The XU Department of Music will host its second annual Jazz Festival April 20-22.
The festival will be a three-day event offering clinics/workshops and an evening concert series focusing on the multiple genres of the jazz art form. The clinics and workshops will feature well-established jazz artists presenting various topics of their choice and expertise. The evening concerts will have specific themes featuring guest artists in performance, with the final evening concert hosting a jazz master with the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.
Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Office of Black Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, the festival is designed to expose XU students and the New Orleans community to a wide range of jazz forms and world-class jazz artists.
All events are free and open to the Public. The schedule follows. All events will be held in the XU Music Recital Hall.
Tuesday, April 20 – 7:00 p.m. Traditional Jazz Day
Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band
An evening concert featuring internationally acclaimed Traditional Jazz musician Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Brass Band. White, a 1976 Xavier graduate and a professor of Spanish at the University, is a New Orleans born Traditional Jazz musician and historian who has received international recognition as a lecturer, historian and musician presenting the music and history of original New Orleans Traditional Jazz. The Original Liberty Brass Band has received numerous performance awards and has traveled the globe presenting New Orleans Traditional Jazz in most of the world’s leading jazz festivals.
Wednesday, April 21 - 7:00 p.m. Jazz Piano Day
Another evening concert featuring New Orleans jazz legend pianist/educator, Ellis Marsalis. From his first professional performance with “The Groovy Boys” over fifty years ago, Marsalis has been a major influence in the world of jazz. One of the most respected pianists in jazz history, he has recorded almost twenty albums of his own in addition to being featured on many recording with other jazz greats. As an educator in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier, Marsalis has influenced the careers of countless musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr. and Nicholas Payton as well as his four musician sons, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason.
Day Three – Afternoon
Thursday, April 22 - 12:00 noon Clinic/Workshop Day
Traditional Jazz Techniques
Dr. Michael White
Jazz Piano Improvisation/Comping
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
A series of one-hour lecture presentations featuring renowned jazz artists/clinicians structured for junior and senior high school musicians.
Thursday, April 22 - 7:00 p.m
Xavier University Jazz Ensemble with guest jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison
The festival concludes with a final concert featuring the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble with Donald Harrison as featured soloist. A talented post-bop altoist with a personal, angular style, he first came came to fame with Art Blakey’s Messengers and is widely considered to be one of the finest jazz voices in modern jazz.