Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

UNO Music, Students, Faculty, Alumni Vie for "Best of the Beat"

UNO Professor Emeritus of Music Ellis Marsalis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this month from Offbeat Magazine, a monthly music magazine that honors "Beat of the Beat."UNO Professor Emeritus of Music Ellis Marsalis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this month from Offbeat Magazine,
a monthly music magazine that honors "Best of the Beat."

More than 20 University of New Orleans music students, faculty, and alumni are nominees for the 2014 Best of the Beat awards sponsored by Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans’ monthly music magazine. The awards ceremony will be held January 18 at Generations Hall, and will include a tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winner and UNO Professor Emeritus Ellis Marsalis.

Marsalis, a master pianist and celebrated jazz artist, founded the University of New Orleans jazz studies program as a living laboratory where students can learn through performance and study with professors who are also working jazz musicians. Introducing UNO music students to the history and study of jazz through the eyes of jazz professionals is a core underpinning of the elite program he founded in 1971 and in 1990, he established the University's acclaimed "Jazz at the Sandbar," a musical program that enters its 25th year this fall. His five sons are internationally acclaimed musicians, each in his own right.

Best of the Beat Nominees 2014

Current students

Andre Bohren (with Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers) - Best Rock Band, Best Rock Album

Bill Malchow (with Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers and Aurora Neeland and the Royal Roses)  - Best Rock Band, Best Rock Album, Album of the Year, Best Traditional Jazz Artist

 
Alumni

Gregory Agid - Best Clarinetist

Matt Bell, Bill Malchow (current student), Josh Gouzy, Nathan Lambertson, “Tireless” Paul Thibodeaux (with Aurora Neeland and the Royal Roses) – Album of the Year, Best Traditional Jazz Artist

Alex Bosworth - Best Emerging Artist

Joe Cabral (with The Iguanas) - Best Roots Rock Artist, Best Roots Rock Album

Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen Street All-Stars - Best Cover Band

Peter Harris - Best Bassist

Austin Johnson (with Jason Marsalis) - Best Contemporary Jazz CD

Nicholas Payton: Best Contemporary Jazz Artist, Best Trumpeter

Cale Pellick (with Diablo’s Horns)  – Best Brass Band, Best Brass Band Album

Cindy Scott - Best Contemporary Jazz CD (with alumni and professor Brian Seeger, Jamison Ross)

Luke Winslow King: - Best Blues Artist, Best Blues Album 

 
Faculty (Past and Present)

Jason Marsalis - Best Contemporary Jazz CD, Best Contemporary Jazz Artist, Best Other Instrumentalist (Vibes)

Delfeayo Marsalis - Best Contemporary Jazz CD, Best Contemporary Jazz Artist, Best Trombonist

Ellis Marsalis (professor emeritus) - Best Contemporary Jazz CD

Roland Guerin - Best Bassist

Peter Harris - Best Bassist

Ed Petersen (with Dr. John) - Best R&B/Funk Album

Matt Perrine - Best Tuba/Sousaphonist

Matt Rhody - Best Violinist

Cindy Scott - Best Contemporary Jazz CD (with alumnus and faculty member Brian Seeger)