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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jazz Underground: Celebrating Coltrane 2016

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Flora Petterson · flpetter@loyno.edu · 504-865-3037

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans

Cost: $15 Admission, $5 w/Student ID, Loyola Students Free Get Tickets

Leading an all-star group of New Orleans artists, tenor saxophonist Tony Dagradi will again direct an annual tribute to saxophonist, John Coltrane.

John Coltrane was, after Charlie Parker, the most revolutionary and widely imitated saxophonist in jazz.  After internships with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, Coltrane began a prolific recording and performing career.  His early work focused on the standard repertoire common to most jazz artists.  However, he relentlessly moved the music forward artistically and technically.  In the mid 1960s Coltrane turned to increasingly radical musical styles.  His search for new sounds resulted in frequent changes of personnel.  In his final years and after his death, Coltrane has acquired an almost saintly reputation among listeners and fellow musicians for his passionate religious convictions, peaceful demeanor and obsessive striving for a musical ideal.

Dagradi, an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator, is most well known for his work with Astral Project, an adventurous quintet made up of top New Orleans players.  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.  His 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 Adderley.

Khari Allen Lee Lee teaches at the New Orleans Center for Creative arts and with his beautiful tone and spirit is quickly making a name for himself as soulful modernist.  In 2007 he earned his Masters of Music at the University of New Orleans and continues to work in the historic Crescent City as an active, versatile performer and passionate educator.  He has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, the Treme Brass Band, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. He now serves as a member of faculty at Tulane University and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

 Derek Douget finely mixes his Louisiana upbringing with his strong individualism and idiosyncratic voice.  He received a full scholarship to The University of New Orleans where he studied under Ed Petersen and was mentored by Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste.  After recording his debut CD, “Perpetual Motion,” released in 2002, he made the shift to playing primarily the tenor saxophone.  Derek Douget has performed with: Nicolas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Elvin Jones, George Cables, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Roberts, Peter Martin, Billy Drummond, Branford Marsalis, and many others.   

In the last 25 years, Michael Pellera has lived in New Orleans and New York, giving his music a unique perspective that draws freely from the influences of the two cities.  As a composer he has created a body of work that encompasses modern jazz harmony, indigenous New Orleans rhythms, and elements of the classic American songbook of the 30’s & 40’s. He has released two critically acclaimed CD’s of his jazz compositions.  Pellera is presently the director of the jazz program at NOCCA. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Bobby McFerrin, Chet Baker, Wynton Marsalis and many others. 

Renowned for his amazing technique on the electric and acoustic basses, Chris Severin has appeared with the Neville Brother, Diane Reeves, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Nicholas Payton, Henry Butler and a host of others.

Geoff Clapp has had the honor of performing and teaching as a United States Artistic Diplomat in North Africa and Eastern Europe.  He has performed with such musicians as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Reed, Christian McBride, Peter Martin, Charlie Hunter Trio & Quintet, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Jamil Sharif, Wessell "Warm Daddy" Anderson, Aaron Goldberg, Jason Marsalis Trio, Jeremy Davenport, Benny Green, Ron Blake and Norah Jones. In 2008, Geoff was voted best Modern Jazz Drummer by New Orleans Magazine.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

October 27, 2016               MARSALIS & TORKANOWSKY TOGETHER

Piano masters, Ellis Marsalis and David Torkanowsky,  perform together for the very first time.  

November 17, 2016           ALL ELLINGTON

Loyola’s world class Jazz faculty interprets classic standards by the most prolific composer in Jazz. Featuring: Tony Dagradi, Nick Volz, EdWise, Don Vappie, Matt Lemmler & Wayne Maureau

February 9, 2017               2nd ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS ALL STAR JAM

New Orleans’ jazz icons come together for a monumental live jam session.  Featuring: Wessell Anderson, Ashlin Parker, Delfeayo Marsalis, Tony Dagradi, Victor  Atkins, Roland Guerin and Shannon Powell.