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Jazz performance celebrates music icon John Coltrane

September 19, 2008

The 2008-09 Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series will kick off its season with an exciting jazz concert titled “Blue Train,” a performance celebrating the music of John Coltrane's landmark recording, featuring Tony Dagradi and friends.

“Blue Train” takes place Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the newly opened Satchmo’s, located in the basement of the Danna Student Center, on Loyola’s main campus.

Dagradi, on tenor saxophone, will be accompanied by Jamelle Williams on trumpet, Rick Trolsen on trombone, Michael Pellera on piano, Jesse Boyd on bass, and Troy Davis on drums.

The concert will recreate all of the compositions and arrangements from Coltrane’s acclaimed album “Blue Train.” Selections include “Blue Train,” “Moment's Notice,” “Locomotion,” “I'm Old Fashioned” and “Lazy Bird.”

“Blue Train,” released in 1957, is considered to be Coltrane's first important recording as a leading artist. It was the first album that he recorded featuring musicians and songs entirely of his choosing. All of the compositions, except for one, “I’m Old Fashioned,” were written by him.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and Loyola faculty and staff with ID. Loyola students are free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.montage.loyno.edu or contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5882.

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