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Loyola New Orleans’ Jazz Underground Series starts with “Celebrating Coltrane”

Loyola press release - September 14, 2016

All-star season line-up brings the best of New Orleans to Loyola.

Loyola Jazz Underground Series brings new sound to legendary recordings with its first concert of the season “Celebrating Coltrane” on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, just one day away from the legendary jazz musician’s birthday.

The Jazz Underground Series, organized by Associate Professor of Jazz Studies Anthony “Tony” Dagradi, boasts an exciting line-up of artists who will perform at the Loyola’s state-of-the-art Nunemaker Auditorium throughout the 2016-2017 season. The acclaimed series is part of Loyola’s renowned Montage Fine and Performing Arts series, which showcases some of the top arts events in the region, from concerts to theatre and ballet performances.

“With the Jazz Underground series, we strive to create an intimate setting in which students, faculty, staff and area residents can enjoy up close performances by some of the city’s greatest jazz artists,” Dagradi said. “This year’s series brings together a variety of shows that can be considered out of the norm for a classic jazz series. We have created a line-up that includes something for everyone — whether you’re a traditionalist or prefer groundbreaking new sounds in jazz music.”

Dagradi, a celebrated tenor saxophonist himself, will start the series off with a bang this month by leading an all-star group of New Orleans artists in their annual tribute to famed saxophonist, John Coltrane. Also performing in the annual tribute will be saxophonists Khari Allen Lee and Derek Douget; pianist, Michael Pellera; Chris Severin on bass, and Geoff Clapp on drums.

Upcoming shows include performances of work by some of the most influential figures in all of Jazz, such as Duke Ellington, Dagradi said, while others investigate the outcomes of pairing two stylistically different performers together.

“Loyola University New Orleans is the only Jesuit institution in the country with a College of Music and Fine Arts and is situated in the birthplace of jazz,” said Anthony Decuir, dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts. “The Jazz Underground series not only showcases the vibrant beats and sounds of jazz, but also celebrates a cultural heritage and appreciation for the genre.”

Performances for this year’s Jazz Underground Series will be presented Thursday evenings in the newly refurbished Nunemaker Auditorium, Third Floor, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. All concerts will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the door, $5 with student ID, Loyola students get in free.

Sept. 22, 2016

“Celebrating Coltrane”

Annual tribute to the quintessential, John Coltrane featuring Tony Dagradi, Derek Douget, Khari Allen Lee, Michael Pellera, Chris Severin and Geoff Clapp.

Oct. 27, 2016

Marsalis & Torkanowsky Together”

Piano masters, Ellis Marsalis and David Torkanowsky perform together for the very first time.

Nov. 17, 2016

“All Ellington”

Loyola’s world class jazz faculty interprets classic standards by the most prolific composer in jazz. Featuring Tony Dagradi, Nick Volz, Ed Wise, Don Vappie, Matt Lemmler and Wayne Maureau.

Feb. 9, 2017

2nd Annual New Orleans All-Star Jam”

New Orleans jazz icons come together for a monumental live jam session. Featuring Wessell Anderson, Ashlin Parker, Delfeayo Marsalis, Tony Dagradi, Victor Atkins, Roland Guerin and Shannon Powell.