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Jazz at the Sandbar starts tonight!

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Jazz Notes From The UNO Jazz Studies Program

Upcoming Jazz @ the Sandbar Concerts

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The Jazz @ the Sandbar Spring 2013 resumes this week with pianist Mulgrew Miller and Victor Atkins’ student combo. Pianist Mulgrew Miller is a veteran of tours and recordings with such ensembles as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, three years with the Woody Shaw Quintet, three with the Mercer Ellington Orchestra and six years with the Tony Williams Quintet. He has been featured on over 400 recordings, made his first recording as a leader for producer Orrin Keepnews’ former label, Landmark, and later recorded on the RCA Novus label. He tours throughout the world and in 1997 was invited to tour Japan with an assembly of some of the most prestigious names in jazz piano–a group of ten pianists called “100 Gold Fingers” including Tommy Flanagan, Ray Bryant and Kenny Barron. Miller is also a member of the Contemporary Piano Ensemble, a unique group consisting of four pianists performing with a rhythm section. A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, he studied at Memphis State University.

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Next Wednesday’s Sandbar concert features Rex Gregory. Gregory is a saxophonist and composer currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Jazz Performance. He plays all forms of saxophones, clarinets, and flutes with near equal facility, which makes him a very sought after musician for a diverse array of projects. In addition, Rex is known for his composition and arranging abilities which are featured on his independently released studio recording, “An End to Oblivion.” Rex has played with the premier music luminaries in New Orleans since his introduction into the city in 2002. He can frequently be heard with Jason Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Adonis Rose, David Torkanowsky, Steve Masakowski, Wendell Brunious, Simon Lott, James Singleton, and many others. He has toured and lived in Europe, performed across much of the continental United States, toured South America as a cultural ambassador, and more. He responds to the call of being a musician with sincerity, responsibility, and great enthusiasm. Visit www.rexgregory.com for more information about this artist.

The remaining Jazz @ the Sandbar Spring 2013 series is as follows:

April 3 Pianist Mulgrew Miller
April 10 Saxophonist Rex Gregory
April 17 Vocalist Kate McGarry & Guitarist Keith Ganz
April 24 Pianist Butch Thompson
May 1 Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith

Jazz @ the Sandbar is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, Offbeat Media, WWNO FM and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration. All admission proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504) 280-6039 or New Orleans Jazz Celebration 504-309-JAZZ or on the web at www.nojc.org/sandbar.

Concert times: 7:00 – 9:30pm.
Location: The Cove, Founders Road, UNO Lakefront Campus
General Admission: $5.00 at the door.
Faculty, Staff & Student Admission: FREE w/ UNO ID Card.
Tickets sold at the door. 

Mulgrew Miller Master Class Thursday

On Thursday, April 4, Mulgrew Miller will present a Master Class in UNO’s Performing Arts Center Room 103 at 3:00pm. As always, this clinic is free and open to the public.

Several UNO Faculty, Students and Alums join NOJO on Trip to Russia

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) is going to Russia next week to serve as the house band for the contestants in a jazz competition on Moscow’s Kultura TV. Professor and NOJO Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield and Professor Ed Petersen, who brought the house down at NOJO’sshow last weekend at Symphony Hall in San Diego, CA, will be on the program, as will UNO students Emily Fredrickson and Glenn Hall. A host of UNO alumni, including Ashlin Parker, David Pulphus, Jasen Weaver, Eric Lucero, Rex Gregory, Sasha Masakowski, and Oliver Bonnie, will be included in the performing ensemble.
In preparation for the trip, Professor Victor Atkins was tasked with putting together a team of arrangers to write twenty-eight arrangements for the show in just ten days. UNO jazz studies student Georgi Petrov transcribed all of the tunes for the second episode of the competition, which will showcase Soviet Jazz.

Guitar Ensemble at Bach Around the Clock

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On Saturday, April 6, the UNO Jazz Guitar Ensemble, directed by Steve Masakowski, will be performing for “Bach Around the Clock” at Trinity Episcopal Church. The Jazz Guitar ensemble will be performing Bach pieces arranged for guitar as well as some jazz music in an un-plugged acoustic environment. As part of the 24 hour music marathon, the UNO Jazz Guitar Ensemble will be performing bright and early at 7am Saturday morning.

Masakowski CD Release Party Thursday

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STEVE MASAKOWSKI: Things I Like –www.stevemasakowski.com

This Thursday, April 4, the Prime Example (1909 N. Broad Street, New Orleans) will host a CD Release Party for Steve Masakowski’s latest release, “Things I Like.” The shows will take place at 7 & 9pm and will feature Rex Gregory, Peter Harris, and Julian Garcia with special guest Sasha Masakowski. The group will perform music from the new CD as well as the music of legendary  New Orleans drummer James Black. The Prime Example is a full service restaurant and jazz club  with a beautiful non-smoking listening room downstairs. Smoking is permitted in the separate upstairs dining room.   

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The Best Kept Secret at UNO

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Sophomore Walter Lundy auditions for Spring 2013 Jazz Combos.

I stand along the wall of the PAC band room, while a flood of students, mostly jazz majors, greet each other, sign in, and take their seats. The mood in the room resonates excitement, nerves, confidence—even a little cockiness. It’s time. The jazz professors, Ed Petersen, Steve Masakowski, and Victor Atkins, make a few announcements and explain to newcomers how this process works. Four musicians start playing and the air fills with a syncopated rhythm and a robust tune. One musician drops out and another jumps in; the song never stops. Each musician showcases his or her skills with a solo—trumpet, guitar, drums, piano–all elements making the piece change and grow, ebb and flow. The beat picks up and slows down, the tune changing with each new performer. The last student jumps in and the song builds to a grand finale. The spent musicians listen as the professors announce when they will inform the students of their combo placements. The auditions are over for another semester; now the real work begins. The students will start practicing with their new combos to prepare for performances and gigs–not the least of which is their turn at Jazz at the Sandbar, when they will have the chance to play with a professional musician.

This Spring, Jazz at the Sandbar begins on Wednesday, March 6 and will run every Wednesday night at 7 PM through May 1. Come get your groove on with our talented students and celebrated local musicians! It’s free for students and UNO employees and only $5 for community members!

For a sneak peak, check out drummer Jamison Ross’ recital on February 27 at 8 PM at the Sandbar. It’s free and open to the public!

From left to right: Geogi Petrov-guitar, Kris Tokarski-piano, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart-Saxophone, Tanarat Chaichana-bass, Peter Varnado-drums

From left to right: Geogi Petrov-guitar, Kris Tokarski-piano, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart-Saxophone, Tanarat Chaichana-bass, Peter Varnado-drums

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