Tuesday, March 3, 2015

UNO Jazz Studies Program Introduces Line-Up for Spring 2015 "Meet the Artist" Series

The University of New Orleans Jazz Studies program offers a diverse program of workshops for students which are also open to the public. The Spring 2015 "Meet the Artist" series brings an exciting line-up.

The free lunchtime clinics begin Thursday with a class taught by Shannon "King of Treme" Powell. 

March 5, 12:30 p.m., PAC103

New Orleans Jazz Drummer Shannon Powell 

Shannon Powell dazzles audiences with his natural showmanship and fervor for the jazz flame. The New Orleans native grew up in the jazz threshold neighborhood of Treme, which percolates with the sounds of Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, second line parades, jazz funerals and church revivals. By the age of fourteen Powell was already a professional musician, playing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as a member of the legendary Danny Barker's Jazzhounds.

Powell's influences sprang from listening to his childhood neighbor, drummer James Black, as well as pianist Ellis Marsalis and the players at Preservation Hall.

"Everything I learned was (from) being around the great musicians of New Orleans. Danny Barker was first, and then I fell into the hands of David Lastie who is Herlin Riley's uncle," Powell said. "They kind of raised me as a young musician, and I started calling them my family." 

On Wednesday, March 4, Powell will perform at the acclaimed UNO Jazz @ the Sandbar series in with UNO student combos led by UNO Professor Victor "Red" Atkins and graduate student Jordan Baker.

For more, visit www.shannonpowell.com.

More free lunchtime clinics:

March 11, 3:30 p.m., PAC103  

Jazz Pianist/Educator Mark Levine

March 25,  3:30 p.m., PAC103 

Legendary Jazz Pianist Dick Hyman


April 6, 3:30 p.m., PAC215

Brazilian Music Specialists Dr. Almir Cortes and Dr. Leandro Barsalini

April 8, TBA

Drummer/Composer from Europe Paul Wiltgen


April 22, 3:30p, PAC103

Saxophonist/Composer from Paris Rick Margitza