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Jazz Underground: All Ellington

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact: Tony Dagradi · aadagrad@loyno.edu · 504-865-3037

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

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

All Ellington - The Loyola Jazz Faculty Sextet: Tony Dagradi, Nick Volz, Don Vappie, Matt Lemmler, Ed Wise & Wayne Maureau

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

Duke Ellington is one of the most influential figures in all of Jazz.  An incredibly prolific composer and intrepid band leader, his career spanned five decades.  During that time he wrote more than a thousand compositions, many of which have become essential standards of the jazz repertoire.

Tonight, the members of Loyola’s Jazz Faculty Sextet will interpret a group of Ellington’s most important numbers. 

A few quotes from the Master:

“What is music to you?  What would you be without music?  Music is everything.  Nature is music (cicadas in the tropical night). The sea is music, the wind is music.  The rain drumming on the roof and the storm raging in the sky are music.  Music is the oldest entity. The scope of music is immense and infinite.  It is the ‘esperanto’ of the world.”

“There are two kinds of music.  Good music, and the other kind.”

“Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet reduced in this country.”

“If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!”

“The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.”

Tony 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.

 

Nick Volz joined the Loyola University faculty in 2008. He has enjoyed a broad and diverse career as a performer and educator, performing throughout the world in both classical and jazz contexts. As a New Orleans native and active freelance musician, he performs regularly with a variety of groups including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, John Mahoney Big Band, Delfeo Marsalis, and Vivaz Latin Band. He had the pleasure of touring extensively with the New Orleans-based original music group Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Other reputable artists he has performed with include the Columbus Symphony, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Brice Winston, John Ellis, and John Vidacovich.

 

 

Matt Lemmler continues the legacy established by great New Orleans pianists like Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr.  He is a consummate instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger, educator, producer and musical director for The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band. 

This year Lemmler was honored and named as a prestigious Steinway Artist.  “I continue to be filled with awe as I envision the world’s greatest composer, pianists, arrangers, and conductors birthing America’s greatest classical and jazz music…through instruments created to channel music from the heavens through the spirits behind the keys.”

Wayne Maureau has been a member of the New Orleans music scene for 20 years. Known for his diverse skills he is called upon to back artists, both local and international, in all genres of music. Throughout his career, he has performed across the United States and overseas and is featured on over 20 recordings.

At present, he performs regularly with New Orleans Blues and Funk legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Organica, Chris Mule’ and the Perpetrators, The Jimmy Carpenter Band, Spyboy, and Los Otros Latin Band. He has also released two recordings of his original compositions and arrangements. 

 

Don Vappie utilizes his versatile background of playing funk, rhythm and blues, and pop music to enhance his unique perspective on music and performance. In 1995 he formed the Creole Jazz Serenaders, performing classic jazz from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. As one reviewer wrote, “(Don Vappie & the CJS) ... remove the barriers of time… making the music fresh for today’s audience.”

 

In addition to his work as a producer, composer and arranger, Don has performed/recorded with Terence Blanchard, Benny Waters, Doc Cheathum, Peggy Lee and continues to be a regular guest with Wynton Marsalis and The J@LC Orchestra as well as guest artist at numerous festivals and venues worldwide.

 

Ed Wise has been performing professionally for over 40 years. He has toured with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Monty Alexander, Al Hirt and the Smothers Brothers. In 1990, he performed with R&B legend Delbert McClinton at the inauguration of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Herb Ellis and Jim Hall.  In 1993, Ed made New Orleans his home, where he taught at Loyola University and worked with Al Belletto, Connie Jones, Tim Laughlin and Ronnie Kole.  In 2005, Ed Wise received New Orleans Magazine’s Jazz All-Star award.

 

Jazz Studies at Loyola University

The degree program at Loyola University features studies in improvisation, composition, arranging, history, theory, and music industry. Students have the opportunity to perform in Jazz Ensembles and Combos. There are also many performances available in the City of New Orleans. Quite a few of Loyola’s Jazz Majors become active contributors to the musical fabric of the city. There are also many famous Alumni of the program including Ellis Marsalis, Victor Goines, Brian Blade, Mark Mullins, Clarence Johnson, Stanton Moore and Rick Margitza.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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.

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