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Loyola Jazz Fest offers music and education for all ages

February 27, 2009

Next Friday and Saturday, the Jazz Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans will present the Loyola Jazz Festival featuring concerts by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Ensemble and the Loyola Jazz Band featuring guest artist Rufus Reid.

The festival also offers classes and masterclasses for large or small ensembles, elementary through junior college level, on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The classes are open to the public.

Each day will culminate with a jazz concert. The Loyola Faculty Jazz Ensemble will perform Friday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m., and the Loyola Jazz Band will perform with Reid on Saturday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. Both performances take place in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola’s main campus.

Tickets for the performances are $10 general admission and $5 for all students and Loyola faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu, by phone at 504-865-2074, or at the door.

Reid’s major professional career began in Chicago and continued, since 1976, in New York. He has traveled, performed and recorded with many of the great jazz masters including Gene Ammons, Kenny Dorham, Philly Joe Jones, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Harold Land, J.J. Johnson and Art Farmer.

Reid continues performing and recording in collaboration with other wonderful musicians, such as Lee Konitz, Jim McNeely, Roni Ben-Hur, Bob Mintzer, George Cables, Bill Mays, Ed Soph and Marvin Stamm and Michele Rosewoman, as well as his own group, the Rufus Reid Quintet. He also appears with special trios or duos, and of course, with his “Linear Surroundings” nonet.

In 1992, Rufus performed and recorded with Andre Previn, Kathleen Battle and the St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra and performed “Two Faces,” a concerto for solo double bass and jazz trio, composed by Benny Golson for Reid with the Wayne Chamber Orchestra. It debuted at William Paterson University and had a New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

In presenting Rufus Reid with the 2005 Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation saluted him as “an American treasure with the vision to make a difference and turn possibilities into results.” The International Society of Bassists presented Reid with their highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award, in 2001.

The International Association of Jazz Educators awarded Rufus the Humanitarian Award in 1997, and the New Jersey chapter of the IAJE named him outstanding educator of 1999. Bass Player magazine awarded Reid the 1998 Jazz Educator Achievement Award.

For more information, contact John Mahoney at mahoney@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2164.

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