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Montage features tribute to John Coltrane and jazz education lecture this month

Loyola press release - September 17, 2012

Two events celebrating the extensive history, tradition and importance of American jazz will wrap up the September events for the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans.

On Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., the Jazz Underground Series presents “A Tribute to John Coltrane: The Prestige Years,” featuring Tony Dagradi and friends, in Satchmo’s, located in the basement of the Danna Student Center on the university’s main campus.

Considered one of the most revolutionary and widely imitated saxophonists in jazz, Coltrane is often credited with moving jazz music forward artistically and technically. Dagradi, an internationally-recognized jazz performer, composer and educator, will lead an all-star group of New Orleans artists in an evening focused on Coltraneʼs early work for Prestige Records, including interpretations of classic standards and unique Coltrane originals.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Loyola faculty and staff, and free for Loyola students. Tickets are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling 504-865-2074, and will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Music Education Department presents leading scholar Jamey Aebersold, Ph.D., in a lecture in the Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. Sponsored by Loyola’s Music Education Lecture Series, the seminar is free and open to the public. Louisiana continuing learning units will be awarded to music educators who participate.

For more than 40 years, Aebersold has been a leader in jazz improvisation and jazz education throughout the world. As a world-class performer and a charismatic lecturer, Aebersold’s lifelong mission has been to teach people about jazz music, jazz education and jazz improvisation. The seminar will focus on the heritage of jazz music, fundamentals of teaching improvisation, common jazz styles and continuing education through training in this American art form.

The mission of the Music Education Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty and music teachers in the greater New Orleans region and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals in the music education profession to campus for presentations on specialized subjects.

Free parking for both events is available in the West Road Garage, located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882 or jlbrown@loyno.edu.

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