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Thursday, February 9, 2017

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Jazz Underground: 2nd Annual New Orleans All Star Jam

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Tony Dagradi · aadagrad@loyno.edu · 504-865-2144

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Cost: $15 Admission, $10 Seniors, $5 Students/Staff Get Tickets

“New Orleans All Star Jam” Delfeayo Marsalis, Ashlin Parker, Wess Anderson, Tony Dagradi, Victor Atkins, Roland Guerin & Shannon Powell

$15 Admission, $10 Seniors, $5 w/Student ID, Loyola Students Free

Last year’s All Star Jam was such a resounding success that we invited the same lineup of New Orleans’ stars for another romp. 

Wikipedia defines jam session as “a musical act where musicians play by improvising without extensive preparation of predefined arrangements.”  The New York scene during 1940s and early 1950s was famous for its after-hours jam sessions.  Places like Minton's Playhouse became fertile meeting places and proving grounds for both established soloists like Ben Webster and Lester Young, and the younger jazz musicians who would soon become leading exponents of the  bebop movement, including Thelonious Monk,Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. Some sessions were legendary for their highly competitive “cutting contests”, in which soloists would try to keep up with the house band and outdo each other in improvisation skill.

Expect fireworks and some exciting moments from all of these remarkable players.

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 received a MA in jazz performance from the University of Louisville.  In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

Originally from Charlotte North Carolina, Ashlin Parker graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory before earning the degree of Master of Music in Jazz Studies from from UNO.  He has travelled and recorded extensively and has performed with Irvin Mayfield, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Bill Summers, Roland Guerin, Steve Masakowski, David Torkanowsky, and many others. 

Growing up in Brooklyn, Warm Daddy, Wessell Anderson played in local clubs and studied at the Jazzmobile workshops with Frank WessCharles Davis, and Frank Foster. He also met Branford Marsalis, who convinced him to study with Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Louisiana.  Soon after this, Anderson began touring with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and collaborated with Marsalis through the middle of the 1990s. He continued to play with Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra beyond this. In 1994, he released his debut album on Atlantic RecordsEric Reed and Ben Wolfe were among those who played as sidemen. His 1998 release Live at the Village Vanguard featured Irvin MayfieldSteve KirbyXavier Davis, and Jaz Sawyer.


Saxophonist, Tony Dagradi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator.  For over three decades he has made his home in New Orleans, performing on tenor and soprano sax with many of the Crescent City's most celebrated artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, The Meters, Dr. John, James Black, Johnny Adams and Gatemouth Brown.  Most well known for his work with the award winning quartet, Astral Project, Dagradi’s performing past also includes five years as a member of the internationally acclaimed Carla Bley band and appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Mose Allison and Nat Adderly.


Victor "Red" Atkins' style of piano has been described as "infectious, unconventional, tasteful, and powerful" all at the same time. Hailing from Selma, Alabama, he began playing with NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis in 1989 and was an integral part of the seminal, work "Pontius Pilate's Decision.”  After receiving a B.A. from Berklee College of Music in Boston and an M.F.A. from the Manhattan School of Music, Victor has toured and performed with an impressive list of artists including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Aaron Neville, Nnenna Freelon, Brian Blade, Lalah Hathaway, and Nicholas Payton.

Bassist, composer, and arranger, Roland Guerin has already made a formidable contribution to the world of jazz. From providing unique and melodic bass lines to dazzling  audiences worldwide with his slap bass technique, Roland emerged in the forefront of the international jazz arena. In addition to being the leader on six recordings of his own, he has appeared on over 80 albums worldwide.  

Shannon Powell is a highly sought after drummer and percussionist who has achieved international acclaim for his commanding technique and style, rooted in the characteristic funky drum beats of New Orleans.   From 1987 to 1992, Powell toured extensively with Harry Connick, Jr.  During subsequent years, Powell has toured with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marcus Roberts, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Earl King, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and John Scofield.  Powell has also recorded with a long list of noteworthy artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Irvin Mayfield, Leroy Jones, Blind Boys of Alabama, Topsy Chapman, John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins, Tommy Ridgely, Charmaine Neville, Jeremy Davenport, Chuck Carbo, Johnny Adams, Lars Edegran, Russell Malone, Juanita Brooks, Henry Butler, Mighty Sam McClain, Barbara Shorts, George Porter, Jr., Snooks Eaglin and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.