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Evan Christopher showcases New Orleans clarinet tradition in Loyola's Jazz Underground series at the Old U.S. Mint

Loyola press release - March 24, 2014

Ambassador of the New Orleans clarinet style Evan Christopher will lead an ensemble of Loyola University New Orleans jazz students in a 90-minute program of classic standards and original compositions Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. The concert takes place at the Old U.S. Mint, located at 400 Esplanade Ave. in New Orleans.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Loyola faculty and staff, and free for Loyola students. Tickets are available online or by calling 504-865-2074. Cash only sales will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

A transplant from his native California, Christopher returned permanently to New Orleans in 2008, living out his passion as an advocate for the cultural work force and jazz-based music education. Christopher will help Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts students explore the New Orleans jazz tradition on a deeper level.

Christopher’s highly personal brand of “contemporary early-jazz” strives to expand the unique musical vocabulary created by early Creole musicians such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon and Barney Bigard.

Besides his own “Clarinet Road” series of CDs, he has recorded alongside New Orleans artists including Big Al Carson, Duke Heitger, Irvin Mayfield, Uncle Lionel Batiste and Tom McDermott.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Christopher traveled continuously and even based himself briefly in Paris at the invitation of the French government. During that time, he formed his current groups the JazzTraditions PROJECT and Django à la Créole. The latter, fusing gypsy swing music with New Orleans grooves, released a debut CD, “Django à la Créole” in 2008. The second outing, “Finesse,” was chosen for best jazz CD of 2010 in the Sunday Times, UK.