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Loyola University of New Orleans Jazz Underground Series Continues with 100 Years of New Orleans Music

Loyola press release - October 18, 2017

Loyola’s own Jazz Faculty Sextet will take you on a trip back in time through 100 years of New Orleans jazz classics.

Loyola University New Orleans’ world-class jazz faculty will come together next month to celebrate the rich history of New Orleans jazz with “100 Years of New Orleans Music.” The performance is the third concert of the year Loyola’s acclaimed Jazz Underground Series and will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 in Loyola’s state-of-the-art Nunemaker Auditorium.

The concert is part of the Jazz Underground Series, which was organized by Loyola Professor of Jazz Studies Tony Dagradi. The popular series is part of Loyola Presents, formerly known as the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series, which showcases some of the top arts events in the region, ranging from concerts to theatre and ballet performances.

“There aren’t many cities in the world that can claim to have given birth to an art form, but New Orleans did just that with jazz,” Dagradi said. “It’s a craft and a form we’ve devoted ourselves to and we can’t wait to play some of the best New Orleans jazz of the last hundred years."

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.

Wessell Anderson grew up in Brooklyn and played in local clubs and studied at the Jazzmobile workshops with Frank Wess, Charles Davis, and Frank Foster. He also met Branford Marsalis, who convinced him to study with Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Louisiana. Soon after this, Anderson began touring with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and collaborated with Marsalis through the middle of the 1990s. He continued to play with Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra beyond this. In 1994, he released his debut album on Atlantic Records; Eric Reed and Ben Wolfe were among those who played as sidemen. His 1998 release Live at the Village Vanguard featured Irvin Mayfield, Steve Kirby, Xavier Davis, and Jaz Sawyer.

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.

“100 Years of New Orleans Music” is the third concert in the Jazz Underground Series’ 2017-18 campaign. The new series kicked off September 21 with “Blue Train at Sixty” celebrating saxophonist John Coltrane’s work, followed by “Trumpet Royalty” on October 19.

Loyola Presents the Jazz Underground Series: 100 Years of New Orleans Music will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 in Nunemaker Auditorium, Third Floor, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Tickets range from $15-20. For more information, visit presents.loyno.edu, email tickets@loyno.edu or call the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.