SuperJazz Mother’s Day concert to feature Rob Alley

Sunday, May 14, 2017     3:00 PM  Brock Hall, Samford University
Our fourth and final concert of the season – the perfect Mother’s day outing!
Admission “at the door”.  No advance tickets.
Adults and Seniors –  $7     Students with ID – $3
Doors open at 2:30.
Our featured guest artist:  Rob Alley: Trumpeter. Composer. Arranger. Improvisor. Educator. Collaborator. 

May 16, 2015 Clark Scott - Dr. John show hi-res, no watermark 2 cropRob is a lover of art and the artistic mind set. He enjoys learning rules. He also really enjoys breaking them. As a result, as a musician, he lives in and outside of convention, depending on his collaborators.

Rob maintains a robust performing career, having had the good fortune to have made music with some amazing people, including Jason Isbell, Paul Shaffer, Dave Douglas, Taylor Hicks, The Temptations, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Frankie Valli, Chad Fisher, Matthew Devine, Jay Frederick, Eric Essix, Rick Carter, The Arkansas Symphony, and The Tuscaloosa Horns. He leads and co-leads a variety of improvisational groups, including The New Orleans-flavored Voodoo Saints, Solid Sender, and Mean Smoker.

For Rob, “The artistic mind set is uniquely human. Its essence is the willing embrace of the struggle to freely express a personal experience. We each choose our own vehicle of expression, where there are no limits. We only limit ourselves. Art is not a kind of activity, it is an attitude toward human activity. All human activity can be artistic if we choose to participate in it that way.”

Rob certainly loves engaging in creative activity with other artists. But he also loves showing so-called non-artistic people how they can recover their innate artistic capability. “With understanding and practice, we can all infuse art into our everyday activities, recapturing the joy of freedom from childhood, responsibly and ethically. This feeling and these capabilities never leave us. We just learn to ignore them as we ‘grow up’.”

He is also honored to have been awarded recognition for his efforts, including The Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist award (2008), The Alabama Council on The Arts Individual Artist award (2013), and Tuscaloosa Arts Council’s Druid Arts Musician of The Year (2015).

All of these experiences have led Rob to the current step in his journey through life, as a professor in The University of Alabama’s Honors College, where he teaches “Art for Life’s Sake”, “Leadership Lessons from Jazz”, and “Improvisation in Life Through Music”, courses which he created at the request of the College. Each of these focus on and express his philosophy on the arts and life in their own unique way. 
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Carol Downey returns as SuperJazz Guest

Carol Downey will return as our featured guest vocalist for the Sunday, February  12, 2017 concert.  Her first guest appearance with SuperJazz was in 2013.

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.

Carol has one son, David who, along with the help of his lovely wife, Melanie, has given her two beautiful granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia.

 

Beginning at 2:30, we will hear the

Hoover First Edition Jazz Band, under the direction of Sallie White.

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

Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

 

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Carlos Pino is Guest for the November 20, SuperJazz Concert

Carlos Pino will be guest artist for the November 20, 2016 SuperJazz Concert.

This concert will also be a memorial to the life and music of Everett Lawler, founding director of SuperJazz, who passed away on October 27.

Carlos Pino, a Jazz guitarist and composer from the Birmingham Alabama, is a graduate 9880758-largefrom the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Rutgers University (M.M. in Jazz Studies). While in college carlos studied guitar under Brian Lutterbie, Tom Wolfe then Vic Juris. Carlos also studied briefly with Jack Wilkins, Paul Bollenbach, and Ralph Bowen. Carlos Pino has shared the stage with artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Claudio Roditi, Oteil Burbridge, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Bill Kruetzmann.

Carlos Pino has performed all over the U.S., Japan, and Colombia. Over the last 15 years Carlos led various jazz and fusion groups  and is a sideman in several groups, ranging from big band jazz, spoken word improv, to rock and bluegrass. He has released two albums under his name. Carlos has also performed on various radio shows such as “Wait,Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “The Rick and Bubba Show”.

Carlos has also spent much of his time in musical theatre. He performs regularly with Red Mountain Musical Theater in Birmingham and with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater in Montgomery, Alabama. Carlos has also performed with the Rubicon Theater Company in Ventura, California (Man of La Mancha).

Carlos is in demand as a guitarist because of his versatility in various musical styles. In addition to performing, Carlos has been teaching guitar lessons privately for almost two decades. He was recently awarded honors at the Festival Bandola in 2016 in Sevilla, Colombia for his contributions to the festival as an artist, and for his work to bring American musicians to perform at the festival and throughout Colombia.

 

Everett Lawler  who passed away on October 27, was the founding director of SuperJazz.   He was a WW II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific area of everettoperations, Korea and China. Everett graduated from West End High School and Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Music. He received his Master of Arts degree and PhD from the University of Alabama. He was an active musician and performed with numerous groups, shows and musical productions.  As a band director he taught at Tarrant, Montevallo, Berry, Bessemer and Jess Lanier High Schools. Other musical activities included 20 years as the conductor of the Miss Alabama Pageant and 28 years as adjunct professor at UAB. While at UAB he started the UAB pep band for the new basketball program. Dr. Lawler also developed the idea of a jazz ensemble for advanced musicians to perform periodically under the sponsorship of UAB. This endeavor continued for over 39 years and exists today, known as “SuperJazz

 

The concert will be at 3:00 PM,  Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Brock Hall at Samford University.

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Announcing SuperJazz 2016-2017 season

SuperJazz 2016-2017 Concert Schedule

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017

All concerts on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

Admission is $7 for Adults and Seniors.

Student admission is $3

Samford Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free of charge.

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Annie McClendon is guest for May 15 SuperJazz concert

Jazz vocalist and Music Educator Annie McClendon will be our guest artist for the Sunday, May 15, 2016 SuperJazz concert.

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Annie McClendon hails from the great state of Pennsylvania, where she learned to sing jazz under the wing of renowned baritone sax player and Maynard Ferguson alum Bruce Johnstone.  Her endeavors with Johnstone landed her work with the Dave Stevens big band, Doug Dressler big band, and the USAF airmen of note.

Upon moving to Alabama in 2003, McClendon began singing with numerous Alabama musicians, including Mart Avant and the Night Flight Big Band, The Joe Giattina Orchestra, Richard Davidson’s Q-Bop, the UA Cavalier’s, among others.

McClendon lives on the lake in Tuscaloosa with her husband Allen, and two children, Gray and Sadie.  She teaches music at Holy Spirit Catholic school and is currently working with her daughter Sadie to advance her musical career!

 

We will also welcome the Spain Park High School Jazz Band to this concert.  This group, under the direction of A B Baggett, will perform beginning at 2:30, prior to the 3:00 SuperJazz program,

 

SuperJazz, formed in 1978, is an all-volunteer group of professional jazz musicians who come together four times each year to perform big-band jazz concerts for the Birmingham area. The band occasionally invites guest artists to share their talents by performing with the band.

All concerts will be on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, in Brock Recital Hall at Samford University.

Admission this year will be $7 for Adults and Seniors.   Students with ID from any school are admitted for $3.   Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free of charge.  No advance tickets, doors open at 2:30.

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Bart Grooms is SuperJazz guest for February 21 concert.

Jazz Vocalist Bart Grooms was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008, which meant a lot to him (after all, how often does one’s name and Nat King Cole’s appear on the same list?).  He has been involved in the arts as a journalist, radio host, singer, actor, and narrator since the mid-1970s.

BartGrooms 2008Since 2007 he has hosted the classic jazz radio show “Tuxedo Junction” on WVSU-FM (weekdays; http://www.samford.edu/wvsu). He wrote on music for publications on the West coast in the 1980s and 90s, then for Black & White for twenty years, and more recently for ArtsBham.com, Weld, and UAB Magazine. He has narrated for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (for the Shostakovich Seventh Symphony and Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait) and twice with The Concertmaster and Friends, including Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, which The Birmingham News’ Michael Huebner listed as one of the “Ten 5-Star Concerts” of 2013. He has lectured on jazz as well as on European and North Indian classical music at Samford University, UAB, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Music Club, and the ASO.

In the 1980s he was the vocalist for UAB’s Goodtime Jazz Band (which included some people now in Superjazz). He is a longtime member of the choir at The Baptist Church of the Covenant and has been known to sit in with jazz groups here and there.

In his day job, Bart is the Clinical Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Greater Birmingham , where he has worked for over 30 years.

 

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SuperJazz on Thanksgiving Weekend

The next SuperJazz concert will be November 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Photo by Karen Lingo

Photo by Karen Lingo

Rather than a guest artist, this concert will feature solo arrangements for several members of the band.  We may even finish with a little Christmas music, so please be prepared to sing along.

Arrangements by Everett Lawler, Steve Sample, James Pierpont, Jim Mahaffey,  Paul Murtha, Ray Reach, Les Hooper, Sammy Nestico and others.

Beginning at 2:30, we will hear the Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Ensemble, directed by Sallie White.   This award-wining group gives us a glimpse of the future for big-band Jazz.

As usual,  doors open at 2:30.  No advance ticket sales,  admission is “at the door”.

Mike Lingo Conducts

Mike Lingo Conducts

Adults and Seniors are $7.

Students from any school are $3.

Samford University Students, Faculty and Staff are admitted free of charge.

 

 

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