Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UNO Music Director Receives Germaine Bazzle Award

University of New Orleans Music Director receives Germaine Bazzle Award. UNO Music Director Charles Taylor, seen at left, receives the 2015 Germaine Bazzle Award, alongside MLK Jazz Award recipients Carol Bebelle, Ashe Co-Founder; Tod Smith, General Manager, WWL-TV; Demetric Mercadel, president at French Market (New Orleans) and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation; Al Groos, General Manager at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans; Erika McConduit, president and CEO of the National Urban League of Greater New Orleans; Warner Williams, Retired Vice President of Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company's Gulf of Mexico Business Unit; and host Irvin Mayfield, a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, professor of professional practice at UNO and artistic director of The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Photo courtesy of Irvin Mayfield, Jr.

A leading University of New Orleans music professor received an important local musical award over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Charles Taylor, chair of the UNO Music Department, received the 2015 Germaine Bazzle Award on Jan. 18 at a reception at Irvin Mayfield Jr.’s Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The award is named for Germaine Bazzle, a renowned female jazz vocalist and well-respected music instructor who is often likened to R&B Queen Irma THomas and is known in New Orleans music circles as “The First Lady of Jazz.

Taylor received his award from host Irvin Mayfield Jr., a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, UNO music professor of professional practice and artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Mayfield, a 2014 recipient of the Germaine Bazzle Award, happily celebrated his department chair’s success.

Taylor, who teaches graduate and undergraduate theory and conducting at UNO, also serves as the conductor of the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Concert Band, and several new ensembles. He has presented sessions at the Mid-West Clinic, Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Louisiana Music Education Association. Under his direction, the New Orleans Concert Band performed at the National Convention of the Association of Concert bands in Houston, Texas.

Taylor has served as guest conductor for ensembles in Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, and New York. During the 2010-11 academic year, Dr. Taylor also served as Visiting Associate Professor at Louisiana State University, where he conducted the LSU Wind Ensemble.

On Jan. 18, he accepted The Germaine Bazzle Award alongside other New Orleans cultural leaders gathered to receive MLK Jazz Awards. Recipients included: Carol Bebelle, Ashe Co-Founder; Tod Smith, general manager, WWL-TV; Demetric Mercadel, president at French Market (New Orleans) and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation; Al Groos -General Manager at the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans; Erika McConduit, president and CEO of the National Urban League of Greater New Orleans; Warner Williams, retired Vice President of Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company's Gulf of Mexico Business Unit.

A good time was had by all.