Tuesday, April 22, 2014

University of New Orleans Rocks Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest in New OrleansEighty-eight members of the UNO family perform 150 acts at Jazz Fest, more than any other University.

Join Us!

The UNO Jazz All-Stars, a jazz band composed of UNO students, appears at 11:10 a.m. this Sunday, April 27 in the Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Directed by Professor Steve Masakowski, this group of current students, alumni and  faculty includes Glenn Hall on trumpet, Miles Berry on tenor saxophone, Gregg Molinario on guitar, Trey Boudreaux on bass, Peter Varnado on drums, and alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Kris Tokarski on piano. They will perform music by Thelonius Monk.

The University of New Orleans family once again rocks Jazz Fest.

Eighty-eight alumni, students, staff and faculty giving more than 150 performances at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival hosted by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Jazz Fest runs for the next two weekends at the New Orleans fairgrounds and all are encouraged to come out for the fun.

For years, UNO has boasted a greater showing at the world-renowned and iconic jazz festival than any other university, a testament to the strength of the University's Music Department and acclaimed jazz studies program.

UNO at the 2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival

Friday, April 25

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Acura Stage. VIVAZ! includes adjunct faculty David Phy on trombone and Ashlin Parker on trumpet. Parker is also a UNO alumna.

11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Current student and ace drummer Anthony Cuccia keeps the rhythm turning for Rotary Downs.

12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. – Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Cuban percussion master and current undergraduate student Alexey Marti leads his band Urban Minds.

12:40 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. – Kid's Tent. Master's degree student Claudia Baumgarten is going places as Miss Claudia and her Terrific Traveling Troubadours.

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. – Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Alumnus Calvin Johnson, Jr. adds to the sax mania of Roger Lewis's Baritone Bliss.

2:05 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. - Samsung Galaxy Stage . Honey Island Swamp Band gets help on the trombone from UNO alumnus Greg Hicks.

2:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. It's a family reunion with alumna Sasha Masakowski; her band includes her father, UNO Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies professor and guitarist Steve Masakowski, and her brother, former UNO student and bassist Martin Masakowski.

2:35 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. – Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent. UNO jazz voice instructor Leah Chase headlines her band, which includes UNO alumnus and current bass teacher Peter Harris.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Drum instructor Herman LeBeaux and alumnus Khari Allen Lee are members of Jamil Sharif's group.

4:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. – Zatarain's/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is led by former student and New Orleans Jazz Institute director Irvin Mayfield, and includes current students Gregory Agid and Emily Fredrickson, alumni Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Eric Lucero, Michael Watson, David Harris, Khari Allen Lee, Rex Gregory, Oliver Bonie, and Jason Weaver; alumnus and current adjunct trumpet teacher Ashlin Parker, and two Jazz Studies faculty members: Al Beletto Endowed Professor Ed Petersen and Danny Barker Endowed Professor Victor Atkins III.

4:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Jazz and Heritage Stage. Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove includes alumnus Calvin Johnson, Jr.

4:25 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Tricia Boutte and UNO graduate Paul Longstreth present the group Norway's Gumbo.

5:05 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. – Gospel Tent. Alumnus and former graduate assistant Danielle Edinburgh Wilson sings with Betty Winn and One-A-Chord.

Saturday, April 26

11:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. The Imagination Movers include Scott Durbin, who earned his graduate teaching certificate from UNO.

12:05 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. – Gospel Tent. The Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Choir band includes bassist and current graduate student Brian Quezergue.

12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. UNO graduate Geoff Clapp fronts his quintet, which also includes fellow alum David Pulphus.

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Raw Oyster Cult includes former UNO student and current rock guitar teacher Camile Baudoin.

12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. – Congo Square Stage. Pianist Davell Crawford performs with alumnus and current Alvin "Red" Tyler Endowed Professor of Jazz Studies Brian Seeger on guitar.

2:25 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. The Tin Men include the heartful Matt Perrine, director of UNO's Traditional Jazz Ensemble, on bass and sousaphone.

2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. UNO graduate and trumpeter Jeremy Davenport headlines with his band.

3:55 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. Kristin Diable and The City includes alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Chris Adkins on guitar.

4:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. – Jazz & Heritage Stage. Los Hombres Calientes heat it up with former student and current director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute Irvin Mayfield, and current graduate student Ricky Sebastian.

Sunday, April 27

11:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The UNO Jazz-All Stars, directed by Professor Steve Masakowski, include current students Glenn Hall on trumpet, Miles Berry on tenor saxophone, Gregg Molinario on guitar, Trey Boudreaux on bass, Peter Varnado on drums, and alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Kris Tokarski on piano. They will perform music by Thelonius Monk.

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. UNO graduate, saxophonist and former Louis Armstrong Quintet member Khari Allen Lee leads his band, the New Creative Collective. The band also includes alum Geoff Clapp on drums and percussion.

1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The venerable Astral Project includes guitarist Steve Masakowski, UNO's Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage. Blues musician Henry Gray is interviewed by MFA graduate and author Karen Celestan. Celestan co-wrote the acclaimed autobiography "Unfinished Blues" with Jazz Studies professor emeritus Harold Battiste.

2:05 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Bonerama includes UNO alumnus, New Orleans Saints fan and former Louis Armstrong Quintet member Greg Hicks on trombone.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. LosOtros includes alumni Eduardo Tozzatto on keyboards, Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown on trumpet and Gabriel Velasco on drums.

2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Adjunct professor Herman LeBeaux plays drums with John Boutte.

3:55 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. Country music superstar songwriter Jim McCormick performs with Beatinpath. McCormick earned his MFA in poetry from UNO.

4:05 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. – Blues Tent. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band gets its blues on with help from UNO graduate Mark Braud on trumpet.

4:30 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Adjunct percussion instructor Herman LeBeaux holds down the rhythm for Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band.

5:55 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Jazz & Heritage Stage. The New Birth Brass Band includes UNO graduate and current professor Brent Rose on saxophone and Moodle.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Adjunct instructor Delfeayo Marsalis leads his Uptown Jazz Orchestra, which includes several UNO players, including Terrance Taplin on trombone and Meghan Swartz on piano, Jeronne Ansari and Khari Allen Lee on saxophone and current graduate student Gregory Agid on clarinet .

Thursday, May 1

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – WWOZ-FM (90.7, wwoz.org). Music Department manager and MFA alumna Missy Bowen hosts the legendary radio station's live broadcast of the festival.

11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. – Acura Stage. Current student and drummer Anthony Cuccia anchors the rhythm section for Flow Tribe.

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Gospel Tent. Choral conductor and UNO graduate Clyde Lawrence directs his Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs.

12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Alumni and current adjunct professors Ashlin Parker and Chris Adkins perform with Erica Falls and Larry Sieberth. Chris Adkins starts the day as a jazz guitarist, and then...

1:35 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. ...in one of the tighter connections a sideman faces, Chris Adkins scoots his boot across the Fairgrounds to rock out with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue.

3:55 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. The Brazilian-flavored group Chegadao includes several UNO alumni, including drummer Nick Solnick, guitarist Scott Myers, bassist Tommy Sciple, pianist Eduardo Tozzatto, drummer Gabriel Velasco, and saxophonist and UNO professor Brent Rose.

4:05 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Favorite crooner Philip Manuel sings the Beatles with help from members of Astral Project, including Steve Masakowski, UNO's Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies. No word yet if they'll be covering the White Album.

4:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m. – Jazz & Heritage Stage. Bill Summer's band Jasalza includes alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Ashlin Parker on the trumpet.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Jazz & Heritage Stage. The all-star New Orleans Nightcrawlers close out Thursday's festival; band members include alumni Jason Mingledorff, Rick Trolsen, and UNO professor Brent Rose and adjunct faculty member Matt Perrine.

Friday, May 2

12:25 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. -- Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The John Mahoney Big Band gets its swing on with alumni Greg Hicks on trombone and Ashlin Parker on trumpet.

1:35 p.m.-2:25 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The Woodshed session focuses on vibes, and features adjunct faculty member Jason Marsalis.

2:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. - Lagniappe Stage . Alumnus Cliff Samuel-Hines is one of the Cardinal Sons.

2:50 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The Stephanie Jordan Big Band includes graduate students Brian Quezergue on bass and Ricky Sebastian on percussion.

2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. – Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage. Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots features guitarist and U. S. Park Ranger Matt Hampsey.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Alumnus and trumpeter Mark Braud leads his band, the New Orleans Jazz Giants.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Acura Stage. Alumnus and current applied trumpet instructor Ashlin Parker rocks it out with pop star Theresa Andersson.

4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Former student Nicholas Payton headlines with his group, the New Orleans 4.

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – Kids Tent. Alumnus Matt Hampsey entertains the younger set along with Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots.

5:40 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. – Jazz & Heritage Stage. Student Joe Cabral plays sax with The Iguanas.

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Adjunct professor Herman LeBeaux is on the drumkit for Buddy Bolden Revisited.

ALSO:  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.– WWOZ-FM. Music Department manager and MFA alumna Missy Bowen hosts the legendary radio station's live broadcast of the festival. The broadcast can be heard locally on 90.7 FM and streamed worldwide at wwoz.org.

Saturday, May 3

11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. – Blues Tent. Current classical piano student Andre Bohren is at the drumkit as a Whippersnapper with his dad, Spencer Bohren.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Alumnus Rick Trolsen swings with Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band.

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Gospel Tent. Current graduate student and bassist Brian Quezergue is among the Voices of Peter Claver.

1:35 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Acura Stage. The legendary composer and performer Allen Toussaint features UNO drum instructor Herman LeBeaux.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Professor Emeritus and UNO Jazz Studies Program pioneer Ellis Marsalis performs on the piano. Alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Ashlin Parker accompanies on trumpet.

3:35 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Bassist and UNO alumnus Tom Drummond performs with Better Than Ezra.

3:55 p.m. –  5:05 p.m. - Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Recent graduates Barry Stephenson and Jamison Ross play bass and drums, respectively with Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Jamison Ross was the 2012 winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition.

5:55 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Orange Kellin's New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra features adjunct professor Herman LeBeaux on drums.

Sunday, May 4

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Congo Square Stage. Current student Byron Asher blows it out on saxophone with Los Po-Boy-Citos.

11:15 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The Heritage School of Music is directed by alumnus and former Louis Armstrong Quintet member Derek Douget. Current graduate student Ricky Sebastian and alumnus Geoff Clapp are among the instructors.

11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. – Acura Stage. Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes include a host of UNO musicians. Alumni Greg "Johnny on the Spot" Hicks and Omar "Johnny Rico" Ramirez hold down the horn section on the trombone and trumpet, respectively, along with UNO guest lecturer Brad "Johnny Come Lately" Walker on sax, while current student Andre "Dirty Johnny" Bohren rocks the drums and the hairstyles.

12:25 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. – Congo Square Stage. Glen David Andrews features alumnus Kyle Roussel on the keyboards.

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Music graduate Calvin Johnson, Jr. leads his own band, which includes current Master's degree student Brian Quezergue on bass.

12:35 a.m. - 1:35 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Alumnus Bobby Skinner, the Theraminister of Swing, performs with New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. – Blues Tent. Alumnus Matt Shilling plays guitar with James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars.

1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Pianist and UNO alum Jesse McBride headlines with The Next Generation.

2:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. – Blues Tent. The always-entertaining Deacon John band includes UNO graduates Kathleen Moore on vocals and Brian Murray on trumpet.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Kids Tent. Alumnae Ebonee Davis and Dr. Valerie Francis sing with OperaCreole.

3:10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Alumnus Paul Longstreth plays piano with New Orleans' Finest and Leroy Jones.

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Rock guitar instructor Camile Baudoin is a member of The Radiators.

3:45 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. – Lagniappe Stage. Alumnus Luke Winslow-King headlines.

4:35 a.m. - 5:35 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. UNO grad Mark Braud plays trumpet with PresHall Brass.

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Acura Stage. Trombone Shorty's band Orleans Avenue includes former student Mike Ballard on bass. Ballard wrote the 2011 Trombone Shorty mega-hit, "For True."

5:55 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Adjunct percussion professor Herman LeBeaux lays it down with Gregg Stafford's Jazz Hounds.

For the Record

Recent releases by the UNO family:

• Khari Allen Lee and the New Creative Collective: "Our Great Awakening"

• Brian Seeger and the Organic Trio: "Home Remembered"

• Geoff Clapp "Bend in the River," with fellow UNO alum Khari Allen Lee and professor emeritus Ellis Marsalis, Jr.

• Cindy Scott, "Historia"

• Charlie Dennard – "From Brazil to New Orleans"

More to come...

• Anthony Cuccia

• Gal Holiday

• The Iguanas

• Calvin Johnson Jr.