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Loyola University College of Music presents The Mark Whitfield Quartet in concert on October 26th

Loyola press release - October 18, 1999

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Mark Whitfield Quartet. The concert is set for Tuesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The Mark Whitfield Quartet features Whitfield on guitar, Peter Martin on piano, Roland Guerin on bass, and Donald Edwards on drums. The program, to be announced at the concert, will feature music from Whitfield's recent recordings.

Jazz guitarist Whitfield was offered a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he had the opportunity to explore jazz with the Marsalis brothers and others. Upon graduation he moved to New York City to seek a professional life as a jazz guitarist. He played with several ascending talents such as Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard and the Harper Brothers. He also established a fruitful protégé/mentor relationship with his early guitar hero George Benson. Through Benson, Whitfield connected with organist Jack McDuff, and before long he was signed to Warner Brothers, for whom he released three albums. Since signing with Verve in 1994, he has appeared on recordings by Nicholas Payton, Carl Allen, Ray Brown, Courtney Pine, Ernie Watts, and others. Whitfield has released three recordings as a leader for Verve, including his label debut, 7th Avenue Stroll and Forever Love, which features a 21-piece orchestra and his former Berklee classmate, Diana Krall.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492. For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu.