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College of Music presents Alvin Batiste's Tribute to Thelonious Monk on November 18th

Loyola press release - November 15, 2004

The College of Music continues its Jazz Underground Series with a concert titled Thelonious: Alvin Batiste’s Tribute to Thelonious Monk. The concert is set for Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in The Underground, located in the basement of the Danna Center, Loyola's student union.

The cocnert will feature the music of classic jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk as play7ed by Alvin Batiste, clarinet; Michael Pellera, piano; Bill Huntington, bass; and Jason Marsalis, drums. The Jazz Underground Series is hosted by WWOZ's Michael "Mr. Jazz" Gourrier, who offers a brief historical perspective on the subject featured for each concert.

General admission is $10, non-Loyola student admission is $5, and Loyola student admission is free with a valid ID.

Alvin Batiste is the lead teacher in jazz instrumental music at NOCCA, where he teaches clarinet, jazz composition and directs jazz combos. He holds a B.M. from Southern University in Baton Rouge and a M.M. from LSU. Batiste, New Orleans educator, jazz artist and composer, has performed and recorded with a multitude of jazz artists, including John Carter, David Murray and Jimmy Hamilton, as a part of The Clarinet Summit, which has recorded for both India Navigation and Black Saint Records. He has taught at the Jazz and Louisiana Music Institute from 1965-89, returning in 1992. Batiste upgraded Institute programs to include the study of linkages of jazz, blues, gospel and diasporan (Cuban, Brazilian, South Louisiana and African) music. A roster of former students include Henry Butler, Herman Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Wes Anderson and others, who have gone on to distinguish themselves with groups like the Basie and Ellington orchestras and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Batiste’s latest achievements include the 1997 New Orleans Jazz Clarinet workshop, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Evolution Hall production company.

For more information, call Loyola box office at (504) 865-3492. For additional information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu. Visit the College of Music at http://music.loyno.edu.