Don’t miss acclaimed jazz band Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band when they perform in two concerts Saturday, March 9 as part of the 44th Annual Jazz Festival at Loyola University New Orleans. Held in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located on Loyola’s main campus, the two-day festival includes a free performance by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet Friday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall.
Saturday’s festival kicks off with a concert at 4:30 p.m. debuting new, big band arrangements of Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band’s music with a Loyola twist. The concert brings together the full cast of the Fellowship, the Loyola Jazz Band and pianist and fellow Loyola alumnus Jon Cowherd. The new arrangements are a special collaboration with Blade, Cowherd, Loyola’s Coordinator of Jazz Studies John Mahoney and Loyola student Wayne Mitchell. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, faculty and staff.
At 7:30 p.m., Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band will take to the stage for a free concert, but a ticket is required to attend.
To purchase or reserve tickets, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.
Free masterclasses will also be held on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Communications/Music Complex. The concert and masterclasses are open to the public and are made possible through support from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.