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Loyola gets in the rhythm with its annual jazz fest

Loyola press release - March 14, 2011

The Loyola Jazz Festival kicks-off with several nights of performances and masterclasses on campus, led by New Orleans jazz trumpeter and national recording artist Nicholas Payton. High school jazz bands and combos from across the country will visit Loyola University New Orleans during the fest for the chance to perform and learn.

The festival begins Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session in Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located on the lower level of Loyola’s Danna Student Center. Loyola jazz professor and saxophonist Tony Dagradi will perform a collection of jazz standards and favorites. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for Loyola employees and non-Loyola students. Loyola students get in free with their student ID. Tickets are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu, by calling 504-865-2074, 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. Free masterclasses will also be held on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the Communications/Music Complex.

High school jazz bands and combos will perform for adjudication Friday beginning at 8 a.m., and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., in Roussel Hall. Bands will perform every half hour until 4:30 p.m., interrupted only by the masterclasses at 12:30 p.m. each day. These sessions are free and open to the public.

The Loyola Jazz Band performs at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, in Roussel Hall with guest trumpeter and festival clinician Nicholas Payton. The program includes big band arrangements drawn from his albums "Dear Louis" and "Into the Blue," plus new material that he premiered last week in New York City. Tickets for Payton’s performance are $10 general admission and $5 for all students and Loyola employees. Tickets are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu, by calling 504-865-2074 or at the door Saturday night.

Hailed a virtuoso before even graduating high school, Payton’s prodigious talent has earned him praise as one of the most important jazz musicians of our time. A New Orleans native, Payton received his first trumpet at age four, and by age 12 he was a member of the All Star Brass Band. He later studied with local jazz icons Clyde Kerr Jr. and Ellis Marsalis.

Payton has toured with scores of musicians including Clark Terry, Marcus Roberts, Ray Brown, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes and more. He has also performed and recorded with musicians representing genres from jazz, R&B and hip-hop, and is credited on more than 120 recordings.

Payton has recorded eight albums under his own name including “Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton,” a 1997 Grammy Award winning collaboration with the legendary trumpeter. His most recent effort is “Into the Blue,” a collection of 10 tunes steeped in melody and groove that Payton says “embodies the sensibilities of beauty, elegance and simplicity and delivers danceable tempos.”

The concert and masterclasses with Nicholas Payton are made possible through a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

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.