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Loyola continues longstanding tradition of Jazz Fest performers

April 26, 2013

Lyle Henderson and Emmanu-EL perform Thursday, May 2 at 1:45 p.m.

Festival audiences this week and next will hear the call of the Wolf Pack as Loyola University New Orleans students, faculty, staff and alumni continue a longstanding tradition of performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The talent and artistry of students in the College of Music and Fine Arts will be on display when the Loyola Jazz Band, directed by Coordinator of Jazz Studies John Mahoney, plays its annual concert in the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent Saturday, April 27 at 11:15 a.m.

Several faculty and staff members, many of whom are Jazz Fest veterans, will also perform. Guitar instructor John Rankin, who has performed at every Jazz Fest since 1981, will once again make an appearance when he headlines the Lagniappe Stage with the New Orleans Guitar Quartet Friday, April 26 at 5:20 p.m. Lyle Henderson, office manager of Loyola’s Department of Chemistry, will celebrate his 15th year performing at the festival when he takes to the stage of the Gospel Tent with his group, Lyle Henderson and Emmanu-EL, Thursday, May 2 at 1:45 p.m.

“My first very nervous, scary performance was 1998, and I did no original music. During those years, I can remember there being very few familiar faces in the crowd. Now, with regular festival-goers—even from across the country—who come to see my performance, my focus is to give 110 percent,” Henderson said. “It makes me feel great to be in that number of musicians who represent the family of this Loyola community.”

Other Jazz Fest performances with Loyola ties include:

Friday, April 26

  • Flow Tribe, featuring alumni Mario Palmisano ’10 and John-Michael Early ’87 – 11:10 a.m., Gentilly Stage

Saturday, April 27

  • Alumnus John Michael Rouchell ’09 – 12:15 p.m., Acura Stage
  • Bonerama, featuring alumni Mark Mullins ’91 and Gregory Hicks ’04 – 2:05 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Sunday, April 28

  • The Creole Jazz Serenaders, featuring Loyola jazz guitar instructor Don Vappie – 2:55 p.m., Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent

Thursday, May 2

  • Alumna Mia Borders ’10 – 12:25 p.m., Acura Stage
  • Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, featuring alumni Marc Paradis ’02, Omar Ramirez ’02 and Andre Mouton ’06 – 1:35 p.m., Acura Stage

Friday, May 3

  • New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, featuring Loyola’s Director of Planned Giving Bob Gross – 12:35 p.m., Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent
  • Astral Project, featuring Loyola saxophone professor Tony Dagradi and percussion instructor Johnny Vidacovich – 2:45 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
  • Papa Grows Funk, featuring alumnus John Gros ’89 – 3:50 p.m., Congo Square Stage

Saturday, May 4

  • The Revivalists, featuring alumni David Shaw ’02, George Gekas ’09, Andrew Campanelli ’09 and Michael Girardot ’08 – 11:20 a.m., Gentilly Stage
  • Alumna Leah Chase ’75 – 1:30 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
  • Galactic, featuring alumnus Stanton Moore ’94 – 3:25 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Sunday, May 5

  • Jim McCormick, instructor of music industry studies at Loyola – 12:30 p.m., Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage
  • Alumnus and former instructor Ellis Marsalis, M.M.E. ’86, H ’07 – 1:25 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet, featuring former Loyola student Brian Blade – 4:05 p.m., Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a multi-day cultural celebration in which thousands of musicians, chefs and crafts artists welcome more than 400,000 visitors annually. The event highlights unforgettable music on several stages, regional cuisine and crafts from the region and abroad. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.nojazzfest.com.

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