will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday through April 30 at The Cove on Founders Road on the UNO Lakefront campus. Admission is $5.

With a career that spans nearly four decades, master reedman Dave Liebman will kick off the University of New Orleans spring series of Jazz @ the Sandbar on the Thursday with the power of a jazz legend.

New Orleans jazz artist and patriarch of the UNO jazz studies program, Ellis Marsalis in 1990 founded the series that Downbeat Magazine calls "one of the best things going in America," turning The Cove on UNO's lakefront campus into a living laboratory where UNO students performed with national and international jazz artists. Now in its 26th season, Jazz @ the Sandbar returns this spring to The Cove, which received a $4.7 million post-Katrina renovation in December, 2011.

Join Us for Jazz @ the Sandbar

The spring Jazz at the Sandbar series will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday through April 30 at The Cove on Founders Road on the UNO Lakefront campus. Admission is $5. 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 visit the web at www.nojc.org/sandbar.

The series will run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday through April 30 at The Cove on Founders Road on the UNO Lakefront campus. Admission is $5.

"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.

Wednesday, March 12 – Dave Liebman

Liebman first gained recognition in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist playing with two giants of jazz: Elvin Jones and Miles Davis. Since then, he has played on nearly 300 recordings, more than 100 of which were created under his leadership.

Lieb has consistently placed among the top three in the Downbeat Critics Poll for Soprano Saxophone since 1973 and won first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic's Polls in 2011.

Also in 2011, Liebman received the NEA Masters of Jazz Award, the highest honor for jazz given by the United States government.

On March 12 he will be a guest with the UNO Thelonious Monk Ensemble in two configurations under the direction of Dave's old friend and colleague Steve Masakowski, an acclaimed jazz guitarist, professor and the UNO Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies.

Wednesday, March 19 - Clarence Johnson III

"Spirituality," "fire," and "passion" are words saxophonist Clarence Johnson uses when talking about music. They are also emotions that are evident in his playing.

Currently, Johnson is celebrating the national release of his latest recording, "Watch Him Work", his first release in nearly 15 years. The new original material, which features Johnson and his latest creation, Cornerstone, can best be described as a fresh take on jazz fusion, which is reminiscent of the compositional styles of Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the Brecker Bros., and the Yellow Jackets.

Johnson has performed with the likes of the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Dr. John, and members of the Neville Brothers.

Wednesday, March 26 - Larry Sieberth

Pianist Larry Sieberth has been an ace sideman on the local modern jazz scene for decades, rarely drawing attention to himself despite consistently tasty work. In recent years he's been plumbing traditional jazz waters, most notably with banjoist Don Vappie.

As a self-described "musical chameleon," Sieberth is one of the most versatile and notably adaptable pianists the Crescent City has to offer. His musical background is very diverse. Seiberth is a pianist, composer, arranger, musical director and producer.

Seiberth's collaborations with other musical artists have put him in the best of company around the globe and he has been honored as outstanding jazz pianist by both New Orleans Magazine and Jazziz.

Wednesday, April 2 - John Wooton

Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, where he directs the University's Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra, Graduate Percussion Ensemble and Samba Band.

Wooton specializes in the rudimental snare drum, drum set, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. He also performs regularly on steel pans as a soloist or with his band, KAISO!, and plays vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet.

Wooton has served as the president of the Percussion Arts Society, Mississippi Chapter, and is presently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee.

Wednesday, April 9 - Detroit Brooks

Born to a historic musical family, Detroit Brooks is one of the most in-demand guitarists on the New Orleans scene. A virtual chameleon of musical styles, he goes from playing traditional jazz banjo with Dr. Michael White's Liberty Jazz Band to improvisational jazz with Dr. Lonnie Smith to rhythm and funk with the Charmaine Neville Band.

Admired by banjoists and guitarists world-wide, Brooks' laid-back demeanor masks one of the most heralded and sought-after performers, songwriters and session men of our time.

He has studied intensely under the direction of Roy Montell and Gary Haulette and pursues ongoing training and studies in Improvisation and Theory with Hank Mackie to further hone his sound.

Wednesday, April 16 - Craig Klein

Native Jazz trombonist Craig Klein has been cutting his teeth gigging around the city for years with the likes of the Dukes of Dixieland and the Storyville Stompers. Klein has performed with some of the New Orleans greats, such as Kid Sheik Colla, Father Al Lewis, Danny Barker, Chester Zardis and Frog Joseph.

In 1990 Klein joined Harry Connick Jr.'s big band and since recorded and toured extensively all over the world. Craig's diverse experience has made him a top-call trombonist in New Orleans, capable of many musical styles and configurations, from trios to large orchestras.

Wednesday, April 23 - Lew Soloff

A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, trumpeter Lew Soloff's career is filled with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody.

Soloff's expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute and he is particularly recognized for his work on piccolo trumpet. This classically trained jazz player's diverse background has allowed him to perform with the likes of some Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra, as well as Blues legends John Mayall and Dr. John.

Wednesday, April 30 - Charles Neville

Hailing from the talented dynasty of the Neville Brothers and their world famous embodiment of New Orleans sound is Charles Neville. As the second oldest Neville brother, Charles Nevill is perhaps the most experienced in the music scene.

With five decades of performing to his name, the saxophonist diversity ranges from rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. Known as "The Keeper of the Horn" by his brothers and fans, Charles Neville won a Grammy in 1988 for his haunting rendition of "Healing Chant."