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Annual Loyola Jazz Festival starts Thursday

Loyola press release - March 1, 2010

Jazz music will be celebrated in style at Loyola University New Orleans as the annual Loyola Jazz Festival kicks off this week with several nights of events. The festival includes a series of performances featuring Loyola faculty, students and guest artists, and masterclasses that are open to the public.

The festival begins Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., with “Baritone Madness” in Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located on the lower level of Loyola’s Danna Student Center. Loyola jazz professor Tony Dagradi and New Orleans jazz saxophonist Roger Lewis will perform a collection of jazz standards and favorites. Also featured on the concert will be Johnny Vidacovich on drums and Jesse Boyd on string bass. Tickets for “Baritone Madness” are $10 general admission and $5 for Loyola employees and non-Loyola students. Loyola students are admitted free. Tickets are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu or at the door Thursday night.

On Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall, the Loyola Faculty Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert featuring jazz standards and Brazilian jazz music. Free masterclasses will also be held on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Communications/Music Complex.

On Saturday, March 6, the Loyola Jazz Band will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall with guest saxophonist and jazz festival clinician Scott Robinson. The concert will feature a Bob Brookmeyer piece, “Celebration Suite,” which featured Robinson on its original recording in 1997. The group will also perform “Waxwing” by Maria Schneider. Tickets for the Loyola Jazz Band concert with Robinson are $10 general admission and $5 for all students and Loyola employees. Tickets are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu or at the door Saturday night.

Robinson is currently an instructor of music at Towson University in Towson, Md., and continues to tour extensively throughout the United States. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1981 where he later joined the college’s staff, becoming the youngest instructor in the institution’s history. He has appeared on more than 150 professional recordings, two of which were Grammy Award-winning, with musicians such as Lionel Hampton, Anthony Braxton, John Scofield, Ella Fitzgerald, Paquito D'Rivera, Sting, Elton John and the New York City Opera. Robinson has previously received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. The U.S. State Department named Robinson a “Jazz Ambassador” for 2001, funding a tour of West Africa in which he played the early works of Louis Armstrong.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.