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UNO at the 2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival

To date, there are 88 UNO musicians (alumni, adjuncts, and current students/faculty/staff) appearing at the Fairgrounds in over 150 performances, and on every stage, on every day – and there will be more to come! 

Friday, April 25

11:10 am-12:00 pm – Acura Stage. VIVAZ! includes adjunct  faculty  David Phyon trombone and Ashlin Parkeron trumpet.  Ashlin is also a UNO alum.

11:25 am-12:15 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Current student and ace drummer Anthony Cuccia keeps the rhythm turning for Rotary Downs.

12:20 pm-1:10 pm – Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Cuban percussion master and current undergraduate student Alexey Marti leads his band Urban Minds.

12:40 PM-1:25 pm – Kid’s Tent.  Master’s degree student Claudia Baumgarten is going places as Miss Claudia and her Terrific Traveling Troubadours.

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm – Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Alumnus Calvin Johnson, Jr.adds to the sax mania of Roger Lewis’s Baritone Bliss.

2:05 pm – 3:05 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage .  Honey Island Swamp Band gets help on the trombone from UNO alumnus Greg Hicks.

2:20 pm-3:30 pm – Lagniappe Stage.  It’s a family reunion with alumna Sasha Masakowski ; her band includes her father, UNO Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies professor and guitarist Steve Masakowski, and her brother, former UNO student and bassist Martin Masakowski.

2:35 pm-3:25 pm – Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  UNO jazz voice instructor Leah Chaseheadlines her band, which includes UNO alum and current bass teacher Peter Harris.

3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Drum instructor Herman LeBeauxand alumnus Khari Allen Leeare members of Jamil Sharif’s group.

4:00 pm-5:20 pm – Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent.   The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is led by former student and New Orleans Jazz Institute director  Irvin Mayfield, and includes current students Gregory Agidand Emily Fredrickson, alumni Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Eric Lucero, Michael Watson, David Harris, Khari Allen Lee, Rex Gregory, Oliver Bonie, and Jason Weaver; alumnus and current adjunct trumpet teacher Ashlin Parker, and two Jazz Studies faculty members: Al Beletto Endowed Professor Ed Petersenand Danny Barker Endowed Professor Victor Atkins III.

4:10 pm – 5:15 pm Jazz and Heritage Stage.   Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove includes alumnus Calvin Johnson, Jr.

4:25 pm-5:40 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Tricia Boutte and UNO graduate Paul Longstrethpresent the group Norway’s Gumbo.

5:05 pm-5:50 pm – Gospel Tent. Alumnus and former graduate assistant Danielle Edinburgh Wilsonsings with Betty Winn and One-A-Chord.

Saturday, April 26

11:25 am-12:20 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage.  The Imagination Movers include Scott Durbin, who earned his graduate teaching certificate from UNO.

12:05 pm-12:45 pm – Gospel Tent.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Choir band includes bassist and current graduate student Brian Quezergue.

12:20 pm-1:10 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  UNO graduate Geoff Clappfronts his quintet, which also includes fellow alum David Pulphus.

12:45 pm-1:45 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage.  Raw Oyster Cult includes former UNO student and current rock guitar teacher Camile Baudoin.

12:50 pm-1:50 pm – Congo Square Stage.  Pianist Davell Crawford performs with alumnus and current Alvin “Red” Tyler Endowed Professor of Jazz Studies Brian Seegeron guitar.

2:25 pm-3:35 pm – Lagniappe Stage.  The Tin Men include the heartful Matt Perrine, director of UNO’s Traditional Jazz Ensemble, on bass and sousaphone.

2:50 pm-3:40 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  UNO graduate and trumpeter Jeremy Davenportheadlines with his band.

3:55 pm-5:05 pm – Lagniappe Stage.  Kristin Diable and The City includes alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Chris Adkinson guitar.

4:30 pm-5:40 pm – Jazz & Heritage Stage.   Los Hombres Calientes heat it up with former student and current Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute Irvin Mayfield, and current graduate student Ricky Sebastian.


Sunday, April 27

11:10 am-11:50 am – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  The UNO Jazz-All Stars, directed by Professor Steve Masakowski, include current students Glenn Hallon trumpet, Miles Berryon tenor saxophone, Gregg Molinarioon guitar, Trey Boudreaux on bass, Peter Varnado on drums, and alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Kris Tokarski on piano.  They will perform music by Thelonius Monk.

12:15 pm-1:00 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  UNO graduate, saxophonist and former Louis Armstrong Quintet member Khari Allen Leeleads his band, the New Creative Collective.  The band also includes alum Geoff Clappon drums and percussion.

1:20 pm-2:20 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.   The venerable Astral Project includes guitarist Steve Masakowski, UNO’s Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies.

2:00 pm-2:45 pm – Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage.  Blues musician Henry Gray is interviewed by MFA graduate and author Karen Celestan. Celestan co-wrote the acclaimed autobiography “Unfinished Blues” with Jazz Studies professor emeritus Harold Battiste.

2:05 pm-3:00 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage.  Bonerama includes UNO alum, Saints fan and former Louis Armstrong Quintet member Greg Hickson trombone.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm – Lagniappe Stage. LosOtros includes alumni Eduardo Tozzattoon keyboards, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown on trumpet, and Gabriel Velascoon drums.

2:40 pm-3:40 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Adjunct professor Herman LeBeauxplays drums with John Boutte.

3:55 pm-5:00 pm – Lagniappe Stage.  Country music superstar songwriter Jim McCormickperforms with Beatinpath.  McCormick earned his MFA in poetry from UNO.

4:05 pm-5:05 pm – Blues Tent.  The Preservation Hall Jazz Band gets its blues on with help from UNO graduate Mark Braudon trumpet.

4:30 pm-5:40 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Adjunct percussion instructor Herman LeBeauxholds down the rhythm for Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band.

5:55 pm-7:00 pm – Jazz & Heritage Stage.  The New Birth Brass Band includes UNO graduate and current professor Brent Roseon saxophone and Moodle.

6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Adjunct instructor Delfeayo Marsalisleads his Uptown Jazz Orchestra, which includes several UNO players, including Terrance Taplinon trombone and Meghan Swartzon piano, Jeronne Ansariand Khari Allen Leeon saxophone, and current graduate student Gregory Agidon clarinet .



Thursday, May 1

11 am – 3 pm – WWOZ-FM (90.7, wwoz.org).  Music Department manager and MFA alumna Missy Bowen hosts the legendary radio station’s live broadcast of the festival.

11:15 am-12:05 pm – Acura Stage.   Current student and drummer Anthony Cuccia anchors the rhythm section for Flow Tribe.

11:20 am-12:00 pm – Gospel Tent.  Choral conductor and UNO graduate Clyde Lawrence directs his Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs.

12:20 pm-1:15 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Alumni and current adjunct professors Ashlin Parker and Chris Adkins perform with Erica Falls and Larry Sieberth.  Chris Adkins starts the day as a jazz guitarist, and then…

1:35 pm-2:25 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage.   …in one of the tighter connections a sideman faces, Chris Adkins scoots his boot across the Fairgrounds to rock out with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue.

3:55 pm-5:05 pm – Lagniappe Stage.  The Brazilian-flavored group Chegadao includes several UNO alums, including drummer Nick Solnick, guitarist Scott Myers, bassist Tommy Sciple, pianist Eduardo Tozzatto, drummer Gabriel Velasco, and saxophonist and UNO professor Brent Rose.

4:05 pm- 5:10 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Favorite crooner Philip Manuel sings the Beatles with help from members of Astral Project, including Steve Masakowski, UNO’s Coca-Cola Endowed Chair of Jazz Studies. No word yet if they’ll be covering the White Album.

4:35 pm-5:35 pm – Jazz & Heritage Stage.  Bill Summer’s band Jasalza includes alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Ashlin Parkeron the trumpet.

6:00 pm-7:00 pm – Jazz & Heritage Stage.  The all-star New Orleans Nightcrawlers close out Thursday’s festival; band members include alumni Jason Mingledorff, Rick Trolsen, and UNO professor Brent Roseand adjunct faculty member Matt Perrine.

Friday, May 2

12:25 pm – 1:15 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The John Mahoney Big Band gets its swing on with alumni Greg Hicks on trombone andAshlin Parker on trumpet.

1:35 PM-2:25 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. The Woodshed session focuses on vibes, and features adjunct faculty member Jason Marsalis.

2:30 pm – 3:40 pm – Lagniappe Stage .  Alumnus Cliff Samuel-Hinesis one of the Cardinal Sons.

2:50 pm-3:45 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  The Stephanie Jordan Big Band includes graduate students Brian Quezergueon bass and Ricky Sebastianon percussion.

2:50 pm-3:50 pm – Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage.  Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots features guitarist and U. S. Park Ranger Matt Hampsey.

3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent. Alumnus and trumpeter Mark Braudleads his band, the New Orleans Jazz Giants.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Acura Stage.  Alumnus and current applied trumpet instructor Ashlin Parkerrocks it out with pop star Theresa Andersson.

4:10 pm-5:10 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Former student Nicholas Paytonheadlines with his group, the New Orleans 4.

5:15 pm-6:00 pm – Kids Tent.  Alumnus Matt Hampseyentertains the younger set along with Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots.

5:40 pm-6:55 pm – Jazz & Heritage Stage.  Student Joe Cabralplays sax with The Iguanas.

5:45 pm-7:00 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Adjunct professor Herman LeBeauxis on the drumkit for Buddy Bolden Revisted.

ALSO  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm– WWOZ-FM.  Music Department manager and MFA alumna Missy Bowenhosts the legendary radio station’s live broadcast of the festival. The broadcast can be heard locally on 90.7 FM and streamed worldwide at wwoz.org.


Saturday, May 3

11:15 am-12:05 pm – Blues Tent.   Current classical piano student Andre Bohrenis at the drumkit as a Whippersnapper with his dad, Spencer Bohren.

11:15 am-12:00 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Alumnus Rick Trolsenswings with Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band.

1:00 pm-1:45 pm – Gospel Tent. Current graduate student and bassist Brian Quezergueis among the Voices of Peter Claver.

1:35 pm-2:45 pm – Acura Stage.  The legendary composer and performer Allen Toussaint features UNO drum instructor Herman LeBeaux.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Professor Emeritus and UNO Jazz Studies Program pioneer Ellis Marsalisperforms on the piano.  Alumnus and current adjunct faculty member Ashlin Parkeraccompanies on trumpet.

3:35 pm-4:45 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage. Bassist and UNO alumnus Tom Drummondperforms with Better Than Ezra.

3:55 pm – 5:05 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Recent graduates Barry Stephensonand Jamison Rossplay bass and drums, respectively with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.  Jamison Ross was the 2012 winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition.

5:55 pm-7:00 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra features adjunct professor Herman LeBeauxon drums.


Sunday, May 4

11:15 am-12:00 pm – Congo Square Stage. Current student Byron Asherblows it out on saxophone with Los Po-Boy-Citos.

11:15 pm-12:00 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  The Heritage School of Music is directed by alumnus and former Louis Armstrong Quintet member Derek Douget.  Current graduate student Ricky Sebastianand alumnus Geoff Clappare among the instructors.

11:20 am-12:05 pm – Acura Stage.   Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes include a host of UNO musicians. Alumni Greg “Johnny on the Spot” Hicksand Omar “Johnny Rico” Ramirezhold down the horn section on the trombone and trumpet, respectively, along with UNO guest lecturer Brad “Johnny Come Lately” Walker on sax, while current student Andre “Dirty Johnny” Bohrenrocks the drums and the hairstyles.

12:25 pm-1:20 pm – Congo Square Stage. Glen David Andrews features alumnus Kyle Rousselon the keyboards.

12:15 pm-1:00 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent.  Music graduate Calvin Johnson, Jr. leads his own band, which includes current Master’s degree student Brian Quezergueon bass.

12:35 am-1:35 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.   Alumnus Bobby Skinner, the Theraminister of Swing, performs with New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra.

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm – Blues Tent.  Alumnus Matt Shillingplays guitar with James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars.

1:20 pm-2:10 pm – Zatarains/WWOZ Jazz Tent. Pianist and UNO alum Jesse McBrideheadlines with The Next Generation.

2:10 am-3:15 pm – Blues Tent.  The always-entertaining Deacon John band includes UNO graduates Kathleen Mooreon vocals and Brian Murrayon trumpet.

3:00 pm-3:45 pm – Kids Tent.  Alumnae Ebonee Davisand Dr. Valerie Francissing with OperaCreole.

3:10 am-4:15 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Alumnus Paul Longstrethplays piano with New Orleans’ Finest and Leroy Jones.

3:30 pm-4:45 pm – Samsung Galaxy Stage.   Rock guitar instructor Camile Baudoinis a member of The Radiators.

3:45 pm-4:50 pm – Lagniappe Stage.   Alumnus Luke Winslow-Kingheadlines.

4:35 am-5:35 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.   UNO grad Mark Braudplays trumpet with PresHall Brass.

5:45 pm-7:00 pm – Acura Stage.  Trombone Shorty’s band Orleans Avenue includes former student Mike Ballardon bass.  Ballard wrote the 2011 Trombone Shorty mega-hit, “For True.”

5:55 pm-7:00 pm – Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent.  Adjunct percussion professor Herman LeBeauxlays it down with Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds.


FOR the RECORD: Recent releases by the UNO family:

  • Khari Allen Lee and the New Creative Collective:  “Our Great Awakening”
  • Brian Seeger and the Organic Trio: “Home Remembered”
  • Geoff Clapp  “Bend in the River,” with fellow UNO alum Khari Allen Lee and professor emeritus Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
  • Cindy Scott, “Historia”
  • Charlie Dennard – “From Brazil to New Orleans”


More to come…

  • Anthony Cuccia
  • Gal Holiday
  • The Iguanas
  • Calvin Johnson Jr.

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Irvin Mayfield’s Biannual Lecture: The Courage to Create

Irvin Mayfield's Biannual Lecture: The Courage to Create

Introduction by UNO President Dr. Peter Fos

Also featuring Dr. Michael Sartisky, President & Executive Director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Tuesday, September 17, 6:00pm

The University of New Orleans, Education Building, Room 103

*Free & Open to the Public
*Following the lecture, Mayfield & UNO Jazz Studies students will perform together at The Cove Student Center.

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by | September 11, 2013 · 11:32 am

The Best Kept Secret at UNO

Walter Lundy

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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