Mike Lyle is guest for November 24 concert

Mike hails from Eclectic, Alabama. He is an Air Force retiree and spent over 20 years in the Air Force Band Program as a saxophonist and musical leader. He has performed with Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Jon Faddis and Rob McConnell to name a few and has Mike Lyleperformed for US and foreign dignitaries all over the world. After retiring, Mike has been a member of numerous musical groups all over the Southeast. Coincidentally, he was at one time a member of SuperJazz. Currently, Mike lives in Pensacola, Florida, with his wife Pat, and is a member of the Mobile Big Band Society (MBBS). In addition to performing with the MBBS and other groups along the Gulf Coast, Mike stays busy operating his own band instrument repair service.

Sunday afternoon,  November 24, 2019

(The Sunday before Thanksgiving)

Lobby Opens at 2:00, Doors open at 2:30.

Concert begins at 3:00.

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium

300 Lakeshore Parkway

Birmingham AL   35209    (In the Wildwood Area)

 

Hosted by the John Carroll Band Parents Organization.

No advance tickets, admission is “at the door”

Adults and Seniors  –    $7.

Students from any school or college $3.

 

This is the 2nd of 4 SuperJazz concerts this season.

Future concerts are on  Feb 9, 2020 and April 26, 2020

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David Phy is guest for Sept 22 concert.

Dr. David Phy  joined the Birmingham Southern College faculty in Fall 2018 as the Director of Bands. He holds a david phyBME from the University of Louisville, a Masters in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois. He has been published in the International Trombone Journal and is a member of the Alabama Music Education association (AMEA) and the Jazz Education Network (JEN). His teachers include Jim Pugh, Norman Bolter, Bob Brookmeyer, Gunther Schuller, George Garzone, George Russell. Prior to moving to Birmingham Dr. Phy taught and performed in the New Orleans area including being a member of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland from 2014-2017. He spent 5 years in Las Vegas, Nevada performing in bands up and the “strip” and has performed at the House of Blues, the New Orleans French Quarter Fest, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The National World War II Stage Door Canteen and The Arizona Music Fest. Dr. Phy is a New Orleans Big Easy Award winner, and has performed with The Four Tops, Bonerama, The Temptations, La India, Monica Mancini, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Pugh, Delfeyo Marsalis, The Maynard Ferguson Alumni Band, Joe DeFrancesco, Tom Garling, Rodger Ingram, The Yin Yang Twins, Chip McNeil, Louis Belson, Lena Prima, Louis Prima Jr., Charo, Ben Vereen, and Blast!

Sunday afternoon,  September 22, 2019

Lobby Opens at 2:00, Doors open at 2:30.

Concert begins at 3:00.

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium

Hosted by the John Carroll Band Parents Organization.

No advance tickets, admission is “at the door”

Adults and Seniors  –    $7.

Students from any school or college $3.

 

This is the 1st of 4 SuperJazz concerts this season.

Future concerts are on Nov 24, 2019,  Feb 9, 2020 and April 26, 2020

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SuperJazz announces 2019-2020 season

John Carroll Catholic High School and the John Carroll Band Parents Organization will once again host SuperJazz for a four-concert season.

2019-2020 Concert Schedule

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday, February  9, 2020

Sunday, April 26 , 2020

2019-2020 will be our 42nd season……………

SuperJazz began the current concert series in Fall 1978  in Bell Auditorium on campus at
UAB.  When the Alys Stephens Center opened in 1996, SuperJazz moved the concert series to the new Jemison Concert Hall for 8 seasons.  When the Stephens Center was no longer available to SuperJazz at the end of the 2002 season, a study of our mailing list dictated a location in the Homewood area. John Carroll Catholic High School generously offered rehearsal space and use of the 600-seat auditorium.  Our stay at John Carroll lasted five years.  When Samford University opened the new Brock Recital Hall adjacent to the Wright Fine Arts Center, several members of the Samford instrumental music faculty encouraged the band to move the concerts to Samford. We made the move at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.  After 11 years at Samford, SuperJazz  returned to John Carroll Catholic High School for the 2018-2019 season.  The larger auditorium with its convenient and ample parking space make an attractive venue for our concerts  We renewed our partnership with  the John Carroll Band program, and the John Carroll Band Parents organization.  The band director at John Carroll Catholic High School, SuperJazz member Dr, Mark Foster, and the Principal,  Dr. Anthony Montalto, have been extremely helpful in making this move possible.

All SuperJazz concerts are at 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.  The lobby opens at 2:00 and the auditorium doors open at 2:30.  Our concerts are family-friendly and smoke-free.  There is a modest admission charge at the door.  Advance tickets are not available.

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Choko Kimura Aiken is guest for the May 5, 2019 SuperJazz concert.

Internationally known Jazz Pianist Choko Kimura Aiken will be the guest artist on the May 5, 2019 SuperJazz Concert.

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Choko,  born and raised in Japan, began studying classical piano at the age of three.  She studied piano, violin, voice and music theory at Colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as making journeys to the United States to study jazz in LA and NY. Her “Imagination” album, recorded in LA in 2011, was featured in that years February issue of “JAZZIZ” magazine. Choko left her long time group Tri-Voices and other long-associated bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013 after meeting her husband Jeff in Tokyo. He was one of several runners sent to a race by the Birmingham Track Club. Since that time Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues which include the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, Eric Essix Jazz Escape and as always she looks forward to continuing on with her main goal of simply making people “Happy” with her music!

Doors open at 2:30,  Concert begins at 3:00   Admission at the door, no advance tickets.

Seniors & Adults: $7.    Students from any school with ID   $3

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium.

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Marc Phillips is guest for Feb 17, 2019 Concert.

Our guest artist for the February 17, 2019 concert will be Vocalist Marc Phillips.

Marc Phillips 2019   Marc Phillips is a musician and songwriter. He grew up in Jasper, playing piano, trumpet and french horn. He also sang in his church and school choirs.   He continued his musical studies in classical guitar at Jefferson State Community College and voice at Birmingham-Southern College.

Phillips joined the band Hotel as a vocalist and keyboard player. He wrote many of the songs on their MCA albums, “Hotel and Half Moon Silver”.
In 1981 he and Tommy Calton put together the band that became, at Phillips’ suggestion, Split the Dark.   He is more well known currently for the band  Marc Phillips and Groove Daddy.
In 1989 Phillips and Joel Bouchillon founded Airwave Recording Studios. His production work has included pieces for Alabama’s Sesquicentennial, a ballet (“Seasons”) commissioned by the Birmingham Ballet Company, and several award-winning advertising campaigns for United Way, South Central Bell, and Toys for Tots.
He has also written many songs recorded by national artists, such as “Hold On To The Night”, recorded by James Ingram and by Dan Hill.  In 2003 Phillips released a solo album of Christian music called “Color Me His”.

Marc is also a throat cancer survivor.

 

Sunday afternoon,  February 17, 2019

Gates open at 2:30,  Concert begins at 3:00.

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium

Hosted by the John Carroll Band Parents Organization.

 

No advance tickets, admission is “at the door”

Adults and Seniors  –    $7.

Students from any school or college $3.

 

This is the 3rd of 4 SuperJazz concerts this season.

The 4th and final concert of the season will be on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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Rickey Powell is guest for November 18 concert.

Our guest for the November 18, 2018 concert is Jazz Vocalist Rickey Powell.

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Birmingham theater and music legend, Rickey Powell grew up singing in the church and performing in school musicals and plays, but he says it wasn’t until 1969 during the time he was attending Talladega College, that he had an experience that told him that maybe he belonged in the theater. He had won a spot as a dancer in a production of Hello Dolly, being produced by James Hatcher, who was the Director of Town and Gown Theater. Rickey didn’t even have a singing part, he was one of the line dancers, but he said that he knew during those rehearsals that the theater was where he belonged, that it was where his heart was at.

Shortly after completing his degree at Talladega College Rickey took off for the bright lights of New York City.  He worked his way through a number of off Broadway engagements before finally getting his first big break when he was selected to be a member of the cast of “The Wiz” on Broadway.
He also toured in the off-broadway company of “Hair”,  performed with Chic Organization, Village People, Herbie Mann and various other artists.  He has toured in Europe with Gloria Gaynor, Queen Esther Morrow and with The Harlem Gospel Singers.
Since returning to Birmingham, Rickey has remained a staple of the Birmingham theater community. Over the past decades he has lent his voice and his talents to some of Birmingham’s most memorable productions,  including the 1989 version of the “Dream Lives”.  In addition to his work in theatre,  Rickey is currently vocalist with The Birmingham Heritage Band.
 
Today Rickey Powell is a Birmingham musical treasure.  This will mark his first appearance with SuperJazz  in six years, and we are thrilled to have him back.
 

Sunday Afternoon, November 18, 2018

John Carroll Catholic High School

Concert begins at 3:00 PM

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Carol Downey is guest for September 23 concert.

Carol Downey will return as our featured guest vocalist for the Sunday, September 23, 2018 concert.  Her first guest appearance with SuperJazz was in 2013.  This also marks the return of SuperJazz concerts to John Carroll Catholic High school, which was home for SuperJazz from 2002 – 2007.

Photo by Karen Lingo

Carol Downey comes from a family of musicians.  She began her formal training at age 5 and grew up playing and singing gospel music in the church where her Daddy was the music director.  Continuing her musical path, Carol joined her high school band where she played clarinet and bass clarinet.  After high school she went on to study voice and piano at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she soloed in many of the university musical concerts including Handel’s Messiah, and toured internationally with the premier vocal group of the university.  In 1979, Carol moved from Marietta, Georgia, to Birmingham, Alabama, where she met her late husband, bandleader and trumpet player, Stan Downey.  She joined Tradewinds Band in 1980, and has entertained the Birmingham Dance community ever since.  In 2012 Carol formed an additional band, Lady & the Tramps, and continues to perform to this day.

 

Doors open at 2:25,  Concert begins at 3:00

Admission at the door, no advance tickets.

Seniors & Adults: $7.    Students from any school with ID   $3

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018       3:00 PM

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium.

Address: 300 Lakeshore Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35209

This concert series is a joint project of SuperJazz, The John Carroll Catholic High School Band, and the Band Parents organization.

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