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Monk Institute showcases jazz mastery on campus next week

October 2, 2009

John Patitucci

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance will host a free concert by the John Patitucci Trio and a benefit theatrical screening and panel discussion of “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense” at Loyola University New Orleans next week.

The John Patitucci Trio will perform on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. The free concert will feature new works from Patitucci's latest recording project, “Remembrance,” a remarkable album of straight-ahead to funky and classical-tinged originals. The performance will take place in Roussel Hall, located in Loyola’s Communications/Music Complex.

Since attracting worldwide acclaim as a band member with Chick Corea and Wayner Shorter, Grammy Award-winning bassist Patitucci has become one of today’s most influential musicians and composers. His trio features saxophonist John Ellis, a top tenor player on the current jazz scene and former Loyola saxophone teacher; and drummer Kendrick Scott, who has performed and recorded with Terence Blanchard for several years.

This concert is presented as part of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation's "Jazz Journey" series, and co-presented with the Monk Institute and Loyola.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, the Monk Institute will sponsor a benefit screening and discussion of the newly produced film, “Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense.” The project takes a timely, vibrant trip through the clubs, festivals and lives of the new generation of jazz musicians. This event is presented by the filmmakers in conjunction with Loyola as a benefit for the Monk Institute.

The film features some of today’s brightest talent, including Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Bill Frisell, Bugge Wesseltoft, Esperanza Spalding, Ravi Coltrane, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Miguel Zenon and Medeski Martin and Wood. Also included are legendary jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis.

“Never before has jazz music meant so many different things to so many different people,” said Terence Blanchard, artistic director of the Monk Institute. “From hip-hop to bebop, from jam band to free-form, the music continues to grow and shape itself in ways as varied as the musicians who play it.”

The discussion panel will feature Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, producer John W. Comerford and co-director and director of photography Lars Larson

Nunemaker Auditorium is located on the third floor of Loyola’s Monroe Hall.

Advance tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students. At the door, tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for students, cash only.

For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074.

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