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Loyola University New Orleans Jazz Underground Series Continues with “All Ellington”

Loyola press release - November 3, 2016

Loyola’s own Jazz Faculty Sextet will interpret a group of jazz composer Duke Ellington’s most important numbers.

Loyola’s world-class jazz faculty will come together to celebrate one of the most prolific composers in jazz when they perform an “All Ellington” concert at Loyola. The performance, which is the third concert this year in Loyola’s acclaimed Jazz Underground series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, on Loyola’s main campus. Loyola’s own Jazz Faculty Sextet will interpret a group of jazz composer Duke Ellington’s most important numbers.

“Duke Ellington is one of the most influential figures in all of Jazz. During his time, he wrote more than 1,000 compositions, many of which have become essential standards of the jazz repertoire,” said acclaimed saxophonist and Loyola Professor of Saxophone Tony Dagradi. “Ellington once said: ‘If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good,’ and I cannot wait to share with the community the amazing sounds and feelings our all-star group of colleagues has created.”

This concert will pay homage to the Jazz star and celebrates his life's work.

“All Ellington” follows previous Jazz Underground series hits “Marsalis and Torkanowsky Together” and “Celebrating Coltrane.” These jazz celebrations are a part of Loyola’s famed Montage Fine and Performing Arts series which showcases some of the top arts events in the region.

The Loyola Jazz Faculty Sextet includes distinguished faculty members from Loyola’s Jazz Studies degree program, which produces graduates that make up the musical fabric of both New Orleans and the international jazz community. Performers are listed here:

Tony Dagradi, an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator, is most well-known for his work with Astral Project, an adventurous quintet made up of top New Orleans players. For over three decades he has made his home in New Orleans, performing on tenor and soprano saxophone with many of the Crescent City’s most celebrated artists, including Ellis Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, The Meters, Dr. John, James Black, Johnny Adams and Gatemouth Brown. His performing past also includes 5 years as a member of the internationally acclaimed Carla Bley Band and appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Mose Allison, and Nat Adderley.

Nick Volz joined the Loyola University New Orleans faculty in 2008. He has enjoyed a broad and diverse career as a performer and educator, performing throughout the world in both classical and jazz contexts. As a New Orleans native and active freelance musician, he performs regularly with a variety of groups, including: the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, John Mahoney Big Band, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Vivaz Latin Band. He had the pleasure of touring extensively with the New Orleans-based original music group Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Other reputable artists he has performed with include: the Columbus Symphony, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Brice Winston, John Ellis, and John Vidacovich.

Matt Lemmler continues the legacy established by great New Orleans pianists like Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, James Booker, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. He is a consummate instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger, educator, producer and musical director for The New Orleans Jazz Revival Band. In 2015 Lemmler was honored and named a prestigious Steinway Artist.

Wayne Maureau has been a member of the New Orleans music scene for 20 years. Known for his diverse skills, he is called upon to back artists, both local and international, in all genres of music. Throughout his career, he has performed across the U.S. and overseas. He is featured on more than 20 recordings. Today, he performs regularly with New Orleans Blues and Funk legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Organica, Chris Mule’ and the Perpetrators, The Jimmy Carpenter Band, Spyboy, and Los Otros Latin Band. He has also released two recordings of his original compositions and arrangements.

Don Vappie utilizes his versatile background of playing funk, rhythm and blues, and pop music to enhance his unique perspective on music and performance. In 1995, he formed the Creole Jazz Serenaders, performing classic jazz from the 1920s through the 1940s. In addition to his work as a producer, composer and arranger, Don has performed and recorded with Terence Blanchard, Benny Waters, Doc Cheathum, Peggy Lee and continues to be a regular guest with Wynton Marsalis and The J@LC Orchestra, as well as guest artist at numerous festivals and venues worldwide.

Ed Wise has been performing professionally for more than 40 years. He has toured with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Monty Alexander, Al Hirt and the Smothers Brothers. In 1990, he performed with R&B legend Delbert McClinton at the inauguration of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Herb Ellis and Jim Hall. In 1993, Ed made New Orleans his home, where he taught at Loyola University and worked with Al Belletto, Connie Jones, Tim Laughlin and Ronnie Kole. In 2005, Ed Wise received New Orleans Magazine’s Jazz All-Star award.

Loyola University New Orleans is located at 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 70118. All Jazz Underground performances will take place in Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $5 with student ID and free for Loyola Students. Free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage.

Tickets may be purchased on etix here, at the door, by emailing tickets@loyno.edu, or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.