Week of Oct 23-29, 2016

Sunday 23 October

Music Under the Oaks - Sponsored by Bellwhether Technology, Iberia Bank, and Audubon Park

Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

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

Location: Newman Bandstand, Audubon Park (Rainsite - Roussel Hall)

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets! On Sunday, October 23, Loyola brings music to the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park. The event is from 5-6:30pm and will feature performances by various groups from Loyola's School of Music. The event is free and open to the public, and food and drinks are available for purchase. The Newman Bandstand is on the south end of Audubon Park, between Magazine Street and the lagoon.

Ticketing: Free and open to the public

Wednesday 26 October

My Internship @ Facebook : Patrick Burtchaell

Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

Contact: Daniela Marx · dmarx@loyno.edu · 504-865-2112

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

Patrick Burtchaell, design sophomore, was selected for a product design internship at Facebook for summer 2016. As a Product Design Intern, Patrick was involved in every aspect of the product development process, from brainstorming the next feature of News Feed to tweaking pixels right before launch. He will talk about the internship experience with product design, interaction design, and visual design at Facebook.

Ticketing: Free and Open to the Public 

Thursday 27 October

Jazz Underground: Marsalis & Torkanowsky Together!

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Tony Dagradi · aadagrad@loyno.edu · 504-865-2074

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

Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students, Loyola Students Free Get Tickets

In Stevenson Palfi’s amazing movie, “Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together,” three generations of New Orleans keyboard masters, “Tuts” Washington, Allen Toussaint and “Professor Longhair,” were brought together to discuss their backgrounds and influences, and play together for the very first time. 

As the title of this award winning film describes, there are usually not many chances for pianist to collaborate.  In fact, the movie documents only the rehearsal the three had.  Fess died suddenly two days before the scheduled performance.  

This evening we feature two of the Crescent City’s most influential pianists performing on stage as a duo for an evening of unprecedented two piano interchange.  Expect the unexpected when esteemed educator and performer, Ellis Marsalis meets the fiery, impulsive David Torkanowsky.   

Ellis Marsalis is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans.  Born on November 14, 1934, his formal music studies began at age eleven at the Xavier University junior school of music. After high school, Marsalis enrolled in Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) as a clarinet major. He graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. Marsalis spent the next year working as an assistant manager in his fathers motel business.

The following year, Marsalis joined the U.S. Marine Corps. While stationed in southern California he honed his pianist skills as a member of the Corps Four, a Marines jazz quartet that performed on television ("Dress Blues," named for the formal Marine Corps uniform and broadcast on CBS) and radio shows (“Leatherneck Songbook”).  Both shows were used to boost recruiting efforts. After completing his Marine Corps duty, Marsalis returned to New Orleans and married Dolores Ferdinand, a New Orleanian, who bore him six sons; Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason.

In 1964 Marsalis, his wife Dolores and, at the time, four sons, moved to the small rural town of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where he spent two years as a school band and choral director at Carver high school.  Returning to New Orleans in 1966, he began freelancing on the local music scene.  Between 1966 and 1974 Marsalis would perform at the Playboy Club (New Orleans), Al Hirt nightclub, Lu and Charlie’s nightclub, Storyville nightclub Crazy Shirley’s as well as again enter the teaching profession, in 1967, as an adjunct professor of African American Music at Xavier University (New Orleans, LA).

As the family continued to grow, Marsalis continued his educational pursuits, attending Loyola University’s (New Orleans, LA) Masters Degree program in the early summer session of 1974. He would also successfully interview for a teaching position at a new Magnet high school for the arts, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), and be hired as an instructor for the Fall semester (1974). Marsalis would spend the next twelve years at NOCCA as an instrumental music teacher with a Jazz studies emphasis.

In 1986, Marsalis accepted a teaching position out of state.  He became a Commonwealth Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia), serving as coordinator of Jazz Studies two of his three years there.  In 1989, he returned to New Orleans to become the first occupant and Director of the Coca Cola endowed Chair of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans.  During his tenure at UNO he helped fellow colleague Charles Blancq develop a campus performance center called the Sand Bar.  Marsalis would also develop a Jazz Orchestra, which he took, on the eve of his retirement, on a tour of Brazil.  On August 10, 2001, Marsalis officially retired from the University of New Orleans after twelve years of dedicated service.  His retirement was celebrated by a very rare performance of Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis at the UNO arena.

Marsalis is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate degrees from his alma mater Dillard University, New Orleans, LA (1989); Ball State University, Muncie, IN (1997); Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2010); Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; and The Juilliard School, New York, NY.  In 2011, Marsalis and his family were awarded the highest honor in Jazz, NEA Jazz Masters, the first group award ever distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Marsalis has appeared on NBC's Today show with host Bryant Gumbel; the Tonite show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno; the Arsenio Hall show with pianist Marcus Roberts; the Charlie Rose show; Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood; ABC's Good Morning America with Spencer Christian, as well as several local and regional television shows.  In 1984 Marsalis and New Orleans singer/actress Joanne "Lady BJ" Creighton shared honors at the Ace Awards ceremony for the best single music program on cable television.

Marsalis continues to be active as a performing pianist leading, and occasionally touring, his own quartet. He has several recordings on the CBS-SONY label and currently releases recordings on his own recording label, ELM RECORDS, developed with his wife Dolores and son Jason.


Forget "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." In New Orleans, it's more fun to play three degrees of David Torkanowsky.

As a piano player and band leader, Torkanowsky is equally comfortable pushing the edges of jazz, funk, blues and rhythm and blues. Aside from his solo projects, Torkanowsky has collaborated with so many musical legends — Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Danny Barker, Earl Turbington, Tony DaGradi, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Dianne Reeves and Errol Garner, among them — that he now enjoys his own legendary patina.

Torkanowsky's five-decade musical career began before he was born. His father was maestro of the New Orleans Symphony for more than decade, and his mother — a flamenco dancer — performed in Spain with the great Carmen Amaya.

Torkanowsky eschews being called a "pianist." That word, he says, pertains more to people who can handle Chopin and Liszt. But he has made his own imprint on jazz as a piano player, beginning well before his training at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Torkanowsky says Berklee taught him a lot. But, he says, the real masters who schooled him in the art of performance were home-grown right here in New Orleans.

"The reason this music was born here is because this was the nexus of culture," Torkanowsky says. "This is the place where the confluence of African and European musics happened. That's what jazz is. So, in my own upbringing, I had a confluence of African rhythm and European melody and harmony in my own house... so maybe bringing that to the table is what made people say, 'Oh man; white boy can play.'"



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.

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