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Loyola University College of Music presents its annual Jazz Ensemble Festival with guest artist Steve Turre Feb. 18-19

Loyola press release - February 10, 2000

(New Orleans)ŚLoyola University New Orleans College of Music presents its annual Jazz Ensemble Festival on Friday and Saturday, February 18-19, 2000. Highlights of the festival include a Friday night performance by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet and a Saturday night performance by the Loyola Jazz Band with trombonist Steve Turre as guest artist and clinician.

The Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet concert is set for Friday, February 18 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 septet includes John Ellis, saxophones; John Vidacovich, drums; John Mahoney, trombone; Clyde Kerr, Jr., trumpet; Michael Pellera, piano; John Eubanks, guitar; and Jesse Boyd, bass.

The Loyola Jazz Band concert is set for Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. The band, under the direction of John Mahoney, will feature guest artist Steve Turre as trombonist, composer and arranger. General admission for both concerts is $10 and $5 for students. Tickets and more information is available through Loyola's ticket office at (504) 865-3492.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Steve Turre was drawn to the trombone as a youth. His first big break came when he was taken under the wing of legendary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk in San Francisco in the early 1970s. "Rahsaan was a big influence..." Turre recalls. He then migrated to New York under the tutelage of drummer Art Blakey. "I sat in with him at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco," Turre explains, "and he asked me to join the band. We toured our way across the country and the next thing I know I'm in New York with Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Needless to say, that's the greatest school right there." He went on to play with a who's who of the jazz world, including Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespe, and a host of others. Widely recognized as the foremost trombonist of his generation, Turre puts the instrument back in the spotlight on Lotus Flower, his latest release for Verve. The California native puts a shiny new musical finish on the trombone and for himself.

The Loyola University Jazz Ensemble Festival is open to large or small elementary through junior college level ensembles. A panel of four expert musician/educators will adjudicate the groups offering constructive criticism on performance techniques. Participants in the festival attend workshops by Loyola jazz faculty and guest clinician Steve Turre.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email: wick@loyno.edu.

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